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Municipal bonds once seen as the safest now tarnished

June 20, 2018

Late last month, Fitch Ratings downgraded $2.5 billion of Illinois's sales-tax bonds by five steps, dropping them closer to debt backed only by the state's promise to repay. It may not be the last ratings cut for state and local government bonds...

Biggest U.S. banks cut municipal-bond holdings

May 31, 2018

More than a half dozen of the biggest U.S. banks reduced their holdings of state and local government bonds by billions of dollars after the federal government slashed corporate tax rates, making the securities less valuable to one of the market's...

Bond mark-up transparency rule could help investors, cause more work for brokers

May 14, 2018

New regulations designed to illuminate the cost of bonds, which went into effect on Monday, are likely to help retail investors but cause more work for brokers. The regulations — one from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc., the...

Mutual funds stand to gain as muni investors get first look at fees

April 23, 2018

On May 14, the municipal-bond market's biggest investors may be in for a shock. That's when new rules will require brokerage firms to start disclosing some of the fees they charge individuals to buy and sell state and local government debt....

Rise of Puerto Rico bonds has investors' minds blown

April 3, 2018

Of all the wild, head-scratching moves in financial markets this year, there are few that have surprised investors quite as much as the rally in defaulted Puerto Rico bonds. "It just blows my mind," said Matt Dalton, chief executive officer...

UBS ordered to pay $204,000 in Puerto Rican bond claim

March 20, 2018

A Finra all-public arbitration panel has found UBS liable for breach of contract and unsuitability in a customer complaint involving Puerto Rican bonds, and ordered UBS to pay compensatory damages of $204,339, plus $66,000 in costs. The claimant...

Finra panel awards five UBS clients $521,000 in damages over Puerto Rican bonds

February 26, 2018

An all-public arbitration panel of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. has awarded five clients of UBS Financial Services more than $521,000 in compensatory damages in a case related to the clients' investments in Puerto Rican bonds...

Muni money funds show signs of life

February 12, 2018

If 2017 was the year the municipal money market funds stopped bleeding assets, 2018 is the year they've started growing again. Tax-exempt money market fund assets have increased by almost $7 billion since the beginning of the year, seven times...

Fintech startup wants to help advisers find and sell muni bonds

January 23, 2018

It's like Zillow, but for bonds. That's the idea behind Bond Navigator, a cloud-based digital marketplace for advisers to find and evaluate municipal bonds, that launched Tuesday from startup 280 CapMarkets. Gurinder Ahluwalia, the co-founder...

Tax bill SALT reduction could raise demand for munis

January 12, 2018

Residents in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut who waited in queues to pay their property taxes early and take advantage of an expiring tax deduction may be lining up in 2018 to buy municipal bonds issued in their home states. Strategists...

Trump budget chief says no U.S. bailout for Puerto Rican debt

October 4, 2017

President Donald J. Trump's budget chief said not to take the president's suggestion that Puerto Rico's debt would be "wiped out" literally, as the territory's bonds plunged to a record low Wednesday. A benchmark general obligation bond due...

Hurricanes that ravaged Puerto Rico also wreck its bonds

September 29, 2017

Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated Puerto Rico, and the storms' effects on the islanders will last for years. Far less dire – but still lingering – will be the effect on Puerto Rico's municipal bonds and the mutual funds that hold them....

Ex-Morgan Stanley broker at center of Puerto Rico bond disputes

September 28, 2017

The Puerto Rico municipal bond mess has landed on the doorstep of Morgan Stanley, with mounting arbitration claims against the firm stemming from sales of the bonds and closed-end funds from a former broker in Miami. The broker, Angel Aquino-Velez,...

Odd letter highlights fiduciary concerns in Puerto Rico

September 21, 2017

Even when a broker is a fiduciary, he can certainly fail to act like one. Take, for example, the case of Oriental Financial Services Corp. It is a small broker-dealer that is part of a larger financial services company based in San Juan, Puerto...

Muni bonds' tax break looks safe for now

September 13, 2017

Donald J. Trump and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin have expressed support for maintaining the tax break on municipal bonds. The market takes them at their word. As the Republican president embarks on a push for tax cuts, top-rated state and...

UBS loses $793,000 in Puerto Rico bond arbitration case

June 28, 2017

A Finra all-public arbitration panel has awarded claimants $793,077.61 in a case involving the sale of Puerto Rico municipal bonds by UBS. The claimants — Madeleine Carrero, individually and as trustee of Fideicomiso Ulises Barros and Ulises...

Illinois' financial woes present risk — and opportunity — to muni bond investors

May 31, 2017

Illinois' financial woes, coming in the immediate wake of Puerto Rico's bankruptcy filing, is shining more light on the risks and opportunities in the municipal bond market, and stands out as a reminder that financial advisers should pay extra...

Trump miscues, more cash becoming available will drive summer muni bond rally

May 19, 2017

Municipal bonds got a lift this week as turmoil surrounding President Donald J. Trump's administration sparked a flight to safe assets. An even bigger boost will come this summer as investors will receive a flood of cash that will outstrip the...

OppenheimerFunds stays uniquely committed to Puerto Rico's muni bonds

May 5, 2017

Puerto Rico's recent bankruptcy filing shines fresh light on the so-called Rochester team at OppenheimerFunds, which has remained stubbornly committed to the U.S. territory even as it has rumbled toward a wall of financial woes. The filing on...

Arizona broker-dealer settles charges it underwrote fraudulent muni bonds

April 6, 2017

Lawson Financial Corp., a now-defunct municipal bond underwriter in Phoenix, Ariz., has settled with the Securities and Exchange Commission over charges related to muni bond offerings the firm underwrote that turned out to be fraudulent. Also...

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