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Municipal Markets

Denver, Dallas Home Price Indexes Reach Record Highs in January

April 1, 2015

Home prices in 20 cities appreciated 4.6 percent year over year in January, according to the S&P/Case-Shiller index of property values released yesterday. Home prices in Denver and Miami improved the most, gaining 8.4 percent and 8.3 percent, respectively. The Denver index value rose to a record-high 158.5. The Miami

Municipal Market Weekly Digest

March 27, 2015

This edition contains the top stories and data for the week ending March 27, 2015. Click here to view.

Spelman College Restates Data as SEC Pushes for Disclosure Accuracy

March 27, 2015

-By Kate Smith Spelman College, a historically black all-female liberal arts school, refiled with the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board this week, showing that it reported inaccurate SAT scores and admission data. The disclosure comes as the Securities and Exchange Commission cracks down on inaccurate information given to municipal bond investors.

Brief Bites- March 26, 2015

March 26, 2015

The best of Bloomberg Briefs for this week hosted by editor Taylor Riggs.

Trading of Tobacco Bonds Increases Ahead of Profile Deal in California

March 25, 2015

Bonds issued by the Golden State Tobacco Securitization Corp. were one of the most actively traded in the municipal market on Tuesday, according to Bloomberg data, ahead of the issuer’s $1.7 billion sale this week. More than $68 million in par value was traded yesterday, or more than 9 percent of Tuesday’s total trading volume, up 638 percent

Student Loan, Transportation Spreads Tighten in Reach for Yield

March 18, 2015

The student loan sector is considered the riskiest in the municipal market, with spreads 159 basis points above Bloomberg’s 5-year AAA muni benchmark,according to Bloomberg’s municipal credit risk model.Still,spreads tightened nine basis points in the week ended March 13. The transportation sector, also considered one of the riskiest with spreads 87 basis points above the benchmark, saw spreads tighten one basis

Municipal Market Expert Series – Mark Muller

March 16, 2015

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Puerto Rico Timeline

March 11, 2015

On March 11, 2014, Puerto Rico sold $3.5 billion of junk-rated general obligation bonds with an 8 percent coupon maturing in 2035. The timeline shows the price change of the bonds over the past year. Click here to view the timeline. — Taylor Riggs  This timeline was taken from the Bloomberg

Municipal Market Weekly Digest- March 6th

March 6, 2015

This edition contains the top stories and data for the week ending on March 6, 2015. Click here to view.

Governor Wolf’s Pennsylvania Budget Boosts Education Funding

March 5, 2015

Governor Tom Wolf overhauled Pennsylvania’s tax structure with his proposed 2015-2016 budget on Monday, raising taxes and the minimum wage. Wolf’s proposed tax increases are estimated to bring in about $4.6 billion in new revenue, which would raise K-12 education dollars by $400 million to $6.11 billion in the 2016 fiscal year, according to budget documents. Nearly half of