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Bloomberg Brief Expert Series – Tina Morris Video

January 27, 2015

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Obama Says U.S. Must Address Income Gap

January 21, 2015

BY MIKE DORNING AND ANGELA GREILING KEANE President Barack Obama declared the U.S. economy healed and said the nation now must begin work to close the gap between the well-off and the wanting. “Tonight we turn the page,” Obama said in his sixth annual State of the Union address. “We have

Arizona Town Water Bonds Defy BondView Reporting Error of Monetary Default

January 14, 2015

Cottonwood, Arizona, is back in compliance with its 1.35 times debt service coverage requirement in fiscal 2014 for its water revenue bonds, the first time since 2008, said town finance director Rudy Rodriguez. The breach did not constitute a technical default, but gave bondholders the authority to override the city council to raise water rates. While bondholders did not

Bloomberg Brief Launches New Weekly Digest

January 9, 2015

The weekly presents a sampling of the top news and data that run on the Bloomberg terminal and in our daily Municipal Market brief. Click here to download this special complimentary newsletter.  

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