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2011 in Statistics

Supply and Demand: Rates Plunge as Investors Scramble for Bonds.

The dramatic reduction of one state's traditional cash-flow borrowing combined with historically low interest rates in the long-term market led to a 7.4% decrease in short-term tax-exempt note issuance in 2011, according to market experts. more »
The bond insurance industry continued to contract in 2011. more »
CHICAGO — The market for privately placed municipal debt came out of the shadows in 2011. more »
Long-term bond sale volume dropped considerably in 2011 compared with the year before, amid a cautionary environment and the absence of the Build America Bond program. more »
By almost every measure, 2011 was a down year for long-term volume in the municipal bond market. more »

Carl Weisbrod, Director of the New York City Department of City Planning, joins Bond Buyer Senior Markets Reporter Chip Barnett to talk about the surge in NYC’s population and corresponding employment growth and why economic growth is dependent upon affordable housing for workers.

Municipalities buy insurance to obtain a higher credit rating for a bond issue and a commensurately lower borrowing cost. The savings arise from a lower coupon or, if the coupon is fixed, a higher price. But how can municipalities make sure that bond insurance makes economic sense for them? The answer is to pay close attention to the costs and benefits.

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