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Municipal Markets

Student Loan, Health Care Riskiest Sectors Even as Student Loan Spreads Tighten

January 7, 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, followed by the health care sector with spreads of 113 basis points above the benchmark, according to Bloomberg’s municipal credit risk model. The student loan sector tightened by six basis points in the week

Broward County Schools Refunds Debt on Rising Enrollment, Higher Tax Collections

January 5, 2015

The School Board of Broward County, Florida, is expected to issue $273.14 million in certificates of participation on Wednesday, rated A1 by Moody’s Investors Service, A by Standard & Poor’s and A+ by Fitch Ratings. The COPs will be used to refund a portion of the series 2005 and 2006 certificates. Enrollment in Broward County school districts has increased

Chicago Unions Fight Pension Cuts

December 17, 2014

BY ANDREW HARRIS Chicago labor unions sued to block the third-biggest U.S. city’s plan to cut a $20 billion pension deficit on the heels of a successful challenge to cuts to state pension benefits. The lawsuit, filed by municipal employee and teachers’ unions in state court in Chicago, relies on the same Illinois

Nuveen Extends Lead With Inflows, Columbia See Largest Outflows

December 16, 2014

Nuveen extended its lead as the investment manager receiving the most cash from investors, taking in $253 million in the month through Dec. 10 after receiving $58 million in new cash in the month ended Dec. 3. Investors poured $53 million of new cash into Federated Investors in the month after only $9 million in the month ended

Two Largest Weeks of Issuance Lure Buyers, Pushing 10-Year Average Yield to 2.13%

December 12, 2014

Investors poured $695.5 million into municipal bond funds that report weekly to Lipper US Fund Flows, the most cash in nine weeks as municipalities sold more than $14 billion of debt this week. The average 10-year muni yield fell to 2.13 percent, the lowest since the week ended Oct. 29. Long-term funds that report weekly to Lipper saw

Puerto Rico Lawmakers Pass Bond Plan With Cap

December 10, 2014

BY MICHELLE KASKE Puerto Rico’s legislature passed a $2.9 billion borrowing measure that would repay money owed to the Government Development Bank and fund public transportation. The measure increases the territory’s petroleum tax to $15.50 per barrel, from $9.25, with the additional revenue going to back a bond sale of as much as

Brief Bites With Taylor Riggs

December 5, 2014

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Municipal Market 12.4

New Jersey Sells Debt after Releasing Revised $83 Billion Unfunded Pension Liability

December 4, 2014

New Jersey sold $525 million of general obligation bonds Wednesday, rated A1 by Moody’s and A by Standard & Poor’s and Fitch. Bond maturing in 10 years with a 5 percent coupon yielded 2.58 percent, compared with 10-year bonds trading at 2.77 percent in the secondary market. Debt maturing in 20

Municipal Market 12.3.14

Muni Bond 30-Day Visible Supply Reaches Four-Year High as Rates Head Lower

December 3, 2014

Issuers have scheduled $20.9 billion of bond sales for the next 30 days, the most since December 2010, as borrowing costs fell for a ninth straight session. Bloomberg’s AAA muni benchmark 10-year yield fell to 2.18 percent on Tuesday, down from 2.31 percent on Nov. 18 and down from 3 percent at the beginning of the year. State

FBI Raids Office of Puerto Rico Water Agency

November 26, 2014

BY MICHELLE KASKE FBI agents raided the office of the Puerto Rico Aqueduct & Sewer Authority in San Juan, according to Moises Quinones, a spokesman for the law-enforcement agency. Officials from the Federal Bureau of Investigation entered the water authority’s office, stayed for about 2 1/2 hours and collected documents, said Quinones, who’s