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BNY Mellon unit ditching riskiest bonds in its muni funds

June 22, 2010

Standish Mellon Asset Management Co. LLC is scaling back the level of risk within its municipal bond portfolios but isn’t worried about massive defaults among local and state governments, according to an executive at the firm. Advisers are...

Buffett sees 'terrible problem' ahead for muni bonds

June 2, 2010

Warren Buffett, whose Berkshire Hathaway Inc. has been trimming its investment in municipal debt, predicted a “terrible problem” for the bonds in coming years. “There will be a terrible problem and then the question becomes will the federal...

Surprise! Muni bonds starting to look more appealing

March 29, 2010

The biggest risk in the municipal bond space right now is painting the entire market with a broad brush, according to Thomas Dalpiaz, portfolio manager at Advisors Asset Management Inc. “There are certainly challenges in the muni bond space,”...

SEC, IRS to crack down on muni bond shenanigans

March 3, 2010

The Securities and Exchange Commission and the Internal Revenue Service have agreed to work more closely together to regulate the massive municipal bond market, the two agencies announced Tuesday. The heads of the SEC and the IRS signed a document...

Muni bond demand strong despite budget woes, says Dalpiaz of Advisors Asset Management

February 12, 2010

Municipal bonds are an ideal alternative to low-yielding cash allocations and could be the perfect place to invest in an environment of rising taxes, according to Thomas Dalpiaz, a portfolio manager at Advisors Asset Management Inc. The firm...

California muni investors trim holdings

January 31, 2010

Financial advisers with clients in California are increasingly recommending a cutback in exposure to the Golden State's tax-exempt bonds. Considering California's high income taxes, that is a tough recommendation to make, but many advisers say...

Build America Bonds look poised to extend their big 2009 run

January 17, 2010

Once you get past the uneasy concept of lending money to fiscally challenged state and local governments, there is plenty to like about Build America Bonds — and financial advisers should be taking notice. First issued in April as part of...

iShares launches first-ever muni bond ETF with fixed end date

January 8, 2010

iShares today launched a suite of municipal bond exchange-traded funds with a planned end date. The feature allows investors to obtain targeted exposure to the municipal yield curve. Many municipal bond buyers prefer investing in individual...

Morgan Stanley hit with $90K fine for muni-bond pricing

October 25, 2009

Morgan Stanley has agreed to pay a $90,000 fine to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. to settle charges that it traded municipal bonds at unfair prices. The fine covered 11 corporate-bond trades and three muni-securities trades...

Finra fined Morgan Stanley $90K for unfair trading practices

October 19, 2009

Morgan Stanley has agreed to pay a $90,000 fine to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. to settle charges that it traded municipal bonds at unfair prices. The fine covered 11 corporate-bond trades and three municipal-securities trades...

Muni ETFs gain popularity, but are they a good fit?

October 4, 2009

Exchange-traded funds that invest in municipal bonds are gaining in popularity, but some industry watchers think that mutual funds are a better option. The ETF structure just isn't a good fit for the muni market, they said. It can lead to pricing...

Ex-Moody's employee warned SEC about muni issues

September 30, 2009

As Congress steps up scrutiny of the credit rating industry, allegations by another former employee of Moody's Investors Service have come to light and the big rating agency is being called to account before a House panel. A former Moody's employee...

Promises, promises: Finra probes B-Ds' retail muni sales practices

September 27, 2009

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. is investigating whether broker-dealers are meeting their obligations to municipal-bond issuers who seek distribution to retail investors. The probe, which so far hasn't been raised to the level...

Freestyle analyst

September 20, 2009

Being an investment research analyst during one of the most historic economic downturns can be stressful. But having faced the physical and mental challenges of open-ocean swimming, 29-year-old Jeffrey Cleveland says he can keep things in perspective....

New rules would give muni issuers more control over distribution

August 11, 2009

The Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board today proposed new rules aimed at ensuring that municipal bond underwriters honor issuers’ wishes to preserve retail investors’ access to new bond issues <>....

Muni analysts want more issuer disclosure

July 26, 2009

The recently issued SEC proposal to expand issuer disclosure in the $2.7 trillion municipal-securities market doesn't go far enough, say muni-bond analysts and the mutual fund industry. Although the Securities and Exchange Commission would extend...

Municipal bonds thrive despite states' deep economic woes

July 19, 2009

Although state and local governments across the country face staggering budget deficits, their struggles are having little effect on municipal-bond prices. “Since the [second] quarter began, prices are definitely higher,” said Matt Fabian,...

Two new munis and a swaps recap

June 28, 2009

Through the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the government has created Build America Bonds. These are vehicles through which the federal government subsidizes municipal issues so that issuers can offer investors higher...

MSRB readies new muni disclosure system

June 28, 2009

The Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board's revamped municipal-bond disclosure system, set to go live next month, won't be quite the panacea for disclosure that regulators hope, according to some observers. Once it is operational, the Alexandria,...

Muni bond funds enjoy newfound popularity

May 22, 2009

In what advisers say is a flight to safety and returns, municipal bond funds attracted more than $20 billion in new cash from January through May 13, according to the Washington-based Investment Company Institute. That’s a sharp turnaround...

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