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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 Consolidations in Municipal Evaluations Landscape Signal 'Tectonic Shift' for Industry
May 2, 2016 A string of recent acquisitions in the municipal pricing and indexes space could bring “colossal change” to the market,...

Why Muni Investors Shrugged Off Tax Season This Year and Kept Inflows Coming
April 29, 2016 Demand for municipal bonds has been so strong in 2016 that not even the arrival of income tax season could put a stopper on...

Invesco’s High Yield Manager Relies on Research, Diversity to Boost Returns
April 22, 2016 Invesco’s Mark Paris is sticking with a strategy of maintaining diversity, liquidity, and credit selectivity in the essential...

Fleeting Opportunity Seen as Swap Index Spikes
April 14, 2016 A spike in the SIFMA municipal swap index is making the short-end of the municipal bond yield curve unusually attractive.

Samson, Wilkinson O’Grady Rebranded by Canadian Money Manager
April 6, 2016 Samson Capital Advisors and Wilkinson O’Grady Inc. will now officially operate under the name Fiera Capital Inc., as of April...

Why Tax Deadline Volatility May Skip Munis This Year
April 4, 2016 Municipal managers are optimistic the price volatility and outflows associated with the April 15 tax deadline and spring...

Analysts Ponder Opportunity in Puerto Rico After Restructuring
March 29, 2016 As Congress ponders a solution to Puerto Rico’s financial crisis, some members of the buy side community say a comprehensive...

U.S. Bank Taps New Head of Muni, Corporate Trust Divisions
March 23, 2016 Joseph Giordano, currently manager of the firm’s collateralized debt obligation (CDO) services division, will take leadership...

City National Rochdale Adds High-Yield Muni Team
March 16, 2016 The addition of a municipal high yield team from Invesco Ltd. is intended to add depth to its City National Rochdale Municipal...

High-Yield Muni Sector Thrives on Inflows, Low Volatility
March 11, 2016 With performance thriving and volatility trending lower, investors have pumped cash into high-yield municipal bond funds for...

Muni Stability Fuels Positive Year Ahead: Nuveen's Miller
March 2, 2016 Stability in key sectors of the municipal bond market, as well as low volatility, low risk, and a mild potential for capital...

Muni Ratios Hold Steady on Low Yield, Flight to Quality
February 25, 2016 Post-recession yield ratios should continue to favor munis for the foreseeable future, investment strategists say.

Note Issuance at Six-Year Lull Due to Austerity and Low Yields
February 19, 2016 After 16 consecutive quarters of positive tax receipts received by state and local governments, municipal experts said it's no...

Muni Muscle Boosts Manager with Barbell Approach
February 16, 2016 Demand for municipal mutual funds has increased as investors rebalanced holdings to shelter themselves from domestic and...

Boatright Joins Blaylock Beal Van to Boost Muni Operations
February 8, 2016 Veteran municipal banker Faye J. Boatright has joined Blaylock Beal Van as part of an effort to expand the investment banking...

Securities Litigation Veteran Joins Richards Kibbe & Orbe LLP
February 5, 2016 Steven Paradise has joined Richards Kibbe & Orbe LLP as a partner in the litigation group, focusing on securities-related cases.

Baird Raises Caution Flag as Fed Lifts Rates
February 4, 2016 Investors should be wary of riskier market sectors, while increasing liquidity and credit quality as they position their...

Oppenheimer's Lipton: Munis Bolstered by Reinvestment, Supply Shortage
January 22, 2016 Market technicals – a lack of supply and significant Jan. 1 rollover proceeds – are bolstering municipal demand and price...

Investors Opt for Munis as Stocks, Commodities Plunge
January 14, 2016 Municipals are benefitting from an asset reallocation after international and domestic volatility spooked investors in the...

Obituary: Mickey Wohl, 59, Muni Pioneer and Consultant
January 14, 2016 Mickey Wohl, a longtime municipal professional and pioneer in the fixed income capital markets, died on Jan. 3 after a long...

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