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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 »

Issuance of municipal MSA tobacco bonds by states was the subject of a highly critical article published by ProPublica. The article attempts to make a case that states erred in deciding to issue tobacco bonds. The article was widely circulated across social media. As we frequently observe, the national media focus on the muni market is appreciated, but the facts got muddied in the pursuit of a good story.

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