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WASHINGTON — President Biden ended the guessing game last month over his choice to run the Federal Reserve Board when he announced the renomination of Chair Jerome Powell to another term leading the central bank. But Powell’s reappointment along with the nomination of Gov. Lael Brainard to one of two vice chair positions only provided
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Eric Adams has about a month before his Jan. 1 swearing in as New York mayor to prepare for his first budget presentation. While he inherits a city with roughly $15 billion in multiple rounds of emergency federal funding, better-than-expected revenue and diminished outyear budget gaps, a raft of fiscal variables will confront him at
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After a full seven trading sessions of volatility in U.S. Treasuries and equities, municipals ended Friday quiet, little changed, and again ignored the moves in other markets. Treasuries saw yields fall and equities sold off on lower-than-expected employment figures while triple-A municipal benchmark yields were steady to firmer by a basis point in spots. This
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The U.S. toll road sector is expected to continue its upward trajectory in 2022, as median tolled traffic and revenue growth are slated to exceed 2% and 4%, respectively. That’s according to Moody’s Investors Service’s U.S. toll road report released on Dec. 2nd. Toll road traffic saw its steepest ever decline in 2020 as a
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Municipals continued to cut their own path and were little changed with a few large deals taking the focus again Thursday even as U.S. Treasury yields rose and equities rallied. Stocks rose on optimism the latest COVID variant “won’t completely upend economic activity,” said Edward Moya, senior market analyst at OANDA. “The next couple of
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California is well-positioned to qualify for the plethora of federal broadband infrastructure money available through the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill, according to Sen. Alex Padilla and others who spoke during an online event Tuesday. California Forward and California Emerging Technology Fund hosted the online webinar with Padilla, D-Calif., and several other speakers. The topic: what
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Municipals were mostly steady throughout the day and the primary was the focus while U.S. Treasuries whipsawed and stocks sold off after the first Omicron case was reported in California. The Investment Company Institute reported $974 million of inflows into municipal bond mutual funds and another round of small outflows from exchange-traded funds. Treasuries ended
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Puerto Rico’s General Fund net revenues came in 17.4% ahead of Oversight Board projections in the first quarter of the fiscal year. Revenues measured on an accrual basis were also 10.4% ahead of the first quarter of the prior fiscal year, according to data released by the Puerto Rico Treasury. Advantage Business Consulting President Vicente
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The U.S. Virgin Islands’ government is looking into refunding $1 billion of its matching fund bonds to address underfunding of its pension system. “There is a compelling argument for acting on this fourth attempt to pursue another Matching Fund securitization as interest rates remain not far off of historic lows and credit spreads remain relatively
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Municipals were little changed Monday while U.S. Treasuries pared back some of Friday’s gains and equities rebounded as markets generally calmed after initial Omicron fears were digested. Economists don’t appear to be too concerned about the latest COVID-19 variant. “Even if Omicron causes another pandemic wave, it is more likely to slow rather than interrupt
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Shortly after her swearing in as Boston mayor, Michelle Wu acted on her signature campaign theme, free transit rides. Sidestepping the state-run Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, Wu asked the City Council to approve the use of $8 million in federal rescue funding to expand a pilot program for two more years, to backstop rides on
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The Puerto Rico bankruptcy judge is likely to approve the Oversight Board-proposed Plan of Adjustment or something close to it this winter, observers and analysts say. While participants hoped the plan would be effective by Dec. 15 (a deadline in the bondholder Plan Support Agreement), on Nov. 17 the U.S. Attorney General asked for a
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