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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 »

Contrary to the assertion in a Bond Buyer article that the 2010s may turn out to be the decade of the municipal bankruptcy, it is remarkable how few muni bankruptcies were sought in the wake of the most severe fiscal crisis to hit local governments since the Great Depression.

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