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Municipal Markets

The Muni-Meltdown That Wasn’t

November 25, 2014

“An old-media kind of guy, I still keep file folders of stories, blog entries, clippings, messages and reports printed out and more or less sorted. Back in early 2009, I started a file labeled “Hysteria’’ to hold the physical evidence of what I thought the most unusual and even outlandish claims being leveled against

Muni Meltdown Animated Introduction

November 25, 2014

Watch our special Meltdown Animation. You can view the full report by clicking on the link at the end.

Puerto Rico Modeled as Riskiest Credit, Pricing 9 Percent Above Top Rated Munis

November 19, 2014

Puerto Rico is the riskiest credit in the municipal market, with spreads 900 basis points above Bloomberg’s AAA muni benchmark scale, followed by Alabama with spreads 400 basis points above the benchmark scale, according to Bloomberg’s municipal credit risk model. Spreads on Puerto Rico bonds widened 20 basis points in the week ended Nov. 7. Illinois and Connecticut

Houston Schools Sells Debt on Low Unemployment, Property Tax Revenue Growth

November 17, 2014

Houston Independent School District is expected to sell $356 million of unlimited tax general obligation bonds Tuesday, with AAA backing from the Permanent School Fund. Property tax revenue grew 3.5 percent over the last three years to over $1 billion. Houston has an unemployment rate of 5.5 percent and over $31,000 income per capita. In September, Houston joined Dallas

Ohio Cuts OPEB Liabilities by Most, Florida Sees Biggest Increase

November 12, 2014

The map below shows the percent change in other post-employment benefits, or OPEB, between fiscal year 2011 and fiscal year 2013, according to Moody’s Investors Service. Ohio saw the biggest reduction, cutting OPEB liabilities by 65 percent. Michigan and Iowa cut OPEB liabilities by 40 percent. Florida saw the biggest increase, as

Voters Approve at Least $13 Billion of Munis, Led by Water Debt

November 5, 2014

BY DARRELL PRESTON AND BRIAN CHAPPATTA U.S. voters passed at least $13 billion of municipal bond measures, led by borrowing for drought-fighting steps in California and school technology in New York. With interest rates close to generational lows, localities nationwide sought approval for $44 billion of debt yesterday to finance schools, water systems, roads and hospitals, according to Ipreo, a

Municipal Market- Q3 2014 Stat Book

November 3, 2014

The municipal bond market continued its rally in the third quarter as the 10-year AAA benchmark yield fell to a 17-month low. Munis posted positive returns every month in the first three quarters of the year for the first time in at least 25 years. Favorable supply and demand factors

California Earthquake Prices With 165-Basis-Point Spread on 2% Premium Increase

October 29, 2014

The California Earthquake Authority sold $350 million of taxable revenue bonds Tuesday, rated A3 by Moody’s and A by Fitch. Bonds maturing in 5 years were priced at par to yield 2.81 percent, compared to 1.45 percent for a five-year bond on Bloomberg’s A-rated revenue bond scale. Investors were able to get an extra 165 basis points

Key West Utility Sells With Wider Spreads on Declining Revenue

October 22, 2014

The Utility Board of Key West,sold $40 million of electric system refunding revenue bonds rated A1 by Moody’sand A- by Standard & Poor’s. Bonds maturing in five years yielded 1.55 percent, 19 basis points above Bloomberg’s A-rated revenue bond scale. Debt maturing in 10 years yielded 2.69, 31 basis points above the A-rated revenue bond scale Tuesday.

Cities Hiring Most Since 2008 as Economy Eases Fiscal Strains

October 15, 2014

More U.S. cities are hiring than at any time since the Great Recession as the reviving economy and rising property taxes allow higher spending for a second straight year, according to a report released Tuesday. One-third of cities and towns expanded their workforces this year, compared with reductions in 18 percent, according to an annual survey