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U.S. Downgrade and Munis

Here, you’ll find ongoing coverage about how the fallout from the downgrade of the U.S. continues to affect the municipal market.

SAN FRANCISCO - Los Angeles has dropped Standard & Poor's from rating its $7 billion investment portfolio after the agency downgraded it along with the United States last week. more »
The municipal bond insurance world will not be directly affected by the U.S. Treasury downgrade, according to municipal analysts. However, the likelihood of the bond insurers regaining their AAA status when the U.S. does not hold that title anymore is very slim. more »
Higher borrowing costs for state and local governments as a result of the sovereign downgrade? Hardly. Or at least: not yet. more »
When Moody's Investors Service warned of a possible downgrade to the United States' sovereign credit last month, it said hundreds of triple-A muni credits ¯ including five of the 15 states it rates Aaa ¯ could likely follow. more »
Calm, yet cautious. Skeptical and apprehensive. Unfazed. Those are the mixed emotions that both retail and institutional investors have amid all the speculation and uncertainty swirling through the municipal market following last week's unprecedented downgrade of the U.S. by Standard & Poor's. more »
Standard & Poor's on Monday began cutting ratings for municipal bonds directly linked to the U.S. government’s credit rating. more »
Standard & Poor's began downgrading municipal bonds Monday, giving market participants a sense of the broad impact its downgrade of U.S. debt will likely have on the muni market. more »
Nobody knows exactly what the long-term impact of the United States losing its AAA rating from Standard & Poor's means for municipal bonds, but that didn’t stop the experts from speculating. more »
WASHINGTON - If dealers take advantage of disruption in the financial markets to manipulate prices of municipal securities, they will be violating federal law, the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board warned Monday. more »
The downgrade of the U.S. by Standard & Poor's to AA-plus from AAA will reverberate through the municipal bond market. more »

Rhode Island General Treasurer Seth Magaziner, in an in-depth chat with Bond Buyer northeast regional editor Paul Burton, explains how the state can rebound through infrastructure. He also talks about his push to require investment firms to reveal public pension fees, lessons learned from the 38 Studios debacle, and his teaching days in post-Katrina Louisiana early in his career.

The orders provide some insight into what the Securities and Exchange Commission considers to be a material false or misleading statement in an offering document.

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