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The Bond Buyer accepts bylined commentary pieces of 1000 words or less for publication in the Monday edition of The Bond Buyer and The Bond Buyer online. The deadline for submissions is Noon on the Thursday prior to publication. We reserve the right to edit submissions.

Letters to the editor of 500 words or less can also be submitted for publication.

To submit a Commentary or Letter to the Editor, email the document to Editor in Chief Gavin Murphy at gavin.murphy@sourcemedia.com


No single individual played a more critical role in defending the authority of cities, counties, and states to issue state and municipal debt. more »
As we await the final shoe to drop with regard to the SEC's MCDC initiative, the municipal market may be at a turning point in terms of disclosure. more »
States like Colorado will continue to forego revenue, as well as the opportunity to borrow against that revenue in the bond market, until the cannabis industry gains access to the banking system. more »
Our legislation would preserve money market funds as a source of liquidity and capital for public the infrastructure needs of our citizens. more »
The interest rate environment can have a big effect on issuers' debt management programs. Here’s how to incorporate interest rates prudently to ensure flexibility and long-term sustainability. more »
Worst case, to-maturity debt service calculations that ignore the issuer's optional redemption feature lead to flatly wrong calculations for critical items like expected capital cost, refunding savings, and simple, basic principal and interest payments. more »
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s infrastructure proposals set the state up for long-term economic competitiveness. more »
Because long-term non-callable bonds are virtually non-existent, muni analysts no doubt spend sleepless nights trying to figure out what optionless rates would look like. more »
While the market overall is fragmented, there is some concentration in the trading of the largest obligors. more »
Whether the cause of the slowdown is weak personal-income growth, income-tax cuts, or the collapse of oil prices, pressure on governors and legislators to balance their budgets will be intense. more »
Despite increased issuance, senior living outperformed comparable bonds in 2015, a trend that is likely to continue. more »
The Internal Revenue Service is changing the wrong regulation as it seeks to curb the perceived abuse that tax-exempt, governmental purpose bonds are being issued for the impermissible benefit of private developers. more »
This week we identify the best and worst performing states and highlight the recent spike in the SIFMA Municipal Swap Index. more »

Bond Buyer Northeast regional editor Paul Burton, markets reporter Aaron Weitzman and Northeast regional reporter Andrew Coen examine the hot-button problem of public pension liability, including the lingering Illinois shadow, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruling, union pushback and Pennsylvania's bill to switch new employees to 401(k)-style plans.

As we await the final shoe to drop with regard to the SEC's MCDC initiative, the municipal market may be at a turning point in terms of disclosure.

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