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Muni bond issuers are lax about reporting, study shows

February 13, 2011

The municipal bond market, already under a dark cloud due to rising risk levels, apparently has a pattern of lax financial reporting practices that could further elevate concerns about the market. A recent study from DPC Data Inc. found that...

Vanguard tweet: No muni market collapse

January 27, 2011

The Vanguard Group Inc. is turning to social media to get the word out that despite dire predictions, the muni bond market isn't about to implode. The firm has penned a new research paper, “California is not Greece,” and is holding a webcast...

Bargains going a-begging in the muni market: Deutsche Bank

January 19, 2011

There’s a powerful positive feedback loop working that will boost the U.S. economy and stock market this year, said Larry Adams, U.S. chief investment strategist of Deutsche Bank Private Wealth Management. The group manages $427 billion in...

Top muni bond manager: Whitney's call preposterous

January 19, 2011

Lyle Fitterer, the top manager of U.S. municipal-bond funds in the past decade, sides with Bill Gross and against Meredith Whitney in his view that fiscally strained states and cities will avoid widespread defaults. “The baby has been thrown...

Vanguard yanks filings for new muni bond funds

January 13, 2011

In light of the extreme volatility in the municipal bond market, The Vanguard Group Inc. has withdrawn the documents it filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission to launch three municipal bond index funds and exchange-traded funds. The...

Dimon, Buffett sound warning as surprising muni danger-zones emerge

January 12, 2011

JPMorgan Chase & Co. Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon said he expects more U.S. municipalities to declare bankruptcy and urged caution when investing in the $2.9 trillion public-debt market. “There have been six or seven municipal bankruptcies...

Bill Gross: Whitney's wrong about muni bond meltdown

January 12, 2011

Bill Gross, who manages the world's biggest bond fund at Pacific Investment Management Co., clashed with Meredith Whitney, the banking analyst, when he said he doubted there would be many local-government bankruptcies. “Ultimately, municipal...

Bill Gross steers clear of Illinois debt as state faces 'fiscal abyss'

January 4, 2011

Illinois lawmakers will try this week to accomplish in a few days what they have been unable to do in the past two years -- resolve the state's worst financial crisis. The legislative session that began today as the House convened will take...

Great stocking stuffers: Muni bonds

December 12, 2010

Wealthy U.S. investors may be able to buy municipal bonds at some of the highest yields in seven months as issuers rush to borrow before year-end. Yields on the second-highest-rated municipal debt are at levels not reached since May, according...

Muni meltdown: Does a 'fast rally' lie ahead?

December 5, 2010

Forget the talk about a collapse in the municipal bond market — investors should be buying, according to a research note released last week by Municipal Market Advisors. Since the end of October, a wave of new issues, a downgrade of the tobacco...

All of a sudden, muni bonds looking like a good deal

November 22, 2010

Tax-exempt bonds are yielding more than Treasuries for the first time since the financial crisis, a relationship that history shows doesn't last, especially as the Federal Reserve kindles inflation expectations. Investors buying AAA municipal...

Whitney joins Buffett in warning about possible muni defaults

September 30, 2010

The U.S. government will face pressure to bail out struggling states in the next 12 months, said Meredith Whitney, the banking analyst who correctly predicted Citigroup Inc.'s dividend cut in 2008. While saying a bailout might not be politically...

Red Sox hit-and-run play snuffed out by muni bond issue

September 23, 2010

Florida's Lee County sold $81.2 million of bonds to keep an attraction that generates $21 million a year in tourism: the Boston Red Sox. The debt sold yesterday will finance a new stadium for the club in Fort Myers, 120 miles (194 kilometers)...

The muni opinion: Default risk or just catchy headlines?

September 14, 2010

The following is a commentary by Philip G. Condon, head of municipal bond portfolio management; Ashton Goodfield, head of municipal bond trading; Carol L. Flynn, head of municipal bond research; and Anthony Parish, Fixed-income product specialist,...

Goldman tie-up with Incapital broadens its muni distribution

September 8, 2010

Municipal bonds underwritten by The Goldman Sachs Group Inc. will be available through the 600 broker-dealer partners of Incapital LLC as a result of a deal announced today by the two firms. The partnership marks the first time Goldman, which...

Moody’s assigns negative outlook to all U.S. municipalities

April 9, 2009

Moody’s Investors Service has placed all U.S. municipalities on negative outlook, indicating its expectations for the whole sector over the next 12 to 18 months. It is the first time that the New York-based ratings agency issued a broad report...

Municipal bonds issuance up from a year ago

February 2, 2009

Municipalities stepped up their issuance of bonds by 5.3% in January, from a year ago, according to The Bond Buyer. The issuances made up the majority of the municipal bonds entering the market last month — 380 — with a par value of $14.97...

SIFMA adds municipal bond expert

January 7, 2009

The Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association has hired Leon J. Bijou as managing director and associate general counsel in a bid to expand its municipal bond expertise. In the new position, Mr. Bijou will work with the group’s...

MSRB announces senior management changes

October 14, 2008

The Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board has promoted two staff members to new roles and hired a new member to its senior management team. The Alexandria-based organization has tapped Harold L. Johnson as deputy executive director and Ernesto...

Tax exemptions for bonds upheld

May 19, 2008

In a 7-to-2 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court today ruled that Kentucky can continue to tax out-of-state municipal bonds, while choosing not to tax in-state ones. Kentucky was appealing a 2006 state appellate court ruling that exempting interest...

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