Bank-qualified bond issuance nearly doubled in the first half compared to the same period last year, after provisions in the federal stimulus law raised the limit for the debt and extended it to borrowers in conduit deals as well as issuers for 2009 and 2010.

As of July 10, $16.55 billion of bank-qualified bonds had been sold this year, compared to $8.41 billion over the same period last year — a 96.7% increase, according to Thomson Reuters.

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