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Christine Albano

Christine Albano is a buy-side reporter on The Bond Buyer’s Markets beat, which she has covered for the past two decades.
She has covered trends affecting retail investors, institutions, municipal mutual funds, tax-exempt money market funds, and the high-yield beat. She has also written about some of the industry’s biggest issues, such as historic defaults in Orange County, Calif., Puerto Rico, and Jefferson County, Ala., as well as the collapse of the variable-rate demand market, and the subsequent 2008 financial crisis, as well as the death of municipal bond pioneer Jim Lebenthal.
She provided next day coverage of the impact on the municipal bond market of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, and recently interviewed The Vanguard Group Inc. founder, former chief executive officer, and investment guru John C. Bogle about the best investing advice for the municipal market.

Recent Stories From this Author

A Tale of Two Decades in the Municipal Market
March 14, 2017 The past 20 years have seen a transformation in the municipal market, marked by technological advances, tougher regulation...

Lebenthal Sells Stake to South Street Securities
March 7, 2017 Alexandra Lebenthal has sold a 49% stake in Lebenthal & Co., an iconic firm in in the municipal market, to South Street...

How the High-Yield Market Is Evolving a Year After Its Rally
February 21, 2017 A change in the credit cycle may be in store for the municipal bond market as the combination of wider-than-average credit...

Short-Term Note Issuance Dipped as Austerity, Attractive Rates Prevailed in 2016
February 13, 2017 Short-term note issuance slipped 1.5% in 2016 as continued austerity among state and local governments and attractive...

Why De Minimis Risk Is a Topic Again
February 2, 2017 Retail municipal investors who prefer discount bonds are becoming more aware of the tax implications of the de minimis rule as...

Why Muni Experts Need a New Crystal Ball
January 20, 2017 Muni professionalsí predictions about the economy, volume, demand, and credit spreads panned out, but they were taken off...

Why Healthcare Bond Investors Are Looking Past an Obamacare Repeal
January 6, 2017 Fund managers' reaction to a possible repeal ranged from cautious to opportunistic, as President-elect Trump and lawmakers say...

Alpine's Focus on Liquidity Pays Off
December 29, 2016 Conservative strategies such as shortening duration and high liquidity proved fruitful for two mutual funds against the...

Why Volatility Will Ring in the New Year for Munis
December 29, 2016 Changes to tax laws, interest rates, inflation, and volume are likely to drive the market in 2017, according to municipal...

How Trump Derailed a Muni Rally in 2016
December 28, 2016 Volatility whipsawed the municipal bond market in 2016 as the election of Donald Trump was followed by a swift and severe...

How Muni Mutual Funds Weathered a Post-Election Storm
December 12, 2016 The municipal industry was rocked by a selloff that left fund managers licking their wounds.

Why the Buy Side Has Pre-Election Jitters
November 2, 2016 With the presidential election just days away, the potential impact on the municipal tax exemption, demand for public debt,...

How Morgan Stanley's Belsky Steers Around Turbulent Vectors
October 20, 2016 Michael J. Belsky, co-founder of The Vector Group, avoids timing the market and focuses on limiting volatility in the...

How Thornburg's Ryon Steers $11B Through Risky Waters
October 6, 2016 Chris Ryon, who manages municipal bond funds totaling $11 billion at Thornburg Investment Management, favors the safer end of...

Muni Performance, Demand Expected to Be Solid in Final Act of 2016
September 27, 2016 Municipal experts say the fourth quarter municipals should continue to garner strong demand from investors in the last three...

How Muni Experts Are Strategizing for Year End
September 27, 2016 Some strategists say they will increase credit quality and shorten duration for overall risk protection, while others are...

VanEck Expands Muni ETF Line-Up
September 21, 2016 Two new municipal, high-quality, AMT-free ETFs launched by VanEck Global this week offer flexibility for both conservative and...

Interest-Sensitive? Let Us Count the Ways
September 20, 2016 A Bond Buyer slideshow pairs charts of key interest rate related metrics with comments from municipal analysts and...

How 9/11 Still Resonates in the Muni Market
September 9, 2016 Industry professionals 15 years later share memories of the terrorist attack on New York and how it still shapes their...

How a Son Remembers His Dad, a Muni Broker and 9/11 Victim
September 9, 2016 Muni bond broker Matthew Picerno, who perished in the 9-11 attacks on the World Trade Center, had a larger than life...


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