Bonds

On a day when the Federal Open Market Committee made taper official, equities hit all-time record highs and U.S. Treasuries lost ground, while municipals made gains early on and stuck with them in an actively traded secondary. High-grade benchmark yields fell one to three basis points while USTs ended the day higher after an up-and-down
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Municipals were a touch firmer in the belly of the curve in light trading on Tuesday while the focus was on an active primary ahead of the FOMC meeting Wednesday. Triple-A benchmarks were bumped by a basis point while U.S. Treasuries were better and equities rallied. Municipal-to-UST ratios saw the 5-year at 57%, the 10-year
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The Puerto Rico Oversight Board said the current bond adjustment deal would collapse unless the bankruptcy judge said a recently passed law, which bars pension “cuts,” actually allows for the board’s planned pension changes. Puerto Rico Oversight Board Attorney Martin Bienenstock raised these concerns in a pretrial conference and hearing leading up to the Plan
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The Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board plans to request comment on its Rule G-27 related to dealer supervision in the next month. That and a number of other issues were discussed during the MSRB’s quarterly board meeting this week. “As part of our commitment to prudent and practical regulation, we are focused on a retrospective review
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Municipal bonds were lightly traded and benchmark yields steady to end October while U.S. Treasuries bounced throughout the trading session, ending stronger near the close, and market participants are pointing to near-term volatility for both asset classes going into November. In the near-term, the upcoming Federal Open Market Committee meeting should contain “an intense discussion
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Puerto Rico’s leaders welcomed Pres. Joe Biden’s Build Back Better Act budget proposal for its inclusion of funding for three programs that would benefit the island. As it stood on Friday, Biden’s $1.85 trillion spending and taxing proposal would introduce the Supplemental Security Income program to provide $1 billion to island residents, would increase the
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The Build Back Better framework released this morning by President Joe Biden does not include any of the municipal market’s top priorities. Included in an original reconciliation bill but dropped from the newly-released framework are: the restoration of tax-exempt advance refundings; a direct-pay bond program; an expansion of the eligible uses of private activity bonds;
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Municipals were stronger on the backs of a U.S. Treasury rally but underperformed the movements there, pushing ratios on the 10-year near 80% and the 30-year close to 90%. Triple-A benchmark scales were bumped two to three basis points on bonds outside nine-years while the 10-year UST fell seven basis points and the 30-year fell
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It appears the Puerto Rico Plan of Adjustment will collapse as the Senate lacked the votes to approve a bill to back the plan and missed the Oversight Board’s deadline for such action. “It is a stunning development,” CreditSights Senior Municipals Analyst John Ceffalio said. “It had seemed the legislature had gotten all of its
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