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Christine Albano

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Janney Names New Products Head
September 16, 2014 Janney Montgomery Scott LLC promoted 17-year industry veteran Kevin Reed to head its wealth management division, part of an...

Volume Forecast to Rise to 3-Month High as Airport Deal Leads $6.02B Slate
September 14, 2014 A $481 million San Francisco Airport Commission sale will lead the activity in the primary market this week as part of an...

Muni Snub From HQLA Creates Buzz Among Buy-side Analysts
September 11, 2014 While experts say municipals should have been included in the new liquidity coverage ratio ruling for large banks, they are at...

Market Close: Traders Disappointed by Yield on Airport Deal
September 11, 2014 Some municipal bond traders were disappointed Thursday as a Minneapolis-St. Paul airport deal repriced to even tighter yields.

Market Post: Dearth of Long-Term Paper Endures as $2.8B RAN Deal Debuts
September 7, 2014 An uptick in negotiated offerings will do little to alleviate the drought in the long-term primary arena this week, as just...

Muni Managers Unearth Secondary Market for Price Discovery
September 5, 2014 Some municipal fund managers are finding it's possible to use the secondary market to help determine fair bond pricing after a...

Market Post: L.A. Harbor Shows Talk of Muni Sell-Off Was 'Overblown'
September 4, 2014 The $337.3 million Los Angeles Harbor Department revenue and refunding bonds came priced aggressively as municipal bonds...

Market Post: Holiday-Week Volume Dips to $2.27 Billion
August 31, 2014 The holiday shortened week's volume will drop to just over half of last week's issuance, led by a $350 million Texas school...

Uptick in Current Refundings Will Pique Interest
August 27, 2014 An expected swell in the volume of current refundings in the fourth quarter will be a welcome arrival even if it doesn't cure...

Market Post: Dreary Late Summer Volume Dips to $2.53 BB
August 24, 2014 As the end of summer approaches and supply continues to dwindle, weekly volume in the municipal market is expected to sink to...


Issuance of municipal MSA tobacco bonds by states was the subject of a highly critical article published by ProPublica. The article attempts to make a case that states erred in deciding to issue tobacco bonds. The article was widely circulated across social media. As we frequently observe, the national media focus on the muni market is appreciated, but the facts got muddied in the pursuit of a good story.

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