WASHINGTON – The Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board has released a new course on investing in municipal bonds that is free and designed for both individual investors as well as professionals.

The course, launched on Wednesday, is the latest addition to the MSRB’s MuniEdPro suite of online courses. “Exploring Municipal Bonds: A Course for Investors” makes use of real-world scenarios to show investors where to get information about municipal bonds and highlights what to consider when selecting individual securities, according to the MSRB. The 45-minute course was developed to educate fixed-income investors about municipal bonds and help them evaluate how municipal bonds can fit into a balanced portfolio of investments.

MSRB executive director Lynnette Kelly said the MSRB wants public feedback before producing a final set of FAQs.
Lynnette Kelly, MSRB executive director
"The MSRB is committed to providing objective and authoritative information to help investors navigate this diverse marketplace,” said Lynnette Kelly, the MSRB's executive director.

“For sheer variety, there is no market quite like the universe of municipal securities,” said Lynnette Kelly, the MSRB’s executive director. “One million securities are outstanding, a total that dwarfs all other equity and bond instruments. The MSRB is committed to providing objective and authoritative information to help investors navigate this diverse marketplace.”

Ritta McLaughlin, the MSRB’s chief education officer, called the course “an exciting addition to the growing catalog of MuniEdPro courses.”

The course is the second addition to the MSRB’s collection of free, online educational offerings, following one that details the steps and considerations in issuing municipal securities. The other four courses currently being offered cost $45 each and cover topics like understanding the MSRB and primary offering disclosure responsibilities.

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