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By Daniel Solender | May 13
Before the financial crisis of 2008-09, it would have been significant news if yields on municipal bonds had exceeded those on Treasury securities at any maturity, and that occurrence likely would have attracted a variety of investors seeking to take advantage of the relative-value opportunity.By Jeanine Rodgers Caruso | May 10
The MSRB needs to clarify that regulated persons serving as financial advisors, regardless of the title they use, cannot disclaim fiduciary duty.By Michael Decker | May 09
Why invest in the $3.7 trillion municipal bond market? SIFMA's Michael Decker offers some of the compelling reasons.By Nathaniel Singer | May 08
Does the Federal Reserve really think that another round of continued buying of long term Treasuries and mortgage-backed securities will provide a significant healing effect to the ailing economy? Isn't it time to consider a different course of treatment where the "bang for the monetary buck" will be more significant?By Rep. Gwen Moore | Apr 26
Rep. Gwen Moore thinks HR 1628, the Public Pension Transparency Act introduced last week by Reps. Devin Nunes, Paul Ryan and Darrell Issa, proceeds from a false premise, which causes the bill to introduce opacity rather than transparency of disclosure into the market, and intrudes on state sovereignty and policy preferences in order to attack public workers and pensions.By Frank Shafroth | Apr 24
The timing of twin proposals by Rep. Devin Nunes and Messieurs Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson, which threatren state and local tax-exempt municipal bonds, could not have been worse.By Edward Krauss and Patricia McGuigan | Apr 23
New issue bond activity for charter schools in the first quarter reflects diversity in both charter schools and issuance characteristics.By Sam Gruer and Matt Roggenburg | Apr 22
Absent any further action by Congress, on May 19 the debt ceiling will automatically reset to the nation's debt level. This has important implications for municipal issuers selling refunding debt near this date.By Daniel S. Solender, CFA | Apr 12
The proposed cap of 28% may be a zero-sum game at best because it could increase costs for nearly all taxpayers. While there are additional arguments against adjusting the municipal tax exemption, the culmination of these factors indicates that such a significant change could alter what has served as one of the most efficient forms of government and infrastructure financing for more than a century.By James Hardaway Jr. | Apr 11
In the next few years, the Treasury plans to completely "wind down" Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and the impact on the pre-refunded and escrowed-to-maturity municipal securities will be devastating.
September 25-27, 2013JW Marriott LA Live, Los Angeles, CA
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