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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

How Nuveen's High Yield Fund Beats the Market
May 27, 2016 The Nuveen High Yield Municipal Bond Fund outperformed its benchmark by 10% over the last five years by keeping duration a bit...

Why Tobacco Investors Are Shrugging Off Fitch's Exit
May 19, 2016 Fitch Ratings said its withdrawal of its ratings on U.S. tobacco asset-securitization bonds, which affects over 40 tobacco...

How Puerto Rico Can Avoid a Descent Into 'Third-World' Economy
May 13, 2016 Puerto Rico will need help from Washington to maintain future market access and avoid a descent into "third-world" economic...

Veteran Analyst Larkin Joins Stoever Glass & Co.
May 4, 2016 Longtime municipal credit analyst Richard Larkin has joined Stoever Glass & Co. as director of municipal credit analysis for...

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.


Daniel Berger, Senior Market Strategist at Municipal Market Data, talks about the recent rally in municipal bonds which has brought long-term yields down to record lows. He talks about continuing demand from retail investors in light of the upcoming Summer redemption season and he discusses the allure that the American tax-exempt market has for overseas buyers. He outlines the recent spread compression in quality credits and also looks at some of the market's outliers -- Puerto Rico and Chicago.

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