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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 »

The Allen Park, Mich., case marks the first time a city official has been charged on the theory that he "controlled" the persons who committed the primary securities law violations, even though he isn't alleged to have participated or even known of the conduct at issue.

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