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Midyear 2012 in Statistics

Debt Refinancing Fuels the Market.

Bond insurers struggled, germinated and went to court in the first half of 2012. more »
Investors interested in taxable munis were confronted with less supply in the first half of 2012 as issuance of the bonds fell more than 20% compared to the same time last year. more »
A rising bond market has resulted in increased debt sales across the board in 2012, with some sectors rising higher than others. more »
Issuers that can sell bank-qualified bonds took advantage of low interest rates to refinance debt during the first half of this year. more »

In a Bond Buyer roundtable, Northeast regional editor Paul Burton and markets reporters Chip Barnett and Aaron Weitzman explain how the muni market is a microcosm for a crazy year. They discuss issuance, yields, red-flag states, New York City’s finances and what we might expect in 2017.

Here are some of the key "known unknowns" — factors that are likely to affect valuations and creditworthiness and functioning in the state and local finance sector — as the Trump Administration and Congress sort them out.

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