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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

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 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...

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 the Fed's Inaction Affected Note Issuance in the First Half
August 22, 2016 Short-term note issuance could continue to increase as the market awaits the Federal Reserve Board's eventual move to higher...

Issuers Structure Deals to Meet Retail Demand for Lower Coupons
August 18, 2016 Issuers say they have recently been delivering deals with 4%-or-less coupons to meet growing demand for cost-efficiency in the...

Why Retail Wants Sub-5% Coupon Bonds
August 16, 2016 Lately coupons of 4% and in some cases even lower are becoming more palatable to retail buyers because they decrease...

How Retail Demand Affected NYC's $1.05B Bond Sale
August 3, 2016 Mom and pop investors veered from recent buying patterns on new issues and bought longer-maturity bonds in order to get higher...

Why High-Yield Municipal Performance May Slow
August 3, 2016 The high-yield sector probably is headed for a slowdown in the second half of the year, after outperforming for the first six...

Why Retail Will Take a Big Bite of Big Apple GOs
July 27, 2016 Strong municipal performance, supply scarcity, and seasonal factors will draw retail investors to New York City's $860 million...

Why Muni Investors Should Stay Defensive
July 19, 2016 Municipal investors should be prepared for the eventual departure of non-traditional and international buyers from the sector,...

Why Muni Demand Will Continue to Flourish
July 11, 2016 Demand for municipal bonds is forecast to be just as robust, if not stronger, in the third quarter.

How the Muni Market Sails Past Disaster
July 1, 2016 Neither budget gridlock nor bankruptcy nor Puerto Rican default can stay the municipal investor from his appointed rounds.

BondWave Taps Industry Veteran Miscimarra to Help Expand Services
June 22, 2016 Bond industry veteran Tony Miscimarra is the new managing director of business development at BondWave LLC, as the financial...

Why It's a Good Bet to Stay Invested While the Fed Delays
June 16, 2016 Municipal bond investors are in a good position to wait out the Federal Reserve, after policy makers left the target interest...


Climate Bonds Initiative CEO Sean Kidney, in a spirited chat from London with northeast regional editor Paul Burton, charts the landscape for the U.S. municipal green bond issuance.

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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