Bonds

The municipal market was little changed on Friday as a disappointing August jobs number punctuated an otherwise lackluster day of light trading activity ahead of the Labor Day holiday. Trading fell to a trickle at about $2.1 billion near the close and triple-A benchmarks were unmoved, outperforming a cheaper U.S. Treasury market which saw the
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The Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board has asked the Securities and Exchange Commission for permission to extend the deadline to pass the Series 54 exam two weeks to Nov. 30, 2021, from the previous date of Nov. 12. The extension comes, as promised, shortly after the agency began offering remote examinations following news that a municipal
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Taking advantage of low rates and market stability, the Kentucky Public Transportation Infrastructure Authority and the Turnpike Authority of Kentucky plan two refunding revenue bond sales. The Public Transportation Infrastructure Authority will sell $191.81 million of Series 2021 taxable fixed-rate first tier toll revenue refunding bonds for the Downtown Crossing project the week of Sept.
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The exclusion of the muni industry’s top priorities in the bipartisan infrastructure package has set up a two-week battle for lobbyists and industry advocates to include advance refunding, a bank-qualified expansion, and a direct-pay bond program in the upcoming reconciliation bill. “It continues to be a procedural fight at this point,” Brett Bolton, vice president
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Puerto Rico Gov. Pedro Pierluisi is expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit program for the island, which along with another expansion of a federal program, will likely aid the island’s economy, experts said. The federal government will provide $612 million a year for 10 years for the expanded credit, if the local government continues to
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Carbon transition risk is both a credit and social impact risk for the municipal market and investors can and should explicitly incorporate views and data on carbon emissions into risk management and ESG-related decisions, a report from DPC Data and risQ says. In some cases, municipal debt-issuing communities’ carbon transition risk “swamps their pension liabilities,”
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Unfunded retiree health-care benefits are the most material long-term liability for about one in 10 states and local governments, Moody’s Investors Service says. Retirement liabilities other than pensions — other-post employment liabilities, or OPEB — were roughly $1.1 trillion for the 50 states and more than 7,000 cities, counties and K-12 school districts that Moody’s
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Alternative trading system platforms provide the value of visible liquidity and price discovery in the marketplace, especially for municipal securities that are not widely known and transacted when directly compared to broker’s broker platforms, according to a new MSRB report. The Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board report compares trading activity on ATS platforms versus broker’s broker
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Surging COVID-19 hospitalization rates driven by the highly contagious Delta variant threaten to set back the not-for-profit healthcare sector’s recovery and pose new uncertainties, new reports warn. Hospitalizations are trending upward in all states with the 14-day increase at double-digit percentages for all but a few. The most daunting strains that could negatively impact hospital
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Municipals were little changed in light trading on the last Friday of August as U.S. Treasuries made gains as did equities following Federal reserve Board Chair Jerome Powell’s Jackson Hole speech. The total potential volume for next week is estimated at $4.938 billion, an expected drop as the unofficial final week of summer comes ahead
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Leasing to private operators would leave the large majority of the 31 airports owned by city, county, and state governments with significant net proceeds after paying off outstanding airport bonds, allowing their governmental owners to pay down other debt or, in some cases, even eliminate unfunded pension liabilities. That was the conclusion of a study
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Weakness moved out the yield curve Thursday as secondary bid-wanteds were still elevated while U.S. Treasuries pared earlier losses and equities sold off in the afternoon as news out of Afghanistan grew worse. For the 25th straight week, Refinitiv Lipper reported inflows into municipal bond funds. Investors put $1.9 billion of cash into the mutual
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As California lawmakers head into the fall to wrangle over budget trailer bills and begin to contemplate next year’s budget, they will do so with a robust piggy bank. California revenues continued to beat expectations, coming in $1.5 billion above the 2021-22 Budget Act forecast of $8.4 billion for July, according to the California Department
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Municipals faced some pressure and benchmark yield curves were cut by one to two basis points Wednesday. Municipals largely have shrugged off a weaker U.S. Treasury market and outperformed while mutual funds saw another $2 billion-plus week of inflows. The 10- and 30-year UST have risen nine basis points since Monday, while munis have only
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Kroll Bond Rating Agency raised its outlook on Chicago’s general obligation bonds to stable from negative and affirmed the city’s GO rating at A. “The stable outlook assignment and the outlook revision on the outstanding GO bonds recognizes the tenor of actions taken by the city’s management in confronting COVID-19 induced challenges, an improved revenue
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The way appeared to clear Tuesday for both prongs of President Joe Biden’s infrastructure agenda, as House Democrats approved a rule adopting a budget resolution and scheduling a vote on the Senate-passed bipartisan surface transportation bill no later than Sept. 27. The Tuesday vote clears the way for the bipartisan bill to become law prior
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