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Municipal Markets

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

Inflows Turn to Outflows for Nuveen, Invesco, Oppenheimer

March 4, 2015

Nuveen Fund Advisors, Invesco Funds and OppenheimerFunds — which had some of the largest inflows in January — reported net outflows in February of $92 million, $75 million and $29 million, respectively. Federated Investors, which reported $166 million of inflows in January had smaller net outflows in February of $3 million, according to Lipper US Fund Flows. Of all

Exclusive Interview with Tom DeMarco of Fidelity Capital Markets

March 3, 2015

Tom DeMarco, fixed-income strategist at Fidelity Capital Markets, spoke with Bloomberg Brief editor Taylor Riggs on Feb. 25 about a flattening yield curve, demand for municipals during tax season and the future of bond insurance. His comments have been edited and condensed. Click here to read the full interview.

Municipal Market Weekly Digest- 2/27

February 27, 2015

The Municipal Market Weekly Digest contains the top stories and data for the week. Click here to read this week’s issue.

Home Prices in 20 Cities Extend Gains, Led by San Francisco, Miami

February 25, 2015

Home prices in 20 U.S. cities rose 4.46 percent in December 2014 year over year, after increasing 4.29 percent in November from a year earlier, according to the S&P/Case-Shiller index. It was the slowest December gain since 2011 when prices fell 4.07 percent year over year. In December 2012, prices