Special Report

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 »

James Colby, Senior Municipal Strategist and author of the Muni Nation blog at Van Eck, stopped by The Bond Buyer recently to chat with Senior Markets Reporter Chip Barnett about municipal market performance. He also discussed the stability of munis versus other asset classes, muni bond fund inflows versus money market fund outflows, muni exchange traded funds, and what to expect in the last quarter the year.

The SEC's MCDC initiative is causing many municipal issuers and underwriters to change the way they do things.

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