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5 Dec 2016: ITALY VOTE PUTS BONDS TO THE TEST
Italy’s rejection of constitutional reform and the resignation of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi are far from being a Brexit-style shock. Markets got this one right. But even more political uncertainty is the result. ... more info

5 Dec 2016: NYC'S $804M GOS PRICED FOR RETAIL; MUNIS FLAT
Top-quality municipal bonds were unchanged at mid-session, according to traders, as the market began to see the first of the week's big deals price for retail investors, led by a large offering from the Big Apple. ... more info

5 Dec 2016: UBS ORDERED TO PAY TWO INVESTORS $18.4M OVER PUERTO RICO BONDS
The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority has ordered UBS to pay two Puerto Rican residents $18.4 million in damages, interest, and other fees over the residents’ investments in closed-end mutual funds concentrated in Puerto Rico bonds. ... more info

5 Dec 2016: IRS AUDITING $55M BONDS ISSUED BY CLARK COUNTY RECLAMATION DISTRICT
The Internal Revenue Service is auditing $55 million of general obligation limited tax water reclamation bonds that were issued in 2007 by the Clark County, Nev. Water Reclamation District. ... more info

5 Dec 2016: MUNIS STRENGTHEN AS NYC'S $804M GOS PRICE FOR RETAIL
Top-quality municipal bonds ended stronger on Monday, according to traders, as the market saw the first of the week’s big deals priced for retail investors, led by a large offering from the Big Apple. ... more info

5 Dec 2016: GOSHEN SCHOOL BOARD APPROVES $3.6M IN BONDS
GOSHEN, Ind. -- The Goshen Community Schools board has approved issuing $3.6 million in bonds to fund a slate of projects, including a plan to expand the district's bus parking lot and a proposal to address heating and cooling issues at Goshen High School. ... more info

2 Dec 2016: POSTELECTION RALLY ENDS, AT LEAST FOR NOW
The major American indexes ended mixed, with some investors moving to stocks that pay dividends and others to bonds, whose yields fell a bit. ... more info

1 Dec 2016: INVESTORS SEE OPPORTUNITIES IN EUROPE'S POLITICAL STRESS
As politics spook European markets, some large fund managers are buying battered stocks and bonds in a bet that worries about rising populist movements are overblown. ... more info

2 Dec 2016: MUNI TRADERS TAKE STOCK AHEAD OF $9.98B WEEK
Municipal bonds were steady to weaker in early activity, according to traders, who were going through their inventory after a busy week and looking ahead of next week's nearly $10 billion new issue calendar. ... more info

2 Dec 2016: NEAL NAMED AS TOP DEM ON WAYS AND MEANS PANEL
WASHINGTON – Rep. Richard Neal, a long-time supporter of municipal bonds, was named ranking minority member of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee on Friday. ... more info

2 Dec 2016: MUNIS STEADY TO STRONGER AHEAD OF $9.98B SLATE
Municipal bonds were trading steady to stronger at mid-session, according to traders, who were looking ahead to next week's nearly $10 billion new issue calendar. ... more info

2 Dec 2016: CASD TO REFINANCE BONDS WHEN CONDITIONS ARE BETTER
Though Carlisle, Pa., school officials have the authority, they are holding off the refinancing of $26 million in debt until the bond market and expected yield on savings improve. ... more info

2 Dec 2016: BOND, PLANNING MOVING FORWARD FOR BERG REBUILD
The sale of $10 million in bonds at Monday's Newton Community School District Board of Education meeting was one of the most visible recent developments in the preparation to rebuild Berg Middle School. ... more info

1 Dec 2016: BOND BUYER INDEXES WEAKEN UP TO 25 BPS
In the week ended Dec. 1, the weekly average yield to maturity of the Bond Buyer Municipal Bond Index rose 12 basis points to 4.35% from 4.23% in the previous week. The BB40 Index is based on the price of 40 long-term bonds. ... more info

1 Dec 2016: BOND BUYER INDEXES WEAKEN UP TO 40 BPS
In the week ended Dec. 1, the weekly average yield to maturity of the Bond Buyer Municipal Bond Index rose 12 basis points to 4.35% from 4.23% in the previous week. The BB40 Index is based on the price of 40 long-term bonds. ... more info

1 Dec 2016: MUNIS CONTINUE SLIDE AS MORE DEALS SELL
Top-rated municipal bonds again finished weaker, traders said, as the last of the week’s new issue supply came to market Thursday. Munis followed Treasuries lower ahead of Friday’s U.S. employment situation report. ... more info

1 Dec 2016: SAN DIEGO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT NAMED DEAL OF THE YEAR
The San Diego Unified School District won The Bond Buyer's 15th annual Deal of the Year award for its $471 million sale which smashed the template for local general obligation bonds in California. ... more info

29 Nov 2016: OKLAHOMA TURNPIKE AUTHORITY'S $420M DEAL AWAITS RULING AS RATES RISE
A request for state Supreme Court validation on $420 million of toll revenue bonds has sidelined the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority deal as rates rose in post-election investor uncertainty. ... more info

29 Nov 2016: N.Y. STATE PLANS $100M IN AFFORDABLE HOUSING GREEN BONDS
New York State has secured international certification for nearly $100 million in new green bonds to be issued for affordable housing projects, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday. ... more info

29 Nov 2016: MUNIS END WEAKER AS NEW DEALS COME TO MARKET
Top-rated municipal bonds finished weaker on Tuesday, according to traders, as action got underway in the primary market. The yield on the 10-year benchmark muni general obligation rose five basis points while the yield on the 30-year increased three basis points. ... more info

29 Nov 2016: LOSS OF MUNI EXEMPTION WOULD HAVE ADDED $500B TO 2003-12 BORROWING COSTS
WASHINGTON – Capping the tax exemption for municipal bonds over a nine-year period would have cost state and local governments roughly $175 billion in additional borrowing costs, while a full repeal would have cost them nearly $500 billion more, state and local officials warned Tuesday. ... more info

29 Nov 2016: FEDERAL INVESTIGATION LEADS CITI TO HALT BOND SALE CLOSING
Citigroup Global Markets Inc. scrapped the closing on $377.6 million in revenue and general obligation bonds it priced for El Camino Hospital in northern California after the U.S. Justice Department subpoenaed documents from the hospital. ... more info

28 Nov 2016: MUNIS WEAKEN AS MARKET READIES FOR BUSY WEEK
Top-quality municipal bonds were weaker at mid-session, according to traders, as the market gets set to see over $9 billion of new supply hit the screens this week. ... more info

28 Nov 2016: CENTRALIA SCHOOL DISTRICT TO VOTE ON $74M BONDS
Residents within the Centralia School District, Wash., will vote on a $74 million bond in the Feb. 14 special election that, if approved, would result in the construction of two new elementary schools and a "like new" remodel of Centralia High School. ... more info

28 Nov 2016: MUNIS END WEAKER AS MARKET PREPS FOR BUSY WEEK
Top-quality municipal bonds finished weaker on Monday, according to traders, as the market gets set to see over $9 billion of new supply hit the screens this week. ... more info

28 Nov 2016: ORANGE COUNTY TO PRICE $282M TOURIST TAX DEAL
Orange County, Fla., will competitively price $282 million of new money and advance-refunding tourist development tax-backed revenue bonds on Tuesday. ... more info

28 Nov 2016: ALABAMA BONDS AGAINST DEEPWATER HORIZON SETTLEMENT
Alabama plans to issue $652 million of bonds secured by settlement payments stemming from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. ... more info

28 Nov 2016: MUNI MINUTE: NEW ISSUE FEAST AFTER FAMINE
In the latest installment of Muni Minute – The Bond Buyer's 60-second video series – we look at this week’s primary market, where over $9 billion of new deals will price into a rising rate environment after last week’s paltry new issue slate. The week’s headliner is Chicago O’Hare Airport’s $1 billion of senior lien revenue bonds, its second $1 billion-plus deal of November. Also on tap is the New Jersey Economic Development Authority’s $1 billion deal and the District of Columbia’s $578 million sale. ... more info

23 Nov 2016: MUNIS WEAKEN AHEAD OF HOLIDAY, $9.1B CALENDAR
Top-shelf municipal bonds were weaker at mid-session, according to traders, who were wrapping up their business ahead of Thursday’s Thanksgiving holiday and an over $9 billion supply slate next week. ... more info

23 Nov 2016: D.C. TO ISSUE $578M IN TAX-EXEMPT GO BONDS
The District of Columbia next week will issue $577.6 million in general obligation bonds partly to finance projects under the district's capital improvements plan. ... more info

22 Nov 2016: HARRISBURG PARKING BONDS GET NEGATIVE OUTLOOK
Fitch revised its outlook to negative on $123 million of Capitol Region Parking System Series 2013A senior parking revenue bonds in Harrisburg, Pa. ... more info

22 Nov 2016: MUNIS WEAKEN AS MARKET PARTICIPANTS EYE YIELDS
Top quality municipal bonds were weaker at mid-session, traders said, who were keeping a wary eye on the direction of muni yields, which have risen by as much as 60 basis points since Election Day and by 113 basis points since all-time lows hit last July. ... more info

22 Nov 2016: MUNIS WEAKEN AS MARKET PARTICIPANTS EYE YIELDS
Top quality municipal bonds finished weaker on Tuesday, traders said, as they kept a wary eye on muni yields, which have risen by as much as 64 basis points since Election Day and by 115 basis points since July’s all-time lows. ... more info

21 Nov 2016: MUNIS CONTINUE TO WEAKEN IN SHORT HOLIDAY WEEK
Top rated municipal bonds were weaker at mid-session, according to traders, with yields on some maturities rising by as much as five basis points. ... more info

21 Nov 2016: SCHOOL BOARD MOVES FORWARD ON ISSUING BONDS
The Centerville School Board met for their regular November board meeting Tuesday evening at the Administration Building. Board member Travis Yeomans was absent. ... more info

21 Nov 2016: DFW MAY LAND IN TAXABLE MARKET AMID FLOOD OF AIRPORT BONDS
Concerned about the muni market’s ability to absorb a flood of tax-exempt AMT bonds from U.S. airports, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport may turn to taxable debt. ... more info

21 Nov 2016: MUNIS WEAKEN IN START TO SHORT HOLIDAY WEEK
Top-rated municipal bonds finished weaker on Monday, with yields on some maturities rising by as much as five basis points. The market doesn't have much supply to work with this week, with a holiday calendar totaling just over $1 billion. ... more info

21 Nov 2016: UPGRADE FOLLOWS DETROIT PUBLIC SCHOOLS BOND REFUNDING
The Michigan Finance Authority’s successful restructuring of $226.3 million of Detroit Public Schools bonds helped the district earn a two notch ratings upgrade from Moody’s Investors Service. ... more info

21 Nov 2016: IOWA FERTILIZER PROJECT SEEKS TENDER AMID DELAYS, IRS REVIEW
The Iowa Fertilizer Co. LLC’s construction and cash flow troubles led Fitch Ratings to downgrade deeper into junk almost $1.2 billion of project bonds that are now under an Internal Revenue Service cloud. ... more info

18 Nov 2016: OAK BROOK PARK DISTRICT PLANS BOND SALE TO HELP PAY FOR TWO MAJOR PROJECTS
The Oak Brook Park District hopes to add a family locker room and reconfigure/improve its four ball fields through issuing $1,165,000 in bonds. ... more info

18 Nov 2016: BUS BOND PROPOSAL ROLLS THROUGH SCHOOL BOARD
The Washington Community School Board has agreed to move forward with a plan to issue bonds to purchase new buses for the school system. The board has approved a plan to sell $1.52 million in bonds to purchase new buses and then pay them off over a six year period. ... more info

18 Nov 2016: TEXAS CHARTER SCHOOLS TO GET $500 MILLION BOOST TO BACK BONDS
Millions of dollars will remain in the coffers of public charter schools after the State Board of Education freed up more state money to back their construction bonds. ... more info

19 Nov 2016: STRATEGIES: IT’S NOT JUST THE WHITE HOUSE. CHANGE IS IN THE AIR ON WALL ST., TOO
Since Donald J. Trump’s victory, stock futures, bonds and some stock sectors have reversed themselves, and investors can expect more uncertainty. ... more info

17 Nov 2016: MORE DEALS COME AS MARKET CALMS
Top-shelf municipal bonds were mostly unchanged, according to traders, who saw the last issuance of the week trickle in and the market starting to settle down. ... more info

17 Nov 2016: REBECCA HARRIGAL TO RETIRE AS TEB CHIEF
Rebecca Harrigal, the first female director of the Internal Revenue Service’s Office of Tax Exempt Bonds, will leave her post at the agency next month to join a law firm. ... more info

17 Nov 2016: YIELDS HOLD AS ISSUANCE TRICKLES IN
Top-shelf municipal bonds were mostly unchanged, according to traders, as the market seems to be settling down and a few larger deals trickled in. ... more info

16 Nov 2016: CANTON CITY COUNCIL CASTS FINAL VOTE IN FAVOR OF HERCULES BONDS
CANTON -- City Council unanimously approved the issue and sale of bonds to fund a $2 million loan for development at the historic Hercules Engine site. ... more info

16 Nov 2016: MUNI YIELDS STABILIZE AS ISSUERS PULL DEALS
Municipal bonds were mixed on Wednesday. Yields were as many as two basis points higher, though they were unchanged on most maturities, according to traders. ... more info

15 Nov 2016: OUTSIDE THE BOX: THERE ARE THREE POSSIBLE OUTCOMES FOR BONDS, AND TWO ARE BAD
Bond investors are playing a risky ‘passing game,’ says Rob Isbitts.
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15 Nov 2016: SAN DIEGO PARK PLANS INVOLVE UP TO $50 MILLION IN BONDS
San Diego’s plans to restore large swaths of the city’s largest park to pedestrian space involves issuing $50 million in parking revenue bonds. ... more info

15 Nov 2016: HOW GREEN BOND GROWTH COULD AFFECT MUNI DISCLOSURE
The heightened focus on disclosure in green bonds could inspire better disclosure practices in the larger municipal bond market, S&P Global Ratings said in a report this week. ... more info

15 Nov 2016: N.J. QUALIFIED BOND ACT PROGRAM CUT TO BBB-PLUS BY S&P
S&P Global Ratings lowered its rating on New Jersey's Qualified Bond Act Program to BBB-plus from A-minus. The outlook is negative. "We base the downgrade on our recent downgrade on New Jersey's general obligation debt," said S&P Global Ratings credit analyst David Hitchcock. The rating on bonds guaranteed under this program moves in conjunction with the state general obligation rating (A-minus/negative).… ... more info

15 Nov 2016: SEATTLE MAYOR, COUNCILMEMBER HERBOLD CLASH ON NEARLY $30M IN BONDS
City Councilmember Lisa Herbold is pressing ahead with her proposal that Seattle issue almost $30 million in bonds to help create more affordable housing, while Mayor Ed Murray is opposing the plan. ... more info

15 Nov 2016: AHEAD OF TRUMP PRESIDENCY, GLOBAL INVESTORS SELL BONDS AND GRAB STOCKS
Sovereign wealth funds and hedge funds, as well as retirees’ accounts, restructure portfolios to profit from what they expect will be a free-spending administration. ... more info

14 Nov 2016: BUDGET COMMITTEE OKS GLADEVILLE MIDDLE SCHOOL BONDS
The Wilson County Education and Budget committees agreed Thursday to move forward with the issuance of bonds for the future Gladeville-area middle school. ... more info

14 Nov 2016: L.A. METRO COMES TO MARKET FRESH OFF SALES TAX APPROVAL
Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority is pricing $514.8 million in bonds this week fresh off passage of a half-cent sales tax measure. ... more info

11 Nov 2016: SCHOOL BOND UPDATES: MEASURE G IN CHINO VALLEY, H IN ALTA LOMA NOW TRAILING
Proposed school bonds in Alta Loma and the Chino Valley are losing by narrow margins in updated election returns released Thursday afternoon. ... more info

10 Nov 2016: TRUMP'S INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN DRAWS SUPPORT, BUT COULD HURT MUNIS
President-elect Donald Trump's promise to rebuild the nation's infrastructure is resonating with Republican and Democratic lawmakers, but could spell trouble for municipal bonds. ... more info

10 Nov 2016: MUNIS END WEAKER AHEAD OF $11.5B CALENDAR
Top shelf municipal bonds finished weaker on Thursday, as traders prepared for the upcoming week's hefty calendar, coming to market after the long holiday weekend honoring U.S. veterans ... more info

9 Nov 2016: ELECTION 2016: HOW LOCAL MEASURES SHOOK OUT
Yuba-Sutter voters cast ballots Tuesday on a number of local measures, mostly involving school bonds and some involving marijuana in Yuba County and Marysville. ... more info

9 Nov 2016: ATLANTA TO PAY $200M FOR NBA ARENA IMPROVEMENTS
To keep the Atlanta Hawks playing at Philips Arena, the 17-year-old venue will undergo up to $192.5 million in interior renovations financed with $110 million of bonds and cash. ... more info

9 Nov 2016: MUNIS HIT BY POST-ELECTION JITTERS; 30-YR YIELDS UP 10-12 BPS
Top-rated municipal bonds were substantially weaker in early trading, according to traders, with yields on long maturities rising 10 to 12 basis points. ... more info

9 Nov 2016: TRUMP'S TAX, INFRASTRUCTURE PLANS JEOPARDIZE EXEMPTION FOR MUNIS
Republicans’ sweeping victories of the White House and Congress set the stage for historic tax reform and increased spending on infrastructure next year, but imperil the tax exemption for municipal bonds. ... more info

9 Nov 2016: ELECTION ROUNDUP: CALIF. $9B MEASURE WINS
The largest proposition on ballots, a $9 billion California statewide measure that provides school districts, community college districts and charter schools with matching state funds for school construction, appears to have been approved, while Golden State voters were nearly split on the proposal to require a vote if the state wants to issue more than $2 billion of revenue bonds. ... more info

9 Nov 2016: SOUTHWEST VOTERS APPROVE LARGE BOND ISSUES
A $500 million bond issue for a new Major League Baseball stadium in Arlington, Texas, a $720 million transportation issue in Austin and a record amount of school bonds in Colorado were among the winners in Tuesday’s elections in the Southwest. ... more info

9 Nov 2016: POST-ELECTION JITTERS JOLT MUNIS; LONG YIELDS UP 15 BPS
Top-rated municipal bonds ended sharply weaker on Wednesday, according to traders, with yields on long maturities rising by 15 basis points. Traders also dealt with the aftermath of the surprise election results as several bond deals were placed on the day-to-day list due to market volatility. ... more info

9 Nov 2016: POST-ELECTION JITTERS HIT MUNIS; LONG YIELDS UP 13 BPS
Top-rated municipal bonds were sharply weaker at mid-session, according to traders, with yields on long maturities rising by as much as 13 basis points. ... more info

8 Nov 2016: MUNIS FLAT AS FEW DEALS SELL ON ELECTION DAY
Top-quality municipal bonds were unchanged at mid-session, traders said, as the market sees some volume hit the screens while the country heads to the polls on Election Day. ... more info

8 Nov 2016: MUNIS FLAT AHEAD OF A FEW DEALS ON ELECTION DAY
Top-quality municipal bonds were unchanged in early activity, traders said, as the market is set to see some volume hit the screens on Tuesday, as the country heads to the polls on Election Day. ... more info

8 Nov 2016: BOND REFINANCING SAVES $80 MILLION IN TAX DOLLARS
San Diego Community College District's final sale of bonds generated from Propositions S and N has resulted in a projected $80 million tax reduction for property owners, or about $10 million more than originally expected. ... more info

8 Nov 2016: BALTIMORE POISED TO ISSUE TIF BONDS FOR POPPLETON REDEVELOPMENT
Baltimore's spending panel is poised to approve the issuance of $12 million in bonds to help pay for infrastructure for a long-planned redevelopment in Poppleton. ... more info

7 Nov 2016: MUNIS WEAKEN AHEAD OF $3.1B HOLIDAY WEEK SLATE
Top-rated municipal bonds were slightly weaker at mid-session, according to traders, who were readying a $3.1 billion supply calendar amid a holiday shortened week. Financial markets are open for Election Day on Tuesday but closed Friday for the Veterans Day holiday. ... more info

7 Nov 2016: MUNI MINUTE: ELECTION 2016 BOND REFERENDUMS
In the latest installment of Muni Minute – The Bond Buyer's 60-second video series -- we focus on the bond referendums across the United States. We look at California, which has the lion's share of bonds on the ballot and at what it could mean for new issuance volume in 2017. ... more info

7 Nov 2016: MUNIS WEAKEN AHEAD OF $3.1B HOLIDAY WEEK SLATE
Top-rated municipal bonds finished weaker on Monday, according to traders, who were ready for a $3.1 billion supply calendar amid a holiday shortened week. Financial markets are open for Election Day on Tuesday, but closed Friday for the Veterans Day holiday. ... more info

7 Nov 2016: CAN R.I. AFFORD MORE DEBT?
When Rhode Island voters head to the polls Tuesday, they'll consider five separate questions that would allow the state to borrow $227.5 million by issuing tax-supported bonds. ... more info

7 Nov 2016: FINRA FINES SCOTTRADE $150K FOR FAILING TO IDENTIFY MUNIS AS CALLABLE
Scottrade has agreed to pay $150,000 to settle Financial Industry Regulatory Authority charges that it did not identify bonds as callable in approximately 5,000 municipal securities transactions. ... more info

4 Nov 2016: MUNIS STRENGTHEN AHEAD OF $3.1B HOLIDAY WEEK SLATE
Top-shelf municipal bonds were stronger at mid-session, traders said, ahead of $3.1 billion of new supply slated to hit the market in the upcoming holiday-shortened trading week. ... more info

4 Nov 2016: FITCH UPGRADES JFK IAT (NY) PROJECT BONDS TO 'BBB+'
Fitch Ratings has upgraded the rating on the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey JFK International Air Terminal's (IAT or the terminal) approximately $1.4 billion parity special project bonds series 6 and series 8 to 'BBB+' from 'BBB'. The Rating Outlook has been revised to Stable from Positive. ... more info

4 Nov 2016: ATLANTA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT'S BONDS LIFTED ONE NOTCH BY FITCH
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport’s revenue bonds received a one-notch upgrade to AA-minus by Fitch Ratings, which cited a 20-year lease agreement with Delta Air Lines as a major factor behind its action. ... more info

4 Nov 2016: WHAT A SHIFT IN POWER IN THE SENATE COULD MEAN FOR MUNIS
A Democratic takeover of the Senate, as has been predicted by some polls, could mean good news for tax reform as well as maintaining the tax exemption of municipal bonds, according to several muni market participants. ... more info

3 Nov 2016: BAML PRICES $1B CHICAGO O'HARE DEAL; MUNIS FLAT
Top-quality municipal bonds were unchanged at mid-session, traders said, as three large deals from the Land of Lincoln dominated the new issue slate, led off by the $1 billion deal for O'Hare International Airport. ... more info

3 Nov 2016: FORT SMITH TO SAVE $6 MILLION ON WATER, SEWER BONDS
Fort Smith, Ark., is expected to save approximately $6 million after the Board of Directors passed a resolution concerning water and sewer bonds, Mayor Sandy Sanders said in a phone interview. ... more info

3 Nov 2016: BONDS FOR ALABAMA HOSPITAL GET NEGATIVE OUTLOOK
A lawsuit that threatens to invalidate the sole security for bonds issued by the Chilton County Health Care Authority in Alabama prompted Fitch Ratings to place debt’s AA-minus rating on watch negative. ... more info

3 Nov 2016: HOLLAND CITY COUNCIL APPROVES $13.56M IN CIVIC CENTER BONDS
After nearly three decades of deliberation and more than $500,000 worth of studies, Holland, Mich.'s Civic Center is the closest it has ever been to being renovated. ... more info

3 Nov 2016: BOND BUYER INDEXES STRENGTHEN
In the week ended Nov. 3, the weekly average yield to maturity of the Bond Buyer Municipal Bond Index fell one basis point to 3.94% from 3.95% in the previous week. The BB40 Index is based on the price of 40 long-term bonds. ... more info

3 Nov 2016: FISCAL COURT APPROVES JAIL BOND
The bonds for construction of the new jail are ready to be released and the site preparation package approved -- acts approved by magistrates during Thursday's regular monthly meeting of the Laurel County Fiscal Court. ... more info

3 Nov 2016: BAML PRICES $1B CHICAGO O'HARE DEAL; MUNIS FLAT
Top-quality municipal bonds finished unchanged on Thursday, traders said, as three large deals from the Land of Lincoln dominated the new issue slate, led by the $1 billion deal for O’Hare International Airport. ... more info

3 Nov 2016: HARTSFIELD-JACKSON RAISED TO AA-MINUS BY FITCH
Fitch Ratings said it has upgraded to AA-minus from A-plus the rating on the city of Atlanta's approximately $1.7 billion of senior-lien airport general revenue bonds issued on behalf of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL). ... more info

2 Nov 2016: COMMISSION OKS BORROWING $15.8M FOR PARKING GARAGE
The city of Owensboro, Ky.'s plan to borrow a total of $15.8 million by issuing revenue bonds to build a 400-space parking garage next to the existing 340-space Green River Intra-County Transit System (GRITS) garage on West Second Street, and to purchase the GRITS garage was approved on a 3-0 vote on Tuesday by the City Commission at City Hall. ... more info

2 Nov 2016: TREASURY TO SELL $15B 30-YRS, $23B 10-YRS, $24B 3-YRS IN QRTLY REFUNDING
The Treasury Department announced it will sell $15 billion 30-year bonds, $23 billion 10-year notes, and $24 billion 3-year notes in its quarterly refunding. ... more info

2 Nov 2016: MUNIS STRENGTHEN AHEAD OF FOMC DECISION
Top-rated municipal bonds were stronger at mid-session, according to traders, who were awaiting word on interest rates from the Federal Reserve. ... more info

2 Nov 2016: MUNIS END STRONGER AFTER FED LEAVES RATES UNCHANGED
Top-rated municipal bonds finished stronger on Wednesday, according to traders, after the Federal Open Market Committee in a widely expected move left its fed funds target rate unchanged at between 0.25% and 0.50%. ... more info

2 Nov 2016: MOODY'S METHODOLOGY CHANGE BOOSTED CALIFORNIA CREDITS
Moody’s Investors Service upgraded the ratings on more than 90% of the 200 California credits it reviewed as a result of changes to the way it views lease revenue bonds and comparable debt. ... more info

2 Nov 2016: ARKANSAS VOTERS MAY LIFT CAP ON DEVELOPMENT BONDS
Arkansas voters will decide Nov. 8 whether to lift a state constitutional limit on general obligation bonds for large development projects. They will also decide whether to legalize medical marijuana use. ... more info

1 Nov 2016: MUNIS WEAKEN AS NEW VOLUME HITS THE MARKET
Top-shelf municipal bonds were weaker at midday, according to traders, as the first of the week's larger new deals started to roll in, topped by a big sale from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. ... more info

1 Nov 2016: CAMPAIGN FOR CONSERVATION BOND RAISES $72,000
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- Supports of issuing up to $40 million in bonds for land and water quality projects have raised about $72,000 for a campaign to persuade voters to approve the ballot measure. ... more info

1 Nov 2016: MIDWEST'S BALLOTS HEAVY ON BONDS AND TRANSPORTATION
The Midwest’s voters will decide on an array of bond and tax questions requesting new funding for schools, infrastructure, transit, and highway projects and fill key leadership roles. ... more info

1 Nov 2016: MUNIS MIXED AS NEW VOLUME HITS THE MARKET
Top-shelf municipal bonds ended mixed on Tuesday, according to traders, as the first of the week’s larger new deals started to roll in, topped by a big sale from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. ... more info

1 Nov 2016: LOUISIANA HOSPITAL DOWNGRADED
Competition for tertiary care and declining admissions at Opelousas General Health System in Louisiana led S&P Global Ratings to lower the hospital’s bonds below investment grade. ... more info

28 Oct 2016: SHIP MAY HAVE SAILED ON ALASKA'S POB OPPORTUNITY
Alaska is unlikely to find another good opportunity to issue pension obligation bonds soon after the last-minute halt of a more than $2 billion sale several days ago, the state’s debt manager said. ... more info

28 Oct 2016: MUNIS STRONGER AHEAD OF $9.1B NEW ISSUE SLATE
Top-shelf municipal bonds were stronger at mid-session, traders said, as the market digested the week's hefty supply and prepared for $9.1 billion of new issuance. ... more info

28 Oct 2016: MUNIS MIXED AS MARKET LOOKS AHEAD TO NEXT WEEK
Top-shelf municipal bonds were mixed in early activity, traders said, as the market digested the week's hefty supply and prepared for more volume next week. ... more info

27 Oct 2016: INDIANA HIGHWAY P3 FALLS DEEPER INTO JUNK
Construction delays and related payment risks on an Indiana public-private partnership highway project prompted Fitch Ratings to drop bonds issued for the project three notches to B. ... more info

27 Oct 2016: CHICAGO SCHOOL BOARD RATIFIES BOND PLANS
The junk-rated Chicago Board of Education approved $840 million of new money borrowing backed by a citywide capital improvement tax levy and another $160 million of refunding bonds. ... more info

27 Oct 2016: ADRIAN SCHOOLS MAY SAVE $7 MILLION BY REFINANCING 2004 BONDS
ADRIAN, Mich. -- The Adrian Public Schools Board of Education not only received a positive annual audit report, but is set to save its taxpayers millions of dollars in bond interest. ... more info

26 Oct 2016: ALASKA DEAL CALLED OFF AS MORE SUPPLY HITS THE SCREENS
One deal that didn’t hit traders’ screens was Alaska's $2.35 billion sale of taxable pension obligation bonds, which Gov. Bill Walker called off due to a lack of support from the state legislature. ... more info

26 Oct 2016: TAX BACKING ALABAMA HOSPITAL'S BONDS FACES LEGAL CHALLENGE
The tax supporting a $38 million bond deal for a rural Alabama hospital faces a legal challenge, though supporters say a state constitutional amendment on the Nov. 8 ballot should cure the problem for Chilton County and other localities, including Jefferson County. ... more info

26 Oct 2016: NEW MEXICO GOS DOWNGRADED TO AA1 BY MOODY'S
Moody's Investors Service said it has downgraded the state of New Mexico's general obligation bonds to Aa1 from Aaa, affecting $327 million of outstanding debt. ... more info

25 Oct 2016: COLORADO RTD TO ISSUE $197 MILLION
The Regional Transportation District that serves metro Denver will continue to grow its rail and bus system with $197 million of revenue bonds. ... more info

25 Oct 2016: NEW DEALS START TO PRICE AS MUNIS END STEADY
Top quality municipal bonds finished unchanged on Tuesday, according to traders, as the first of the week's big new offerings started to hit the market, led by a negotiated deal in Georgia and a Colorado competitive sale. ... more info

25 Oct 2016: MUNIS STEADY AS NEW DEALS START TO PRICE
Top quality municipal bonds were unchanged at mid-session, according to traders as the first of the week’s big new deals started to hit the market. ... more info

25 Oct 2016: HEDGE FUNDS HOLDING PUERTO RICO SALES-TAX BONDS ASK TO HALT SUIT
Hedge funds holding Puerto Rico revenue bonds are asking a court to postpone a lawsuit filed by general-obligation bondholders seeking to stop the commonwealth from directing sales-tax revenue away from the general fund. ... more info

24 Oct 2016: CHICAGO SCHOOL BOARD TO WEIGH $840 MILLION OF NEW BONDS
Junk-rated Chicago Public Schools will ask its Board of Education for authority to sell up to $840 million of bonds backed by a new citywide capital improvement tax levy. ... more info

24 Oct 2016: AS HEFTY SUPPLY SLATE LOOMS, MUNIS END FLAT
Top-rated municipal bonds finished unchanged on Monday, traders said, ahead of another huge issuance week with about $16.5 billion of volume ready to pass through the supply pipeline. ... more info

24 Oct 2016: VERNON, CALIF. RECEIVES TWO NOTCH DOWNGRADE
Vernon’s electric system revenue bonds were downgraded two notches to Baa3 and received a negative outlook as a result of chronically weak financial metrics. ... more info

24 Oct 2016: $3.3B EXPANSION OF HAMPTON ROADS BRIDGE-TUNNEL TO INCLUDE BONDS
A $3.3 billion project to expand a subsea tunnel system at Hampton Roads, Va., will be financed with a combination of bonds, toll revenue, and gas tax revenue under a plan approved a regional planning agency. ... more info

24 Oct 2016: MUNIS FLAT AS MARKET PREPS FOR MORE SUPPLY
Top-rated municipal bonds were flat with at mid-session, traders said, as they prepared for yet another huge issuance week, with an estimated $16.5 billion set to pass through the pipeline. ... more info

24 Oct 2016: MUNIS FLAT AS MARKET PREPS FOR ANOTHER BIG WEEK
Top-rated municipal bonds were flat in early activity, traders said, with participants prepared for yet another huge issuance week, as an estimated $16.5 billion will be coming through the pipeline. ... more info

21 Oct 2016: MILLIONS IN STATE BONDS ON NEW MEXICO BALLOT
New Mexico voters are being asked to approve tens of millions of dollars worth of construction projects at higher education institutions across the state, including a new $27 million physics and astronomy building on the University of New Mexico campus. ... more info

21 Oct 2016: SF COUNTY VOTERS TO DECIDE ON $35M IN BONDS
In addition to a $5 million bond to build two new community health facilities, Santa Fe County voters are also being asked to consider four other General Obligation Bond questions that, if approved, would generate $30 million for roads, water and wastewater projects, public safety facilities, and parks and open space. ... more info

21 Oct 2016: VOTERS ASKED TO APPROVE BONDS, OPINE ON GRT HIKE
Santa Fe County Commission Chairman Miguel Chavez says he introduced two questions that will appear on the Nov. 8 general election ballot because he believes there's a need for the county to take a proactive approach to a behavioral health and substance abuse crisis throughout New Mexico. ... more info

21 Oct 2016: LOOGOOTEE SCHOOL BOND TAKES ON MORE PROJECTS
A bond issue to fix roofs and perhaps get some other work done has turned into many more projects. During Thursday afternoon's meeting the Loogootee School Board received an update on the progress of projects under the bonds, and approved a trio of additional jobs. ... more info

21 Oct 2016: RETIREMENT WEEKLY: INVESTMENTS FOR RETIREMENT
IndexIQ has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission for an exchange-traded fund investing in high-yielding, below-investment-grade U.S. corporate bonds selected for low volatility.
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21 Oct 2016: REFUNDING BONDS ISSUED FOR WATER SYSTEM UPDATES
WEST OLIVE, Mich. -- The local water system is saving nearly $2 million after a successful sale of bonds used for improvement projects in the past few years. ... more info

21 Oct 2016: WHAT HARTFORD STADIUM BONDS OFFER RISK-TOLERANT INVESTORS
Bonds that funded the stalled minor-league baseball stadium in Hartford, Conn., could appeal to investors with appetite for risk, said Richard Larkin of Stoever Glass. ... more info

21 Oct 2016: STONINGTON SELLS BONDS FOR SCHOOL, BOATHOUSE PARK PROJECTS
STONINGTON, Conn. -- The town announced Thursday that it has sold $17.2 million in bonds for the first part of the $67 million elementary school renovation and expansion project and wrapped the borrowing for $2.2 million Mystic River Boathouse Park project into the bonding to save administrative costs. ... more info

20 Oct 2016: BOND BUYER INDEXES ARE MIXED
In the week ended Oct. 20, the weekly average yield to maturity of the Bond Buyer Municipal Bond Index rose two basis points to 3.94% from 3.92% in the previous week. The BB40 Index is based on the price of 40 long-term bonds. ... more info

20 Oct 2016: MUNIS STRENGTHEN AS LAST OF SUPPLY HITS
Top shelf municipal bonds were stronger on Thursday, as yields dropped from one to four basis points after the market took in the last major supply of the week. ... more info

20 Oct 2016: TEB SAYS MUNI AUDITS CAN BE CLOSED AFTER FULL REDEMPTION
The Internal Revenue Service's Office of Tax-Exempt Bonds has told its auditors that, if an issuer redeems 100% of the outstanding principal amount of its tax-exempt or tax-credit bonds, the audit can be closed without further TEB action. ... more info

20 Oct 2016: TREASURY INDEXED 30-YEARS GO AT 0.666% HIGH YIELD
The Treasury Department Thursday sold $5 billion of inflation-indexed 29-year, 4-month bonds at a 0.666% yield, an adjusted price of 110.667461, with a 1% coupon. ... more info

20 Oct 2016: VOTERS TO DECIDE ON $25M IN FLOOD BONDS
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Protecting lives and property from flooding in Albuquerque is the work of the Albuquerque Metropolitan Arroyo Flood Control Authority. ... more info

19 Oct 2016: DRAGHI FACES TEST AT ECB MEETING AMID INVESTOR NERVES
The European Central Bank chief has to convince investors Thursday he can boost stimulus if he needs to but, amid a shortage of bonds to buy and limited by the bank’s rules, without saying how he would do it. ... more info

19 Oct 2016: NON-RENEWAL FOR BOND FUNDED CALIFORNIA CHARTER SCHOOL WITH TURKEY TIES
The Los Angeles school board refused to renew three charters for a charter school system with outstanding bonds that has faced financial problems and questions about connections to Turkey’s coup. ... more info

19 Oct 2016: NEW OREGON PROGRAM MATCHES SCHOOL BOND FUNDS
Oregon has inaugurated the use of a new state program managed by the Oregon Department of Education that offers a dollar-to-dollar match of up to $4 million to districts whose voters approve local bonds. ... more info

19 Oct 2016: INDIANA'S CITIZEN ENERGY GAS BONDS UPGRADED
Indiana’s Citizens Energy Group heads into the market with a $49 million refunding of natural gas utility bonds bolstered by an upgrade from S&P Global Ratings. ... more info

19 Oct 2016: NO OBJECTIONS TO PARKING GARAGE BONDS
No objections were raised during Tuesday's Owensboro, Ky., City Commission meeting to the introduction of a pair of borrowing initiatives totaling more than $15.8 million. ... more info

18 Oct 2016: CHICAGO MOTOR FUEL TAX PAPER DOWNGRADED OVER STATE LINK
Chicago’s motor fuel bonds and a Transportation Infrastructure and Innovation Act loan fell a notch Tuesday as S&P Global Ratings’ moved the ratings down in tandem with its recent downgrade of the state’s general obligation rating. ... more info

18 Oct 2016: NABL'S GERBER TO FOCUS ON DEFENDING MUNI TAX EXEMPTION
The tax exemption of municipal bonds, issue price, political subdivisions and disclosure top the agenda of the National Association of Bond Lawyers for the coming year, according to Cliff Gerber, who becomes NABL president on Oct. 19. ... more info

18 Oct 2016: PROJECT JACKSON BONDS HAVE HIGHER INTEREST RATE
With North Augusta working to finalize the Project Jackson master development agreement by year's end, criticisms of the mixed-use development are still in the batting order. ... more info

17 Oct 2016: $35M IN BONDS UP TO VOTERS ON NOV. 8
Santa Fe County voters on Nov. 8 will be asked to approve $35 million in general obligation bonds in five separate questions. The fifth question is a new one for Santa Fe County. It asks voters to approve $5 million in bonds for community health facilities targeted at increasing services for those with addictions or mental illness. ... more info

17 Oct 2016: MUNIS STEADY TO WEAKER AHEAD OF AVALANCHE OF ISSUANCE
Municipal bonds closed steady to weaker on Monday, with yields on some maturities as much as two basis points higher, according to traders, as they braced for $15.4 billion of issuance this week. ... more info

15 Oct 2016: REBUILDING BOOM: SCHOOL BONDS SEEK TO NAIL IN GAINS
Across California, higher per-student funding, a perking-along economy, Common Core falling into stride and a revolutionary shift into technology have started a rolling snowball of expected improvement. A makeover for school buildings seems like the inevitable next roll. ... more info

14 Oct 2016: SIGNS OF STRAIN IN THE STOCK AND BOND LOVE AFFAIR
The markets’ traditional moves may be altering, denting bonds’ appeal. But it’s not really dire. And remember: There’s always the safety of cash. ... more info

14 Oct 2016: SIGNS OF STRAIN IN THE STOCK AND BOND LOVE AFFAIR
The markets’ traditional moves may be altering, denting bonds’ appeal. But it’s not really dire. And remember: There’s always the safety of cash. ... more info

14 Oct 2016: SCHOOL DISTRICTS SEEK MORE THAN $274 MILLION THIS NOVEMBER
Four California local school districts -- from North County to South County -- are looking for a collective $274.05 million in bonds this November to finance improvements. ... more info

14 Oct 2016: ANNISTON CITY COUNCIL PUSHES FORWARD WITH COST-SAVING REFINANCE OF BONDS
Anniston, Ala., City Council members on Thursday agreed to allow city officials to begin the process of refinancing bonds to save the city money. ... more info

14 Oct 2016: $36 MILLION IN BONDS UP FOR APPROVAL ON NOV. 8 BALLOT
Bernalillo County, N.M., is asking voters this fall to approve about $36 million in bonds to finance road construction, park redevelopment, the purchase of library materials and several other capital projects. ... more info

13 Oct 2016: DEEP DIVE: $80 BILLION MUTUAL FUND UNCOVERS OPPORTUNITIES IN TECH STOCKS, JUNK BONDS
The Franklin Income Fund is largely avoiding typical dividend sectors, says Phil van Doorn.
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13 Oct 2016: ILLINOIS SPREADS WIDEN
Illinois’ yield penalties widened Thursday as the nation’s lowest rated state sold $1.3 billion of general obligation refunding bonds against a tide of negative fiscal and market headwinds. ... more info

13 Oct 2016: BILLION DOLLAR MIDWEST DEALS PRICE; MUNIS FLAT
Top quality municipal bonds finished unchanged on Thursday, traders said, as deals from Illinois and Michigan’s Great Lakes Water Authority swept into the market. ... more info

13 Oct 2016: WHY TAX CREDIT BONDS ARE SEEN AS ALTERNATIVE TO MUNIS DURING ECONOMIC UNCERTAINTY
Tax credit bonds can be an attractive alternative to municipal bonds during sluggish or uncertain economic periods, according to a report issued this week by the Congressional Research Service. ... more info

13 Oct 2016: TREASURY 30-YEAR BONDS GO AT 2.470% HIGH YIELD
The Treasury Department Thursday auctioned $12 billion of 29-year 10-month bonds with a 2.25% coupon at a 2.470% high yield, a price of 95.372563. ... more info

13 Oct 2016: BIG MIDWEST DEALS PRICE; MUNIS UNCHANGED
Top-quality municipal bonds were unchanged at mid-session, traders said, as deals from Illinois and the Great Lakes Water Authority swept into the market. ... more info

12 Oct 2016: MUNIS WEAKEN AS NEW DEALS COME TO MARKET
Top quality municipal bonds were weaker at mid-session, traders said, continuing a recent trend as the first of the week’s new issue deals started to hit the market. ... more info

12 Oct 2016: OKLAHOMA CITY ATTORNEY ARGUES AGAINST TURNPIKE BOND MEASURE
Appearing before an Oklahoma Supreme Court referee Tuesday, Jerry Fent argued against the sale of bonds to fund turnpike expansion and improvement, saying that would run afoul of the state constitution. ... more info

11 Oct 2016: MUNIS END SHARPLY WEAKER AHEAD OF NEW DEALS
Top-rated municipal bonds finished substantially weaker on Tuesday, according to traders, who returned to their desks after the holiday weekend looking ahead to a new issue calendar totaling over $8 billion. ... more info

11 Oct 2016: MUNIS WEAKEN AHEAD OF $8.4B NEW ISSUE SLATE
Top-rated municipal bonds were weaker at mid-session, according to traders, who were returning to their desks after the three day holiday weekend. New issue volume for the week is estimated at $8.41 billion. ... more info

11 Oct 2016: MUNI MINUTE: A MIDWEST MEDLEY OF BUDGETS & BONDS
In the latest installment of Muni Minute – The Bond Buyer's 60-second video series -- we focus on a busy week in the Midwest where the city of Chicago and Cook County will unveil their budgets while two $1 billion-plus deals from Michigan’s Great Lakes Water District and the state of Illinois will hit the market. ... more info

11 Oct 2016: HEDGE FUNDS HOLDING PUERTO RICO GOS SUE OVER SALES-TAX BONDS
Hedge funds holding Puerto Rico’s general-obligation bonds are asking a court to stop the commonwealth from directing sales-tax revenue to repay other debt backed by that money because it violates the island’s constitution. ... more info

8 Oct 2016: B.G. SCHOOLS ASK FOR BUILDING BONDS
Battle Ground Public Schools is asking voters to approve an $80 million bond to make long-overdue renovations, replace four schools and build two new ones in the growing district. ... more info

7 Oct 2016: S&P, MOODY'S TAKE HARD LOOK AT PORT BONDS TO HELP FINANCE NEW VIRGINIA INTERNATIONAL GATEWAY LEASE
Two of the big three bond-ratings agencies -- Standard & Poor's and Moody's -- have weighed in on a bond-refinancing deal that was key to the Virginia Port Authority's multibillion-dollar lease of the Virginia International Gateway port terminal signed two weeks ago. ... more info

7 Oct 2016: COUNCILORS SPLIT ON IDEA OF SENDING STREETSCAPES BONDS TO FALL RIVER VOTERS
A pair of City Councilors who hope to send over $10 million in funding for streetscape projects to voters may not have the majority support of their fellow councilors or the administration, but the practice to allow voters to decide on how to spend tax dollars on bonding is relatively new. ... more info

7 Oct 2016: MOODY'S DOWNGRADES $1.3B OF PHILADELPHIA, PA'S OUTSTANDING SERVICE FEE DEBT TO A3
Moody's Investors Service has downgraded the rating on Philadelphia Authority for Industrial Development (PAID), PA's $958.4 million Pension Funding Bonds (City of Philadelphia Retirement System), Series 1999A-1999C and $299.8 million City Service Agreement Refunding Revenue Bonds, Series 2012 (Federally Taxable) to A3 from A ... more info

7 Oct 2016: CALIFORNIA TREASURER HIGHLIGHTS SAVINGS FROM RATINGS BOOSTS, FISCAL RESTRAINT
California has enhanced its ability to borrow money cheaply and nudged its credit rating into high-grade territory amid a period of rising investor clamor for its bonds, according to the annual Debt Affordability Report from State Treasurer John Chiang. ... more info

7 Oct 2016: BRANSON AIRPORT GETS MORE TIME
Holders of $113 million of defaulted bonds issued for a Branson, Missouri Airport will get an update on airport operations and an amended forbearance agreement on Oct. 13. ... more info

7 Oct 2016: CROWELL ELEMENTARY RALLY URGES SUPPORT OF PROP. 55, TURLOCK BONDS
TURLOCK, Calif. -- Turlock teachers took to the streets Thursday morning to urge parents and passing motorists to vote for extending education taxes as part of a statewide push in support of Proposition 55. ... more info

7 Oct 2016: MUNIS FLAT AHEAD OF $8.4B HOLIDAY WEEK SLATE
Top-shelf municipal bonds were steady at mid-session, traders said, ahead of the upcoming holiday-shortened trading week. Markets will be closed on Monday for the Columbus Day holiday. ... more info

6 Oct 2016: ECB SEES RISING SCARCITY OF BONDS FOR QE PROGRAM
ECB policy makers warned at their September meeting of “increasing challenges” in sourcing bonds for the bank’s quantitative easing program, and hinted that the program could be expanded again. ... more info

6 Oct 2016: SEC IS INVESTIGATING PREPA'S 2012 AND 2013 BONDS
The SEC has given a subpoena concerning the 2012 and 2013 bonds to PREPA, which is cooperating in the investigation, the power utility said Thursday. ... more info

6 Oct 2016: BOND BUYER INDEXES WEAKEN
In the week ended Oct. 6, the weekly average yield to maturity of the Bond Buyer Municipal Bond Index rose four basis points to 3.85% from 3.81% in the previous week. The BB40 Index is based on the price of 40 long-term bonds. ... more info

6 Oct 2016: DEVELOPER FINANCES TWO SENIOR HOUSING PROJECTS WITH $69M BOND OFFERING
A Michigan-based senior housing developer and operator is borrowing $69.3 million of unrated tax exempt and taxable bonds to finance projects in Waterville, Ohio, and Chesterton, Ind. ... more info

6 Oct 2016: BILLS WOULD RAISE LIMITS ON IDBS, FREIGHT FACILITY BONDS
Democrats in the Senate and House have introduced separate bills to raise limits for both tax-exempt small issue manufacturing bonds and highway or surface freight facility bonds. ... more info

6 Oct 2016: WHAT NEIGHBORLY BRINGS TO THE MUNI MARKET
Neighborly CEO Jase Wilson discusses his company’s platform and its “Neighborly Bonds Challenge” at The Bond Buyer’s recent California Public Finance Conference. ... more info

6 Oct 2016: CITY'S BOND REFINANCING SAVES TAXPAYERS $22.5 MILLION
The City and County of Honolulu sold about $379 million of tax-exempt and taxable general obligation bonds on Wednesday that will be used to refinance existing debt and finance new capital improvement projects and equipment. ... more info

5 Oct 2016: DEUTSCHE BANK 'COCO' PAIN ISN'T WHAT IT SEEMS
As Deutsche Bank’s stock has been battered, anxiety has also gathered around its other forms of capital, notably convertible junior bonds known as cocos. ... more info

5 Oct 2016: MARKET CHEAPENS AS $1.55B PRICES FOR HARVARD
Top flight municipal bonds weakened Wednesday, as traders said yields rose by as many as 7 basis points amid a flood of bond sales that included roughly 10% of the week’s issuance in one deal. ... more info

5 Oct 2016: VOTERS APPROVE KALISPELL SCHOOL BONDS
As ballots were being counted it was an overwhelming "yes" from Kalispell Public Schools voters who approved two bond issues totaling $54 million in a mail-ballot election that ended Tuesday. ... more info

5 Oct 2016: CHARLOTTE STICKS WITH WELLS FARGO SECURITIES
Charlotte, N.C., will buck a recent trend and keep embattled Wells Fargo Securities on its sale of up to $150 million of general obligation bonds, saying the investment bank has served the city well. ... more info

4 Oct 2016: MARKETWATCH AND LEARN: HOW TO BUY BONDS
How much of an investment plan should be allocated to fixed income? Here’s what to watch out for when buying bonds.
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4 Oct 2016: WISCONSIN BRINGS GOS WITH SHORTER-THAN-EVER CALL PROVISION
Wisconsin takes competitive bids Wednesday on $325 million of new-money general obligation bonds with its shortest call feature to date at seven-and-a-half years. ... more info

4 Oct 2016: MUNIS WEAKEN AS NEW DEALS HIT THE MARKET
Top quality municipal bonds finished weaker along with U.S. Treasuries on Tuesday, traders said, as the first big deals of the week came to market led by sales from the Massachusetts School Building Authority and the California State Public Works Board. ... more info

4 Oct 2016: UPGRADES BURNISH GREAT LAKES WATER AUTHORITY'S BOND MARKET DEBUT
The Great Lakes Water Authority will make its market debut next week with $1.3 billion of new money and refunding bonds, boosted by two new rating upgrades. ... more info

4 Oct 2016: MAYORS: NEXT PRESIDENT MUST KEEP MUNI EXEMPTION; FOCUS ON INFRASTRUCTURE
The next president must maintain the tax exemption for municipal bonds -- the “bread and butter” of infrastructure financing -- or risk costing cities up to $500 billion, a group of mayors recently told Republican and Democrat campaign representatives. ... more info

4 Oct 2016: MUNIS WEAKEN AS NEW DEALS HIT THE MARKET
Top quality municipal bonds were weaker at mid-session, traders said, as the first big deals of the week came to market, led by offerings from the Massachusetts School Building Authority and the California State Public Works Board. ... more info

4 Oct 2016: RHODE ISLAND PLANS $250M GARVEE SALE
Rhode Island Commerce Corp. plans a negotiated sale of $250 million in Series 2016B state Department of Transportation grant anticipation bonds. ... more info

3 Oct 2016: SKOKIE PARK DISTRICT SELLS BONDS FOR WEBER RENOVATION
The Skokie Park Board has approved the sale of nearly $625,000 in bonds to help pay for the upcoming major renovation of the Weber Leisure Center. ... more info

3 Oct 2016: IRS LEAVES PA. SCHOOL DISTRICT BONDS TAX-EXEMPT IN APPARENT REVERSAL
The Internal Revenue Service appears to have reversed itself in recently closing an audit with no change to the tax-exempt status of some general obligation bonds issued by a Pennsylvania school district issued in 2005 and advance refunded in 2013. ... more info

3 Oct 2016: PUERTO RICO COMMISSION RAISES RED FLAGS ON PREPA'S 2013 BOND
A Puerto Rico government commission report raised concerns over debt-service coverage, illegalities, disclosures and accounting issues regarding $673 million of bonds issued by the island’s power utility in 2013. ... more info

3 Oct 2016: MUNIS MIXED AHEAD OF $14B NEW ISSUE SLATE
Top-rated municipal bonds were mixed at mid-session, according to traders, as the market prepares for a hefty $14.23 billion new issue calendar. ... more info

29 Sep 2016: MUNIS END WEAKER AS HAWAII, MASS. ISSUES SELL
Top-rated municipal bonds ended weaker on Thursday, traders said, as the market saw more supply hit the screens, topped by Hawaii and Massachusetts issues. ... more info

29 Sep 2016: IRS SAYS FLORIDA JAIL BONDS LIKELY TAXABLE
The Internal Revenue Service has informally advised the Baker Correctional Development Corp. in Florida that $45 million of first mortgage revenue bonds it issued in 2008 are taxable. ... more info

29 Sep 2016: DETROIT SCHOOL BONDS GET REFUNDED
The Michigan Finance Authority completed a private placement of $226.3 million of bonds Thursday to refund Detroit Public Schools paper set to lose its state aid backing Oct. 1. ... more info

29 Sep 2016: SWEET BRIAR COLLEGE UPGRADED
Sweet Briar College saw its revenue bonds upgraded four notches, although still within junk territory, because of efforts to keep the 114-year-old Virginia women's institution open. ... more info

29 Sep 2016: CITY COUNCIL GIVES ITS BLESSING TO FALL RIVER BOND REQUESTS, TIFS
FALL RIVER, Mass. -- The City Council moved a multi-million capitol improvement spending package to its Committee on Finance for discussion on Tuesday and approved two $1 million bonds as part of a land deal with Atlantis Charter School near South Watuppa Pond. ... more info

29 Sep 2016: MUNIS WEAKEN AS HAWAII, MASS. ISSUES SELL
Top-rated municipal bonds were weaker at mid-session Thursday, traders said, as the market saw more supply hit the screens, topped by Hawaii and Massachusetts issues. ... more info

28 Sep 2016: S&P DOWNGRADES MISSION, TEXAS, HOSPITAL DISTRICT TO CCC
Hidalgo County Health Services Corp. debt issued for the Mission, Texas, Regional Medical Center moved closer to a default rating as S&P Global Ratings dropped $26.7 million of bonds to CCC from B-minus. ... more info

28 Sep 2016: S&P DOWNGRADES MISSION, TEXAS HOSPITAL DISTRICT TO CCC
Hidalgo County Health Services Corp. debt issued for the Mission, Texas, Regional Medical Center moved closer to a default rating as S&P Global Ratings dropped $26.7 million of bonds to CCC from B-minus. ... more info

28 Sep 2016: WELLS FARGO SUSPENDED FROM UNDERWRITING CALIFORNIA STATE BONDS
California’s treasurer blocked Wells Fargo from bond underwriting and other business relationships, as shockwaves from a fake accounts scandal in the company’s retail bank rocked the fifth-largest municipal underwriter. ... more info

28 Sep 2016: NEBRASKA FARM BUREAU FIGHTING COMMUNITY COLLEGE BONDS
The Nebraska Farm Bureau says a community college’s $369 million bond question on the November ballot would lead to a massive property tax increase on farmers, business, and homeowners in southeast Nebraska. ... more info

27 Sep 2016: PUERTO RICO'S RETIREMENT SYSTEM TO JOIN SUIT AGAINST UBS OVER BONDS
Puerto Rico’s retirement system plans to join an ongoing lawsuit filed against UBS over the alleged mishandling of pension obligation bond proceeds. ... more info

27 Sep 2016: MUNIS STRONGER AS SUPPLY STREAM RAMPS UP
Top-rated municipal bonds finished stronger on Tuesday, traders said, as the first of the week’s new issues started to come to market even as the biggest deal of the day was reported postponed. ... more info

27 Sep 2016: FEINGOLD, JOHNSON BACK MUNIS
Wisconsin Democrat Russ Feingold and Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson finally found something to agree on Monday: Don't mess with municipal bonds. ... more info

27 Sep 2016: COULD STAR BONDS BUILD A WSU FOOTBALL STADIUM?
There is a "conversation" to explore the possibility of building Wichita State University, Kan., a football stadium in a potentially expanded STAR bonds district at K-96 and Greenwich. ... more info

27 Sep 2016: POLL SHOWS STRONG VOTER SUPPORT FOR TRANSPORTATION BONDS
A majority of Maine voters favor issuing $100 million in bonds to improve transportation infrastructure, according to a new Portland Press Herald poll. ... more info

27 Sep 2016: HOW MUNI EXPERTS ARE STRATEGIZING FOR YEAR END
Some strategists say they will increase credit quality and shorten duration for overall risk protection, while others are identifying premium bonds, bonds with short calls, and those with average life structures to boost yield. ... more info

27 Sep 2016: N.Y. MTA TO MARKET FLOATERS
New York MTA intends to market five subseries of floating rate securities totaling $242 million and also refund $500 million of transportation revenue bonds in October. ... more info

26 Sep 2016: AHEAD OF NEW SUPPLY, MUNIS END STEADY
Top-quality municipal bonds ended steady to stronger on Monday, according to traders, as the market prepared to take on a new issue calendar of about $7.2 billion that will start to hit the screens on Tuesday. ... more info

26 Sep 2016: BILL WOULD MAKE BONDS OF HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGES TRIPLE TAX-EXEMPT
A bill introduced in the House would make municipal bonds issued by historically black colleges and universities tax-exempt at the federal, state and local levels. ... more info

26 Sep 2016: SCHOOL BONDS HAVE SOLID SUPPORT, DESPITE CRITICS
DURHAM -- The $170 million Durham County bond referendum, which features $90 million for public schools, has received solid support from the county's three most influential political action committees. ... more info

26 Sep 2016: MUNIS FLAT AS MARKET PREPS FOR $7.2B WEEK
Top-quality municipal bonds were unchanged at mid-session, according to traders, as the market prepared to take on a new issue calendar of about $7.2 billion that will hit the screens starting on Tuesday. ... more info

26 Sep 2016: MUNI MINUTE: HAWAII SAYS ALOHA KAKOU TO MUNI MARKET
In the latest installment of Muni Minute – The Bond Buyer's 60-second video series that examines a top municipal market story that will have an impact in the coming week – we look at the state of Hawaii, which is selling over $675 million of general obligation bonds in the wake of two credit rating upgrades, improvements in its fiscal position and a self-reported disclosure failing under MCDC. ... more info

23 Sep 2016: PORT AUTHORITY PLANS $150M BOND SALE FOR MOYNIHAN STATION
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will issue bonds to finance its share of a planned $3 billion overhaul of Manhattan’s Penn Station. ... more info

23 Sep 2016: INTREPID ENDS REVENUE BONDS WITH COUNTY
EDDY COUNTY -- Intrepid Potash has terminated two Industrial Revenue Bonds issued to them by Eddy County in 2009 and 2010 for a combined $150 million. ... more info

23 Sep 2016: KANDIYOHI CO. FORMALLY COMMITS TO ISSUING BONDS FOR BROADBAND PROJECT
WILLMAR -- The Kandiyohi County Board formally committed this week to a bond issue as the funding mechanism to support rural broadband development. ... more info

22 Sep 2016: DASNY SELLS $1B OF BONDS; MUNIS END STRONG
Top-quality municipal bonds finished stronger on Thursday, according to traders, as the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York came to market with over $1 billion of bonds. ... more info

22 Sep 2016: DETROIT SCHOOL BOND REFUNDING IN WORKS
The Michigan Finance Authority approved a plan to issue $235 million of debt to refund some Detroit Public Schools bonds before they lose their state aid backing on Oct. 1. ... more info

22 Sep 2016: GREEN BONDS YET TO REALIZE PRICING PREMIUM
Investors have yet to reward green bonds with better pricing, but there is growing demand for the niche, according to one speaker at the Bond Buyer’s California Public Finance conference. ... more info

22 Sep 2016: MUNIS STRONGER AS DASNY SELLS $1B OF BONDS
Top-quality municipal bonds were stronger at mid-session, according to traders, as the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York competitively sold over $1 billion of bonds. ... more info

22 Sep 2016: CITY COUNCIL OKS SANITATION SYSTEM BONDS
Bloomington, Ind., city officials now have approval to sell bonds to cover up to several million dollars in projects, including purchases intended to help implement proposed changes to the sanitation system. ... more info

22 Sep 2016: SAN ANTONIO CONSIDERS REVENUE BONDS FOR SOUTHWEST SIDE DEVELOPMENT
The San Antonio Housing Trust Finance Corporation plans to issue up to $22 million in multifamily housing revenue bonds to help build a sizable apartment complex on the Southwest Side. ... more info

21 Sep 2016: MUNI PROS EXPECT RATES TO DRIVE 2017 VOLUME, SEE GREEN BONDS AS A PLOY
With record attendance at the 26th annual Bond Buyer California public finance conference, the participants of the live market survey certainly made their voices heard. ... more info

21 Sep 2016: UNIVERSITY SELLING BONDS FOR ATLANTIC CITY CAMPUS
New Jersey’s Stockton University is holding a bond sale Thursday to raise proceeds for its planned new $178 million Atlantic City campus. ... more info

21 Sep 2016: PALOMAR HEALTH TO SELL OVER $400 MILLION, SOME HIGHLY RATED, SOME JUNK
San Diego-based Palomar Health is set to issue more than $400 million of refunding bonds in the next two weeks, split between investment-grade general obligation debt and junk-rated revenue bonds. ... more info

21 Sep 2016: MUNIS FLAT AS FOMC LEAVES RATES UNCHANGED
Top-shelf municipal bonds finished unchanged on Wednesday, traders said, after the Federal Open Market Committee in a widely expected move left its fed funds target rate unchanged at between 0.25% and 0.50%. ... more info

21 Sep 2016: S&P DOWNGRADES TWO DETENTION CENTERS CITING NEW FEDERAL POLICY
S&P Global Ratings downgraded to junk $172 million of bonds for two private immigration detention centers after two federal agencies announced initiatives to end or reduce use of such facilities. ... more info

21 Sep 2016: SPUTTERING NEBRASKA ARENA VENTURE GETS JUNKED
Ralston, Nebraska’s general obligation arena bonds were dropped seven notches to junk by S&P Global Ratings after the project has struggled to produce the revenue needed to repay the debt. ... more info

21 Sep 2016: MINN. CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION UPSET OVER POLITICAL SUBDIVISION RULES
The Internal Revenue Service’s proposed definition of a political subdivision could jeopardize the tax-exempt bonds of many public entities in Minnesota, the state’s congressional delegation recently told the agency and the Treasury Department. ... more info

21 Sep 2016: MUNIS WEAKEN AS MARKET ENTERS FED WATCH MODE
Top-shelf municipal bonds were weaker at mid-session, traders said, as the market moved into a quiet, defensive mode ahead the Federal Open Market Committee's announcement on interest rates this afternoon. ... more info

21 Sep 2016: WITH BUOYANT TRAFFIC, DEAL FUELS ORLANDO AIRPORT CAPITAL PLAN
With passenger levels continuing to exceed expectations, the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority plans to issue $189.4 million of airport revenue bonds for its capital improvement and expansion plans at Orlando International Airport. ... more info

20 Sep 2016: TEXAS WATER DEAL OVERSUBSCRIBED; MUNIS FLAT
Top-quality municipal bonds ended unchanged Tuesday as more supply hit the screens on a busy day, led by the warmly received Texas Water Development Board deal. The Federal Open Market Committee began its two-day monetary policy meeting, keeping Tuesday’s trading subdued. ... more info

20 Sep 2016: RALSTON, NEB., ARENA BONDS SLASHED TO BB BY S&P
S&P Global Ratings said it lowered its underlying rating on Ralston, Neb.'s series 2011A, 2011B, 2012A, and 2012B general obligation (GO) arena bonds seven notches to BB from A-plus. ... more info

20 Sep 2016: NEW AUTHORITY HOPES TO SELL BP-BACKED BONDS IN TWO MONTHS
A new authority set up by the Alabama Legislature to sell bonds backed by a BP oil spill settlement hopes to issue the bonds in about two months, officials said today. ... more info

20 Sep 2016: MUNIS FLAT AS MORE ISSUANCE HITS THE MARKET
Top-quality municipal bonds were unchanged at mid-session, according to traders as more supply hit the screens, led by the Texas Water Development Board deal ... more info

19 Sep 2016: SAN FRANCISCO PUTS HOUSING BONDS TO WORK AGAINST HOMELESSNESS
Voter-approved bonds are providing loan money to support the creation of affordable rental homes for San Francisco’s low-income and homeless families and seniors. ... more info

19 Sep 2016: WITH REVENUES SLUMPING, OKLAHOMA BORROWS FOR TRANSPORTATION
Caught in a severe fiscal crisis after energy prices collapsed, Oklahoma is offering $181 million of revenue bonds to keep its highway construction program moving. ... more info

19 Sep 2016: HOW $75M IN BOND MONEY WAS ONLY $50M
The Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation sold $75 million in bonds in 2010 to help Curt Schilling's video-game company relocate to Rhode Island and develop an online game. ... more info

16 Sep 2016: MONEY MARKET FUND MUNI HOLDINGS FALLING FAST
Money market mutual funds’ holdings of municipal bonds fell by nearly $42 billion dollars between the second quarter of this year and the same period last year, a change that is partially the result of soon-to-become-effective rule changes from the Securities and Exchange Commission. ... more info

16 Sep 2016: MUNIS MIXED AHEAD OF $8.5B NEW ISSUE CALENDAR
Top quality municipal bonds were mixed at mid-session, according to traders who were eying next week’s $8.5 billion new issue slate. Ipreo estimates next week’s bond volume at $8.45 billion, down from $11.31 billion this week, according to revised data from Thomson Reuters. ... more info

15 Sep 2016: BONDS FEATURE IN HOUSTON MAYOR'S PENSION PROPOSAL
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner wants to issue $1 billion of bonds as part of a comprehensive 30-year plan to rein in the city’s ballooning pension liabilities. ... more info

15 Sep 2016: S.F. AIRPORT FLIES INTO MARKET AS MUNIS WEAKEN
Top-shelf municipal bonds ended weaker on Thursday, according to traders, who saw the last of the week's big deals come to market, headlined by a large sale from the San Francisco Airport Commission. ... more info

15 Sep 2016: MORE RATING UNCERTAINTY OVER DETROIT SCHOOLS' STATE-AID BONDS
The unclear future of Detroit Public Schools state-aid backed bonds, plus governance and tax collection issues following the district's restructuring, prompted Moody's Investors Service to shift its outlook to "developing" from "negative." ... more info

15 Sep 2016: COUNCIL APPROVES ISSUANCE OF BONDS FOR APARTMENT REHAB
A real estate and investment firm was given the okay Tuesday night to seek state tax-exempt bonds for the acquisition and rehabilitation of the Harbor Park Apartments. ... more info

14 Sep 2016: ANOTHER DOWNGRADE FOR A TROUBLED INDIANA P3
The already junk-rated bonds of a P3 highway project in Indiana received a downgrade from another rating agency as payment disputes among contractors reached a new level. ... more info

14 Sep 2016: BROOKINGS STADIUM STUDY DRAWS CRITICISMS
A Brookings Institution study claiming professional sports stadiums built or renovated with tax-exempt bonds during the last 16 years have cost the federal government $3.7 billion has drawn some criticism from a sports consultant and municipal market participants. ... more info

14 Sep 2016: HAWAII GETS MOODY'S RATING BOOST
Hawaii received a second upgrade from a major rating agency ahead of plans to issue $757 million in general obligation bonds as Moody’s Investors Service upgraded the state’s GO bonds to Aa1. ... more info

14 Sep 2016: N.Y. MTA'S HUDSON YARDS DEAL PRICES; MUNIS MIXED
Top-quality municipal bonds finished mixed on Wednesday, traders said, as two big New York issues came to market. Goldman Sachs priced the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority's $1.06 billion Hudson Rail Yards deal while Ramirez & Co. priced the New York City Transitional Finance Authority's $800 million sale. ... more info

14 Sep 2016: YANKEE STADIUM BONDS UPGRADED TO BAA1 BY MOODY'S
Moody's Investors Service said it has upgraded Yankee Stadium LLC's rating to Baa1 from Baa2, affecting about $1.2 billion of rated debt outstanding. ... more info

14 Sep 2016: HOSPITAL BOND ISSUE BALLOT QUESTION APPROVED
With the adoption of an election proclamation during a special meeting Friday, Lincoln County commissioners set the stage for voters to decide in the Nov. 8 general election if they want to approve $25 million of general obligation bonds to build a new county hospital in Ruidoso. ... more info

14 Sep 2016: DETROIT SCHOOLS' STATE AID BONDS JUNK RATING DEEPENS
Detroit Public Schools' $212 million of state aid-backed bonds slipped two to three notches further into junk territory over uncertainty tied to the bonds' security after a restructuring of the school district. ... more info

13 Sep 2016: TREASURY 30-YEAR BONDS GO AT 2.475% HIGH YIELD
The Treasury Department Tuesday auctioned $12 billion of 29-year 11-month bonds with a 2.25% coupon at a 2.475% high yield, a price of 95.262459. ... more info

13 Sep 2016: MUNIS WEAKEN AS NEW SUPPLY FLOODS MARKET
Top-rated municipal bonds were weaker with Treasuries on Tuesday, according to traders, as the first big wave of supply hit the screens, just part of the over $11 billion in new issues slated for sale this week. ... more info

13 Sep 2016: NEW JERSEY CALLS DO-OVER ON MEGA MALL DEBT AUTHORIZATION VOTE
A New Jersey agency has scheduled a new vote on granting $1.2 billion of tax-exempt bonds to the developer of American Dream, the unfinished mega mall in the Meadowlands, after a non-profit group threatened to file a law suit to block the sale. ... more info

13 Sep 2016: AMP OHIO LANDS UPGRADE AHEAD OF ISSUE
Ohio-based American Municipal Power Inc. received a one-notch upgrade from Moody’s Investors Service as it prepares to come to market with a $206 million issue that includes designated “green” bonds. ... more info

13 Sep 2016: DETROIT SCHOOL 2011, 2012 GOS DOWNGRADED BY S&P
S&P Global Ratings said it lowered its rating on Detroit Public Schools (DPS), Mich.'s series 2011 and 2012 bonds secured by state school aid and a limited tax general obligation (GO) pledge to B from BB and BB-minus, respectively. ... more info

13 Sep 2016: FITCH UPGRADES ONTARIO AIRPORT BOND OUTLOOK
Fitch Ratings said Monday, Sept. 12 that it has revised its outlook for Ontario International Airport bonds from negative to stable, based on better passenger traffic and a healthy financial profile for the Inland facility. ... more info

13 Sep 2016: MUNIS WEAKEN AS NEW SUPPLY COMES TO MARKET
Top-rated municipal bonds were weaker at midday, according to traders, as the first big wave of supply hit the screens on Tuesday, just part of the over $11 billion in new issues slated for sale this week. ... more info

13 Sep 2016: IHCC BOARD APPROVES BOND ELECTION
OTTUMWA, Iowa - The Indian Hills Community College Board of Directors on Monday approved a resolution calling for a special election to determine if the college should issue bonds in the amount of $36 million for improvements to its infrastructure. The election is set for Tuesday, December 6, 2016. ... more info

13 Sep 2016: HAWAII GOS RAISED TO AA-PLUS BY S&P
S&P Global Ratings said it raised to AA-plus from AA its long-term rating and underlying rating (SPUR) on Hawaii's general obligation bonds and to AA from AA-minus its long-term rating on the state's certificates of participation. ... more info

13 Sep 2016: NEW MEXICO ON MOODY'S REVIEW FOR DOWNGRADE
Moody's Investors Service said it has placed under review for possible downgrade the Aaa rating of the state of New Mexico's general obligation bonds, affecting $327 million in outstanding debt. ... more info

12 Sep 2016: MARKET EXTRA: WHY STOCKS AND BOND YIELDS AREN’T MOVING IN TANDEM
After Friday’s market tantrum, should investors worry about losing money on both stocks and bonds?
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12 Sep 2016: MUNIS WEAKEN AHEAD OF $11.4B NEW ISSUE SLATE
Top-shelf municipal bonds ended weaker on Monday, traders said, as the market prepared for this week’s hefty $11.4 billion new issue calendar, headlined by two $1 billion-plus deals from New York issuers. ... more info

12 Sep 2016: MUNIS WEAKEN AHEAD OF $11.4B NEW ISSUE SLATE
Top-shelf municipal bonds were weaker at mid-session, traders said, as the market prepares for a hefty $11.4 billion new issue calendar this week, headlined by two $1 billion-plus deals from New York issuers. ... more info

12 Sep 2016: MUNI MINUTE: NEW YORK, NEW YORK: SO NICE IT’S COMING TWICE
In the latest installment of Muni Minute – The Bond Buyer's 60-second video series that examines a top municipal market story that will have an impact in the coming week – we examine the largest deals of the upcoming $11.4 billion weekly calendar, both from the Empire State: the MTA’s $1.06 billion of Hudson Rail Yards trust obligation and NYC TFA’s $1.05 billion of negotiated and competitive sales. Also in the Big Apple, a hearing is set for Thursday on a plan to refinance more than $1 billion of bonds originally for the construction of the new Yankee Stadium. ... more info

9 Sep 2016: BROOKINGS: BOND-FINANCED PROFESSIONAL SPORTS STADIUMS COST FEDS $3.7B
Professional sports stadiums built or significantly renovated with the help of tax-exempt bonds since 2000 have cost the federal government a total of $3.7 billion, according to a study released by the Brookings Institution. ... more info

9 Sep 2016: JEFFERIES COMPLETES $293.26M N.Y. TOBACCO DEAL AMID HEALTHY DEMAND
Jefferies said it received good demand for the $292.26 million of tobacco settlement pass-through bonds it priced for the New York Counties Tobacco Trust VI. ... more info

9 Sep 2016: TRUSTEE AGREES TO $1.6M SETTLEMENT IN BROGDON-RELATED CASE
The Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday announced that a subsidiary of BOK Financial Corp. that served as indenture trustee and dissemination agent for municipal conduit bonds previously tied to securities fraud has agreed to pay more than $1.6 million to settle charges that it helped to conceal numerous problems and red flags from investors in the securities. ... more info

9 Sep 2016: MUNIS WEAKEN AHEAD OF $11.4B CALENDAR
Top-shelf municipal bonds were weaker at midday, according to traders who said yields on some maturities were as many as five basis points higher. This is ahead of an estimated almost $11.5 billion of new issuance expected to hit screens next week. ... more info

9 Sep 2016: KANDIYOHI COUNTY MULLS FINANCING OPTIONS FOR BROADBAND PROJECT
WILLMAR -- Kandiyohi County will likely issue bonds to cover its matching share of a state grant being sought to improve broadband services in unserved and underserved rural areas of the county. ... more info

9 Sep 2016: STOKES DELAYS VOTE ON PORT COVINGTON FINANCING
A City Council committee unexpectedly stopped short Thursday night of approving $660 million in bonds for the Port Covington development, hours after the developer announced a $100 million community benefits agreement with city officials and activists. ... more info

8 Sep 2016: MUNIS WEAKER AS DASNY SELLS; TOBACCO DEAL REDUCED
Top-rated municipal bonds finished weaker on Thursday, as the last of the week’s large muni deals came to market, led by competitive offerings from the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York. ... more info

8 Sep 2016: GFOA, NABL PUBLISH GUIDANCE ON POST-ISSUANCE TAX COMPLIANCE
The Government Finance Officers Association and the National Association of Bond Lawyers on Thursday each issued guidance to issuers and counsel on how to comply with tax-exempt bond rules after the issuance of tax-advantaged bonds. ... more info

8 Sep 2016: COUNTY BRIDGE AMONG PROJECTS TO GET BOND FUNDING
The state Council of Bond Oversight recently approved the sale of $200 million in bonds for use on 18 projects that are part of the Oklahoma Department of Transportation's 8-Year Plan, and one of those projects is located in Rogers County. ... more info

7 Sep 2016: TTC DEAL POSTPONED UNTIL OCT.; MUNIS MIXED
Top-quality municipal bonds were steady to stronger at mid-session, traders said, as the first of the week's $5.5 billion of new supply started to come to market. ... more info

7 Sep 2016: LSU DEAL FUELS $575M BATON ROUGE CAMPUS P3
Louisiana State University is bringing its first financing for a $575 million housing and retail privatization, a move that triggered downgrades of the university's outstanding bonds. ... more info

7 Sep 2016: WEST CLARK BONDS MUST GO TO VOTE
CLARK COUNTY, Ind. -- Enough signatures were garnered by petitioners to force West Clark Community Schools to take its $62.9 million bond issuance to the voters. ... more info

6 Sep 2016: N.Y. CITY TFA TO SELL $1B IN SEPTEMBER
The New York City Transitional Finance Authority intends to sell roughly $1 billion of future tax-secured subordinate bonds later this month. ... more info

6 Sep 2016: MUNIS END STRONGER AHEAD OF $5.5B SLATE
Top-rated municipal bonds finished stronger Tuesday, according to traders, who will see the first deals on the week's $5.5 billion new issue calendar hit the market on Wednesday. ... more info

6 Sep 2016: BILL IN SENATE WOULD BOOST TRIBES' ABILITY TO ISSUE BONDS
A bill introduced in the Senate by Republicans would put Indian tribal governments more on a par with state and local governments for bond financings, giving them better access to capital to support infrastructure and local economic development. ... more info

6 Sep 2016: MUNIS MOSTLY FLAT AHEAD OF $5.5B CALENDAR
Top-rated municipal bonds were mostly unchanged at mid-session, according to traders, as yields at the 2017 maturity and back end of the curve were steady although several yields in-between were as many as four basis points higher ahead of this week's $5.5 billion new issue calendar. ... more info

3 Sep 2016: MUTUAL FUNDS WEEKLY: YOU DON’T HAVE TO WORK SO HARD TO INVEST SUCCESSFULLY
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2 Sep 2016: CONNECTICUT SPECIAL TAX OBLIGATION BONDS DOWNGRADED
Fitch downgraded Connecticut's outstanding special tax obligation bonds to AA-minus from AA, citing its revised U.S. tax-supported rating criteria. ... more info

2 Sep 2016: INDIANAPOLIS WASTEWATER UTILITY BRINGS GREEN BOND DEBUT
The utility serving Indianapolis and Marion County is headed into the market with $234 million of wastewater revenue bonds -- including debt it will designate as green bonds. ... more info

2 Sep 2016: MUNI TRADERS SET FOR LONG WEEKEND, $5.5B CALENDAR
Top-shelf municipal bonds were little changed at mid-session, according to traders, who are eying next week's holiday-shortened new issue calendar. ... more info

1 Sep 2016: MUNIS END MIXED AS LAST BIG DEAL OF WEEK SELLS
Top-quality municipal bonds ended mixed on Thursday, according to traders, as the last big deal of the week came to market. Activity was subdued ahead of Friday's unemployment report for August and the long holiday weekend. ... more info

1 Sep 2016: 'SEC HAS GOTTEN IT ALL WRONG,' SAYS ATTORNEY AS FEDERAL CASE AGAINST MIAMI OPENS
The Securities and Exchange Commission kicked off a long-awaited civil trial against the city of Miami Monday, arguing to a federal jury that city officials used illegal money transfers to hide gaping financial problems and sell $150 million in risky bonds to unwitting investors in the late 2000s. ... more info

1 Sep 2016: CALIFORNIA REFUNDING: ALMOST A HALF-BILLION SAVED
California achieved $494.5 million in present value savings when it refunded $2.04 billion of state general obligation bonds, said Treasurer John Chiang. ... more info



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