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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


An examination of county level employment data shows some counties aren't participating in the reported national revival. more »
Some local governments may require extraordinary financial assistance from the Commonwealth, adding to pressure on its general obligations. more »
Although defaults have not yet occurred, it is not too early for holders to take a hard look at the applicable bond documents to evaluate their rights and leverage in the restructurings or refinancings that have begun and which may proliferate in the years ahead. more »
The Tax Reform Act for Puerto Rico presented by Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla is the significant change Puerto Rico needs to stimulate the commonwealth's economic development and confront the Island's fiscal challenges. more »
The most recent Mortgage Delinquency Rates highlight a wide dispersion across the nation, while analysis of municipal bond ratios to Treasuries shows munis may not be a "cheap" as you thought. more »
Don't be surprised if some of these proposals ideas pop up in whatever tax legislative vehicle might start moving forward later in the year. more »
Given the magnitude and condition of U.S. infrastructure and the Federal push to "level the playing field" by expanding the availability of tax-exempt finance for public-private partnership procurements, the U.S. is poised to become a very active and substantial P3 market. more »
Some pension obligation bonds can create a visible and fixed repayment plan to tackle the unfunded pension liability monster that is stealthily growing underneath the budget table of many state and local governments. more »
Texas’ biggest city takes a modestly positive step regarding its pension issues, while Connecticut is a notable underperformer in the most recent price data from the Federal Housing Finance Agency. more »
This week’s commentary starts with a review of Lumesis’ DIVER Geo Scores, highlighting the strongest and weakest states. more »
The dialogue over tax reform provides an opening for state and local governments to educate members of Congress and their staff about municipal bonds, how they work and what they do. more »
Circumstances have changed and a different approach to Puerto Rico debt is warranted. more »
Doubts as to the quality or effectiveness of Indiana's intercept program are misplaced. more »

Some local governments may require extraordinary financial assistance from the Commonwealth, adding to pressure on its general obligations.

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