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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 »
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A recent phenomenon is the emergence of bonds with shorter call protection as funding alternatives for municipalities. However, the shorter call protection also dampens the potential upside for investors, which in turn reduces the price they are willing to pay.

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