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Municipal Markets

Joe Mysak Commentary – Defending Tax-Exemption.

August 4, 2014

This article was originally published in Bloomberg Brief Municipal Market 7/22. The tax-exempt market “raises equity questions,’’ Senator Ron Wyden, D-Oregon and chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, told reporter Brian Chappatta last week during a Q&A session at Bloomberg headquarters. He expanded, “I have accountants come and tell me ‘here’s all the people that we do

Municipal Market First Half 2014 Stat Book

August 1, 2014

Municipal bonds rallied, defying analyst expectations as supply fell more than 20 percent while mutual fund inflows and principal and interest payments boosted demand. With issuance in the first half of 2014 at its lowest since 2011 and a top tax bracket at its highest since 2000, munis posted their best second quarter returns

East Bay MUD Prices Richer Than Benchmark AAA Munis Inside 10 Years

July 30, 2014

California’s East Bay Municipal Utility East Bay MUD Pricing District issued $82.4 million of revenue bonds Tuesday with lower yields on the front end of the curve than when the issuer sold debt in May. Two-year debt sold with yields at 0.25 percent, versus 0.29 percent in May, and was richer than Bloomberg’s AAA muni benchmark scale. Debt

Expert Sees Weaknesses in Detroit Government

July 23, 2014

The bankruptcy court’s chosen expert on the feasibility of Detroit’s debt-adjustment plan spotted several weaknesses in city government that she said need to be improved to ensure there’s no second default. Martha Kopacz, a senior managing partner at Phoenix Management Services LLC, filed a report with the court on July 18 concluding that Detroit “will

Shootings and Health Spending

June 11, 2014

June 11 (Bloomberg) — Taylor Riggs from Bloomberg Brief discusses today’s Bloomberg BRIEF on the municipal market. Click here to listen. You can read Taylor’s analysis and other news, market data and expert commentary from the world’s most trusted economists and analysts in the Bloomberg BRIEF digital newsletters. Subscribe or

Municipal Market Q1 Statbook

May 2, 2014

The Municipal Market Q1 Statbook narrated by editor Taylor Riggs.  http://www.bloombergbriefs.com/2014/05/02/municipal-market-q1-statbook/