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Municipal Markets

Student Loan, Transportation Sectors Riskiest in Munis as Spreads Widen

June 10, 2015

The student loan and transportation sectors are the riskiest in the muni market, with spreads of 126 and 88 basis points respectively, above Bloomberg’s five-year AAA muni scale. Spreads also widened the most in the student loan sector in the past two months, by 25 basis points, as measured by

GFOA Conference Special Supplement

June 9, 2015

Municipal finance is center stage as the Government Finance Officers Association convenes in Philadelphia for its 109th annual conference. Having survived the Great Recession through good management, strategic use of reserves and low-cost financing, states and municipalities still face challenges: Budgets won’t balance, infrastructure that has been neglected and is

Metropolitan Areas in Nebraska, Iowa Lead in Lowest Unemployment

June 8, 2015

  Unemployment rates were lower in April from a year earlier in 344 of the 387 metropolitan areas, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said last week. Eleven areas had jobless rates of less than 3 percent in April, while another 11 areas had rates of at least 10 percent, BLS

Municipal Market Weekly Digest- June 5th

June 5, 2015

This edition contains the top stories and data for the week ending June 5, 2015. Click here to view the full Municipal Market Weekly Digest.   

Outflows Continue for Fifth Straight Week as Supply Increases

June 5, 2015

Outflows from municipal bond funds continued for a fifth straight week, increasing to $380.7 million from last week’s $205.3 million. This was the largest outflows since the week ended April 15. Issuers picked up the pace of borrowing to more than $10 billion this week. The weekly average 10-year yield

Bloomberg Brief Deal in the Spotlight

June 4, 2015

Editor Taylor Riggs discusses the Pike Place Market bonds in this week’s Deal in the Spotlight.

Puerto Rico’s Power Agency Forecasts $3 Billion in Annual Operating Expenses

June 3, 2015

Puerto Rico’s Electric Power Authority released a restructuring plan on June 1, saying direct operating expenses will average $3 billion a year, capital expenditures will average $455 million a year and operational improvements will average $315 million a year through fiscal year 2030. Total operating expenses are forecast to jump to $3

Bloomberg Brief Deal in the Spotlight with Kate Smith

May 29, 2015

Kate Smith discusses the Los Angeles wastewater green bonds in this week’s Deal in the Spotlight.

Municipal Market Weekly Digest- May 29th

May 29, 2015

This edition contains the top stories and data for the week ending May 29, 2015. Click here to view the full Municipal Market Weekly Digest. 

Investors Chasing Fewer Bonds, Says IRS

May 28, 2015

BY KATE SMITH Tax-exempt income became a game of musical chairs in 2013, as the number of participants remained the same as the money to be made dropped, according to the latest edition of the Internal Revenue Service’s Statistics of Income Bulletin. The number of households reporting tax-exempt income between