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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 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...

Why Future Pension Risks May Outweigh Recent Credit Quality Gains
June 8, 2016 Although credit quality has stabilized since the Great Recession, pension liabilities threaten municipalities with reduced...

New BondWave CEO Eyes Improved Transparency, Liquidity
June 3, 2016 Michael Ruvo, the new CEO of financial technology provider BondWave LLC, wants to create a premiere fixed income intelligence...

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...


Maria Doulis of the watchdog Citizens Budget Commission and Howard Cure of Evercore Wealth Management dissect New York City's $82 billion budget with Bond Buyer Northeast regional editor Paul Burton. They explore efficiencies, debt management, reserves, the economy, the capital budget and Mayor Bill de Blasio's plan to overhaul Health + Hospitals.

Not enough has been done to provide municipal issuers, obligated parties and underwriters the clarity sought and needed by the market.

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