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Yearend 2012 in Statistics

Refundings Take Biggest Slice of the Pie.

The steady but flat volume of note offerings that carried over into 2012 from the previous year was largely sustained by a shift in issuance patterns among municipalities. more »
A rising tide of municipal bond volume did not raise all bond sectors in 2012. more »
A refunding surge triggered by low interest rates and soaring airport issuance contributed to the surge in transportation bond volume in 2012, experts said. more »
A dramatic increase in refundings, particularly in the first half of 2012, boosted volume for long-term municipal bonds by 31% last year from one year earlier. more »
The municipal bond insurance industry continued its decline last year amidst low interest rates, a sluggish economic recovery, and a shrinking target market. more »

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