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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...

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...

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...

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...

Bank of America to pay $137M in muni cases

December 7, 2010

Bank of America Corp. agreed to pay $137 million to settle investigations of its involvement in a conspiracy to rig bids on 88 municipal bond contracts, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and Justice Department said. Bank of America,...

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....

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...

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...

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...

Navigating illiquidity in municipal bonds

July 6, 2015

Investors have been flocking to the $3.6 trillion U.S. municipal bond market and demand is expected to remain strong. But while the muni market has experienced growth over the last decade, dealer participation in the space has not. Inventories...

SEC turns gaze to municipals

April 13, 2014

The Securities and Exchange Commission is turning its enforcement attention to municipal bond issuers, who have escaped close attention for too long. The development is important for individual investors, particularly retirees, and their advisers...

Best-performing muni bond funds - 10. Columbia AMT-Free Tax-Exempt Bond Fnd A

July 17, 2013

Ticker INTAX 1-year return 1.0% 3-year return 5.6% 5-year return 5.6% Expense ratio 0.8% (Assets and expense ratios as of May 31; returns as of June 28. Includes funds with $100M minimum only. Excludes leveraged and inverse funds. Three-year...

Whitney still sticks in muni bonds' craw

May 5, 2013

The municipal bond market continues to view outspoken analyst Meredith Whitney as an unwelcome guest at a private party. As much as the industry would like to see her focus her attention and sensational comments elsewhere, she refuses to leave...

Muni-bond holders in purgatory as Detroit teeters on the brink

March 11, 2013

Detroit's financial mismanagement has devolved into an ugly political morass, but the latest move by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is seen as a ray of hope for municipal bond investors. Regardless of where you stand on the politics involved in a...

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...

The danger of more uncertainty in the muni market

January 22, 2013

If there is one certainty that I believe municipal bond investors can lean upon as we fully commit to writing 2013 in our check registers, it is the seemingly perpetual uncertainty regarding the political deliberations about to resume in Washington,...

The case against muni bonds

December 11, 2012

The following was written by the Litman Gregory research team and was excerpted from the firm's latest "No-Load Fund Analyst". We have written at length about our strategy on the bond side in many of our recent commentaries, and our focus has...

What to expect from muni bonds this fall

September 25, 2012

The following is excerpted from the September investment overview from Morgan Stanley Smith Barney's Global Investment Committee. The tax-exempt municipal bond market enjoyed favorable technical factors for much of the summer, which allowed...

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