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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 »

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