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Outlook 2012

Here, you’ll find ongoing coverage about the trends and predictions in the municipal market.

Now as 2012 gets underway, mom-and-pop investors are back and looking to glean some of the performance that made the sector shine in the fourth quarter of 2011. more »
Most investors agree that municipal bonds in 2012 will not match 2011's robust returns. But there are opportunities at various points in the yield curve and among lower investment-grade credits. more »
The Internal Revenue Service's tax-exempt bond office has formed a seven-person team that is using EMMA and other data from the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board to determine if muni bonds were initially offered at prices that raise questions about tax-law compliance. more »
The municipal securities market, still reeling from a handful of proposals President Obama and others offered during the last 14 months that pose the greatest threat to tax-exemption since 1986, may have a year's respite due to partisan bickering in Congress and the forthcoming presidential election, according to tax experts. more »
In the realm of muni enforcement, the new year will start with the most high-profile federal criminal trial since the mid-1990s, stemming from the Justice Department's extensive probe of bid-rigging. more »
The coming year could herald the most significant regulatory changes in the municipal securities market in more than 35 years. more »
In 2011, municipal bonds went from being the girl no one wanted to dance with to being the one all the guys sought out. more »
Transportation officials and lobbyists will be watching Capitol Hill early next year, hoping lawmakers pass long-term reauthorization legislation funding aviation and surface programs that would bring much-needed stability to the sectors. 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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