Dealer groups are urging the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board to cut in half a proposed requirement that would mandate municipal securities transactions to be closed out within 20 days of settlement.
The failure of Long Islands Dowling College placed distressed higher education institutions in the spotlight, prompting a call from one of the most powerful U.S. senators for a credit warning system for students.
In one of the biggest rallies in recent memory, municipal bonds surged on Friday after Britain voted to leave the European Union. Yields on some top-rated municipals fell by as much as 17 basis points to record low levels, in a move that some analysts said signaled yields will remain near all-time lows for longer than anyone had expected, and that negative U.S. interest rates may be on the horizon.
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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 »
Bond Buyer Northeast regional editor Paul Burton, markets reporter Aaron Weitzman and Northeast regional reporter Andrew Coen examine the hot-button problem of public pension liability, including the lingering Illinois shadow, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruling, union pushback and Pennsylvania's bill to switch new employees to 401(k)-style plans.