The Miami-Dade County Seaport Department won The Bond Buyer’s 20th annual Deal of the Year award for PortMiami’s $1.24 billion seaport revenue refunding bonds. PortMiami is the largest cruise port in the world and a large containerized cargo port. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, PortMiami cruise operations were suspended for nearly 16 months.
In a move to further expand its public finance practice in Atlanta, the law firm of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP announced that Shaney Lokken has joined the firm as counsel. Lokken is a public finance attorney with 20 years of experience representing issuers, borrowers, underwriters and purchasers. She joins the firm from Murray Barnes &
Well before the pandemic drove online adoption, the consumer shift toward a digital, personalized banking experience was on an upward trend. For financial institutions looking to capture the millennial and Gen Z demographic, it’s increasingly important to rethink card member acquisition approaches and prioritize automated, hyper-personalized programs. In this Arizent Leaders forum interview with American
When Florida’s Legislature returns on Jan. 1, one of its first items of business will be to look at Gov. Ron DeSantis’ proposed budget of $99.7 billion for fiscal 2022-2023. The governor’s recommended spending plan for fiscal 2022-23 is down 1.8% from the previous fiscal year’s adopted budget of $101.5 billion. This is largely because
It was Groundhog Day for municipals as triple-A benchmark yields held steady on Tuesday while Treasuries were weaker and equities sold off. Triple-A yield curves were unchanged on the day and mostly have not budged but a basis point in spots since the end of November. Most generic benchmark curves have remained static all month
Natalie Braswell of Bloomfield will succeed Kevin Lembo as Connecticut comptroller on Dec. 31, Gov. Ned Lamont announced. Lembo on Dec. 3 said he would resign due to a heart condition. Braswell will hold the position through Jan. 4, 2023. Lamont, in appointing Braswell, said state law requires that upon the resignation of a constitutional
Munis started off quiet this week ahead of some big deals on tap, with new issuance totaling nearly $8 billion. Triple-A yield curves were little changed on the day while U.S. Treasuries were stronger. Ratios were slightly higher with the five-year muni-to-UST ratio at 49% in five years, 72% in 10 and 82% in 30,
New York City Comptroller-elect Brad Lander has launched a nationwide search for a new chief investment officer to oversee the Bureau of Asset Management, which manages New York City’s $274 billion pension portfolio. Alex Doñé will leave at the end of the year, and current Deputy CIO Michael Haddad will fill the interim position, Lander
The U.S. Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority sold $35 million of bond anticipation notes at a high yield of 7% for tax-exempt notes and 9% for taxable notes. WAPA closed the deal the week of Nov. 29. High-yield investment giant Nuveen bought the $34.5 million of tax-exempt BANs and $500,000 of taxable BANs via
Amid rising prices, supply chain disruptions and labor shortages, governments are increasingly eying so-called progressive development agreements, or PDAs, as a way to minimize uncertainties as they embark on complex infrastructure projects. The move can reduce risks and costs and deliver a project faster, said Moody’s Investors Service analyst John Medina. “Construction costs are very
Chicago wrapped up the pricing on $1.45 billion of refinancing bonds Thursday after structural tweaks and a $1 billion tender and exchange allowed the city to scale back on the deal’s size and still meet a $250 million savings target. A look at the 10-year in the tax-exempt pieces showed spreads narrowed sharply from the
Municipal bonds were steady for the eighth straight session Friday as U.S. Treasuries were slightly better and stocks rose after Consumer Price Index data came as expected, though the highest since 1982. “U.S. stocks rallied after the latest inflation report did not come in as hot as many were expecting. Wall Street did not see
Turmoil at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, including a former general manager’s guilty plea to felony bribery, should not affect its Kroll Bond Rating Agency ratings. LADWP holds Kroll’s AA-plus rating on its water system revenue bonds and AA on its power system revenue bonds. The outlook on both ratings is stable.
Quincy, Massachusetts, is planning a $475 million pension obligation bond sale for Tuesday that is projected to fully fund its retirement system. City officials say they are getting out front of a state directive for its municipalities to reach full pension funding by 2037 and borrowing while interest rates are still low. Ramirez & Co.
Municipal yields held steady for the seventh session in a row in light trading Thursday as the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York’s $2.5 billion of competitive loans were the focus while U.S. Treasuries made gains and equities were mixed on heightened Omicron concerns. Triple-A yield curves were little changed on the day
Mark Zehner spent 25 years dropping the hammer on municipal securities wrongdoers, helping to firmly establish the Securities and Exchange Commission’s enforcement of the laws in the muni market. His career saw the SEC bring cases against negligent issuers and audacious fraudsters, broker-dealers and bond lawyers. He still views the municipal market as a place
Secondary trading saw an uptick and some pressures emerged on munis, but benchmark yield curves were little changed to weaker by a basis point in spots, again outperforming taxables. U.S. Treasuries slid further with the largest rise in yields on the long bond, and equities made gains after a mixed open. ICE Data Services and
Minnesota expects a $7.7 billion surplus in its current two-year budget, a dramatic turnaround from a year ago when red ink driven by the pandemic’s anticipated tax blows loomed. The state’s November 2020 budgetary and economic forecast warned of a $1.3 billion gap in the fiscal 2022-2023 for Gov. Tim Walz and lawmakers to deal
Municipal secondary trading was light and triple-A benchmark yields left unchanged as the large primary diverted attention while U.S. Treasuries were weaker again and equities rallied. Trading was down 18% from Monday, which was already a light day at $5.6 billion par traded, as new issues were the focus and provided some direction. The day’s
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Chicago heads into the market this week with an upsized $2.2 billion refinancing under its general obligation and Sales Tax Securitization Corp. credits after finalizing the results of a tender and exchange offer. “It’s roundly about $1 billion more for the results of the tender,” Chicago Chief Financial Officer Jennie Huang Bennett’s office said in