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In a Bond Buyer roundtable, Northeast regional editor Paul Burton and markets reporters Chip Barnett and Aaron Weitzman explain how the muni market is a microcosm for a crazy year. They discuss issuance, yields, red-flag states, New York City’s finances and what we might expect in 2017.

Here are some of the key "known unknowns" — factors that are likely to affect valuations and creditworthiness and functioning in the state and local finance sector — as the Trump Administration and Congress sort them out.

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