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31 Dec 2008: FITCH UPGRADES SAN JOSE-SANTA CLARA CLEAN WATER FINANCE AUTHORITY, CALIFORNIA REVS TO 'AA+'
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch rates the San Jose-Santa Clara Clean Water Financing Authority's $30.4 million sewer refunding revenue bonds, series 2009A 'AA+'. In addition, Fitch upgrades the authority's $41.3 million outstanding revenue bonds to 'AA+' from 'AA'. ... more info

31 Dec 2008: FITCH RATES WASHINGTON'S $400MM GO BONDS 'AA'; OUTLOOK TO STABLE FROM POSITIVE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to $400 million State of Washington general obligation bonds, scheduled to sell competitively on Jan. 7, 2009. The offering consists of two series, which will be bid separately as follows: ... more info

30 Dec 2008: FITCH RATES FORT COLLINS, COLORADO $31MM WASTEWATER REVS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' rating to $30.8 million City of Fort Collins, Colorado wastewater utility enterprise sewer revenue bonds, series 2009A. In addition, Fitch affirms the 'AA-' rating on the city's $16 million of outstanding parity bonds. ... more info

30 Dec 2008: FITCH RATES PADUCAH POWER SYSTEM'S (KENTUCKY) $172MM REVS 'A'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned initial 'A' ratings to the following revenue bonds for the City of Paducah Electric Plant Board: ... more info

30 Dec 2008: FITCH RATES EMPIRE STATE DEVELOPMENT'S (NEW YORK) $1.1B PERSONAL INCOME TAX REVS 'AA-'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA-' rating to $1.1 billion Empire State Development Corporation, New York state personal income tax revenue bonds, consisting of: ... more info

30 Dec 2008: A PROPERTY FIRM HELPS ITSELF
Liberty's move to convert some bonds to shares has helped the U.K. property company retire some debt. ... more info

30 Dec 2008: FITCH TO UPGRADE NEW YORK STATE HOUSING FINANCE AGENCY 2003L TO 'AA+' ; RATE S-T 'F1+'
NEW YORK----Effective Jan. 14, 2009, Fitch Ratings will upgrade the long-term rating to 'AA+' from 'A+' and assign a short-term rating of 'F1+' to the New York State Housing Finance Agency 2003 series L refunding service contract revenue bonds . ... more info

30 Dec 2008: FITCH TO UPGRADE NEW YORK STATE HOUSING FINANCE AGENCY 2003M TO 'AA+'; RATE S-T 'F1+'
NEW YORK----Effective Jan. 14, 2009, Fitch Ratings will upgrade the long-term rating to 'AA+' from 'A+' and assign a short-term rating of 'F1+' to the New York State Housing Finance Agency $88,750,000 2003 series M refunding service contract revenue bonds, sub-series M-1 and M-2 , consisting of $63,750,000 of the series 2003, sub-series M-1 and $25,000,000 of the series 2003, sub-series M-2. ... more info

30 Dec 2008: HK LAWMAKERS SLAM HSBC ROLE IN LEHMAN BONDS SALE
Hong Kong lawmakers slammed HSBC for helping to sell Lehman Brothers bonds in the Chinese territory, questioning if Europe's largest bank should have done more to protect local investors from products that may be worthless in the aftermath of the Wall Street firm's collapse. ... more info

30 Dec 2008: ECUADOR USES SOCIAL SECURITY AGENCY TO FUND BUDGET
Ecuador's social security institute plans to buy $500 million in treasury bonds that the government may issue to finance its budget while mulling a default on other debts, the institute's director said Monday. ... more info

29 Dec 2008: FITCH AFFIRMS BOERNE, TEXAS' UTILITY SYSTEM REVS AT 'A-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
SAN FRANCISCO----As part of its routine surveillance, Fitch affirms its 'A-' rating on the City of Boerne, TX's $13 million in outstanding utility system improvement revenue bonds. The Rating Outlook is Stable. ... more info

29 Dec 2008: INTERBANK LENDING EASES
Treasurys rose Monday as investors continued to seek out the safety of government-backed bonds in the last few trading days of the year. ... more info

29 Dec 2008: TREASURYS EDGE HIGHER AS DECEMBER WINDS DOWN
Treasurys rose Monday as investors continued to seek out the safety of government-backed bonds in the last few trading days of the year. ... more info

29 Dec 2008: TREASURYS EDGE HIGHER AS DECEMBER WINDS DOWN
Treasurys rose Monday as investors continued to seek out the safety of government-backed bonds in the last few trading days of the year. ... more info

27 Dec 2008: BRAZIL TO SELL BONDS TO FINANCE SOVEREIGN FUND
Brazil will sell treasury bonds to finance its new sovereign wealth fund, circumventing a legislative hurdle that had limited its cash supply, a treasury official said Friday. ... more info

26 Dec 2008: GMAC'S BONDS GET A BANK BOOST
GMAC's bonds and credit default swaps received a boost after the Fed approved the auto-financing company's bid to become a bank holding company. ... more info

26 Dec 2008: MARKETS ALL FALL DOWN
This year world stock markets lost almost $30,000bn in value. Oil prices fell by two-thirds. House prices dropped. Bonds collapsed. Almost every asset performed alike in 2008: it went down ... more info

26 Dec 2008: DOLLAR STEADY IN POST-HOLIDAY TRADE
With few investors trading and fewer indicators to base trades on, the dollar and government bonds held tight Friday. ... more info

26 Dec 2008: BONDS, DOLLAR HOLD STEADY LIGHT POST-HOLIDAY TRADE
With few investors trading and fewer indicators to base trades on, the dollar and government bonds held tight Friday. ... more info

26 Dec 2008: GMAC DEBT GETS LIFT AFTER BANK NOD
GMAC's bonds and credit default swaps received a boost after the Fed approved the auto-financing company's bid to become a bank holding company. ... more info

25 Dec 2008: REPORT: ECUADOR SELLS $700 MLN DEBT AFTER DEFAULT
Fresh from a $30.6 million default, Ecuador's government has issued $700 million in new bonds to help finance next year's budget, local media reported Thursday. ... more info

25 Dec 2008: BAIL BONDSMEN MAKE IT CHEAPER TO GET OUT OF JAIL
Bail bond agents are increasingly helping cash-strapped defendants get out of jail with ultra-cheap financing deals, a practice that worries law enforcement officials and insurers, and could endanger public safety. ... more info

24 Dec 2008: FITCH RATES NEW ORLEANS AVIATION BOARD'S REV RFDG BONDS 'A-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A-' rating to approximately $77 million New Orleans Aviation Board revenue refunding bonds series 2009A-1 , $18,730,000 NOAB revenue refunding bonds series 2009A-2 , $25,870,000 NOAB revenue refunding bonds series 2009B and $17,055,000 NOAB revenue refunding bonds series 2009C . ... more info

23 Dec 2008: BONDS FALL AFTER $92B IN AUCTIONS
Government bonds continued a three-day slide Tuesday, after the Treasury Department auctioned off another $28 billion in debt. ... more info

23 Dec 2008: FITCH RATES ROCHESTER GAS & ELECTRIC CORPORATION'S $150MM 8.0% FMBS 'BBB+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'BBB+' to Rochester Gas & Electric Corp.'s issuance of $150 million 8.0% first mortgage bonds , due 2033. The new bonds rank equally with other secured debt of RG&E. ... more info

23 Dec 2008: BONDS FALL AFTER RECORD AUCTION
Government bonds continued a three-day slide Tuesday, after the Treasury Department auctioned off another $28 billion in debt. ... more info

22 Dec 2008: FUND FOCUS: EVERGREEN DIVERSIFIED CAPITAL BUILDER
Margaret Patel is senior portfolio manager of Evergreen's Diversified Capital Builder fund, which owns both stocks and bonds. She says high-quality corporate bonds may return as much as stocks over the next year, with less risk. ... more info

22 Dec 2008: FITCH RATES $230MM FAIRFAX COUNTY GOS 'AAA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to Fairfax County, Virginia's $230 million general obligation bonds, including $197.7 million GO public improvement bonds, series 2009A, and $32.5 million GO public improvement refunding bonds, series 2009B. ... more info

22 Dec 2008: FITCH AFFIRMS LAYTON CITY (UTAH) $8.3MM SALES TAX REVS AT 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
SAN FRANCISCO----In the process of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings affirms the 'AA-' rating of Layton City, Utah's $8.3 million sales tax revenue bonds. The Rating Outlook is Stable. ... more info

22 Dec 2008: BONDS FALL AFTER $92B IN AUCTIONS
Government bonds fell Monday for the second straight session after the Treasury Department auctioned off $92 billion in debt. ... more info

20 Dec 2008: OFF THE CHARTS: FOREIGN INVESTORS TRADE SAFE FOR SAFEST
Despite U.S. backing, bonds issued by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have skeptics.

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19 Dec 2008: FITCH DOWNGRADES UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA GEN REV BONDS TO 'AA-', OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA-' rating to the Board of Regents of the University of Oklahoma general revenue bonds, tax exempt series 2009A in the approximate amount of $57,100,000, and federally taxable series 2009B in the approximate amount of $8,700,000. ... more info

19 Dec 2008: FITCH RATES NORTHERN ARIZONA HEALTHCARE SYSTEM'S (AZ) $52.795MM 2008B HOSPITAL REVS 'AA-/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AA-/F1+' to the $52,795,000 Industrial Development Authority of the County of Yavapai hospital revenue bonds , series 2008B . ... more info

19 Dec 2008: FITCH AFFIRMS UNIV OF OKLAHOMA HOUSING REVS 'A+'; OUTLOOK NEGATIVE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings affirms its 'A+' rating on the University of Oklahoma's student housing revenue bonds, series 2004. The Rating Outlook remains Negative. ... more info

19 Dec 2008: FITCH RATES ALASKA INT'L AIRPORT SYS (AK) VRDBS, SER 09A 'AA+/F1+'; ASSIGNS UND. L-T 'AA-'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA+/F1+' rating to the $50,000,000 State of Alaska, Alaska International Airport System variable rate demand revenue refunding bonds , series 2009A . ... more info

19 Dec 2008: FITCH AFFIRMS MEMORIAL HEALTH SERVICES, CALIFORNIA AT 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings, as part of its ongoing surveillance efforts, has affirmed its 'A+' rating on Memorial Health Services' approximately $354 million of outstanding revenue bonds. ... more info

19 Dec 2008: FITCH AFFIRMS HUDSON COUNTY IMPROV AUTH NEW JERSEY SOLID WASTE SYS REVS AT 'BBB-'
NEW YORK----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings affirms the 'BBB-' rating on approximately $89.2 million Hudson County Improvement Authority , New Jersey outstanding solid waste revenue bonds series 1998 , including the solid waste system revenue refunding bonds and the Koppers landfill site improvement bonds. ... more info

19 Dec 2008: FITCH RATES ABBOTT ISD (TX) 2006A BONDS 'AAA' BASED ON PSF GUARANTEE
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns its 'AAA' rating to Abbott Independent School District, Texas' unlimited tax school building bonds, series 2006A; $3.4 million of the bonds are presently outstanding. ... more info

19 Dec 2008: FITCH AFFIRMS PINELLAS COUNTY, FL'S CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT REVS AT 'AA+'
NEW YORK----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings affirms Pinellas County, Florida's approximately $27.6 million in capital improvement revenue bonds at 'AA+'. Concurrently, Fitch assigns an 'AA+' implied general obligation rating to the county. ... more info

19 Dec 2008: PANASONIC ISSUES STRAIGHT BONDS
OSAKA, Japan----Panasonic Corporation announced that its Board of Directors today resolved to issue straight bonds. Panasonic will offer the bonds in order to secure financial requirement for expanding its business. ... more info

18 Dec 2008: FITCH AFFIRMS VALLEY HEALTH SYSTEM (CALIFORNIA) BONDS AT 'CC'
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings has affirmed its 'CC' rating on approximately $45.5 million of bonds issued by Valley Health System, California as follows: ... more info

18 Dec 2008: FITCH RATES DELAWARE'S $225MM GO BONDS 'AAA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to the State of Delaware's $225 million general obligation bonds, series 2009. Bonds will be offered to retail buyers beginning Jan. 12, 2009 with the remainder to be sold competitively Jan. 14. ... more info

18 Dec 2008: FITCH AFFIRMS MISSION HEALTH SYSTEM, INC.(NC) BONDS AT 'AA'
TAMPA, Fla.----Fitch Ratings affirms the 'AA' rating on Mission Health System, Inc.'s outstanding indebtedness listed below. The Rating Outlook is Stable. ... more info

18 Dec 2008: FITCH TO UPGRADE CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA'S WATER & SEWER REVS 2006B TO 'F1+'; CONFIRMS 'AAA'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings confirms the 'AAA' long-term rating and effective Dec. 30, 2008, will upgrade the short-term rating to 'F1+' from 'F1' on the $289,795,000 City of Charlotte, North Carolina, variable rate water and sewer system revenue bonds, series 2006B . ... more info

18 Dec 2008: FITCH CONFIRMS $148.5MM DENVER (CO) AIRPORT SYSTEM REV BNDS SER 2007G1-G2 AT 'AAA/F1'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings confirms the rating of 'AAA/F1' assigned to the City and County of Denver, Colorado for and on behalf of its Department of Aviation, airport system revenue bonds, consisting of $74,200,000 series 2007G1 and $74,300,000 series 2007G2. ... more info

18 Dec 2008: FITCH AFFIRMS VARIOUS FT MYERS, FL BONDS; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings affirms the following Fort Myers, Florida ratings with a Stable Outlook: ... more info

18 Dec 2008: FITCH RATES VIRGINIA COLLEGE BUILDING AUTHORITY'S $330MM 2009A REVS 'AA+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA+' rating to the Virginia College Building Authority's educational facilities revenue bonds , series 2009A. The bonds are scheduled for sale through negotiation on Jan. 7, 2009 and will be due Sept. 1, 2009-2038. ... more info

18 Dec 2008: FITCH RATES LEWISVILLE ISD, TEXAS' $170MM SER 2009 BONDS 'AA'
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to Lewisville Independent School District , Texas' $170 million unlimited tax school building bonds, series 2009. In addition, Fitch affirms the underlying 'AA' rating on the district's approximately $787 million outstanding unlimited tax bonds. ... more info

18 Dec 2008: CORRECTION: FITCH RATES CATHOLIC HEALTH INITIATIVES 1997B & 2004B1 & B2 VRDB BANK BONDS 'AA'
NEW YORK----This is a revision for a release issued earlier today. It amends the headline only; the body of the release has not changed. ... more info

18 Dec 2008: FITCH RATES CATHOLIC HEALTH INITIATIVES 1997B & 2004B1 & B2 VARIABLE RATE DEMAND REVS 'AA'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned a long-term underlying rating of 'AA' to bank bonds corresponding to variable-rate demand obligations issued on behalf of Catholic Health Initiatives as follows: ... more info

18 Dec 2008: FITCH RATES MINNESOTA OFFICE OF HIGHER EDUCATION $66.7MM 2008 SERIES A (TAXABLE) REVS 'AA-/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns 'AA-/F1+' rating to the $66,700,000 Minnesota Office of Higher Education, supplemental student loan program revenue bonds, 2008 series A . The rating is based upon the support provided by a direct-pay letter of credit issued by U.S. ... more info

18 Dec 2008: FITCH RATES MINNESOTA OFFICE OF HIGHER EDUCATION $33.3MM 2008 SERIES B (TAX EXEMPT) REVS 'AA-/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns 'AA-/F1+' rating to the $33,300,000 Minnesota Office of Higher Education, supplemental student loan program revenue bonds, 2008 series B . The rating is based upon the support provided by a direct-pay letter of credit issued by U.S. ... more info

18 Dec 2008: FITCH UPGRADES WM COVERED BOND PROGRAM TO 'AA+'
NEW YORK & LONDON----Fitch Ratings has upgraded the outstanding series of covered bonds issued by WM Covered Bond Program's to 'AA+' from 'AA-' and removed them from Rating Watch Positive. ... more info

18 Dec 2008: TREASURY YIELDS FALL FURTHER IN HUNT FOR SAFE RETURNS
U.S. Treasury debt prices rose on Thursday, driving yields to fresh historic lows, as investors flocked to long-dated bonds to try to lock in safe returns at year-end. ... more info

18 Dec 2008: TAXES DUE ONCE SAVINGS BOND MATURES
Taxes are past due on the interest income of savings bonds when they are redeemed or after they mature. ... more info

18 Dec 2008: STOCKS AND BONDS: WALL STREET ENDS LOWER A DAY AFTER RATE CUT
Investors with an appetite for safety pushed Treasury prices even higher as they faced the prospect of zero-percent interest rates for the foreseeable future.

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17 Dec 2008: FITCH AFFIRMS 18 CLASSES FROM STUDENT LOAN ACQUISITION AUTHORITY OF ARIZONA 1999
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has affirmed 18 classes from the Federal Family Education Loan Program student loan revenue bonds issued by Student Loan Acquisition Authority of Arizona - Amended and Restated 1999 Indenture of Trust. ... more info

17 Dec 2008: FITCH AFFIRMS 4 CLASSES FROM STUDENT LOAN FUNDING RESOURCES SERIES 1997A
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has affirmed 4 classes from the Federal Family Education Loan Program student loan revenue bonds issued by Student Loan Funding Resources Series 1997A. The actions follow a review of the trust collateral performance taken in conjunction with Fitch's ongoing review of student loan transactions with auction rate exposure. ... more info

17 Dec 2008: FITCH RTS SAN ANTONIO, TX JR LIEN WTR REV BONDS 'AA-'; UPGRADES OUTSTANDING
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings has assigned its 'AA-' rating to San Antonio, Texas' $30 million water system junior lien revenue bonds, series 2008, and $23.3 million water system junior lien revenue and refunding bonds, series 2008A. ... more info

17 Dec 2008: LONG-TERM TREASURYS CONTINUE TO RALLY
Prices for long-term U.S. Treasury bonds rose Wednesday, keeping yields at historic lows, as investors digested unprecedented moves by the Federal Reserve. ... more info

17 Dec 2008: FITCH AFFIRMS 46 CLASSES FROM MONTANA HIGHER ED STUDENT ASSISTANCE CORP. - 1993 GENERAL INDENTURE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has affirmed 46 classes from the Federal Family Education Loan Program student loan revenue bonds issued by Montana Higher Education Student Assistance Corporation - 1993 General Indenture. ... more info

17 Dec 2008: ARE SAVINGS BONDS A SAFE BET AS GIFTS?
Q: I'm considering buying savings bonds as holiday gifts for my nieces and nephews. Are they a safe and worthwhile investment? ... more info

17 Dec 2008: FITCH RATES $250MM HIGHLANDS COUNTY (FL) HFA HOSPITAL REVS SERIES 2008B 'A+/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'A+/F1+' to the $250,000,000 Highlands County Health Facilities Authority hospital revenue bonds series 2008B . The rating is based on the support provided by an irrevocable direct-pay letter of credit issued by SunTrust Bank, N.A. securing the bonds. ... more info

17 Dec 2008: FITCH CONFIRMS MESQUITE ISD (TEXAS) VAR-RATE SCHOOL BLDG BONDS SERIES 2000 AT 'AAA/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings confirms the 'AAA/F1+' rating assigned to the $40,000,000 Mesquite Independent School District , Texas variable rate school building unlimited tax bonds, series 2000. ... more info

17 Dec 2008: DEUTSCHE BANK WON'T REDEEM BONDS EARLY
Deutsche Bank's decision not to call its euro-denominated 3.875% 2014 Lower Tier 2 bond has bruised investor sentiment toward callable bonds and transformed the market for other similar issues. ... more info

17 Dec 2008: TREASURYS CONTINUE TO RALLY
Prices for U.S. Treasury bonds rose Wednesday, keeping yields at historic lows, as investors digested unprecedented moves by the Federal Reserve. ... more info

17 Dec 2008: FITCH UPGRADES GREENSPRING VILLAGE (VIRGINIA) TO 'BBB+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has upgraded to 'BBB+' the rating on the following Fairfax County Economic Development Authority retirement community refunding revenue bonds listed below : ... more info

17 Dec 2008: SOUTHWEST GAS CORPORATION ANNOUNCES COMPLETION OF TENDER OFFER FOR DEBT SECURITIES
Southwest Gas Corporation today announced that it completed its tender offer to purchase for cash up to $75 million aggregate principal amount of the Industrial Development Revenue Bonds and the Industrial Development Refunding Revenue Bonds listed in the table below originally issued by Clark County, Nevada, a political subdivision of the State of Nevada. ... more info

17 Dec 2008: TREASURYS CONTINUE TO RALLY
Prices for U.S. Treasury bonds rose Wednesday, keeping yields at historic lows, as investors digested unprecedented moves by the Federal Reserve. ... more info

16 Dec 2008: BONDS MIXED AFTER RATE CUT
Treasurys rallied Tuesday after the Federal Reserve cut interest rates to historic lows and said it would consider a plan to buy up droves of government bonds. ... more info

16 Dec 2008: FITCH DOWNGRADES KENTON COUNTY AIRPORT BOARD'S AIRPORT REVS TO 'A-'; OUTLOOK NEGATIVE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings downgrades to 'A-' from 'A' approximately $285 million of outstanding Kenton County Airport Board's airport revenue bonds. The Rating Outlook is Negative. The bonds are secured by net revenues of the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport's and have a final maturity of 2033. ... more info

16 Dec 2008: FITCH RATES SANTA MARGARITA/DANA POINT AUTH, CA $38.7MM REV BONDS 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to $38.7 million Santa Margarita/Dana Point Authority revenue bonds, series 2009 . Fitch also affirms the 'AA' rating on the authority's revenue bonds, series 2004A . ... more info

16 Dec 2008: BONDS SOAR ON FED DECISION
Treasurys rallied Tuesday after the Federal Reserve cut interest rates to historic lows and said it would consider a plan to buy up droves of government bonds. ... more info

16 Dec 2008: BONDS SOAR ON FED DECISION
Treasurys rallied Tuesday after the Federal Reserve cut interest rates to historic lows and said it would consider a plan to buy up droves of government bonds. ... more info

16 Dec 2008: FITCH RATES $176MM IDAHO HOUSING AND FINANCE ASSOC BONDS 'A+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A+' rating to approximately $176 million Idaho Housing and Finance Association Grant and Revenue Anticipation Bonds Federal Highway Trust Fund, 2009 Series A, and affirms the 'A+' rating on the other outstanding series. ... more info

15 Dec 2008: FITCH DOWNGRADES ILLINOIS' GO BONDS TO 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has lowered the rating on $19.1 billion general obligation bonds of the State of Illinois to 'AA-' from 'AA'. The Rating Outlook is Stable. The rating on the state's GO bonds has long reflected the breadth and wealth of its economy and its moderate debt burden; however, the rating downgrade reflects deterioration of the state's fiscal position and a continuing inability to achieve solutions. ... more info

15 Dec 2008: ECUADOR DEFAULTS ON SECOND SET OF BONDS
Ecuador announced Monday that it would default on a second foreign-debt interest payment, bringing to more than $60 million the amount it is now refusing to pay lenders. ... more info

15 Dec 2008: FITCH DOWNGRADES ECUADOR'S IDR TO 'RD'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has downgraded Ecuador's long-term foreign currency Issuer Default Rating to 'RD' from 'CCC' following the expiration of the grace period for the coupon payment on the 2012 global bonds that was due on Nov. 15 and the government's announcement that it will selectively default on all global bonds. ... more info

15 Dec 2008: 30 YEAR BONDS RISE 1 POINT AFTER HOME BUILDER DATA
The price on U.S. 30-year Treasury bonds climbed a full point on Monday, testing their session highs, after data showed home builder sentiments were stuck at record low, suggesting more tough times ahead for the battered U.S. housing market. ... more info

15 Dec 2008: FITCH TO REVISE RATING ON $178.6MM PHILADELPHIA (PENNSYLVANIA) AIRPORT REVS, 2005C TO 'AA+/F1+'
NEW YORK----Effective Dec. 23, 2008, Fitch Ratings will assign a rating of 'AA+/F1+' to the $178,600,000 City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania airport revenue refunding bonds, series 2005C. ... more info

15 Dec 2008: FITCH TO UPGRADE $100MM CITY OF NEW YORK (NY) GO BONDS, FISCAL 2008 SUBSERIES L-4 TO 'AA+/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings will upgrade the 'AA-/F1' rating currently assigned to the $100,000,000 The City of New York's general obligation bonds, fiscal 2008 series L, adjustable rate bonds, subseries L-4, to 'AA+/F1+' effective Dec. 18, 2008. ... more info

15 Dec 2008: LONG BONDS RISE AS STOCKS SLIP BEFORE FED MEET
Long-dated U.S. government debt prices rose on Monday, as the stock market slipped ahead of a Federal Reserve meeting that is widely expected to send key short-term interest rates to record lows. ... more info

15 Dec 2008: FITCH AFFIRMS OHIO'S GOS AT 'AA+'; REVISES OUTLOOK TO NEGATIVE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings affirms the 'AA+' rating on general obligation bonds of the State of Ohio. Fitch also affirms the 'AA' rating on appropriation bonds of the state. The Rating Outlook has been revised to Negative from Stable. ... more info

12 Dec 2008: FITCH RATES THREE RIVERS PARK DISTRICT, MINNESOTA'S $11.7MM RFDG GOS 'AAA'
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to Three Rivers Park District, Minnesota's $11,665,000 general obligation refunding bonds, series 2009A. The bonds will sell competitively on Dec. 18, 2008. ... more info

12 Dec 2008: FITCH RATINGS UPGRADES COUNTY OF UNION (NC) 2004A&B VRDOS S-T TO 'F1+'; CONFIRMS L-T AT 'AA'
NEW YORK----Effective Dec. 17, 2008 Fitch Ratings will upgrade the short-term rating to 'F1+' and confirm the long-term rating of 'AA' assigned to County of Union, North Carolina variable rate general obligation bonds, series 2004A and County of Union, North Carolina variable rate general obligation refunding bonds series 2004B. ... more info

12 Dec 2008: FITCH CONFIRMS COUNTY OF UNION (NC) SERIES 2007C GENERAL OBLIGATION VRDOS AT 'AA/F1+'
NEW YORK----Effective Dec. 17, 2008, Fitch Ratings will confirm the 'AA/F1+' assigned to the $25,225,000 County of Union, North Carolina variable rate general obligation bonds, series 2007C. ... more info

12 Dec 2008: FITCH RATES TYLER ISD, TEXAS' $125MM ULT 2009 BONDS 'AA'
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings has assigned an initial underlying 'AA' rating to Tyler Independent School District, Texas' $125 million unlimited tax school building bonds, series 2009. ... more info

12 Dec 2008: FITCH UPGRADES $228MM SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA TAX-SUPPORTED DEBT; ASSIGNS $153MM INITIAL RATING
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings upgrades its rating on San Diego, CA's $8.6 million in outstanding general obligation bonds to 'A+' from 'BBB+' with a Stable Rating Outlook and removes the bonds from Rating Watch Positive. ... more info

12 Dec 2008: FITCH AFFIRMS FORT COLLINS, COLORADO $16MM SR LIEN WASTEWATER REVS AT 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings affirms the 'AA-' rating on the city of Fort Collins, Colorado's $16 million of outstanding senior lien bonds. The bonds are payable from a senior lien pledge of the net revenues of the city's sewer system . ... more info

12 Dec 2008: FITCH PROVIDES FOLLOW-UP COMMENTS ON SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA WATER REVS UPGRADE
AUSTIN, Texas----As described in Fitch Ratings' press release 'Fitch Upgrades San Diego, California GOs to 'A+'; Lease Revs to 'A' & Water Revs to 'AA-'', dated Dec. 11, 2008, Fitch assigned a rating of 'AA-' to approximately $63 million San Diego Public Facilities Financing Authority water revenue bonds, refunding series 2009A. ... more info

12 Dec 2008: FITCH RATES $30M NEW MEXICO FIN AUTH PPRF SENIOR REVENUE BONDS 'AA'
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to the New Mexico Finance Authority's $30 million senior lien public project revolving fund revenue bonds, series 2008C. The bonds are scheduled to sell via negotiation during the week of Dec. 15th. ... more info

11 Dec 2008: MUTUAL FUNDS: MUNI-BOND FUND INVESTORS LOSE THE KEY TO THE CITY
Municipal-bond fund shareholders might feel like they've lost the key to the city. The credit crisis is striking state and local governments hard. Normally these entities would issue tax-exempt bonds to offset the shortfall and continue to finance public-works projects and daily operations. But buyers are scarce even for top-drawer debt. ... more info

12 Dec 2008: BOND BET BITES DEUTSCHE BANK
A proprietary trading group at Deutsche Bank has lost more than $1 billion with a wrong-way bet on corporate bonds. ... more info

12 Dec 2008: THE CASE FOR CORPORATE BONDS
Boring is beautiful - or so it feels in this time of wild and crazy stock market swings. In this case we're talking about investment-grade corporate bonds, which are dirt-cheap right now for the same reason that stocks are: The market turmoil has pounded down their prices. The result is historic opportunities in bonds issued by blue-chip companies. ... more info

12 Dec 2008: ECUADOR WILL DEFAULT ON FOREIGN DEBT
Ecuador's president said his country will default on bond debt due on Monday. The country was due to pay $30.6 million on its 2012 global bonds. ... more info

12 Dec 2008: FITCH RATES THREE RIVERS PARK DISTRICT, MINNESOTA'S $11.7MM RFDG GOS 'AAA'
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to Three Rivers Park District, Minnesota's $11,665,000 general obligation refunding bonds, series 2009A. The bonds will sell competitively on Dec. 18, 2008. ... more info

12 Dec 2008: FITCH RATINGS UPGRADES COUNTY OF UNION (NC) 2004A&B VRDOS S-T TO 'F1+'; CONFIRMS L-T AT 'AA'
NEW YORK----Effective Dec. 17, 2008 Fitch Ratings will upgrade the short-term rating to 'F1+' and confirm the long-term rating of 'AA' assigned to County of Union, North Carolina variable rate general obligation bonds, series 2004A and County of Union, North Carolina variable rate general obligation refunding bonds series 2004B. ... more info

12 Dec 2008: FITCH CONFIRMS COUNTY OF UNION (NC) SERIES 2007C GENERAL OBLIGATION VRDOS AT 'AA/F1+'
NEW YORK----Effective Dec. 17, 2008, Fitch Ratings will confirm the 'AA/F1+' assigned to the $25,225,000 County of Union, North Carolina variable rate general obligation bonds, series 2007C. ... more info

12 Dec 2008: FITCH RATES TYLER ISD, TEXAS' $125MM ULT 2009 BONDS 'AA'
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings has assigned an initial underlying 'AA' rating to Tyler Independent School District, Texas' $125 million unlimited tax school building bonds, series 2009. ... more info

12 Dec 2008: FITCH UPGRADES $228MM SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA TAX-SUPPORTED DEBT; ASSIGNS $153MM INITIAL RATING
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings upgrades its rating on San Diego, CA's $8.6 million in outstanding general obligation bonds to 'A+' from 'BBB+' with a Stable Rating Outlook and removes the bonds from Rating Watch Positive. ... more info

12 Dec 2008: FITCH AFFIRMS FORT COLLINS, COLORADO $16MM SR LIEN WASTEWATER REVS AT 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings affirms the 'AA-' rating on the city of Fort Collins, Colorado's $16 million of outstanding senior lien bonds. The bonds are payable from a senior lien pledge of the net revenues of the city's sewer system . ... more info

12 Dec 2008: FITCH PROVIDES FOLLOW-UP COMMENTS ON SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA WATER REVS UPGRADE
AUSTIN, Texas----As described in Fitch Ratings' press release 'Fitch Upgrades San Diego, California GOs to 'A+'; Lease Revs to 'A' & Water Revs to 'AA-'', dated Dec. 11, 2008, Fitch assigned a rating of 'AA-' to approximately $63 million San Diego Public Facilities Financing Authority water revenue bonds, refunding series 2009A. ... more info

12 Dec 2008: FITCH RATES $30M NEW MEXICO FIN AUTH PPRF SENIOR REVENUE BONDS 'AA'
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to the New Mexico Finance Authority's $30 million senior lien public project revolving fund revenue bonds, series 2008C. The bonds are scheduled to sell via negotiation during the week of Dec. 15th. ... more info

12 Dec 2008: FITCH UPGRADES ARVADA, COLORADO WATER REVS TO 'AA+'
AUSTIN, Texas----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch upgrades Arvada, Colorado's $22.6 million of outstanding variable rate demand water enterprise revenue bonds, series 2001 to 'AA+' from 'AA'. ... more info

12 Dec 2008: ECUADOR PLANS TO DEFAULT ON BOND DEBT
Ecuador's president said his country will default on bond debt due on Monday. The country was due to pay $30.6 million on its 2012 global bonds. ... more info

12 Dec 2008: GMAC AWAITS ITS FATE ON DEBT PLAN
A deadline for GMAC investors to swap bonds for lesser-valued debt expired Friday, and Wall Street awaited word of what would happen next. ... more info

12 Dec 2008: BOND BET BITES DEUTSCHE BANK
A proprietary trading group at Deutsche Bank has lost more than $1 billion with a wrong-way bet on corporate bonds. ... more info

12 Dec 2008: THE CASE FOR CORPORATE BONDS
Boring is beautiful - or so it feels in this time of wild and crazy stock market swings. In this case we're talking about investment-grade corporate bonds, which are dirt-cheap right now for the same reason that stocks are: The market turmoil has pounded down their prices. The result is historic opportunities in bonds issued by blue-chip companies. ... more info

11 Dec 2008: FITCH RATES FLORIDA'S $200MM PECO 2007D BONDS 'AA+'; OUTLOOK TO NEGATIVE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA+' rating to the state of Florida's approximately $200 million full faith and credit state board of education public education capital outlay bonds, 2007 series D. ... more info

11 Dec 2008: MUTUAL FUNDS: MUNI-BOND FUND INVESTORS LOSE THE KEY TO THE CITY
Municipal-bond fund shareholders might feel like they've lost the key to the city. The credit crisis is striking state and local governments hard. Normally these entities would issue tax-exempt bonds to offset the shortfall and continue to finance public-works projects and daily operations. But buyers are scarce even for top-drawer debt. ... more info

11 Dec 2008: FITCH RTS TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IN'S $20MM INCOME TAX REV BONDS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' rating to Tippecanoe County, IN's $19.5 million economic development income tax revenue bonds of 2009. The bonds, which mature on Dec. 1 and June 1 from Dec. 1, 2009 to 2028, are scheduled to sell in January 2009 and may be offered with credit enhancement. ... more info

11 Dec 2008: FITCH AFFIRMS ALASKA HOUSING FINANCE CO. GOS AT 'AA+'
NEW YORK----Fitch affirms the 'AA+' rating of Alaska Housing Finance Corp.'s General obligation debt pledge, 'F1+' of the Commercial Paper, and 'AAA' to the specific bonds listed below. ... more info

11 Dec 2008: FITCH RATES MONONGAHELA POWER'S PLANNED $300MM 7.95% FMBS 'BBB+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned a 'BBB+' rating to Monongahela Power Company's planned $300 million issuance of 7.95% first mortgage bonds that will mature on Dec. 15, 2013. The issuance is expected to close on Dec. 15, 2008. ... more info

11 Dec 2008: FITCH AFFIRMS 8 CLASSES FROM WASHINGTON STUDENT LOAN FINANCE ASSOCIATION 1998 INDENTURE OF TRUST
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has affirmed eight classes from the Federal Family Education Loan Program student loan revenue bonds issued by Washington Student Loan Finance Association 1998 Indenture of Trust. ... more info

11 Dec 2008: FITCH AFFIRMS 4 CLASSES FROM NEW MEXICO EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE FOUNDATION, 1995 TRUST INDENTURE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has affirmed four classes from the Federal Family Education Loan Program student loan revenue bonds issued by New Mexico Educational Assistance Foundation , 1995 Trust Indenture. ... more info

11 Dec 2008: S&P DOWNGRADES CALIFORNIA BOND ISSUE
Extended bickering over the California budget led S&P to downgrade the state's recently sold $5 billion revenue bonds and put more than $50 billion of debt on watch for a downgrade. ... more info

11 Dec 2008: ALLEGHENY ENERGY UNIT TO ISSUE $300M OF BONDS
Electric utility Allegheny Energy Inc. said Thursday that its unit Monongahela Power Co. will issue $300 million of first mortgage bonds. ... more info

10 Dec 2008: GMAC BONDHOLDERS BALK AT DEBT SWAP
GMAC is facing opposition as it tries to persuade investors to swap bonds for lesser-valued debt. ... more info

10 Dec 2008: ALLEGHENY ENERGY ANNOUNCES $300 MILLION BOND ISSUANCE
GREENSBURG, Pa.----Allegheny Energy, Inc. announced today that its subsidiary, Monongahela Power Company, will issue $300 million of first mortgage bonds with a coupon of 7.95 percent and a five-year maturity. ... more info

10 Dec 2008: FITCH AFFIRMS 39 CLASSES FROM THE EDUCATIONAL FUNDING OF THE SOUTH, INC. 1993 INDENTURE OF TRUST
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has affirmed 40 classes from the Federal Family Education Loan Program student loan revenue bonds issued by the Educational Funding of the South, Inc., 1993 Indenture of Trust. ... more info

10 Dec 2008: FITCH RATES WYOMING STUDENT LOAN CORPORATION SENIOR SERIES 2008A 'AA/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA/F1+' rating to Wyoming Student Loan Corporation's $338,200,000 student loan revenue refunding bonds senior series 2008A . The rating is based on the support provided by the irrevocable direct-pay letter of credit issued by Royal Bank of Canada acting through a New York branch. ... more info

10 Dec 2008: FITCH RATES MARYLAND CDA'S 2008 D HOUSING REVENUE BONDS 'AA'
NEW YORK----Fitch assigns a rating of 'AA' to the Maryland Community Development Administration's $5.1 million housing revenue bonds, series 2008 D bonds. Additionally, Fitch affirms the 'AA' rating on the outstanding $184.7 million series 2008 A, B, and C, series 2007 A, B and C, 2006 A, B, C and D, series 2005 A, B and C, and series 2004 B, C and D housing revenue bonds. ... more info

10 Dec 2008: BOND INVESTORS PUT MONEY ON LAYAWAY
As continuing stock market volatility leaves investors searching for a safe place to put their money, many have decided government bonds are the best option - even if the bonds give back a bit less than investors put in. ... more info

10 Dec 2008: BOND INVESTORS CLAMOR FOR LITTLE - OR NO - RETURN
As continuing stock market volatility leaves investors searching for a safe place to put their money, many have decided government bonds are the best option - even if the bonds give back a bit less than investors put in. ... more info

10 Dec 2008: BOND INVESTORS CLAMOR FOR LITTLE - OR NO - RETURN
As continuing stock market volatility leaves investors searching for a safe place to put their money, many have decided government bonds are the best option - even if the bonds give back a bit less than investors put in. ... more info

9 Dec 2008 : FITCH RATES READING HOSPITAL'S (PENNSYLVANIA) $100MM SERIES 2008A-1 BONDS 'AA-'; AFFS OUTSTANDING
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA-' rating to approximately $100 million of Berks County Municipal Authority revenue bonds, series 2008A-1 . In addition, Fitch has affirmed the 'AA-' rating on the approximately $353.2 million outstanding bonded debt. ... more info

9 Dec 2008 : STONE & YOUNGBERG TAXABLE FIXED INCOME GROUP CONTINUES TO EXPAND TEAM WITH KEY APPOINTMENT
SAN FRANCISCO----Stone & Youngberg, a leading financial services firm and the nation's top underwriter of California municipal bonds over the past five years1, continued to expand its fixed income business today with another key appointment. ... more info

9 Dec 2008 : FITCH TO REVISE RTGS ON HIGHLANDS COUNTY (FLORIDA) HFA HOSP REVS 2005E-H, 2007B & 2007D TO 'A+/F1+'
NEW YORK----Effective on the dates cited below, Fitch Ratings will assign a rating of 'A+/F1+' to the following Highlands County Health Facilities Authority hospital revenue bonds : $61,875,000 series 2005E; $60,650,000 series 2005F; $49,425,000 series 2005G; $49,425,000 series 2005H; $80,400,000 series 2007B and $78,350,000 series 2007D. ... more info

9 Dec 2008 : AP NEWSBREAK: METS, YANKEES ASK NYC FOR MORE BONDS
The Yankees and Mets are asking the city for $450 million more in public bonds to finance their new ballparks, on top of nearly $1.5 billion they were already granted, according to the city's Economic Development Corp. ... more info

9 Dec 2008 : AQUA PENNSYLVANIA SUCCESSFULLY ACCESSES CAPITAL MARKETS TO SUPPORT THE COMPANYS $280 MILLION 2009 INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM
BRYN MAWR, Pa.----Aqua America, Inc. announced today that the company's largest subsidiary, Aqua Pennsylvania Inc., entered into an agreement to issue $22 million in tax-free First Mortgage Bonds to which Standard and Poor's assigned its ‘AA-' secured debt rating and ‘1+' recovery rating, which Standard and Poor's equates to the highest expectation of full recovery of principal. ... more info

8 Dec 2008 : FITCH RATES MARYLAND TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY'S $516MM TIFIA LOAN 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' rating on approximately $516 million Maryland Transportation Authority Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovative Act bonds and affirms the 'AA-' rating on $1.1 billion MdTA's transportation facilities projects revenue bonds, which are parity obligations. ... more info

8 Dec 2008 : FITCH RATES NEW CASTLE COUNTY, DE $106.9M GOS AT 'AAA'; OUTLOOK TO NEGATIVE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to New Castle County, Delaware's $106,945,000 general obligation bonds, series 2009A. The bonds are scheduled to sell via negotiation as early as Dec. 18th, with proceeds refunding certain GO bonds of the county and financing various sewer and general capital projects. ... more info

8 Dec 2008 : FITCH RATES MASSACHUSETTS $325MM GO BONDS 'F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'F1+' to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' $325 million general obligation bond anticipation notes , 2008 series A. The bonds, which mature March 5, 2009, are scheduled to sell through negotiation the week of Dec. 8. ... more info

8 Dec 2008 : FITCH RATES MONMOUTH COUNTY IMPROVEMENT AUTH, NJ (BROOKDALE COMMUNITY COLLEGE) GTD LEASE REVS 'AAA'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AAA' rating to Monmouth County Improvement Authority , NJ's approximately $28 million county guaranteed lease revenue bonds series 2008 . The bonds are scheduled to sell via negotiated sale on Dec. 9, 2008. ... more info

8 Dec 2008 : FITCH RATES WICOMICO COUNTY, MARYLAND'S 2008 GOS 'A+'; OUTLOOK POSITIVE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A+' rating to Wicomico County, Maryland's estimated $20.2 million general obligation public improvement bonds of 2008. The bonds are scheduled to price via competitive sale on Dec. 11, 2008. ... more info

8 Dec 2008 : FITCH WITHDRAWS MICHIGAN MUNI BOND AUTHORITY'S 2008 REVS RATING ON CANCELLATION OF SALE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings withdraws its 'AAA' rating assigned to the Michigan Municipal Bond Authority's $199 million clean water revolving fund revenue bonds, series 2008. The bonds were originally scheduled to sell via negotiation during the week of Nov. 24, 2008. ... more info

8 Dec 2008 : FITCH RATES MASSACHUSETTS HFA $48.6MM HOUSING BONDS 2008B 'AA-'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA-' rating to Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency's $48.6 million housing bonds, 2008 series B. The 2008 series B bonds are expected to be sold through negotiation this week. ... more info

8 Dec 2008 : FITCH PLACES VARIOUS LOC BACKED MUNI BONDS ON RATING WATCH NEGATIVE
NEW YORK----In connection with the placement of SunTrust Bank's long-term Issuer Default Rating on Rating Watch Negative, Fitch Ratings has placed the long-term ratings of municipal bonds with letters of credit provided by SunTrust on Rating Watch Negative. ... more info

8 Dec 2008 : FITCH RATES $60MM PIEDMONT MUNICIPAL POWER AGENCY (SOUTH CAROLINA) 2008E ELECTRIC REVS 'A+/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A+/F1+'rating to the Piedmont Municipal Power Agency electric revenue bonds, refunding series 2008E. The ratings assigned to the bonds are based on the support provided by the irrevocable direct pay letter of credit issued by Wachovia Bank, National Association securing the bonds. ... more info

8 Dec 2008 : AMBAC ASSURANCE UK LIMITEDS STATEMENT REGARDING EXPIRATION OF CONFIDENTIALITY AGREEMENTS WITH CERTAIN HOLDERS OF BONDS ISSUED BY METRONET RAIL BCV & METRONET RAIL SSL
NEW YORK----Ambac Assurance UK Limited announced the expiration, as of today, of confidentiality agreements between certain holders of bonds issued by Metronet Rail BCV and Metronet Rail SSL and AUK and Financial Security Assurance Limited . ... more info

5 Dec 2008 : FITCH RATES PIEDMONT MUNI POWER AGENCY'S (SOUTH CAROLINA) $60MM ELECTRIC REVS 'BBB+' UNDERLYING
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns Piedmont Municipal Power Agency's $60 million, electric system revenue bonds, refunding series 2008E a 'BBB+' rating. Additionally, PMPA's outstanding $1.1 billion in parity electric revenue bonds are affirmed at 'BBB+'. ... more info

5 Dec 2008 : FITCH RATES MONTCLAIR STATE UNIVERSITY'S (NEW JERSEY) SERIES 2008 J REVS 'A'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A' rating to the approximately $30,000,000 of New Jersey Educational Facilities Authority, revenue bonds , series 2008 J. The bonds are scheduled to sell via negotiation in late December 2008 or early January 2009. ... more info

5 Dec 2008 : FITCH RATES PENNSYLVANIA'S $300MM GOS 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's $300 million general obligation bonds, second series of 2008. The bonds are expected to be offered competitively on Dec. 9 and will be due Feb. 15, 2010-2029. ... more info

5 Dec 2008 : MARKETAXESS NOVEMBER TRADING VOLUME DROPS 44 PCT
MarketAxess Holdings Inc., an operator of an electronic-trading platform for corporate bonds and other fixed-income securities, said Friday that trading volume dropped 44 percent in November. ... more info

5 Dec 2008 : MARKETAXESS ANNOUNCES MONTHLY VOLUME STATISTICS FOR NOVEMBER 2008
MarketAxess Holdings Inc. , the operator of a leading electronic trading platform for U.S. and European high-grade corporate bonds, emerging markets bonds and other types of fixed-income securities, today announced total monthly trading volume for November 2008 of $13.6 billion, consisting of $8.1 billion in U.S. high-grade volume, $2.6 billion in eurobond volume, and $2.9 billion in other volume. ... more info

4 Dec 2008 : FITCH RATES NASSAU COUNTY, NEW YORK'S $65MM GOS 'A+'; $132MM TANS 'F1+
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A+' rating to Nassau County, NY's approximately $65 million general obligation bonds, series 2008E . The bonds are scheduled to sell via negotiated sale on Dec. 11, 2008. ... more info

4 Dec 2008 : FITCH RATES NEW YORK CITY'S $308MM GOS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA-' rating to New York City's $308 million general obligation bonds fiscal 2009 series G, consisting of the following: ... more info

4 Dec 2008 : FITCH RATES EASTON, MARYLAND'S PUBLIC FACILITIES GOS 'A'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an initial 'A' rating to Easton, Maryland's approximately $10 million general obligation public facilities bonds of 2008. The bonds are scheduled for competitive sale on Dec. 9, 2008. ... more info

4 Dec 2008 : FITCH RATES TUCSON RIO NUEVO DISTRICT, ARIZONA'S $77.6MM EXCISE TAX REVS 'A-'
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'A-' rating to the Rio Nuevo Multipurpose Facilities District, AZ's $77.6 million subordinate lien excise tax revenue bonds, series 2008. ... more info

4 Dec 2008 : FITCH ASSIGNS 'A+' TO SOUTHERN ILLINOIS HEALTHCARE'S SERIES 2008 BANK BONDS
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an underlying long-term rating of 'A+' to bank bonds corresponding to variable rate demand revenue bonds, series 2008, issued on behalf of Southern Illinois Healthcare Enterprises, Inc. by the Illinois Finance Authority. ... more info

4 Dec 2008 : FITCH RATES CHICAGO, IL $570.2MM GOS 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to the city of Chicago's general obligation bonds as follows: ... more info

4 Dec 2008 : FITCH AFFIRMS VARIOUS MARTIN COUNTY, FLORIDA RATINGS
NEW YORK----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch affirms Martin County, Florida's approximately $37 million in gas tax revenue bonds at 'A+' and $68.9 million in utility system revenue bonds at 'A+'. ... more info

4 Dec 2008 : ECONOMISTS WARN ON LATAM CREDIT SQUEEZE
Huge volumes of US Treasury bonds issued as part of an effort to reverse an economic slump threaten to stop access to credit by Latin American governments facing financing needs of an estimated $250bn next year, a group of prominent economists from the region has warned ... more info

4 Dec 2008 : STONE & YOUNGBERG TAXABLE FIXED INCOME GROUP ADDS ANOTHER KEY HIRE
SAN FRANCISCO----Stone & Youngberg, a leading financial services firm and the nation's top underwriter of California municipal bonds over the past five years1, today announced that Paul Knepple will join the firm's Taxable Fixed Income Group as a Vice President. ... more info

4 Dec 2008 : SWEDEN RATE CUT BOOSTS GLOBAL STOCKS
European shares rallied on Thursday after a record Swedish interest rate cut boosted expectations for aggressive moves from the euro zone and UK, while government bonds and the yen surged on economy concerns. ... more info

4 Dec 2008 : NORWICH & PETERBOROUGH BUILDING SOCIETY LAUNCHES NEW FIXED RATE BOND & INCREASES BOND RATES
PETERBOROUGH, England----Norwich and Peterborough Building Society has increased the rates on its 6 & 12 month fixed rate bonds and launched a new 9 month bond. ... more info

3 Dec 2008: ZERO-COUPON BONDS SEE POP IN DEMAND
Long-dated zero-coupon Treasury securities are a hot commodity as interest rates fall and inflation wanes. ... more info

3 Dec 2008 : FITCH AFFIRMS TUCSON, ARIZONA STREET & HWY USER REV BONDS RATINGS
AUSTIN, Texas----During the course of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings affirms the following ratings for the City of Tucson, Arizona street and highway user revenue bonds: ... more info

3 Dec 2008 : FITCH RATES CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE'S 2008 GOS 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA' rating to the city of Chattanooga, Tennessee's $45.6 million general obligation bonds, series 2008. The bonds, expected to sell competitively on Dec. 9, 2008, will fund various general government projects in the city. ... more info

3 Dec 2008 : FITCH RATES $52MM SERIES 2008B CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA AIRPORT REVS 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A+' rating to Charlotte, North Carolina's $52 million airport revenue and refunding bonds series 2008B, and affirms the outstanding rating of A+ on the city's approximately $506 million in airport revenue bonds. ... more info

3 Dec 2008 : FITCH RATES MUNICIPAL ENERGY ACQUISITION CORP. (TN) 2006A&B PROJECT REVS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' rating to the Municipal Energy Acquisition Corporation's $649 million of gas project revenue bonds, series 2006A and 2006B. The Rating Outlook is Stable. ... more info

3 Dec 2008 : FITCH AFFIRMS DORMITORY AUTHORITY OF NEW YORK'S MENTAL HEALTH BONDS 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings affirms the 'A+' rating on approximately $170 million Dormitory Authority of the State of New York mental health services facilities improvement revenue bonds, series 2008F and the underlying 'A+' rating on about $3.8 billion in outstanding mental health services facilities improvement revenue bonds. ... more info

3 Dec 2008 : RESEARCH AND MARKETS: UK INVESTMENT BONDS 2008 PROVIDES INSIGHT INTO THE PRODUCT AND TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENTS THAT ARE TAKING PLACE IN THE INVESTMENT BOND MARKET
DUBLIN, Ireland----Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "UK Investment Bonds 2008" report to their offering. ... more info

3 Dec 2008 : SOUTHWEST GAS CORPORATION ANNOUNCES CASH TENDER OFFER FOR DEBT SECURITIES
Southwest Gas Corporation today announced the commencement of a tender offer to purchase for cash up to $75 million aggregate principal amount of the Industrial Development Revenue Bonds and the Industrial Development Refunding Revenue Bonds listed in the table below originally issued by Clark County, Nevada, a political subdivision of the State of Nevada. ... more info

2 Dec 2008: GALAXY OFFERS TO BUY BACK BONDS
Macau casino operator Galaxy Entertainment Group launched an offer to buy back as much as $350 million in bonds. ... more info

2 Dec 2008 : FITCH TO RATE CATERPILLAR'S $1.5B NEW SENIOR UNSECURED NOTES 'A+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings expects to assign an 'A+' rating to Caterpillar Inc.'s planned issuance of $1.5 billion senior unsecured debt. The new debt is expected to be issued as a mixture of five-, 10- and 30-year term bonds. ... more info

2 Dec 2008 : FITCH DOWNGRADES SAINT BARNABAS (NJ) REVS TO 'BB+'; OUTLOOK NEGATIVE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has downgraded to 'BB+' from 'BBB' the underlying rating on approximately $900 million New Jersey Health Care Facilities Financing Authority and New Jersey Economic Development Authority bonds issued on behalf of Saint Barnabas Health Care System . ... more info

2 Dec 2008 : FITCH RATES FLORIDA CLEAN WATER SRF BONDS 'AAA'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to the Florida Water Pollution Control Financing Corporation's $472,000,000 of water pollution control revenue bonds, series 2008A. ... more info

2 Dec 2008 : FITCH ASSIGNS 'AAA' TO DALLAS ISD, TX $400MM GOS BASED ON PSF GUARANTEE
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings has assigned its 'AAA' rating to Dallas Independent School District, Texas' $400 million unlimited tax school building bonds, series 2008. The 'AAA' rating is based on the guarantee provided by the Texas Permanent School Fund , whose claims paying ability is rated 'AAA' by Fitch. ... more info

2 Dec 2008 : FITCH RATES MAINE HEALTH AND HIGHER EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES AUTH $5.455MM 2000A & B REVS 'AAAPRE'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AAApre' to the Maine Health and Higher Educational Facilities Authority revenue bonds, consisting of $1,500,000 series 2000A & $3,955,000 series 2000B bonds. ... more info

2 Dec 2008 : FITCH WITHDRAWS UNION COUNTY, NJ'S 2008 GO REFUNDING BONDS RATING ON POSTPONEMENT OF SALE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings withdraws its 'AAA' rating assigned to Union County, New Jersey's approximately $61 million general obligation refunding bonds , series 2008; the bonds were originally scheduled to sell via negotiated sale on Sept. 25, 2008. ... more info

2 Dec 2008 : GLOBAL STOCKS TUMBLE
World stocks fell on Tuesday, erasing more than half of last week's gains, while oil hit a 3-1/2 year low and the yen and government bonds surged as concerns intensified about a deep global recession. ... more info

2 Dec 2008 : TRADEWEB ADDS JAPANESE GOVERNMENT BONDS TO ITS GLOBAL MULTI-DEALER TRADING PLATFORM
Tradeweb, a leading provider of on-line markets to institutional investors and dealers, announced today that it has added Japanese Government Bond trading to the Tradeweb platform. JGBs complement Tradeweb's Yen Swap marketplace, launched earlier this year, and are an important and logical expansion of its government bond franchise, which includes US Treasuries, Euro-denominated and Scandinavian Government Bonds, and UK Gilts. ... more info

2 Dec 2008 : FITCH CONFIRMS $173MM CALIFORNIA DWR POWER SUPPLY REVS CONVERTED TO FIXED RATE AT 'A+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings confirms the underlying long-term rating of 'A+', with a Positive Outlook, for the California Department of Water Resources' power supply revenue bonds, series 2005G-4 and series 2005G-11 upon their conversion to a fixed-rate mode effective today . ... more info

2 Dec 2008 : FITCH RATES WASHINGTON COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT, UTAH'S $20MM GOS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings assigns an underlying 'AA-' rating to Washington County School District , Utah's $20 million general obligation school building bonds , series 2009. In addition, these bonds are rated 'AAA' by Fitch based on the guaranty provided by the Utah School Bond Default Program. ... more info

1 Dec 2008: GENERAL GROWTH GETS MORE TIME TO PAY DEBT
Debt-laden mall owner General Growth Properties gained another short-term extension of a debt-payment deadline, this time obtaining 10 more days to pay down $58 million in bonds. ... more info

1 Dec 2008 : FITCH RATES PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA'S $180MM GOS 'BBB+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch assigns a 'BBB+' rating to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania's $180 million general obligation bonds, series 2008C. The bonds are scheduled for negotiated sale the week of December 8. ... more info

1 Dec 2008 : FITCH RATES NC MEDICAL CARE COMMISSION REV BONDS (FIRSTHEALTH OF CAROLINAS PROJ) SER 08A&B 'AA/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings affirms the 'AA' long-term rating and assigns an 'F1+' short-term rating to the $106,845,000 North Carolina Medical Care Commission, variable rate demand health care facilities revenue refunding bonds , series 2008 consisting of: ... more info

1 Dec 2008 : FITCH RATES ROYAL OAK, MICHIGAN'S 2008 LTGOS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA-' rating to Royal Oak, Michigan's $11,825,000 capital improvement bonds, series 2008 . The bonds will sell competitively on Dec. 11, 2008 and are secured by a limited ad valorem tax pledge. ... more info

1 Dec 2008 : FITCH RATES IOWA'S $139MM SRF BONDS 'AAA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AAA' rating to the Iowa Finance Authority's approximately $139 million Iowa state revolving fund revenue bonds, series 2008. The 2008 bonds are scheduled to price via negotiation during the week of Dec. 1. ... more info

1 Dec 2008 : FITCH RATES WISCONSIN'S $150MM GOS 'AA-'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA-' rating to the State of Wisconsin's $150 million general obligation bonds, 2008 series D, for competitive bids as early as Dec. 1. The 2008 series D bonds are due May 1, 2012-2030, callable at par beginning May 1, 2018. ... more info

1 Dec 2008 : FITCH RTS ELKHART COUNTY HOSP AUTH (IN) HOSP REV BONDS (ELKHART GEN'L HOSP,INC.) SER 2008 'AA+/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AA+/F1+' to the $ 47,800,000 Hospital Authority of Elkhart County Hospital revenue bonds series 2008 . ... more info

1 Dec 2008 : FITCH RATES ILLINOIS FINANCE AUTHORITY $50MM REVS SER 2008A (RUSH UNIVERSITY MED CENTER) 'AA-/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-/F1+' rating to the $50,000,000 Illinois Finance Authority variable rate demand revenue bonds series 2008A . The rating is based on the support provided by an irrevocable direct-pay letter of credit issued by The Northern Trust Company , securing the bonds. ... more info

1 Dec 2008 : FITCH CONFIRMS SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS' (CPS ENERGY) ELECTRIC & GAS REVS AT 'AA+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings confirms its 'AA+' rating on San Antonio, Texas' electric and gas systems revenue and refunding bonds, new series 2008A, issued on behalf of CPS Energy. ... more info

27 Nov 2008: INVESTORS BUY $17.25 BILLION IN BANKS' BONDS
Three Wall Street banks sold a cumulative $17.25 billion of government-backed bonds, and a surge of supply is expected next week. ... more info

27 Nov 2008: INVESTORS BUY $17.25 BILLION IN BANKS' BONDS
Three Wall Street banks sold a cumulative $17.25 billion of government-backed bonds, and a surge of supply is expected next week. ... more info

26 Nov 2008: INDIA CLOSES MARKETS; OTHER ASIAN STOCKS HIGHER
Indian authorities said there would be no trading in stock markets, foreign exchange, government bonds or money markets following deadly attacks in Mumbai. Other Asian markets were mostly higher. ... more info

26 Nov 2008: FITCH RATES NEW YORK CITY MUNICIPAL WATER FINANCE AUTH'S $300MM FISCAL 2009 SERIES DD REVS 'AA'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA' rating to New York City Municipal Water Finance Authority's approximately $300 million water and sewer system revenue bonds, fiscal 2009 series DD. ... more info

26 Nov 2008: FITCH REVISES NORTHERN CALIFORNIA GAS AUTH NO. 1 PREPAID GAS BONDS' OUTLOOK TO STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch affirms the 'A' rating on Northern California Gas Authority No. 1 2007A and B prepay gas project bonds and revises the Outlook to Stable from Negative. The Outlook revision on the prepay bonds reflects Fitch's Outlook revision for Morgan Stanley to Stable from Negative . ... more info

26 Nov 2008: FITCH RATES NEW HAMPSHIRE MUNI BOND BANK 1978 RESOLUTION BONDS 'AAA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AAA' rating to the New Hampshire Municipal Bond Bank's approximately $10.5 million 2008 series B non-guaranteed bonds, issued under the 1978 General Bond Resolution. ... more info

26 Nov 2008: FITCH PLACES NEW HAMPSHIRE MUNI BOND BANK'S 2005 RESOLUTION BONDS ON RATING WATCH NEGATIVE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings has placed the underlying 'AA-' ratings on the New Hampshire Municipal Bond Bank's $194 million outstanding 2005 General Bond Resolution non-guaranteed bonds on Rating Watch Negative. ... more info

26 Nov 2008: FITCH WITHDRAWS NORTH BROWARD HOSPITAL DISTRICT, FLORIDA 'A-' RATED 2005A BONDS
TAMPA, Fla.----Fitch Ratings has withdrawn the underlying 'A-' rating on the North Broward Hospital District's series 2005A bonds, which are insured by MBIA. Fitch does not rate MBIA. ... more info

26 Nov 2008: FITCH RATES ELKHART GEN'L HOSPITAL (INDIANA) 2008 BONDS 'A+'; AFFS OUTSTANDING AT 'A+'
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A+' rating to Elkhart County Hospital Authority, Indiana's planned issuance of approximately $49.2 million in series 2008A variable-rate revenue refunding bonds issued on behalf of Elkhart General Hospital . ... more info

26 Nov 2008: FITCH ASSIGNS ORANGE COUNTY TRANS AUTH'S (CA) SR91 EXPRESS LANES 2003B 'F1' S-T; AFFS L-T 'A'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings affirms the outstanding 'A' long-term rating and assigns a 'F1' short-term rating to the Orange County Transportation Authority, CA series 2003-B-1 and series 2003-B-2 toll road revenue refunding bonds . ... more info

26 Nov 2008: FITCH AFFIRMS VARIOUS DOUGLAS COUNTY, COLORADO RATINGS AT 'AA-' & 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch affirms the following rating for bonds issued by Douglas County, Colorado: ... more info

26 Nov 2008: FITCH RATES UNIVERSITY HEALTH SYSTEMS OF EASTERN CAROLINA (NC) REVS SERIES 2008A 'AA+/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AA+/F1+' to the $112,690,000 North Carolina Medical Care Commission Health Care Facilities revenue refunding bonds , consisting of $56,345,000 Series 2008A-1 and $56,345,000 Series 2008A-2 . ... more info

26 Nov 2008: FITCH RATES UNIVERSITY HEALTH SYSTEMS OF EASTERN CAROLINA (NC) REVS SERIES 2008B 'AA+/F1+
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AA+/F1+' to the $123,850,000 North Carolina Medical Care Commission Health Care Facilities revenue refunding bonds , consisting of $61,920,000 Series 2008B-1 and $61,930,000 Series 2008B-2 . ... more info

26 Nov 2008: METALDYNE ANNOUNCES ACCEPTANCE OF TENDERED BONDS
Metaldyne Corporation announced it has accepted for payment, and paid for, all of its outstanding 10% Senior Notes due 2013 and 11% Senior Subordinated Notes due 2012 that were validly tendered at or prior to 12:00 midnight, New York City time, on November 18, 2008 pursuant to the previously announced tender offer for the Bonds. ... more info

25 Nov 2008: FEAR RECEDES IN THE DEBT MARKETS
The government's $800 billion plan pushed credit markets to their best day in weeks as yields fell on mortgages and corporate bonds, as well as Treasurys. ... more info

25 Nov 2008: FITCH RATES MARYLAND CDA'S $40MM 2008E&F RESIDENTIAL REVS 'AA'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned a 'AA' rating to the Maryland Community Development Administration's $40 million residential revenue bonds, 2008 series E and F. Additionally, Fitch has affirmed the 'AA' rating on the CDA's outstanding $2.31 billion in residential revenue bonds. ... more info

25 Nov 2008: FITCH RATES DASNY'S $108MM CITY UNIVERSITY BONDS 'A+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A+' rating to approximately $107,800,000 Dormitory Authority of the State of New York city university system consolidated fifth general resolution revenue bonds, series 2008E. ... more info

25 Nov 2008: FITCH RATES THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO, ILLINOIS' $500MM REVS 'AA+'
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA+' rating to $500 million Illinois Finance Authority revenue bonds, series 2008B, issued on behalf of The University of Chicago . The bonds are an unsecured general obligation of the university, payable by loan payments made by UC. ... more info

25 Nov 2008: FITCH UPGRADES YAKIMA COUNTY, WASHINGTON'S LTGOS TO 'A', UTGOS TO 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch upgrades the rating on Yakima County, Washington's $30.7 million of outstanding limited tax general obligation bonds to 'A' from 'A-' and $3 million of outstanding unlimited tax general obligation bonds to 'A+' from 'A'. ... more info

25 Nov 2008: FITCH RATES AUSTIN, TEXAS' 2008A $60MM WATER UTILITY REFUNDING REVS 'AA-'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA-' rating to the City of Austin, Texas' $60,000,000 water and wastewater system revenue refunding bonds, series 2008A. Proceeds from the 2008A bonds will refund commercial paper. ... more info

25 Nov 2008: FITCH RATES AUSTIN STATE UNIV (TEXAS) $10.6MM CONSTITUTIONAL APPROPRIATION BONDS 'AA+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA+' rating to $10.6 million in Board of Regents of Stephen F. Austin State University, constitutional appropriation bonds, series 2008. The bonds are authorized to price within the next six months, but are expected on or about Dec. 2 via competitive bid and mature Oct. 15, 2009-2018. ... more info

25 Nov 2008: FITCH RATES TEXAS' $61.2MM GO WATER BONDS 'AA+
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA+' rating to $61.2 million in State of Texas general obligation bonds, consisting of: ... more info

25 Nov 2008: FITCH DOWNGRADES BEAUMONT HOSPITAL (MICHIGAN) TO 'A'; OUTLOOK REVISED TO NEGATIVE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings has downgraded to 'A' from 'A+' the rating on Beaumont Hospital Obligated Group's expected issuance of approximately $169.5 million of series 2008V hospital revenue and refunding bonds through the City of Royal Oak Michigan Hospital Finance Authority. ... more info

25 Nov 2008: FITCH RATES HAWAII'S $120MM HIGHWAY REVENUE BONDS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns its 'AA-' rating to the State of Hawaii's $120 million highway revenue bonds, series 2008. The bonds, which are expected to be offered during the week of Dec. 9 through negotiation, will be due Jan. 1, 2010-2029 and will finance statewide highway capital improvement projects. ... more info

25 Nov 2008: FITCH AFFIRMS HEALTH CARE REIT'S IDR AT 'BBB'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has downgraded to 'A' from 'A+' the rating on Beaumont Hospital Obligated Group's expected issuance of approximately $169.5 million of series 2008V hospital revenue and refunding bonds through the City of Royal Oak Michigan Hospital Finance Authority. ... more info

25 Nov 2008: FITCH TO CONFIRM MECKLENBURG COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA 'AAA' 2006A VRDBS, UPGRADE S-T TO 'F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings will confirm the long-term 'AAA' rating assigned to Mecklenburg County, North Carolina's $75,650,000 million of outstanding variable rate general obligation bonds, series 2006A. ... more info

25 Nov 2008: FITCH RATES SEDGWICK CO. PUBLIC BLDG COMMISSION REVS 'AAA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AAA' rating to Sedgwick County Public Building Commission , Kansas' $50.75 million revenue bonds series 2008-1. The bonds are scheduled for a competitive sale on Dec. 3, 2008. ... more info

25 Nov 2008: FITCH RATES RHODE ISLAND STUDENT LOAN AUTHORITY STUDENT LOAN PROGRAM REVENUE BONDS, 2008 SERIES C
NEW YORK----Fitch rates the Rhode Island Student Loan Authority student loan program revenue bonds, 2008 series C as follows: ... more info

25 Nov 2008: FITCH RATES UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM'S $280MM 2008A BONDS 'AAA'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings rates approximately $280,000,000 of the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System's Revenue Financing System bonds, series 2008A 'AAA'. The bonds, which will be issued in a traditional fixed rate mode, are expected to price via negotiated sale on or about Dec. 9, 2008. ... more info

25 Nov 2008: FITCH DOWNGRADES PRINCE WILLIAM HEALTH SYSTEM'S (VIRGINIA) REV BONDS TO 'A-'; OUTLOOK TO NEGATIVE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has downgraded the outstanding $69.6 million Industrial Development Authority of the City of Manassas, Virginia hospital revenue bonds , series 2002 and the $10.8 million Industrial Development Authority of the County of Prince William, Virginia hospital revenue bonds , series 1993 issued on behalf of Prince William Health System to 'A-' from 'A'. ... more info

25 Nov 2008: FITCH RATES DALLAS ISD, TX $400MM GOS 'AA-' UND.; DOWNGRADES OUTSTANDING DEBT
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned its 'AA-' underlying rating to Dallas Independent School District, Texas' $400 million unlimited tax school building bonds, series 2008. The district has applied for and expects to receive the guarantee from the Texas Permanent School Fund, whose Insurer Financial Strength is rated 'AAA' by Fitch. ... more info

25 Nov 2008: FITCH RATES RUSH UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER (ILLINOIS) SER 2008A BNDS 'A-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A-' underlying rating on approximately $50 million of Illinois Finance Authority variable-rate demand revenue bonds series 2008A . In addition, Fitch affirms the 'A-' rating on the outstanding Rush University Medical Center Obligated Group revenue bonds. ... more info

25 Nov 2008: BRMALLS INTERNATIONAL FINANCE LIMITED BEGINS PUBLIC REPURCHASE OFFER FOR PERPETUAL BONDS ABROAD
BRMALLS Participacoes S.A. , the largest integrated shopping mall company in Brazil, hereby announces that its subsidiary BRMALLS International Finance Limited will begin today a public offer to repurchase Perpetual Bonds of its own issuance abroad, in the total amount of US$ 30 million face value, which may be extended, given that the offer is subject to certain conditions and proration. ... more info

25 Nov 2008: METALDYNE ANNOUNCES INTENTION TO ACCEPT TENDERED BONDS
Metaldyne Corporation today announced it expects the conditions to its previously announced tender offer to purchase all of its outstanding 10% Senior Notes due 2013 and 11% Senior Subordinated Notes due 2012 will be satisfied or waived on or about Tuesday, November 25, 2008. ... more info

25 Nov 2008: SAVINGS BOND TAX BILL VARIES
Several factors will determine a man's tax bill after he cashes in Series EE savings bonds. ... more info

25 Nov 2008: INTERNET GOLD'S BOARD APPROVES TWO NEW BONDS BUYBACK PROGRAM
Internet Gold, announced that its Board of Directors has authorized the repurchase of up to NIS 100 million of the Company's Series B bonds. In addition the board authorized the repurchase of up to NIS 50 million of the Series A bonds of its subsidiary, 012 Smile Communications. ... more info

24 Nov 2008: FITCH RATES OGLETHORPE POWER CORPORATION'S $380.37 MILLION BONDS
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A' rating to $380,370,000 various Georgia Development Authorities pollution control revenue bonds , issued for Oglethorpe Power Corporation Projects. ... more info

24 Nov 2008: FITCH RATES SAN JOSE REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY'S (CALIFORNIA) $37.2MM 2008A TABS 'A-'
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'A-' rating to the San Jose Redevelopment Agency, California's merged area redevelopment project tax allocation bonds , series 2008A. The TABs are expected to sell via competitive sale on Dec. 3. ... more info

24 Nov 2008: GOLDMAN'S MASSIVE BOND SALE GOES WELL
Goldman Sachs received strong interest from investors for $2 billion to $3 billion in bonds it is issuing under a government program. ... more info

24 Nov 2008: FITCH RTES $34.35MM EAST GRAND FORKS (AMERICAN CRYSTAL SUGAR), MN SER 2008 VRBS 'AA-/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch assigns a rating of 'AA-/F1+' to the $34,350,000 City of East Grand Forks, Minnesota solid waste disposal revenue refunding bonds , series 2008. The rating is based on the support provided by an irrevocable, direct-pay letter of credit issued by CoBank, ACB. ... more info

24 Nov 2008: FITCH RATES RHODE ISLAND'S $107MM GOS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' rating to the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations' $107,410,000 general obligation bonds, consisting of $86,875,000 consolidated capital development loan of 2008, series B; $8,500,000 capital development loan of 2008, series C ; and $12,035,000 consolidated capital development loan of 2008, refunding series D. ... more info

24 Nov 2008: FITCH RTS $55MM ILLINOIS FINANCE AUTH (SOUTHERN ILLINOIS HEALTHCARE ENTERS) VRDBS, SER 08 'AA+/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AA+/F1+' to the $55,000,000 Illinois Finance Authority variable-rate demand revenue bonds , series 2008. The rating is based on an irrevocable, direct-pay letter of credit provided by The Bank of Nova Scotia supporting the bonds and the application of Fitch's joint probability methodology. ... more info

24 Nov 2008: FITCH RATES PRESBYTERIAN HEALTHCARE SERVICES (NEW MEXICO) $225MM HOSP REVS 2008 B, C & D 'AA-/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned 'F1+' short-term ratings and affirmed the 'AA-' long-term ratings on the $225,000,000 New Mexico Hospital Equipment Loan Council, hospital system revenue bonds , series 2008B , 2008C and 2008D . ... more info

24 Nov 2008: FITCH RATES NEW YORK STATE DORMITORY AUTHORITY'S $487.6MM 2008C&D CUNY REVS 'AA+/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA+/F1+' rating to the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York's $487,575,000 City University System Consolidated fifth general resolution revenue bonds consisting of the following: ... more info

24 Nov 2008: TREASURYS DIP AS INVESTORS MOVE BACK TO STOCKS
Treasury bonds declined Monday, with investors nervous that the government will have to raise more debt to finance a bigger-than-expected bailout of the nation's banking industry. ... more info

24 Nov 2008: FITCH RATES EL PASO ISD, TEXAS $57.2MM ULT BONDS 'AAA' PSF/'A+' UNDERLYING; OUTLOOK POSITIVE
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to $57.2 million of El Paso Independent School District , TX unlimited tax refunding bonds, series 2008A. The 'AAA' rating is based on the guarantee provided by the Texas Permanent School Fund , whose insurer financial strength is rated 'AAA' by Fitch. ... more info

24 Nov 2008: FITCH RATES WISCONSIN'S $100MM CLEAN WATER REVS 'AA+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA+' rating to the State of Wisconsin's approximately $100 million clean water revenue bonds, 2008 series 3. The bonds are expected to price the week of November 24. ... more info

23 Nov 2008: FEAR, FRUSTRATION: SOME CALL IT QUITS
Many investors say they can't afford the risk of stocks and bonds anymore due to lost income elsewhere. ... more info

21 Nov 2008: FITCH RATES SARASOTA COUNTY'S $69.2M INFRASTRUCTURE SALES SURTAX REVS 'AA'
NEW YORK----Fitch assigns an 'AA' rating to Sarasota County, Florida's approximately $69.2 million infrastructure sales surtax revenue bonds series 2008B. The bonds are scheduled to sell via negotiation the week of Dec. 1, 2008. ... more info

21 Nov 2008: FITCH RATES ADVENTIST HEALTH SYSTEM SUNBELT (FLORIDA) SERIES 2008A REVS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA-' rating on approximately $350,000,000 Highlands County Health Facilities Authority long-term adjustable rate hospital revenue bonds, series 2008A, issued on behalf of Adventist Health System/Sunbelt Obligated Group . ... more info

21 Nov 2008: FITCH AFFIRMS VIRGINIA PUBLIC BUILDING AUTHORITY'S 2008B REVS AT 'AA+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings affirms the 'AA+' rating on the Virginia Public Building Authority's $150 million public facilities revenue bonds, series 2008B. The bonds, initially expected to be offered competitively on Aug. 6 with an expected par amount of $260 million and rated by Fitch at that time, are now expected via negotiation on Dec. 3 with the lower par amount. ... more info

21 Nov 2008: FITCH RATES SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS' $177MM BONDS, COS & TAX NOTES 'AA+'
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings has assigned 'AA+' ratings to the following bonds for San Antonio, Texas : ... more info

21 Nov 2008: FITCH RATES SOUTHERN ILLINOIS HEALTHCARE'S (IL) 2008 REVS 'A+'; WITHDRAWS 2008A-C RATINGS
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A+' underlying rating to the approximately $55 million variable rate demand revenue bonds, series 2008, to be issued by Illinois Finance Authority on behalf of Southern Illinois Healthcare Enterprises, Inc. . ... more info

21 Nov 2008: FITCH RATES DASNY $41MM SCHOOL REVS 2008C 'A+' & $48MM 2008D 'A'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A+' underlying rating to approximately $40,835,000 Dormitory Authority of the State of New York school district revenue bond financing program revenue bonds series 2008C and an 'A' underlying rating to approximately $47,920,000 series 2008D bonds. ... more info

21 Nov 2008: FITCH RTES NC STATE ED ASSISTANCE AUTH TAX-EXEMPT STUDENT LOAN REVS SR 2008-3 SER 'AA-/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-/F1+' rating to North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority's $105,945,000 tax-exempt education loan revenue and refunding bonds senior 2008-3 series . ... more info

21 Nov 2008: FITCH CONFIRMS INTERMOUNTAIN POWER AGENCY VRBS, SER 85E & F MATURING 2018 'AA-/F1'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings confirms the 'AA-/F1' rating assigned to the Intermountain Power Agency variable rate power supply revenue and refunding Bonds, 1985 series E maturing July 1, 2018, and variable rate power supply revenue bonds, 1985 series F maturing July 1, 2018. ... more info

21 Nov 2008: FITCH RATES HAWAII COUNTY, HI'S $50MM GO BONDS 'A+'
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch assigns an 'A+' rating to Hawaii County , HI's $50 million general obligation bonds, 2008 Series A and also affirms the 'A+' rating on $293 million in outstanding parity bonds. ... more info

20 Nov 2008: CHUCK JAFFE: 'REVERSE CONVERTIBLE' BONDS AREN'T SUCH STRAIGHTFORWARD BUYS
BOSTON -- Midge and Walter are seventy-something retirees in Arizona, concerned about the losses they have taken not only in the stock market, but in their bond mutual funds, and feeling the need to goose their income in order to make sure it lasts out their days. ... more info

20 Nov 2008: FITCH RATES VIRGINIA PUBLIC SCHOOL AUTHORITY'S $125MM 2008B SCHOOL FINANCING BONDS 'AA+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA+' rating to $125.1 million Virginia Public School Authority school financing bonds , series 2008B, expected to sell via negotiation on Nov. 25, 2008. ... more info

20 Nov 2008: FITCH RATES NORTH MISSISSIPPI HEALTH SERVICES (MS) REVS 'AA/F1+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'F1+' short-term rating to North Mississippi Health Services based on self-liquidity related to the expected reoffering of approximately $66.8 million in Mississippi Hospital Equipment and Facilities Authority variable-rate revenue bonds , 2001 series 1, and 1997 series 1. ... more info

20 Nov 2008: FITCH AFFIRMS ANNE ARUNDEL HEALTH SYSTEM'S (MARYLAND) OUTSTANDING REVS AT 'A-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings affirms the underlying rating on approximately $147 million revenue bonds issued by Maryland Health and Higher Educational Facilities Authority on behalf of the Anne Arundel Health System . ... more info

20 Nov 2008: FITCH DOWNGRADES RENO-SPARKS INDIAN COLONY, NEVADA L-T ISSUER RATING TO 'BB'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings downgrades to 'BB' from 'BBB-' the long-term issuer rating on the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony, NV . The RSIC has outstanding debt of $15.8 million, series 2006 fixed rated bonds rated 'AA-' by Fitch based on a direct-pay letter of credit provided by U.S. ... more info

20 Nov 2008: TREASURY YIELDS FALL TO HISTORIC LOWS
Demand for U.S. Treasury bonds remained robust Thursday, with the yield on the benchmark note falling to an all-time low, as investors continue to flock to the safety of government debt. ... more info

20 Nov 2008: SAFE-HAVEN TREASURYS ADVANCE
Demand for U.S. Treasury bonds remained robust Thursday, with the yield on the benchmark note falling to a 5-year low, as investors continue to flock to the safety of government debt. ... more info

20 Nov 2008: PRIVATE EQUITY INVOLVED IN 62% OF CORPORATE DEFAULTS: S&P
SAN FRANCISCO -- Financial sponsors' investments in higher-risk companies have come back to bite them, as more than half of the corporations that defaulted on their bonds had private equity investments, Standard & Poor's said in a note made public Thursday. Through Nov. 17, 86 entities had defaulted on their debt this year, affecting $285 billion. Of those defaulters, 53 were involved in transactions with private equity. "Sponsors inherently target troubled entities that could be had at an attractive price, turned around and sold for profit," noted Diane Vazza, head of fixed income research at the ratings agency. "We expect private equity exposure to the defaulting companies in the coming months to remain elevated," she said. Fremont General , Ziff Davis Media and Six Flags [s:six] are some of the companies with private equity stakes that defaulted on their debt this year. ... more info

20 Nov 2008: SWITZERLAND CUTS RATES BY 100 BASIS POINTS
The Swiss franc fell to its lowest versus the dollar since August last year after the cut, while eurozone government bonds gained and Swiss stocks pared earlier losses ... more info

20 Nov 2008: TREASURY YIELDS FALL TO MULTI-YEAR LOWS
Demand for U.S. Treasury bonds remained robust Thursday, with the yield on the benchmark note falling to a 5-year low, as investors continue to flock to the safety of government debt. ... more info

19 Nov 2008: TREASURY BONDS HIGHER AFTER BIG STOCK SLIDE
Treasury bonds continued to rally Wednesday on another dose of negative economic reports and a major plunge on the stock market. ... more info

19 Nov 2008: FITCH RATES BATTLE CREEK TIFA, MICHIGAN'S LTGOS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' rating to the tax increment finance authority of the City of Battle Creek, Michigan's $4 million tax increment bonds, series 2008 scheduled for negotiated sale on or about the week of Jan. 5. ... more info

19 Nov 2008: FITCH RATES DORMITORY AUTHORITY OF NEW YORK'S $657MM MENTAL HEALTH BONDS 'A+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A+' rating to approximately $72 million Dormitory Authority of the State of New York mental health services facilities improvement revenue bonds, series 2008G, and affirms the 'A+' rating on approximately $585 million series 2008F bonds. ... more info

19 Nov 2008: SAFE BETS ON BONDS PAYING OFF
The mantra is "higher risk, higher reward," but the safest bets have given investors the most bang for their buck this year. ... more info

19 Nov 2008: FITCH RATES CLEVELAND ELECTRIC ILLUMINATING CO.'S $300MM FMB ISSUANCE 'BBB'
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings has assigned a rating of 'BBB' to Cleveland Electric Illuminating Co.'s $300 million issuance of 8.875% first mortgage bonds, due 2018. Proceeds from the sale will be used to repay short-term borrowings and for other general corporate purposes. ... more info

19 Nov 2008: STOCKS, BONDS TUMBLE TO NEW CRISIS LOWS
Stock and bond markets fell to their lowest levels since the outbreak of the economic crisis, as worries about rising defaults by borrowers drove a new wave of concern about the financial system's health. ... more info

19 Nov 2008: STOCKS, BONDS TUMBLE TO NEW CRISIS LOWS
Stock and bond markets fell to their lowest levels since the outbreak of the economic crisis, as worries about rising defaults by borrowers drove a new wave of concern about the financial system's health. ... more info

19 Nov 2008: SAFE BETS ON BONDS PAYING OFF
The mantra is "higher risk, higher reward," but the safest bets have given investors the most bang for their buck this year. ... more info

19 Nov 2008: FITCH RATES ALASKA'S LEASE REVS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' rating to Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska's State of Alaska lease revenue bonds, series 2008 . The bonds are expected via negotiation on or about Dec. 2. ... more info

19 Nov 2008: FITCH DOWNGRADES VALLEY VIEW REGIONAL HOSPITAL (OK) TO 'BBB'; OUTLOOK TO NEGATIVE
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings has downgraded to 'BBB' from 'BBB+' the rating on approximately $12.7 million outstanding Valley View Hospital Authority revenue refunding bonds, series 1996 issued on behalf of Valley View Regional Hospital . ... more info

19 Nov 2008: FITCH RATES OVERTON POWER DISTRICT #5 (NV) $15MM REVENUE BONDS 'A'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings initiates a rating of 'A' on the Overton Power District #5 , Nevada's $15,060,000 special obligation revenue bonds, series 2008. The 2008 bonds are payable from net revenues of the District's electric system after payment of operations and maintenance expenditures. ... more info

19 Nov 2008: FITCH AFFIRMS CHILDREN'S SPECIALIZED HOSPITAL (NEW JERSEY) AT 'BBB'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has affirmed the 'BBB' rating on approximately $32.9 million of New Jersey Health Care Facilities Financing Authority hospital revenue bonds, series 2005A. ... more info

19 Nov 2008: FITCH RATES MICHIGAN MUNI BOND AUTHORITY'S $199MM SRF REVS 'AAA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to the Michigan Municipal Bond Authority's $199 million clean water revolving fund revenue bonds, series 2008. Fitch also affirms the 'AAA' rating on MMBA's $1.4 billion outstanding state revolving fund program bonds. ... more info

19 Nov 2008: FITCH U.S. MUNI SURVEILLANCE: REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 12, CONNECTICUT'S GOS AFFIRMED AT 'AA'
NEW YORK----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings has affirmed the 'AA' rating on Regional School District No. 12, CT's approximately $2.1 million of outstanding general obligation bonds. ... more info

19 Nov 2008: FITCH TAKES VARIOUS RATING ACTIONS ON ENHANCED VARIABLE RATE MUNI BONDS
NEW YORK----In connection with the recent downgrade of Royal Bank of Scotland and its subsidiaries, Fitch Ratings has taken various actions on municipal bonds with letters of credit and liquidity facilities provided by RBS and its subsidiaries. ... more info

19 Nov 2008: ICELAND BRACED FOR BIG BOND SELL-OFF
Reykjavik's central bank estimates that international investors own up to IKr400bn of domestic bonds and warns that the nation should prepare itself for a 'massive currency outflow' ... more info

29 Oct 2008: DON'T BAIL OUT OF THE MARKET NOW
Question: I know market timing is a loser's game. However, I do think there is abundant evidence that the next 12-18 months are going to be very difficult for equities. Do you see any merit in trimming some equity holdings, parking the proceeds in short-term bonds or cash, and committing to immediately dollar-cost averaging back into the market on a monthly fixed schedule? ... more info

18 Nov 2008: FITCH RATES STATE UNIVERSITY SYSTEM OF FLORIDA REVS 'AA'; STABLE OUTLOOK
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to the approximately $60,000,000 of state of Florida, Board of Governors university system improvement revenue bonds , series 2008A. ... more info

19 Nov 2008: ICELAND BRACED FOR BIG BOND SELL-OFF
Reykjavik's central bank estimates that international investors own up to IKr400bn of domestic bonds and warns that the nation should prepare itself for a 'massive currency outflow' ... more info

18 Nov 2008: FITCH RATES CAPITAL CITY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY'S (CT) $22.5MM BONDS 'AA-'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' rating to $22.5 million Capital City Economic Development Authority parking and energy revenue bonds, 2008 series D. The bonds are expected through negotiation on or about the week of Dec. 17. ... more info

18 Nov 2008: TREASURY BONDS ADVANCE AMID ECONOMIC UNCERTAINTY
Treasury bonds advanced Tuesday after a government report showed that wholesale prices plunged a record amount in October, a drop that could indicate a rising threat of deflation. ... more info

18 Nov 2008: FITCH AFFIRMS LINN STATE TECHNICAL COLLEGE'S (MISSOURI) REVS AT 'BBB-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings affirms the 'BBB-' rating on approximately $8.6 million of Linn State Technical College Auxiliary System refunding and improvement revenue bonds, series 2006. ... more info

18 Nov 2008: FITCH RATES INDIANA FINANCE AUTH 2008I&J (SISTERS OF ST. FRANCIS HLTH SERVICES, INC.) REVS 'AAA/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AAA/F1+' rating to the $40,925,000 Indiana Finance Authority, health system revenue refunding bonds, series 2008I and $40,925,000 Indiana Finance Authority, health system revenue refunding bonds, series 2008J . ... more info

18 Nov 2008: FITCH AFFIRMS NORTHEAST MARYLAND WASTE DISPOSAL AUTH & MONTGOMERY CTY, MD SOLID WASTE REVS AT 'AA'
NEW YORK----During the course of routine surveillance Fitch Ratings affirms the 'AA' rating on $184.5 million of outstanding Northeast Maryland Waste Disposal Authority solid waste refunding revenue bonds, series 2003 and $16.6 million outstanding Montgomery County, MD solid waste system refunding revenue bonds, series 2003. ... more info

18 Nov 2008: FITCH RATES BRYAN ISD, TX GO BONDS 'AAA' PSF/'AA-' UNDERLYING
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to the Bryan Independent School District, Texas' $28 million unlimited tax school building bonds, series 2008, based on a guaranty provided by the Texas Permanent School Fund , whose insurer financial strength is rated 'AAA' by Fitch. ... more info

18 Nov 2008: FITCH TAKES VARIOUS RATING ACTIONS ON ENHANCED VARIABLE RATE MUNI BONDS
NEW YORK----In connection with the downgrade of Calyon and long-term Rating Watch revision and short-term rating downgrade of M&I Marshall & Ilsley Bank , Fitch Ratings has taken various actions on municipal bonds with letters of credit and liquidity facilities provided by Calyon and M&I. ... more info

18 Nov 2008: FUTURE OF FANNIE, FREDDIE DEBATED
Debate is heating up on the future of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac as they flounder with heavy losses and difficulties in borrowing through long-term bonds. ... more info

18 Nov 2008: FITCH RATES MOUNTAIN STATES HEALTH ALLIANCE (TENNESSEE) 2008 BONDS 'BBB'; LOWERS OUTSTANDING DEBT
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned 'BBB' ratings to the following new hospital revenue bonds issued on behalf of Mountain States Health Alliance : ... more info

18 Nov 2008: ECUADOR AUDITOR URGES DEBT DEFAULT
The official overseeing an audit of Ecuador's foreign debt said his committee found evidence of abuses and irregularities tied to almost all of the country's bonds and will recommend a default on $10.3 billion in national debt. ... more info

17 Nov 2008: TREASURY BONDS ADVANCE ON ECONOMIC UNCERTAINTY
Treasury bonds advanced Monday as investors sought shelter with safer investments amid more signs of weakness in the financial system. ... more info

17 Nov 2008: FITCH RATES COLUMBUS CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT, OHIO'S $16MM GOS 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to the Columbus City School District, Ohio's $16.0 million school facilities construction and improvement bonds , series 2008. The bonds are expected to sell via negotiation the week of November 24. ... more info

17 Nov 2008: FITCH RATES DASNY'S $588MM CITY UNIVERSITY BONDS 'A+' UNDERLYING
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an underlying 'A+' rating to approximately $587,575,000 Dormitory Authority of the State of New York city university system consolidated fifth general resolution revenue bonds, series 2008C and 2008D variable rate demand obligations. ... more info

17 Nov 2008: FITCH RATES NEW YORK CITY'S $425MM GOS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA-' rating to New York City's $425 million general obligation bonds fiscal 2009 series F, consisting of the following: ... more info

17 Nov 2008: FITCH RTES $144.7MM BUCKS CNTY IDA (PA) HOSP REVS (GRAND VIEW) SER A '08 'AA-/F1+' & SER B 'A+/F1'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AA-/F1+' to the Bucks County Industrial Development Authority , hospital revenue bonds $73,965,000 series A of 2008, and a rating of 'A+/F1' to the $70,775,000 series B of 2008. ... more info

17 Nov 2008: FITCH AFFIRMS 24 AND REMOVES 6 CLASSES FROM WATCH NEGATIVE OF NORTHSTAR GUARANTEE, INC. NOTES
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has affirmed 24 classes of senior notes and removed Rating Watch Negative from six classes of subordinate notes from the Federal Family Education Loan Program student loan revenue bonds issued by NorthStar Guarantee, Inc. - 2000 Trust Indenture. ... more info

17 Nov 2008: MUNICIPAL BONDS OFFERING SWEETER YIELDS ()
You wont get rich on munis, but you can get a steady stream of income. ... more info

17 Nov 2008: FITCH RATES $1.755MM LOS ANGELES IDA, CA (KH ENTERPRISES LLC) SERIES 2008 VRDS 'A+/F1'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A+/F1' to the City of Los Angeles Industrial Development Authority variable-rate demand industrial development revenue bonds series 2008. ... more info

17 Nov 2008: FITCH AFFIRMS PUERTO RICO HFA'S PORTFOLIOS IX & X SINGLE-FAMILY MTGE REVS AT 'AAA'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings affirms the 'AAA' rating assigned to Puerto Rico Housing Finance Authority's single-family mortgage revenue bonds, Portfolio IX and Portfolio X . ... more info

16 Nov 2008: BARGAIN-HUNTING BOOSTS CONVERTIBLE BONDS
Convertible-bond prices in Europe have started a tentative recovery in the past two weeks as buyers and sellers returned to the secondary market to take advantage of bargain prices. ... more info

29 Oct 2008: DON'T BAIL OUT OF THE MARKET NOW
Question: I know market timing is a loser's game. However, I do think there is abundant evidence that the next 12-18 months are going to be very difficult for equities. Do you see any merit in trimming some equity holdings, parking the proceeds in short-term bonds or cash, and committing to immediately dollar-cost averaging back into the market on a monthly fixed schedule? ... more info

16 Nov 2008: BARGAIN-HUNTING BOOSTS CONVERTIBLE BONDS
Convertible-bond prices in Europe have started a tentative recovery in the past two weeks as buyers and sellers returned to the secondary market to take advantage of bargain prices. ... more info

16 Nov 2008: BARGAIN-HUNTING BOOSTS CONVERTIBLE BONDS
Convertible-bond prices in Europe have started a tentative recovery in the past two weeks as buyers and sellers returned to the secondary market to take advantage of bargain prices. ... more info

15 Nov 2008: ECUADOR DELAYS DEBT PAYMENT, RAISING DEFAULT FEARS
Ecuador vowed Friday to delay a $30.6 million interest payment on its foreign debt while it investigates possible irregularities in the contracts, sending its benchmark bonds and credit rating tumbling as default fears soared. ... more info

14 Nov 2008: FITCH RATES TRANSMISSION AGENCY OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA REV RFDG BONDS 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings assigns its 'A+' rating on the Transmission Agency of Northern California's California-Oregon Transmission Project revenue refunding bonds, 2008 series A, B, C, and D to be issued in a combined amount up to $450 million. ... more info

14 Nov 2008: FITCH RATES MASSACHUSETTS $553MM GO BONDS 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AA' to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' approximately $552,755,000 general obligation refunding bonds, series 2008A. The bonds, which mature Sept. 1, 2009-2032, are scheduled to sell through negotiation the week of Nov. 17. ... more info

14 Nov 2008: FITCH ASSIGNS 'F1+' TO SCPPA (CALIFORNIA) CANYON POWER PROJECT REV NOTES; AFFIRMS ANAHEIM REVS 'AA-'
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings assigns its 'F1+' rating to the $108 million Southern California Public Power Authority , CA Canyon Power Project revenue notes, 2008 series A. Fitch also affirms its 'AA-' rating on the Anaheim Public Financing Authority revenue bonds qualified lien obligations outstanding in the amount of $490.6 million and $126.2 million in second qualified lien bonds. ... more info

14 Nov 2008: FITCH UPGRS BROOKHAVEN AT LEXINGTON'S (MA) SER 2005 BNDS TO 'A-' FROM 'BBB' UND.; OUTLOOK STABLE
TAMPA, Fla.----Fitch Ratings has upgraded its underlying rating on Brookhaven at Lexington's $23.2 million series 2005 bonds issued through the Massachusetts Development Finance Agency to 'A-' from 'BBB'. ... more info

29 Oct 2008: DON'T BAIL OUT OF THE MARKET NOW
Question: I know market timing is a loser's game. However, I do think there is abundant evidence that the next 12-18 months are going to be very difficult for equities. Do you see any merit in trimming some equity holdings, parking the proceeds in short-term bonds or cash, and committing to immediately dollar-cost averaging back into the market on a monthly fixed schedule? ... more info

15 Nov 2008: ECUADOR DELAYS DEBT PAYMENT, RAISING DEFAULT FEARS
Ecuador vowed Friday to delay a $30.6 million interest payment on its foreign debt while it investigates possible irregularities in the contracts, sending its benchmark bonds and credit rating tumbling as default fears soared. ... more info

14 Nov 2008: FITCH RATES TRANSMISSION AGENCY OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA REV RFDG BONDS 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings assigns its 'A+' rating on the Transmission Agency of Northern California's California-Oregon Transmission Project revenue refunding bonds, 2008 series A, B, C, and D to be issued in a combined amount up to $450 million. ... more info

14 Nov 2008: FITCH RATES MASSACHUSETTS $553MM GO BONDS 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AA' to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' approximately $552,755,000 general obligation refunding bonds, series 2008A. The bonds, which mature Sept. 1, 2009-2032, are scheduled to sell through negotiation the week of Nov. 17. ... more info

14 Nov 2008: FITCH ASSIGNS 'F1+' TO SCPPA (CALIFORNIA) CANYON POWER PROJECT REV NOTES; AFFIRMS ANAHEIM REVS 'AA-'
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings assigns its 'F1+' rating to the $108 million Southern California Public Power Authority , CA Canyon Power Project revenue notes, 2008 series A. Fitch also affirms its 'AA-' rating on the Anaheim Public Financing Authority revenue bonds qualified lien obligations outstanding in the amount of $490.6 million and $126.2 million in second qualified lien bonds. ... more info

14 Nov 2008: S&P SHARPLY LOWERS ECUADOR CREDIT RATING
Ecuador said Friday it will delay a $30.6 million interest payment on its foreign debt while it investigates the contracts. The nation's benchmark bonds and credit rating tumbled. ... more info

14 Nov 2008: FITCH UPGRS BROOKHAVEN AT LEXINGTON'S (MA) SER 2005 BNDS TO 'A-' FROM 'BBB' UND.; OUTLOOK STABLE
TAMPA, Fla.----Fitch Ratings has upgraded its underlying rating on Brookhaven at Lexington's $23.2 million series 2005 bonds issued through the Massachusetts Development Finance Agency to 'A-' from 'BBB'. ... more info

14 Nov 2008: FITCH RATES CONNECTICUT'S $300MM SPECIAL TAX OBLIGATION BONDS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' rating to $300 million State of Connecticut special tax obligation bonds, transportation infrastructure purposes, series 2008A. The bonds will sell via negotiation on or about Nov. 18, and will mature Nov. 1, 2009-2028. ... more info

14 Nov 2008: FITCH RATES OSCEOLA COUNTY, FLORIDA'S $47.3MM SALES TAX REV BONDS 'A+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'A+' rating to Osceola County, Florida's approximately $47.3 million sales tax revenue bonds, series 2008. The bonds are expected to price Dec. 9th. ... more info

29 Oct 2008: DON'T BAIL OUT OF THE MARKET NOW
Question: I know market timing is a loser's game. However, I do think there is abundant evidence that the next 12-18 months are going to be very difficult for equities. Do you see any merit in trimming some equity holdings, parking the proceeds in short-term bonds or cash, and committing to immediately dollar-cost averaging back into the market on a monthly fixed schedule? ... more info

16 Oct 2008: FOREIGN INVESTORS HIT THE ROAD
Foreign investors are still showing a voracious appetite for U.S. Treasury bonds...but they're selling everything else the United States has to offer. ... more info

13 Nov 2008: ATLANTA AIRPORT TERMINAL PROJECT MAY BE SUSPENDED
A $1.6 billion project to build a new international terminal at the world's busiest airport could be suspended within the next few months because the airport has been unable to sell $600 million in municipal bonds due to tight credit markets, the head of the airport said Thursday. ... more info

13 Nov 2008: FITCH RATES CHICAGO TRANSIT AUTHORITY, ILLINOIS SEC. 5309 BONDS 'A'
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A' rating to the $175 million Chicago Transit Authority, IL capital grant receipts revenue bonds, series 2008A . The bonds are expected to sell the week of Nov. 17. ... more info

13 Nov 2008: USC KESTON INSTITUTE PANELISTS ASSESS THE PERFORMANCE AND PROGRESS OF THE $42 BILLION STATE OF CALIFORNIA INFRASTRUCTURE BONDS APPROVED IN 2006
LOS ANGELES----Top officials in the State of California's public works agencies and state treasury joined infrastructure and policy experts yesterday for a forum titled, “Assessing Performance and Progress of California's 2006 Infrastructure Bonds,” hosted by The Keston Institute for Public Finance and Infrastructure Policy at the University of Southern California . ... more info

13 Nov 2008: FITCH DOWNGRADES MENDOCINO COUNTY, CALIFORNIA PENSION BONDS TO 'A-'; OUTLOOK TO NEGATIVE
NEW YORK----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings downgrades to 'A-' from 'A' the rating on Mendocino County, California's $94.9 million in outstanding taxable pension obligation bonds refunding series 1996 and 2002. ... more info

13 Nov 2008: FITCH RATES WEST BOUNTIFUL, UTAH $4.8MM WATER REVS 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A+' rating to $4.8 million West Bountiful City water revenue bonds, series 2008. Fitch also assigns an 'A+' rating to the parity water revenue refunding bonds, series 2004, in the outstanding principal amount of $288,000. ... more info

13 Nov 2008: FITCH RTES FL MUNI POWER AGENCY ALL-REQUIREMENTS POWER SUPPLY PROJECT 2008C&D VRDBS 'AA+/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AA+/F1+' to the $201,670,000 Florida Municipal Power Agency All-Requirements Power Supply Project variable rate demand refunding revenue bonds , consisting of: ... more info

13 Nov 2008: FITCH AFFS EASTSIDE UNION SCHOOL DISTRICT (CA) $12.9MM GOS AT 'A-'
NEW YORK----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings affirms its 'A-' rating on Eastside Union School District's outstanding $12.9 million general obligation bonds at 'A-'. ... more info

13 Nov 2008: FITCH AFFIRMS MARYLAND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ADMINISTRATION'S CAPITAL FUND REVS AT 'AA'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has affirmed the 'AA' rating on Maryland Community Development Administration's capital fund securitization revenue bonds, series 2003. ... more info

13 Nov 2008: FITCH AFFIRMS PROVIDENCE, RI SPECIAL OBLIGATION TAX INCREMENT BONDS AT 'BBB'
NEW YORK----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings affirms the 'BBB' rating on approximately $23.9 million Providence, RI, special obligation tax increment refunding bonds series E, series F , and series G . ... more info

13 Nov 2008: FITCH AFFIRMS VARIOUS TAMPA SPORTS AUTHORITY, FLORIDA RATINGS
NEW YORK----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch affirms Tampa Sports Authority, Florida approximately $108.0 million in local option sales tax revenue bonds at 'AA' and the $25.2 million in Florida sales tax payments revenue bonds at 'AA-'. ... more info

13 Nov 2008: WRITE-DOWN HURTS ICBC
ICBC stock fell 11% after the unit of China's biggest bank by assets said it will book a $77.4 million loss from its exposure to bonds issued by three of Iceland's major banks. ... more info

13 Nov 2008: FITCH RATES BEXAR COUNTY, TX $32.5MM PASS-THROUGH REV AND LT BONDS 'AA+'
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA+' rating to Bexar County, TX's $32.5 million pass-through revenue and limited tax bonds, series 2008, scheduled to price the week of Nov. 17, 2008 via negotiation. ... more info

13 Nov 2008: FITCH AFFIRMS ALACHUA COUNTY (FLORIDA) SALES PUB IMP REV BONDS AT 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch affirms the 'A+' rating on County of Alachua, Florida's approximately $60 million public improvement revenue bonds. The Rating Outlook is Stable. ... more info

13 Nov 2008: FITCH RATES ANAHEIM PUBLIC FINANCING AUTHORITY, CALIFORNIA $52.9MM BONDS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' rating to the Anaheim Public Financing Authority of Orange County, CA's $52.9 million lease revenue refunding bonds, series 2008. The Rating Outlook is Stable. ... more info

13 Nov 2008: ASSURED GUARANTY CORP. GUARANTEES $209.4 MILLION OF FIXED RATE BONDS FOR FAIRVIEW HEALTH SERVICES
NEW YORK----Assured Guaranty Corp. , the triple-A rated financial guaranty subsidiary of Assured Guaranty Ltd. , announced today that it guaranteed $209.4 million of fixed rate series 2008B bonds issued by the City of Minneapolis on behalf of Fairview Health Services, a Minneapolis integrated health care system. ... more info

12 Nov 2008: FITCH RATES TOWN OF ISLIP, NY GOS 'AA+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA+' rating to the Town of Islip, New York's $15.015 million public improvement bonds, 2008. The bonds are scheduled to price competitively on Nov. 20 and will mature serially. ... more info

12 Nov 2008: FITCH RATES MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA'S GOS 'AAA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AAA' rating to the City of Minneapolis, Minnesota's approximately $7.73 million general obligation improvement bonds, series 2008. The bonds will sell competitively on Nov. 19, 2008. ... more info

12 Nov 2008: FITCH CONFIRMS $425MM CALIFORNIA DWR POWER SUPPLY REVS CONVERSION TO FIXED RATE AT 'A+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings expects to confirm the underlying long-term rating of 'A+' currently assigned to the California Department of Water Resources' $425 million, series 2005F-3, F-5, and G-11 power supply revenue bonds upon their conversion to a fixed rate mode. ... more info

12 Nov 2008: FITCH RTES MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA'S $301.4MM WATER & SEWER REVS 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A+' rating to Miami-Dade County , FL's approximately $301.4 million water and sewer system revenue refunding bonds, series 2008C. The bonds are scheduled to price the week of Nov. 17, 2008 through negotiated sale. ... more info

12 Nov 2008: FITCH RTS $160MM WI HLTH & ED FAC AUTH (AURORA HLTH CARE) 2008 VRDBS 'AA+/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AA+/F1+' to the $160,000,000 Wisconsin Health and Educational Facilities Authority variable rate revenue bonds consisting of: $80,000,000 series 2008A and $80,000,000 series 2008B. ... more info

12 Nov 2008: RALLY SPURS CORPORATE BOND SALES, BUT NOT FOR ALL
U.S. corporate bonds are registering their first sustained gains since Lehman Brothers' bankruptcy, but the market's rally is offering little relief to many cash-strapped companies. ... more info

12 Nov 2008: MILLIONS SET ASIDE FOR NC LOCAL GOVERNMENTS
RALEIGH, N.C.----Local Government Federal Credit Union buoyed its support for North Carolina local government with a commitment to invest in municipal bonds in the state. Starting immediately, LGFCU is in the market to purchase municipal bonds from North Carolina cities, towns and counties. ... more info

12 Nov 2008: MOODY'S LIFTS FORECAST FOR JUNK BOND DEFAULT RATE
Moody's Investors Service said Wednesday it expects 10.4 percent of speculative grade debt, or "junk" bonds, will be defaulting a year from now. ... more info

11 Nov 2008: FITCH PLACES GOLDEN STATE TOBACCO SECURITIZATION CORP'S BONDS ON RTG WATCH NEGATIVE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has placed the following Golden State Tobacco Securitization Corporation's Series 2007 bonds on Rating Watch Negative: ... more info

11 Nov 2008: FITCH RATES TENNESSEE STATE SCHOOL BOND AUTH $169MM HIGHER ED BONDS 'AA'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA' rating to the $169.7 million Tennessee State School Bond Authority higher educational facilities second program bonds, 2008 series B. The bonds, which are expected to sell the week of Nov. 17, 2008 through negotiation, mature May 1, 2009-2038. ... more info

11 Nov 2008: ZIEGLER TRANSACTION ANNOUNCEMENT: NATIONAL SHRINE OF THE LITTLE FLOWER
CHICAGO----Ziegler Capital Markets is pleased to announce the successful $4.175 million tax-exempt Variable Rate Demand Revenue Bonds financing of National Shrine of the Little Flower church . ... more info

11 Nov 2008: FITCH AFFIRMS ANAHEIM, CA'S OUTSTANDING SR LEASE REVS AT 'A'; OUTLOOK STABLE
SAN FRANCISCO----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings affirms its 'A' rating on the following outstanding Anaheim Public Financing Authority , CA bonds as follows: ... more info

11 Nov 2008: FITCH RATES NORTHEAST GEORGIA HEALTH SYSTEM'S (GEORGIA) SERIES 2007G BANK BONDS 'A' UND
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an underlying long-term rating of 'A' to bank bonds corresponding to revenue anticipation certificates, series 2007G, issued on behalf of Northeast Georgia Health System by the Hall County and Gainesville Hospital Authority. ... more info

11 Nov 2008: FITCH RATES UNIVERSITY HEALTH SYSTEM OF EASTERN CAROLINA'S (NORTH CAROLINA) 2008 BDS 'AA-' UND
TAMPA, Fla.----Fitch Ratings has assigned an underlying 'AA-' rating on approximately $236 million of North Carolina Medical Care Commission series 2008 A & B variable rate demand bonds and has assigned an 'AA-' rating to UHSEC's series 2008 C&D fixed rated bonds and series 2008 E tender bonds. ... more info

11 Nov 2008: FITCH WITHDRAWS RATING ON CHANDLER, ARIZONA SER 2008 GOS AND SER 2008 EXCISE TAX REVS
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings withdraws its 'AAA' rating previously assigned to the $251.5 million general obligation bonds , series 2008 of Chandler, Arizona. Fitch also withdraws its 'AA+' rating previously assigned to the city's $33.6 million excise tax revenue bonds, series 2008. ... more info

11 Nov 2008: FITCH RATES GEORGIA MUNICIPAL GAS AUTHORITY $120MM GAS REVS 'F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'F1+' rating to Georgia Municipal Gas Authority's planned issuance of $120 million gas revenue bonds , series 2008C. In addition, Fitch affirms the Gas Authority's outstanding $110 million of gas revenue bonds at 'A+'. ... more info

11 Nov 2008: FITCH RATES FROEDTERT & COMMUNITY HEALTH (WISCONSIN) $197MM 2008 REVS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA-' rating to approximately $196.6 million of Wisconsin Health and Educational Facilities Authority revenue bonds, series 2008A&B issued on behalf of Froedtert & Community Health Obligated Group . ... more info

11 Nov 2008: FITCH RTS NORTHSIDE ISD, TX $80MM ULT BNDS SER 2008A 'AA' UNDERLYING
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' underlying rating to Northside Independent School District , TX's $80 million unlimited tax school building bonds, series 2008A. The series 2008A bonds are expected to sell the week of Nov. 17 via negotiation. ... more info

11 Nov 2008: GM LIKELY TO SURVIVE, BONDS A "BUY": JPMORGAN
General Motors Corp's extremely distressed debt is an attractive investment as the automaker has several options to improve its liquidity and survive the economic downturn, according to credit analysts at JPMorgan. ... more info

11 Nov 2008: FITCH REMOVES SCPPA GAS PREPAY FROM RATING WATCH NEGATIVE; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has removed the 'A' rating of Southern California Public Power gas project revenue bonds ser 2007A, B & C from Rating Watch Negative. A Stable Outlook is assigned. ... more info

11 Nov 2008: XFONE BONDS COMMENCE TRADING ON THE TEL AVIV STOCK EXCHANGE
LUBBOCK, Texas----XFONE, Inc. today announced that its Series A Non-Convertible Bonds have commenced trading on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange . ... more info

11 Nov 2008: FITCH RATES LOWER COLORADO RIVER AUTHORITY'S (TEXAS) $100MM 2008A TRANSMISSION REVS 'A+'
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'A+' rating to the Lower Colorado River Authority's transmission contract revenue bonds, series 2008A . The bonds are expected to be issued in an amount up to $100 million. ... more info

11 Nov 2008: FITCH RATES LOWER COLORADO RIVER AUTHORITY'S (TX), $300MM RFDG AND IMPROVE. REVS, SER 2008A 'A+'
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'A+' rating to Lower Colorado River Authority's , $300 million refunding and improvement revenue bonds, series 2008A. The Rating Outlook is Stable. ... more info

10 Nov 2008: FITCH RATES CHICAGO, ILLINOIS' WATER SYSTEM BANK BONDS
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings assigns a long-term rating of 'AA' to bank bonds corresponding to the city of Chicago's second lien water revenue refunding bonds, series 2004-1, 2004-2, and 2004-3. ... more info

10 Nov 2008: STONE & YOUNGBERG GROWS TAXABLE FIXED INCOME GROUP WITH TWO KEY APPOINTMENTS
SAN FRANCISCO----Stone & Youngberg, a leading financial services firm and the nation's top underwriter of California municipal bonds over the past five years1, today announced that it has made two key appointments to the firm's Taxable Fixed Income Group. ... more info

10 Nov 2008: FITCH RATES $13.5MM CALIFORNIA INFRA & ECON DEV BANK (PINEWOOD SCHOOL) SER 2008 VRDBS 'A+/F1'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A+/F1' to the California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank variable-rate demand revenue bonds series 2008. ... more info

29 Oct 2008: DON'T BAIL OUT OF THE MARKET NOW
Question: I know market timing is a loser's game. However, I do think there is abundant evidence that the next 12-18 months are going to be very difficult for equities. Do you see any merit in trimming some equity holdings, parking the proceeds in short-term bonds or cash, and committing to immediately dollar-cost averaging back into the market on a monthly fixed schedule? ... more info

16 Oct 2008: FOREIGN INVESTORS HIT THE ROAD
Foreign investors are still showing a voracious appetite for U.S. Treasury bonds...but they're selling everything else the United States has to offer. ... more info

7 Nov 2008 : FITCH AFFIRMS BROOKDALE COMMUNITY COLLEGE, NEW JERSEY $22.6MM BONDS 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings affirms the rating of 'A+' on Brookdale Community College's approximately $22.6 million of parity lease revenue bonds issued by the Monmouth County Improvement Authority, NJ . ... more info

7 Nov 2008 : FITCH RATES INDIANA FINANCE AUTH BANK BONDS 'AA'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a long-term 'AA' rating and Stable Rating Outlook to existing and potential bank bonds corresponding to the following Indiana Finance Authority variable-rate bonds: ... more info

7 Nov 2008 : FITCH RATES INDIANA FINANCE AUTHORITY $95MM FACILITIES REVENUE BONDS 'AA'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AA' to approximately $95 million Indiana Finance Authority facilities revenue refunding bonds, consisting of ... more info

7 Nov 2008 : FITCH U.S. MUNI SURVEILLANCE: CLINTON-MACOMB PUBLIC LIBRARY, MICHIGAN GO BONDS AFFIRMED AT 'A'
NEW YORK----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings has affirmed the 'A' rating on approximately $14,400,000 in outstanding 2002 library building and site bonds issued by Clinton-Macomb Public Library . ... more info

7 Nov 2008 : FITCH RATES WORCESTER, MARYLAND'S $35MM GOS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA-' rating to Worcester, Maryland's $35,000,000 public improvement bonds, 2008 series. The bonds are scheduled to sell on Nov. 18, 2008 via competitive sale and will fund capital improvements to a county high school. ... more info

7 Nov 2008 : FITCH RATES CARROLL COUNTY, MARYLAND'S $80MM CONSOL PUB IMPROV GOS 'AA+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA+' rating to Carroll County, Maryland's $80 million general obligation consolidated public improvement bonds of 2008. The bonds are scheduled for competitive sale on Nov. 13, 2008, with proceeds to fund a new high school, capital needs at the community college, land conservation, and projects for public works and general government needs. ... more info

7 Nov 2008 : FITCH RATES $10MM CALIFORNIA ENTERPRISE DEV AUTH (RAMAR INTERNATIONAL) 2008 A&B VRDBS 'AA-/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-/F1+' to the California Enterprise Development Authority variable rate demand industrial development revenue bonds , consisting of: $8,220,000 for tax-exempt series 2008A and $1,780,000 for the taxable series 2008B. ... more info

7 Nov 2008 : FITCH UPGRADES VISTA, CALIFORNIA CDC TAX ALLOCATION BONDS TO 'A-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings has upgraded the rating on the Vista, California Community Development Commission tax allocation bonds to 'A-' from 'BBB+'. This action applies to the $27.1 million outstanding series 1995, 1998 and 2001 bonds that Fitch presently rates. ... more info

7 Nov 2008 : MARKETAXESS OCTOBER VOLUME FELL 50 PERCENT
MarketAxess Holdings Inc., an operator of an electronic-trading platform for corporate bonds and other fixed-income securities, said Friday that October trading volume fell 50 percent. ... more info

7 Nov 2008 : CORRECTING AND REPLACING A.M. BEST AFFIRMS RATINGS OF SINGAPORE REINSURANCE CORPORATION LIMITED
OLDWICK, N.J.----Fifth graph, second sentence of the release dated Nov. 6, 2008, should read: In addition, A-rated bonds and bonds issued by government and public authorities of Singapore together accounted for 43% of the company's bond portfolio, further demonstrating the good quality of its invested assets. . ... more info

7 Nov 2008 : MARKETAXESS ANNOUNCES MONTHLY VOLUME STATISTICS FOR OCTOBER 2008
MarketAxess Holdings Inc. , the operator of a leading electronic trading platform for U.S. and European high-grade corporate bonds, emerging markets bonds and other types of fixed-income securities, today announced total monthly trading volume for October 2008 of $13.3 billion, consisting of $7.3 billion in U.S. high-grade volume, $2.4 billion in eurobond volume, and $3.6 billion in other volume. ... more info

7 Nov 2008 : SAVINGS BONDS LIMITS DAMPEN ENTHUSIASM
A U.S. Treasury decision has put a damper on the incentive to buy Series I savings bonds. ... more info

6 Nov 2008 : FITCH RTES $50MM HOSPITAL FACILITY AUTH OF SALEM, OREGON REVS (SALEM HOSP PROJ), SER 2008C 'AA+/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned 'AA+/F1+' ratings to the $50 million Hospital Facility Authority of the City of Salem, Oregon revenue bonds , series 2008C . The ratings are based on the direct-pay letter of credit supporting the bonds and the application of Fitch's joint probability methodology. ... more info

6 Nov 2008 : FITCH RTES $75MM HOSPITAL FACILITY AUTH OF SALEM, OREGON REVS (SALEM HOSP PROJ), SER 2008B 'AA+/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned 'AA+/F1+' ratings to the $75 million Hospital Facility Authority of the City of Salem, Oregon revenue bonds , series 2008B . The ratings are based on the direct-pay letter of credit supporting the bonds and the application of Fitch's joint probability methodology. ... more info

6 Nov 2008 : FITCH RATES MAINE HHEFA'S REVS 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
CHICAGO & NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA' rating to the $41 million Maine Health and Higher Educational Facilities Authority revenue bonds, series 2008D. In addition, Fitch affirms its rating on approximately $1.4 billion of the authority's outstanding reserve fund resolution bonds at 'AA'. ... more info

6 Nov 2008 : FITCH CONFIRMS TEXAS CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL'S SER 2008-1 BONDS AT 'AA; OUTLOOK STABLE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings confirms its underlying 'AA' rating to the Harris County Health Facilities Development Corporation approximately $100 million outstanding revenue bonds, series 2008-1. ... more info

6 Nov 2008 : FITCH TO REVISE CITY OF CHICAGO (ILLINOIS) $395MM 2ND LIEN WATER REVS, SER 2004 TO 'AAA/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings will revise the 'AA/F1+' rating currently assigned to the $394,925,000 City of Chicago, second lien water revenue refunding bonds, series 2004, consisting of : $175,000,000 sub-series 2004-1; $175,000,000 sub-series 2004-2; and $44,925,000 sub-series 2004-3, to 'AAA/F1+'. ... more info

6 Nov 2008 : FITCH RATES POLK COUNTY, IOWA'S GOS 'AA+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA+' rating to Polk County, Iowa's $3,975,000 general obligation bonds, series 2008. The bonds are scheduled for a competitive sale on Nov. 12, 2008. ... more info

6 Nov 2008 : FITCH DOWNGRADES SYNOVUS-BACKED MUNI BONDS TO 'A-'
NEW YORK----In conjunction with the recent downgrade of Synovus Financial Corporation and its subsidiary banks' long-term Issuer Default Ratings , Fitch Ratings has downgraded municipal bonds with letters of credit provided by Synovus to 'A-' from 'A'. ... more info

6 Nov 2008 : FITCH RTES MIDDLETOWN, OHIO HOSP FACIL REVS SER 2008A&B (ATRIUM MEDICAL CENTER) 'AA-/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch assigns an 'AA-/F1+' rating to the City of Middletown, Ohio's $56,000,000 hospital facilities revenue bonds series 2008A and $55,000,000 series 2008B . The rating is based on the support provided by two irrevocable direct-pay letters of credit issued by JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. , each securing a respective series of the bonds. ... more info

29 Oct 2008: DON'T BAIL OUT OF THE MARKET NOW
Question: I know market timing is a loser's game. However, I do think there is abundant evidence that the next 12-18 months are going to be very difficult for equities. Do you see any merit in trimming some equity holdings, parking the proceeds in short-term bonds or cash, and committing to immediately dollar-cost averaging back into the market on a monthly fixed schedule? ... more info

16 Oct 2008: FOREIGN INVESTORS HIT THE ROAD
Foreign investors are still showing a voracious appetite for U.S. Treasury bonds...but they're selling everything else the United States has to offer. ... more info

5 Nov 2008 : FITCH AFFIRMS OHIO GO RFDG BONDS 'AA+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings affirms the 'AA+' rating on State of Ohio general obligation refunding bonds, consisting of the following: ... more info

5 Nov 2008 : FITCH RATES SOUTH JORDAN CITY, UTAH, $10.4 MM SALES TAX REV BONDS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' rating to South Jordan City's , Salt Lake County, Utah sales tax revenue bonds as follows: ... more info

5 Nov 2008 : FITCH RATES OHIO'S $30MM CULTURAL & SPORTS CAP FACILITIES BONDS 'AA'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to the State of Ohio's $30 million cultural and sports capital facilities bonds, series 2008B. The bonds are expected to sell via negotiation on or about Nov. 19, 2008. ... more info

5 Nov 2008 : FITCH RATES ILLINOIS TOLLWAY'S $400MM REVS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA-' long-term rating to the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority's approximately $400 million toll highway variable-rate senior priority revenue bonds, series 2008B. ... more info

5 Nov 2008 : FITCH AFFIRMS DASNY'S UPSTATE COMMUNITY COLLEGES REVS 'A+' UNDERLYING
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has affirmed the underlying 'A+' rating on outstanding Dormitory Authority of the State of New York upstate community colleges revenue bonds, including $54,080,000 series 2005C bonds that are being converted to fixed-rate bonds. ... more info

5 Nov 2008 : FITCH RATES MUNICIPAL ELECTRIC AUTHORITY OF GEORGIA'S $297MM 2008C & 2008D BONDS 'A+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'A+' rating to the following bonds for the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia : ... more info

5 Nov 2008 : FITCH RATES MINNESOTA'S $42MM 911 REVENUE BONDS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' rating to $42,085,000 State of Minnesota 911 revenue bonds , series 2008. The bonds, scheduled to sell through negotiation the week of Nov. 17, mature June 1, 2009-2024 and are callable beginning June 1, 2018. ... more info

29 Oct 2008: DON'T BAIL OUT OF THE MARKET NOW
Question: I know market timing is a loser's game. However, I do think there is abundant evidence that the next 12-18 months are going to be very difficult for equities. Do you see any merit in trimming some equity holdings, parking the proceeds in short-term bonds or cash, and committing to immediately dollar-cost averaging back into the market on a monthly fixed schedule? ... more info

16 Oct 2008: FOREIGN INVESTORS HIT THE ROAD
Foreign investors are still showing a voracious appetite for U.S. Treasury bonds...but they're selling everything else the United States has to offer. ... more info

4 Nov 2008 : S & P ASSIGNS AQUA PENNSYLVANIA 'AA-' SECURED DEBT RATING
BRYN MAWR, Pa.----Aqua America, Inc. announced today that Standard and Poor's has assigned its ‘AA-' secured debt rating and ‘1+' recovery rating to the $80 million tax-free First Mortgage Bonds planned for issuance by the company's largest subsidiary, Aqua Pennsylvania, Inc. ... more info

4 Nov 2008: IRISH YIELDS RISE AS STRAIN GROWS IN BONDS
Ireland is the latest country forced to pay buyers of its debt premiums over comparable German bonds to overcome strains in the euro-zone bond market. ... more info

4 Nov 2008: IRISH YIELDS RISE AS STRAIN GROWS IN BONDS
Ireland is the latest country forced to pay buyers of its debt premiums over comparable German bonds to overcome strains in the euro-zone bond market. ... more info

4 Nov 2008 : FITCH RATES DORMITORY AUTH OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK $650MM INCOME TAX BONDS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' rating to approximately $650 million Dormitory Authority of the State of New York state personal income tax revenue bonds, consisting of series 2008B new money bonds and series 2008C and series 2008C refunding bonds. ... more info

4 Nov 2008 : FITCH RATES $18.1MM AMERICAN ACADEMY CHARTER SCHOOL, CO, REVENUE BONDS 'BBB+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned a 'BBB+' rating to Colorado Educational and Cultural Facilities Authority approximately $18.1 million charter school revenue bonds, series 2008 , issued on behalf of the American Academy Charter School . ... more info

4 Nov 2008 : FITCH RATES HUNTINGTON, NEW YORK'S GOS 'AA+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA+' rating to the Town of Huntington, New York's $10.9 million public improvement serial bonds, series 2008A, and $2.9 million water district serial bonds, series 2007B. ... more info

4 Nov 2008 : FITCH RATES KANSAS DOT BANK BONDS 'AA'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a long-term 'AA' rating and Stable Rating Outlook to existing and potential bank bonds corresponding to the following State of Kansas Department of Transportation adjustable-rate bonds: ... more info

4 Nov 2008 : FITCH RATES WELLSPAN HEALTH (GENERAL AUTHORITY OF SOUTHCENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA) 2008 REVS
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns the General Authority of Southcentral Pennsylvania's 2008 revenue bonds the following ratings: ... more info

4 Nov 2008 : CONCORD DEBT HOLDINGS LLC EXTENDS REPURCHASE DATE UNDER A REPURCHASE AGREEMENT, REPURCHASES CDO BONDS AND RECEIVES ADDITIONAL CAPITAL CONTRIBUTION
Concord Debt Holdings LLC , a joint venture debt platform among Winthrop Realty Trust , Lexington Realty Trust , and a subsidiary of Inland American Real Estate Trust Inc. announced today that: ... more info

4 Nov 2008 : FITCH RATES MONMOUTH CNTY IMPROVEMENT AUTH, NJ 2008 GTD GOVERNMENTAL LOAN REVS 'AAA'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AAA' rating to Monmouth County Improvement Authority , NJ's approximately $41 million county guaranteed governmental loan revenue bonds, series 2008 . ... more info

3 Nov 2008: CONVERTIBLES PUT SQUEEZE ON SOME FUNDS
Pain in the market for convertible bonds is crippling big hedge funds and cutting off a key avenue of financing for many companies. ... more info

3 Nov 2008 : FITCH RATES MICHIGAN STATE BLDG AUTHORITY'S $200MM REVS 'A+'; OUTLOOK NEGATIVE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns its 'A+' rating to the $200 million state of Michigan State Building Authority 2008 revenue and revenue refunding bonds, series I . The bonds are expected to be offered through negotiation on November 6. ... more info

3 Nov 2008 : FITCH RATES TRINITY HEALTH (MICHIGAN) VRDBS AND CP 'F1+'
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings has assigned short-term ratings of 'F1+' to Trinity Health Credit Group based on its self-liquidity for the following variable-rate demand bonds : ... more info

3 Nov 2008 : FITCH RATES ADVOCATE HEALTH CARE (ILLINOIS) $180MM SER 2008D BDS 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA' rating to Advocate Health Network's anticipated $180 million of series 2008D bonds to be issued through the Illinois Finance Authority. ... more info

3 Nov 2008 : UK PRINCE CALLS FOR AGENCY TO HELP FORESTS
Britain's Prince Charles has called for the establishment of an international agency to issue long-term environmental bonds to provide emergency funding to rainforest nations and protect the world's endangered forests ... more info

29 Oct 2008: DON'T BAIL OUT OF THE MARKET NOW
Question: I know market timing is a loser's game. However, I do think there is abundant evidence that the next 12-18 months are going to be very difficult for equities. Do you see any merit in trimming some equity holdings, parking the proceeds in short-term bonds or cash, and committing to immediately dollar-cost averaging back into the market on a monthly fixed schedule? ... more info

16 Oct 2008: FOREIGN INVESTORS HIT THE ROAD
Foreign investors are still showing a voracious appetite for U.S. Treasury bonds...but they're selling everything else the United States has to offer. ... more info

31 Oct 2008: FITCH RATES JEA'S (FLORIDA) $75.5MM BULK POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM SCHERER 4 BONDS 'AA-'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA-' rating to JEA's $77.5 million Bulk Power Supply System Scherer 4 Project revenue bonds, series 2008A. The Scherer 4 Project bonds are expected to price on Nov. 13, 2008 and will finance a portion of JEA's five-year, $152 million capital plan for Scherer Unit 4, most of which will support environmental upgrades. ... more info

31 Oct 2008: FITCH RATES OKLAHOMA STUDENT LOAN AUTHORITY 2008II A-1 'AA-/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned 'AA-/F1+' ratings to Oklahoma Student Loan Authority's $175,305,000 student loan bonds and notes, senior variable-rate demand obligations , series 2008II A-1 Bonds . ... more info

31 Oct 2008: FITCH AFFIRMS 9 CLASSES OF MISSISSIPPI HIGHER EDUCATION ASSISTANCE CORP, 1993 MASTER TRUST
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has affirmed 9 classes from the Federal Family Education Loan Program student loan revenue bonds issued by Mississippi Higher Education Assistance Corporation. ... more info

31 Oct 2008: FITCH RATES EMPIRE STATE DEVELOPMENT CORP.'S (NEW YORK) $664MM RFDG REVS 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'A+' rating to approximately $664 million Empire State Development Corporation service contract revenue refunding bonds, series 2008D, scheduled to sell the week of Nov. 3, 2008 through negotiation. ... more info

31 Oct 2008: FITCH UPGRADES SUNNYSIDE PROPERTIES, FL, BONDS TO 'BBB+' FROM 'BBB-'
TAMPA, Fla.----Fitch Ratings has upgraded its rating to 'BBB+' from 'BBB-' on the currently outstanding $2.3 million Sarasota County Health Facilities Authority health facilities revenue refunding bonds, series 1995 . ... more info

31 Oct 2008: FITCH U.S. MUNI SURVEILLANCE: WISCONSIN'S PETROLEUM FEE BONDS AFFIRMED AT 'AA-/F1+'
NEW YORK----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings has affirmed the following outstanding ratings for the State of Wisconsin : ... more info

31 Oct 2008: FITCH U.S. MUNI SURVEILLANCE: SOUTH CAROLINA HERITAGE TRUST'S REVS AFFIRMED AT 'A'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch affirms the underlying 'A' rating on approximately $18 million in outstanding Trustees of the South Carolina Heritage Trust revenue bonds, series 2006. ... more info

31 Oct 2008: FITCH RATES NEW HAMPSHIRE'S $150MM GO BONDS 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA' rating to the State of New Hampshire's approximately $150 million general obligation capital improvement bonds 2008 series C, scheduled to sell the week of Nov. 3. ... more info

31 Oct 2008: FITCH U.S. MUNI SURVEILLANCE: MICHIGAN NATURAL RESOURCE COMMISSION REVS AFFIRMED AT 'A+'
NEW YORK----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings affirms the 'A+' rating of the Natural Resource Commission of the State of Michigan State Park gross revenue bonds, series 2002. ... more info

31 Oct 2008: FITCH RATES WIDENER UNIVERSITY, PENNSYLVANIA'S $34MM REVS 'A-'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings affirms the 'A-' rating on Widener University's $84.3 million of parity revenue bonds and $33.7 million series 2005 revenue bonds issued by the Pennsylvania Higher Educational Facilities Authority. ... more info

30 Oct 2008: FITCH RATES MUNICIPALITY OF ANCHORAGE, ALASKA'S $89.8MM GO BONDS 'AA'
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to the Municipality of Anchorage, Alaska's , $89.8 million 2008 general obligation bonds. The bonds consist of $60 million general purpose series A and $29.8 million schools series B. ... more info

30 Oct 2008: FITCH RATES GRAND PRAIRIE, TEXAS $9MM GOS & $27MM COS 'AA'; OUTLOOK TO POSITIVE
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to the city of Grand Prairie, Texas' $9 million general obligation bonds , series 2008 and $26.6 million combination tax and revenue certificates of obligation , series 2008A. ... more info

30 Oct 2008: FITCH RATES GRAND PRAIRIE, TEXAS'S $4.9MM WATER & SEWER REVS 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns its 'AA' rating to Grand Prairie, Texas' $4.9 million water and wastewater system revenue bonds, new series 2008. In addition, the 'AA' rating is affirmed on the city's $7.7 million of outstanding prior lien bonds and $56.8 million of outstanding parity bonds. ... more info

30 Oct 2008: FITCH RATES COOK COUNTY, IL'S BANK BONDS 'AA'; OUTLOOK NEGATIVE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings assigns a long-term rating of 'AA' to bank bonds corresponding to Cook County, Illinois' general obligation variable-rate capital improvement bonds, series 2004E. ... more info

30 Oct 2008: FITCH RATES INDIANA HOUSING'S $140MM 2008 SERIES A BONDS
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AAA' to the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority $140 million single-family mortgage revenue bonds, 2008 series A-1 & A-3 and 'AAA/F1+' to the 2008 series A-2 variable-rate demand bonds. ... more info

30 Oct 2008: FITCH RTES NORTH CAROLINA STATE ED ASSISTANCE AUTH STUDENT LN REV & RFDG BNDS SR 2008-2 'AA/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA/F1+' rating to North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority's $309,855,000 tax-exempt education loan revenue and refunding bonds senior 2008-2 series . ... more info

30 Oct 2008: MEXICO BUYS BACK GOVERNMENT DEBT TO EASE LIQUIDITY
Mexico moved to inject cash into its credit-squeezed financial markets on Thursday, saying it will buy back $3 billion in 10- to 30-year fixed rate government bonds. ... more info

30 Oct 2008: OVER US$5 TRILLION OF SUSTAINABLE INVESTING FUNDS AVAILABLE TO RELAUNCH THE GLOBAL ECONOMY, SAY AUTHORS OF NEW EARTHSCAN BOOK
LONDON----Investors have allocated over US$5trillion to Sustainable Investing strategies that could kick-start an economic recovery strategy. In their new book Sustainable Investing, Cary Krosinsky and Nick Robins highlight that Sustainable Investing funds already amount to more than US$5trillion, and calculate that up to a quarter of public equities, as well as corporate and government bonds, incorporate parts of the sustainability agenda. ... more info

29 Oct 2008: DON'T BAIL OUT OF THE MARKET NOW
Question: I know market timing is a loser's game. However, I do think there is abundant evidence that the next 12-18 months are going to be very difficult for equities. Do you see any merit in trimming some equity holdings, parking the proceeds in short-term bonds or cash, and committing to immediately dollar-cost averaging back into the market on a monthly fixed schedule? ... more info

30 Oct 2008: METALDYNE LAUNCHES CASH TENDER OFFER FOR ITS BONDS
Metaldyne Corporation today announced it has launched a cash tender offer for 100% of its outstanding bonds, which have a combined aggregate principal amount of $392.2 million. Cash for the tender offer, along with cash for general funding purposes, will be provided by Asahi Tec, Metaldyne's parent company, after receiving funds from RHJ International, Asahi Tec's largest shareholder, and certain of Metaldyne's customers. ... more info

29 Oct 2008: ITALY SET TO AID BANKING SECTOR
Italian Premier Berlusconi said the government was prepared to buy bank bonds and savings shares to help lenders cope with the global financial crisis. ... more info

29 Oct 2008: FITCH AFFIRMS 8 CLASSES FROM ARIZONA HIGHER EDUCATION LOAN AUTHORITY 2005 INDENTURE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has affirmed 8 classes of education loan revenue bonds issued by Arizona Higher Education Loan Authority 2005 Indenture. The indenture was placed 'Under Analysis' through the monthly SMARTView process due to variance in performance. ... more info

29 Oct 2008: FITCH RATES NEW YORK CITY TFA $400MM BUILDING AID REVS 'A+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'A+' rating to the New York City Transitional Finance Authority's $400 million building aid revenue bonds, fiscal 2009 series S-2. The bonds are scheduled to sell through negotiation this week. ... more info

29 Oct 2008: FITCH RATES NEW JERSEY TRANSPORTATION TFA'S $750MM BONDS 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A+' rating to the New Jersey Transportation Trust Fund Authority's approximately $750,000,000 transportation system bonds, 2008 series A. The bonds, which mature Dec. 15, 2023-2038, are expected to be offered through negotiation on Nov. 13, 2008. ... more info

29 Oct 2008: BRUSSELS MUST START ISSUING SOVEREIGN DEBT
EU countries will not be able to compete until they develop a unified market for bonds denominated in euros, write Daniel Gros and Stefano Micossi ... more info

29 Oct 2008: FITCH RATES PALM BEACH CNTY, FLORIDA'S $97.1MM NON-AD-VALOREM BNDS 'AA+'
TAMPA, Fla.----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA+' rating to Palm Beach County, Florida's approximately $97.1 million public improvement revenue bonds, series 2008-2. The bonds are scheduled to price on or after Nov. 5 via negotiation; proceeds will be used to provide $43.3 million to the Max Planck Florida Corporation for infrastructure with the remaining $53.8 refunding outstanding Sunshine State commercial paper. ... more info

29 Oct 2008: STOCKS UP ON RATE CUT HOPES BUT OUTLOOK CLOUDY
Asian stocks and government bonds rallied on Wednesday, on hopes the Bank of Japan and the Federal Reserve will cut interest rates this week to spur growth, while credit markets continued to show signs of recovery. ... more info

28 Oct 2008: FITCH RATES LOS ANGELES (CA) DEPT OF WATER & POWER, POWER SYSTEM REVS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
TAMPA, Fla.----Fitch Ratings assigns its 'AA-' underlying rating to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's power system revenue bonds, series 2008A-1 and 2008A-2 and affirms the 'AA-' rating on LADWP's outstanding $4.7 billion in power system revenue bonds. ... more info

28 Oct 2008: CORPORATE BOND RATES KEEP RISING, PORTEND DEFAULTS
The recent decline in bank-to-bank lending rates is having no effect on corporate bonds, which continue to plunge in value -- a sign that the market believes more loan defaults and a wave of bankruptcies are ahead for U.S. companies. ... more info

28 Oct 2008: FITCH RATES SOUTH BAYSIDE SYSTEM AUTHORITY'S (CALIFORNIA) $45.5MM WASTEWATER REVS 'A+'
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'A+' rating to the South Bayside System Authority's $45.5 million 2008 wastewater revenue bonds. The bonds are scheduled to price as early as the week of Nov. 3 via a competitive sale, with proceeds to be used to construct improvements to the authority's wastewater system, fund a debt service reserve, and pay costs of issuance. ... more info

28 Oct 2008: FITCH RATES MTA'S (NEW YORK) $250M BONDS 'AA/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns 'AA/F1+' rating to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Transportation Revenue Variable Rate Bonds, consisting of: ... more info

28 Oct 2008: FITCH RATES METROPOLITAN TRANSPORTATION AUTH, NEW YORK'S BANK BONDS 'A'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned a long-term underlying rating of 'A' to approximately $250 million of bank bonds corresponding to variable rate demand notes , series 2005D issued by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, NY as follows: ... more info

28 Oct 2008: FITCH CONFIRMS CALIFORNIA STATEWIDE COM DEV AUTH VRDBS (RL GROUP, LLC) SER 1998C 'AA-/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings confirms the 'AA-/F1+' rating assigned to the $2,250,000 California Statewide Communities Development Authority weekly adjustable / fixed rate industrial development revenue bonds , Series 1998C. ... more info

28 Oct 2008: FITCH RATES NEBRASKA MUNICIPAL ENERGY AGENCY'S $76MM 2008A REVS 'A'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'A' rating to the Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska's $75.91 million 2008 series A subordinate power supply system revenue bonds. At the same time, Fitch has affirmed the 'A' on MEAN's outstanding prior lien and subordinate lien bonds. ... more info

27 Oct 2008: FITCH CONFIRMS FLORIDA GAS UTILITY PREPAID GAS PROJECT AT 'AA/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings confirms the 'AA' rating on Florida Gas Utility's Gas Supply Acquisition Project No. 2 revenue bonds , following the downgrade of UBS AG to 'A+'; Stable Outlook . ... more info

27 Oct 2008: FITCH RTS CHARLOTTE, NC CHARLOTTE/DOUGLAS INT'L AIRPORT VR AIRPORT REVS, SER 2008D 'AA+/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AA+/F1+ to the $40,585,000 City of Charlotte, North Carolina Charlotte/Douglas International Airport variable rate airport refunding revenue bonds, series 2008D . ... more info

27 Oct 2008: FITCH RATES $40M SERIES 2008 D CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA AIRPORT REVS 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A+' rating to Charlotte, North Carolina's $40 million airport revenue and refunding bonds series 2008D, and affirms the outstanding rating of A+ on the authority's approximately $506 million in airport revenue bonds. ... more info

27 Oct 2008: FITCH WITHDRAWS RATING ON NORFOLK, VIRGINIA'S GO RFDG BONDS
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings withdraws the 'AA' rating assigned to Norfolk, Virginia's approximately $17.5 million general obligation capital improvement refunding bonds, series 2008D, originally scheduled to sell on Sept. 24, 2008. ... more info

27 Oct 2008: FITCH TAKES VARIOUS RATING ACTIONS ON FIFTH THIRD BANK BACKED MUNI BONDS
NEW YORK----In conjunction with the recent downgrade of Fifth Third Bancorp and its subsidiaries long-term Issuer Default Ratings , Fitch Ratings has taken various rating actions on municipal bonds with letters of credit and liquidity facilities provided by FITB. ... more info

24 Oct 2008: FITCH RATES LAKELAND HOSPITAL'S (MICHIGAN) $123.65MM 2002, 2003, & 2006 VRDBS 'AA-'
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings has assigned 'AA-' underlying ratings to the Hospital Finance Authority of the City of St. Joseph's $123,650,000 variable-rate demand revenue bonds, , series 2002, 2003 and series 2006. ... more info

24 Oct 2008: FITCH AFFS EDA OF GLOUCESTER COUNTY, VIRGINIA LEASE REV RFDG BONDS AT 'A'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch affirms the 'A' rating on the Economic Development Authority of Gloucester County, Virginia's approximately $8.1 million in outstanding lease revenue refunding bonds , series 2006. . ... more info

24 Oct 2008: FITCH RATES CHICAGO BOARD OF ED, ILLINOIS BANK BONDS 'A+'; OUTLOOK POSITIVE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings has assigned a long-term rating of 'A+' to bank bonds corresponding to the board of education of the city of Chicago's unlimited tax general obligation bonds , series 2005E-1 and 2005E-2. ... more info

24 Oct 2008: FITCH CONFIRMS LIPA'S (NEW YORK) $369MM 2008B ELECTRIC SYSTEM REVS AT 'A-'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings confirms the Long Island Power Authority's up to $369 million series 2008B electric system general revenue bonds at 'A-'. The Rating Outlook is Negative. ... more info

24 Oct 2008: FITCH RATES CALIFORNIA MUNICIPAL FINANCE AUTHORITY VRDBS GOODWILL INDUSTRIES 2008 'AA/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AA/F1+' to the California Municipal Finance Authority's $7,700,000 variable rate demand revenue bonds , series 2008. ... more info

24 Oct 2008: FITCH DOWNGRADES TEAC 2006C PREPAID GAS PROJECT IN LINE WITH PROJECT PARTICIPANTS
NEW YORK----Following a review of the underlying participants in the Tennessee Energy Acquisition Corp 2006C gas prepay project where MBIA acts a surety bond provider for the projects' seven participants, Fitch has downgraded the bonds to 'A-' from 'AA-' and removed them from Rating Watch Negative. ... more info

24 Oct 2008: FITCH AFFIRMS 'BBB' ON TRIP II (DULLES GREENWAY) TOLL ROAD REVENUE BONDS
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings affirms its 'BBB' rating on Toll Road Investors Partnership II, L.P. Dulles Greenway Project revenue bonds, consisting of: $35.0 million current interest bonds, series 1999A; $438.8 million zero coupon bonds, series 1999 B; $162.4 million senior callable zero coupon bonds, series 2005 A; $53.8 million senior callable zero coupon bonds, series 2005 B; and $174.4 million senior zero coupon bonds, series 2005 C. ... more info

24 Oct 2008: FITCH UPGRADES CHELAN (WA) PUBLIC UTILITY DIST $1B REV BNDS TO 'AA+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings upgrades Chelan County Public Utility District No. 1 , Washington's approximately $1 billion senior and subordinated consolidated system revenue bonds and hydroelectric project revenue bonds to 'AA+' from 'AA'. ... more info

24 Oct 2008: THE KESTON INSTITUTE TO HOST FORUM "ASSESSING PERFORMANCE AND PROGRESS" OF CALIFORNIA'S 2006 INFRASTRUCTURE BONDS
----On November 7, 2006 California voters approved over $42 Billion in General Obligation Bonds to fund transportation, flood control, school construction, housing, and water supply protection. ... more info

24 Oct 2008: ASSURED GUARANTY TO REINSURE $13B IN MUNI BONDS
Bond insurer Assured Guaranty Ltd. said late Thursday it will reinsure about $13 billion of public finance debt originally insured by CIFG Assurance North America. ... more info

24 Oct 2008: ASIA STOCKS EXTEND SLIDE ON DOUR EARNINGS OUTLOOK
Asian stocks fell on Friday, led by a 4 percent drop in Japan's Nikkei, as the global economic slowdown slashed earnings prospects for an array of companies, forcing investors to look to safer government bonds. ... more info

23 Oct 2008: FITCH RATES RIVERSIDE COUNTY, CALIFORNIA'S $60.5MM LEASE REVS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK NEGATIVE
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' rating to approximately $17.5 million Southwest Communities Financing Authority's 2008 lease revenue bonds series A and $43 million County of Riverside certificates of participation 2008 series A. ... more info

23 Oct 2008: WORDS VEX MORTGAGE INVESTORS
Risk premiums on Fannie and Freddie debt securities reversed course amid confusion over the extent of the U.S. guarantee of these bonds. ... more info

23 Oct 2008: WORDS VEX MORTGAGE INVESTORS
Risk premiums on Fannie and Freddie debt securities reversed course amid confusion over the extent of the U.S. guarantee of these bonds. ... more info

23 Oct 2008: FITCH RATES CATHOLIC HEALTH INITIATIVES (COLORADO) 2008 BONDS 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA' rating to bonds to be issued on behalf of Catholic Health Initiatives by various issuers in Colorado, Tennessee, Ohio and Washington. The total bond size is expected to be between $300 million and $470 million. ... more info

23 Oct 2008: FITCH RATES MISSOURI HIGHWAYS & TRANSPORTATION $150MM BONDS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a 'AA-' rating to approximately $150 million Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission Federal Reimbursement State Road Bonds, series 2008A. The Rating Outlook is Stable. ... more info

23 Oct 2008: FITCH AFFIRMS BEAVER CREEK METRO DISTRICT (COLORADO) GOS AT 'A'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings, as part of ongoing surveillance, has affirmed the 'A' rating for Beaver Creek Metropolitan District, Colorado's approximately $4.3 million in outstanding general obligation bonds series 1998 and $692,000 in outstanding general obligation refunding bonds, series 2001. ... more info

23 Oct 2008: FITCH RATES OKLAHOMA CAPITOL IMPROVEMENT AUTH'S $13MM SUPREME COURT PROJECT LEASE REVS 'AA-'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA-' rating to the Oklahoma Capitol Improvement Authority's $13,000,000 state facilities revenue bonds, series 2008B . The bonds are expected through negotiation Nov. 4, 2008 and are due July 1, 2010-24. ... more info

23 Oct 2008: INVESTORS PUZZLE OVER FAN-FRED COMMENTS
Risk premiums on Fannie and Freddie debt reversed course on continued confusion over the extent of government guarantee for these bonds. ... more info

23 Oct 2008: INVESTORS PUZZLE OVER FAN-FRED COMMENTS
Risk premiums on Fannie and Freddie debt reversed course on continued confusion over the extent of government guarantee for these bonds. ... more info

22 Oct 2008: FITCH REVISES NEW YORK STATE'S RATING OUTLOOK TO STABLE; AFFIRMS 'AA-' GOS
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has revised the Rating Outlook on the State of New York's general obligation bonds to Stable from Positive. Fitch has also affirmed the 'AA-' rating on the state's approximately $3 billion in outstanding GO bonds. ... more info

22 Oct 2008: FITCH RATES $11.5MM ALBUQUERQUE, NM GROSS RECEIPTS TAX RFDG REVS SER 2008B 'AA'
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns its 'AA' rating to Albuquerque , New Mexico's $11.5 million gross receipts tax refunding revenue bonds, series 2008B. In addition, Fitch affirms its 'AA' rating on the city's outstanding ... more info

22 Oct 2008: ANNUAL SESSIONS, WATER BONDS ALSO FACE ARK. VOTERS
Amid an Arkansas ballot crowded by presidential candidates, a lottery proposal and a measure banning unmarried couples from adopting, supporters of less-divisive state measures worry their messages may get drowned out in a sea of choices. ... more info

22 Oct 2008: ALA. OFFICIALS ASK COURT TO CLARIFY BOND CONTRACT
State officials have decided to ask a federal judge to determine if Alabama must follow a contract that calls for the refinancing of bonds approved in 1998 for school construction. ... more info

22 Oct 2008: FITCH RATES CALIFORNIA POLLUTION CONTROL FINANCING AUTHORITY 2008A BURRTEC WASTE REVS 'AA-/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned 'AA-/F1+' ratings to the California Pollution Control Financing Authority's $25,500,000 variable-rate demand solid waste disposal revenue bonds , series 2008A. ... more info

22 Oct 2008: ADVISER URGES NEW ORLEANS TO PUT OFF BOND SALE
The city should wait to sell $80 million in bonds for infrastructure projects until early next year, if possible, given the national economic turmoil and the below-investment grade bond rating the city still holds from Standard & Poor's, a financial adviser said. ... more info

22 Oct 2008: UNIV. OF OKLA. CONSIDERS ISSUING $63M IN BONDS
University of Oklahoma regents on Wednesday will consider approving the issuance of $63.46 million in bonds, even as the nation's banking system is in the throes of a credit crunch. ... more info

22 Oct 2008: HONG KONG BANKER DEFENDS PEERS IN LEHMAN FALLOUT
A prominent Hong Kong banker on Wednesday defended his peers against allegations that they deceived retail investors into buying bonds backed by Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., investments now in doubt after the U.S. investment bank failed amid the financial crisis. ... more info

22 Oct 2008: NEW TAX RULES WOULD ALLOW NYC TEAMS TO FLOAT BONDS
Updated tax rules issued Tuesday limit the way tax-exempt bonds can be used to pay for sports facilities but don't block the New Jersey Nets, New York Yankees and New York Mets from using billions of dollars in bonds to help pay for their new homes, state and city officials said. ... more info

22 Oct 2008: FDIC-BACKED BONDS MAKE SENSE FOR PATIENT INVESTORS ()
Today's offering of Barclays debt is an important test. ... more info

22 Oct 2008: MEMPHIS WELCOMES BLUE EARTH SOLUTIONS, INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT BOARD APPROVES $9 MILLION INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT BONDS FOR NEW FOAM RECYCLING FACILITY
CLERMONT, Fla.----Blue Earth Solutions, Inc. today announced that it has been granted approval on its fourth in a series of planned municipal bond offerings nationwide for the construction of StyroSolve™ foam recycling facilities. ... more info

22 Oct 2008: WHY STOCK PICKING IS A LOSING GAME
Imagine that the Man Upstairs is really, really pleased with you and has decided to make you fabulously wealthy. How would He do it? The simplest way would be to give you a bunch of no-brainer opportunities to make a killing on stocks and bonds. Then He'd put on this earth a host of suckers willing to take the opposite side of your bets. ... more info

21 Oct 2008: FITCH RATES PITTSBURG REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY, CALIFORNIA $73.8MM TABS 'A-'
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'A-' rating to the Redevelopment Agency of the City of Pittsburg, CA's $73.8 million Los Medanos Community Development Project subordinate tax allocation refunding bonds, 2008 series A. ... more info

21 Oct 2008: FITCH RATES PALOMAR POMERADO HEALTH, CALIFORNIA'S $110MM GOS 'AA-'
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' rating to Palomar Pomerado Health, California's $110 million general obligation bonds, election of 2004, series 2008A. The bonds are scheduled to sell via negotiation the week of Nov. 10. ... more info

21 Oct 2008: FITCH RATES OKLAHOMA CAPITOL IMPROVEMENT AUTHORITY'S $27MM NATIVE AMERICAN PROJECT REVS 'AA-'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA-' rating to the Oklahoma Capitol Improvement Authority's $27,000,000 state facilities revenue bonds, series 2008A . The bonds are expected through negotiation Oct. 28,2008 and are due July 1, 2010-25. ... more info

21 Oct 2008: FITCH RATES MONTGOMERY COLLEGE'S (MARYLAND) 2008A LEASE REVS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' rating to the approximately $22,980,000 of Montgomery County Revenue Authority Lease Revenue Bonds, Series 2008A issued on behalf of the Montgomery College Foundation for the benefit of Montgomery College . ... more info

21 Oct 2008: FITCH PLACES 'CCC' RATED COMMONWEALTH N. MARIANA ISLANDS AIRPORT BONDS ON WATCH NEGATIVE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has placed $16.5 million in outstanding Commonwealth Ports Authority , Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands , airport revenue bonds, 1998 senior series A, on Rating Watch Negative. ... more info

21 Oct 2008: BARCLAYS CLOSE TO SELLING GOVERNMENT-BACKED BONDS
Barclays PLC, Britain's second largest bank, Tuesday confirmed a report by Cazenove bank that it is close to selling at least 1 billion pounds worth of bonds backed by the British government. ... more info

21 Oct 2008: FITCH RATES WASHINGTON HEALTH CARE FACIL AUTH (SEATTLE CANCER CARE ALLIANCE) $90MM BONDS 'A+'
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'A+' rating to the expected issuance of approximately $90 million Washington Health Care Facilities Authority revenue and refunding bonds series 2008 on behalf of Seattle Cancer Care Alliance . ... more info

21 Oct 2008: NEW INSURER OF MUNIS IS LICENSED
A new bond insurer backed by Macquarie Group and Citadel Investment Group received regulatory approval to write guarantees on U.S. municipal bonds. ... more info

20 Oct 2008: FITCH UPGRADES DIXON USD NO. 170 (IL) GO RFDG BONDS TO 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
CHICAGO----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings upgrades to 'A+' from 'A' the rating on Dixon Unit School District No. 170 , Illinois' outstanding $2.3 million general obligation refunding bonds, series 2003. ... more info

20 Oct 2008: FITCH RATES SANTEE COOPER'S (SOUTH CAROLINA) $500MM 2008 BONDS 'AA'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned 'AA' ratings to the following tax exempt and taxable revenue obligation bonds for South Carolina Public Service Authority : ... more info

20 Oct 2008: FITCH RATES SUFFOLK COUNTY, NEW YORK'S $88MM BONDS 'AA-' & $85MM TANS 'F1+'; OUTLOOK POSITIVE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA-' rating to Suffolk County, New York's approximately $87.9 million public improvement serial bonds - 2008 series B and an 'F1+' to the county's $85 million tax anticipation notes 2008 . ... more info

20 Oct 2008: FITCH RATES NEW YORK CITY MUNICIPAL WATER FINANCE AUTH'S $200MM FISCAL 2009 SER A REVS 'AA'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA' rating to New York City Municipal Water Finance Authority's approximately $200 million water and sewer system revenue bonds, fiscal 2009 series A. ... more info

20 Oct 2008: FITCH RATES TEXAS PERMANENT UNIVERSITY FUND 2008A BONDS 'AAA/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA/F1+' rating to $400,905,000 of Board of Regents of the University of Texas System variable-rate permanent university fund bonds, series 2008A bonds. ... more info

20 Oct 2008: FITCH: DOWNGRADES OF CREDIT-CARD BONDS COULD RISE
Credit ratings agency Fitch Ratings said Monday that ratings downgrades to credit card asset-backed securities could increase in the near future as lending margins narrow while defaults continue to climb. ... more info

20 Oct 2008: FITCH RATES MEDAMERICA'S (OHIO) $350MM 2008 BONDS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
CHICAGO & NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' rating to the expected issuance of up to $350 million of series 2008A-D revenue and refunding bonds to be issued on behalf of MedAmerica Health Systems-Miami Valley Hospital listed below. ... more info

17 Oct 2008: ROUT TO RICHES IN CORPORATE BONDS?
The rout in the normally sedate world of high-quality corporate bonds could represent a buying opportunity for investors chasing higher yields. ... more info

17 Oct 2008: FITCH RATES MICHIGAN'S $368MM GOS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK NEGATIVE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned 'AA-' ratings to the following general obligation school loan refunding bonds to be issued by the State of Michigan : ... more info

17 Oct 2008: FITCH UPGRADES NORTH SLOPE BOROUGH, ALASKA GO BONDS TO 'A'; OUTLOOK STABLE
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A' rating to $44.5 million North Slope Borough general obligation bonds, series 2008A, and an 'F1' rating to the borough's $42.4 million GO refunding bonds, series 2008B. ... more info

17 Oct 2008: FITCH RATES CHICAGO, ILLINOIS $332MM 2ND LIEN WASTEWATER VRRBS SUBSERIES 2008C1-3 'AA+/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned a rating of 'AA+/F1+' to each subseries of the City of Chicago, second lien wastewater transmission variable rate revenue refunding bonds series 2008C consisting of: ... more info

17 Oct 2008: FITCH RTS $55.515M COLORADO HEALTH FACILITIES AUTH (NCMC, INC. PROJECT) HOSP REVS, 2008A&B 'AA/F1'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA/F1' rating to the Colorado Health Facilities Authority hospital revenue bonds , $39,085,000 series 2008A and $16,430,000 series 2008B. The long-term ratings assigned to the bonds are based jointly on the underlying rating assigned to the bonds , and the support provided by the LOC issued by Compass Bank securing the bonds. ... more info

17 Oct 2008: FITCH UPGRADES GRAND FIRE PROTECTION DIST. NO. 1, COLORADO GOS TO 'A'
AUSTIN, Texas----During the course of surveillance, Fitch upgrades the rating on the Grand Fire Protection District No. 1 of Grand County, CO series 2004 general obligation bonds to 'A' from 'A-'. ... more info

17 Oct 2008: SINGAPORE PROBES MISCONDUCT IN LEHMAN BOND SALES
Singapore's central bank said Friday it is investigating allegations of misconduct by commercial bank officials in connection with the sale of about 640 million Singapore dollars of bonds linked to bankrupt U.S. brokerage Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. ... more info

16 Oct 2008: BOND ETFS STRAYING FROM TRUE VALUE
Troubles in the credit markets have riled the most mundane sector of the ETF market: bonds. ... more info

16 Oct 2008: FITCH RATES WESTERN MUNICIPAL WATER DISTRICT (CALIFORNIA) BANS 'F1+'
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch rates the Western Municipal Water District of Riverside County, California's 2008 Refunding Bond Anticipation Notes 'F1+'. The note proceeds will refund the Series 2002 Adjustable Rate revenue bonds, currently outstanding as auction rate securities. ... more info

16 Oct 2008: FITCH RATES CLAY COUNTY, FLORIDA'S $79MM INFRASTRUCTURE SALES SURTAX REVENUE BONDS 'A+'
NEW YORK----Fitch assigns an 'A+' rating to Clay County, Florida's approximately $79 million infrastructure sales surtax revenue bonds, series 2008. The bonds are scheduled to price Oct. 28th. ... more info

16 Oct 2008: FITCH TAKES VARIOUS ACTIONS ON COLLEYVILLE, TEXAS' BONDS
NEW YORK----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch takes the following actions on Colleyville, Texas revenue bonds: ... more info

16 Oct 2008: 2 MAJOR LOUISIANA BRIDGE PROJECTS FACE CASH CRUNCH
Two longtime Louisiana bridge projects could face cash shortfalls because the nation's financial problems have dried up the market for the municipal bonds that are supposed to pay ongoing construction costs. ... more info

16 Oct 2008: FITCH RATES TRINITY HEALTH (MI) $1.3B SER 2008 BONDS 'AA'; AFFIRMS OUTSTANDING
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings assigns a long-term rating of 'AA' on the maximum expected issuance of $1.28 billion in series 2008A-D revenue and refunding bonds issued on behalf of Trinity Health Credit Group listed below. ... more info

16 Oct 2008: FITCH RATES PHILADELPHIA SCHOOL DISTRICT (PENNSYLVANIA) $397MM GOS 'A+'; OUTLOOK TO STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A+' rating to the School District of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania's approximately $284.4 million general obligation bonds, series E of 2008 and $112.7 million GO refunding bonds, series F of 2008 based on the Pennsylvania school bond enhancement program. ... more info

16 Oct 2008: FITCH RATES SAN DIEGO COUNTY, CALIFORNIA'S 2008 POBS 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings assigns a long-term rating of 'AA' to bank bonds corresponding to San Diego County, California taxable pension obligation bonds series 2008B-1 and 2008B-2. ... more info

16 Oct 2008: OVERSEAS INVESTORS PULL BACK ON U.S. BONDS
Foreign investors are still showing a voracious appetite for U.S. Treasury bonds...but they're selling everything else the United States has to offer. ... more info

16 Oct 2008: FITCH RATES NEW MEXICO FINANCE AUTHORITY $36.5M PPRF SENIOR REVS 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to the New Mexico Finance Authority's $36.5 million senior lien public project revolving fund revenue bonds, series 2008B. The bonds are scheduled to sell competitively on October 23rd. ... more info

16 Oct 2008: FOREIGN INVESTORS HIT THE ROAD
Foreign investors are still showing a voracious appetite for U.S. Treasury bonds...but they're selling everything else the United States has to offer. ... more info

16 Oct 2008: FOREIGN INVESTORS HIT THE ROAD
Foreign investors are still showing a voracious appetite for U.S. Treasury bonds...but they're selling everything else the United States has to offer. ... more info

16 Oct 2008: FOREIGN INVESTORS HIT THE ROAD
Foreign investors are still showing a voracious appetite for U.S. Treasury bonds...but they're selling everything else the United States has to offer. ... more info

16 Oct 2008: TWO NEW FIXED RATE ACCOUNTS FROM BRADFORD & BINGLEY INTERNATIONAL
ISLE OF MAN, British Isles----Savings specialist, Bradford & Bingley International has launched two new fixed rate savings bonds on the back of increased customer demand. ... more info

15 Oct 2008: FITCH RATES GROTON, CONNECTICUT'S 2008 GOS 'AA-' & BANS 'F1+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA-' rating to the town of Groton, CT's $4.3 million of 2008 general obligation bonds, lot A, and $3.3 million of 2008 GO sewer bonds, lot B. ... more info

15 Oct 2008: FITCH RATES WAYNE COUNTY AIRPORT AUTHORITY, MICHIGAN'S BANK BONDS 'A'; OUTLOOK NEGATIVE
CHICAGO & NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'A' underlying long-term rating to Wayne County Airport Authority, Michigan's approximately $30 million bank bonds corresponding to the variable rate demand obligations series 2008B which has a letter of credit from Landesbank Baden-Wurttemberg , acting through its New York Branch. ... more info

15 Oct 2008: FITCH RATES $350MM PROVIDENCE HEALTH & SVCS (CALIFORNIA) 'AA'; AFFS 'AA' L-T /'F1+' S-T RTGS
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned 'AA' long-term ratings to the expected $350 million issuance of California Health Facilities Financing Authority revenue bonds series 2008C on behalf of Providence Health & Services' . ... more info

15 Oct 2008: FITCH AFFIRMS NORTH SHORE-LIJ, NY BONDS 'A-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings affirms the 'A-' rating on North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System's approximately $869 million outstanding debt for the following bond issues. The Rating Outlook is Stable. ... more info

15 Oct 2008: FITCH RATES COXHEALTH'S (MISSOURI) BANK BONDS 'A'; OUTLOOK STABLE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'A' long-term rating to bank bonds corresponding to the Missouri Health and Educational Facilities Authority variable-rate demand health facilities revenue bonds, series 2008B and 2008C. ... more info

15 Oct 2008: FITCH RATES PPL ELECTRIC UTILITIES SR SECURED BONDS 'A-'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'A-' rating to the $400 million, 7.125% senior secured bonds issued by PPL Electric Utilities Corp. . The bonds mature Nov. 30, 2013. The Rating Outlook is Stable. ... more info

15 Oct 2008: FITCH WITHDRAWS SARASOTA COUNTY, FLORIDA'S INFRASTRUCTURE SALES SURTAX REVENUE BONDS RATING
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings withdraws the 'AA' rating assigned to Sarasota County's estimated $10.3 million infrastructure sales surtax revenue bonds, series 2008C on October 9, 2008. ... more info

15 Oct 2008: FITCH RATES RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA'S BANK BONDS 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a long-term underlying rating of 'AA' to bank bonds corresponding to variable rate certificates of participation , series 2005B issued by Raleigh, North Carolina . ... more info

15 Oct 2008: BANK-TO-BANK LENDING RATES CONTINUE TO SLIDE; BONDS RALLY
The credit markets continued to show signs of relief Wednesday, a day after the U.S. government announced plans to inject capital directly into banks by buying their stock. ... more info

15 Oct 2008: TEXAS WELCOMES BLUE EARTH SOLUTIONS, GULF COAST WASTE DISPOSAL AUTHORITY APPROVES $20 MILLION INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT BONDS AND TWO NEW FOAM RECYCLING FACILITIES
CLERMONT, Fla.----Blue Earth Solutions, Inc. today announced that it has been granted approval on its second of a series of planned municipal bond offerings nationwide for the construction of StyroSolve™ foam recycling facilities. ... more info

15 Oct 2008: MARKETAXESS TO HOST CONFERENCE CALL ANNOUNCING 2008 THIRD QUARTER RESULTS
MarketAxess Holdings Inc. , the operator of a leading electronic trading platform for U.S. and European high-grade corporate bonds, emerging markets bonds and other types of fixed-income securities, will announce its 2008 third quarter results on Wednesday, October 29, 2008. ... more info

15 Oct 2008: FITCH RATES NEW YORK CITY'S $345MM GOS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA-' rating to New York City's $345 million general obligation bonds fiscal 2009 series E, consisting of the following: ... more info

14 Oct 2008: FITCH RATES CONNECTICUT'S GENERAL OBLIGATIONS 'AA'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA' rating to $250 million in State of Connecticut general obligation bonds, series 2008C. The bonds are expected to sell via negotiation the week of October 20, and will mature Nov. 1, 2009-2028. ... more info

14 Oct 2008: FITCH DOWNGRADES RHODE ISLAND'S GOS TO 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings downgrades the rating of about $1 billion Rhode Island and Providence Plantations general obligation bonds to 'AA-' from 'AA' and removes the rating from Rating Watch Negative. ... more info

14 Oct 2008: FITCH: OUTLOOK TO NEGATIVE ON NORTHERN CALIFORNIA GAS AUTHORITY NO. 1 AFTER MORGAN STANLEY DOWNGRADE
NEW YORK----Fitch maintains the 'A' rating on Northern California Gas Authority No. 1 2007A,B prepay gas project bonds and revises the Outlook to Negative from Stable. The Outlook revision on the prepay bonds reflects Fitch's downgrade of Morgan Stanley's Issuer Default Rating to 'A' from 'AA-'/Negative Outlook. ... more info

14 Oct 2008: FITCH RATES FORNEY ISD (TEXAS) $35MM ULT 2008A BONDS 'A' UNDERLYING
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns an underlying 'A' rating to Forney Independent School District, Texas' $35 million unlimited tax school building bonds, series 2008A. In addition, Fitch affirms the district's approximately $214 million in outstanding unlimited tax bonds at 'A'. ... more info

14 Oct 2008: FITCH AFFIRMS SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS STARBRIGHT CONTRACT REVS AT 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
AUSTIN, Texas----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch affirms its rating of 'AA' on San Antonio, Texas's $23.6 million taxable contract revenue bonds, series 2003. The Rating Outlook is Stable. ... more info

14 Oct 2008: FITCH RATES SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS $10MM GEN IMPROVEMENT BONDS 'AA+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch assigns an 'AA+' rating to San Antonio, Texas's $10.2 million taxable general improvement refunding bonds, series 2008, scheduled to sell during the week of Oct. 20th via negotiated sale. ... more info

14 Oct 2008: FITCH RATES SAN JOSE REDEVEL AGENCY (CALIFORNIA) $100.5 MM TABS 'A-'; LOWERS OUTSTANDING TABS
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'A-' rating to the Redevelopment Agency of the City of San Jose's $100.5 million Merged Area Redevelopment Project tax allocation bonds , consisting of the following: ... more info

14 Oct 2008: FITCH TO CONFIRM CITY OF CHICAGO (ILLINOIS) $200MM GO VRDBS, RFDG 2007E, F & G AT 'AA/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings will confirm the 'AA/F1+' rating currently assigned to $200,000,000 City of Chicago, general obligation variable rate demand bonds , refunding series 2007, consisting of: $100,000,000 series 2007E; $80,000,000 series 2007F; and $20,000,000 series 2007G. ... more info

14 Oct 2008: MELTDOWN OVERSHADOWS PLANS FOR W.VA. COLLEGE FUNDS
West Virginia still plans to offer around $78 million in bonds to fund college campus construction projects, but officials say they realize there may be no buyers. ... more info

14 Oct 2008: WARM RECEPTION FOR CALIFORNIA BONDS
The first day of California's highly-anticipated bond offering has generated $1.465 billion in sales, or 37% of the state's $4 billion in revenue anticipation notes up for sale. ... more info

13 Oct 2008: FITCH RATES DENVER, COLORADO'S AIRPORT BANK BONDS 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch assigns a long-term underlying rating of 'A+' to bank bonds corresponding to variable rate demand obligations issued by the City and County of Denver, Colorado, , for and on behalf of its Department of Aviation series 2007G1-G2 airport system revenue bonds. ... more info

13 Oct 2008: MORGAN KEEGAN HIRED AS SENIOR MANAGING UNDERWRITER OF $50 MILLION BOND OFFERING OF NEW ORLEANS INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT BOARD
MEMPHIS, Tenn.----The Industrial Development Board of the City of New Orleans, Louisiana, Inc. will offer revenue bonds, series 2008A, in the amount of $50,000,000 on or about Monday, October 13 through Thursday, October 16, 2008.1 ... more info

13 Oct 2008: CATASTROPHE BONDS PROVE RESILIENT
Catastrophe-bond issuance has suffered amid the financial crisis, but insurers hope the complex products will be able to manage a comeback. ... more info

13 Oct 2008: CATASTROPHE BONDS PROVE RESILIENT
Catastrophe-bond issuance has suffered amid the financial crisis, but insurers hope the complex products will be able to manage a comeback. ... more info

13 Oct 2008: FITCH RATES METROPOLITAN TRANSPORTATION AUTH, NEW YORK'S $500MM REVS 'A'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A' rating to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, NY's approximately $500 million transportation revenue bonds, series 2008C. Bond proceeds will be used to finance a portion of the authority's transit and commuter projects and to pay the cost of issuance. ... more info

13 Oct 2008: CONN. TOWN FEELS EFFECTS OF FINANCIAL CRISIS
The upscale town of Avon is feeling the effects of the crisis on Wall Street. Local leaders are meeting Tuesday, hoping to sell $25.8 million in short-term bonds. The town needs to borrow the money to retire old debt, incurred while renovating Avon High School and the town hall. ... more info

13 Oct 2008: HK LEGISLATORS CRITICIZE REGULATORS OVER BONDS
Hong Kong legislators on Monday accused regulators of failing to monitor banks that sold billions of dollars worth of Lehman Brothers-backed bonds whose value is in doubt after the U.S. investment bank failed. ... more info

12 Oct 2008: SINGAPORE INVESTORS DECRY LOSSES FROM LEHMAN BONDS
Hundreds of distraught Singaporean investors flooded a park to express their anguish at losses from structured notes issued by Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. that they say were sold to them by banks as safe investments. ... more info

10 Oct 2008: CORPORATE BONDS SLIDE ALONG WITH STOCKS
Corporate bonds, which many investors often considered safer than stocks, have had their biggest declines ever in recent weeks. ... more info

10 Oct 2008: FITCH AFFS GAHANNA-JEFFERSON PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT, OHIO'S GOS AT 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings affirms its rating of 'AA' on Gahanna-Jefferson Public School District , Ohio's outstanding $7.6 million various purpose bonds, series 1999. ... more info

10 Oct 2008: LEHMAN DEBT AUCTION GIVES CLUE TO POTENTIAL LOSSES
Sellers of insurance on bonds issued by bankrupt Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. are now likely to face demands that they pay out more than 91 cents on the dollar to buyers of those insurance contracts. ... more info

10 Oct 2008: FITCH REVISES OUTLOOK ON UNITED CHURCH HOMES (OHIO) TO NEGATIVE; AFFIRMS 'BBB-' BONDS
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings has affirmed the 'BBB-' underlying rating on approximately $26.1 million County of Marion, Ohio health care facilities refunding and improvement revenue bonds, series 1993, issued on behalf of United Church Homes, Inc . ... more info

10 Oct 2008: FITCH AFFIRMS AURORA WEST SD NO. 129, ILLINOIS' QZAB CERTIFICATES AT 'A+'
CHICAGO----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings has affirmed at 'A+' the following qualified zone academy bonds for the Aurora West School District No. 129, Illinois : ... more info

10 Oct 2008: FITCH RATES INDIANA FINANCE AUTHORITY'S 2008 SISTERS OF ST. FRANCIS HEALTH REVS 'AAA/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned 'AAA/F1+' ratings to the Indiana Finance Authority's health system revenue refunding bonds, series 2008 consisting of the following: ... more info

9 Oct 2008 : IBM SELLS $3.9 BILLION IN CORPORATE BONDS
IBM Corp. sold $3.9 billion in bonds on Thursday, a sign that the stalwarts of the corporate world are still finding lenders. ... more info

9 Oct 2008 : FITCH U.S. MUNI SURVEILLANCE: MOULTON NIGUEL WATER DISTRICT, CALFORNIA GOS AFFIRMED AT 'AA'
NEW YORK----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings has affirmed Moulton Niguel Water District, CA's approximately $49.6 million of outstanding consolidated refunding bonds, series 2003 at 'AA'. ... more info

9 Oct 2008 : FITCH RATES SNOHOMISH PUD NO. 1 (WASHINGTON) SYSTEM REVS 'F1+'; UPGRADES L-T TO 'AA-'
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'F1+' rating to the Snohomish Public Utility District No. 1's $60 million, generation system revenue notes, series 2008A. Proceeds will refund Snohomish PUD's outstanding series 1995 generation bonds and fund a termination payment for the swap associated with those bonds as well as costs of issuance. ... more info

9 Oct 2008 : FITCH RATES NEW JERSEY ENVIRONMENTAL INFRASTRUCTURE TRUST'S $139MM BONDS 'AAA'
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust's $139.1 million environmental infrastructure bonds, series 2008A. The bonds are scheduled to sell competitively on October 29. ... more info

9 Oct 2008 : FITCH RATES FRISCO ISD, TEXAS' $136MM ULT GOS 'AAA' PSF/'A' UNDERLYING
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to Frisco Independent School District, Texas' $136 million unlimited tax school building and refunding bonds, series 2008A, based on the guaranty provided by the Texas Permanent School Fund , whose insurer strength is rated 'AAA' by Fitch. ... more info

9 Oct 2008 : FITCH RATES SARASOTA COUNTY'S (FLORIDA) $10.3MM INFRASTRUCTURE SALES SURTAX REVS 'AA'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to Sarasota County, Florida's approximately $10.3 million infrastructure sales surtax revenue bonds series 2008C. The bonds are scheduled to price on Oct. 30. ... more info

8 Oct 2008 : FITCH RATES COLORADO WATER AUTHORITY'S DRINKING WATER REVS 'AAA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK & CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to the Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority's approximately $9 million drinking water revenue bonds 2008 series B. ... more info

8 Oct 2008 : FITCH RATES METRO ST. LOUIS SEWER DIST, MISSOURI $30MM WASTEWATER REVS 'AA+'; UPGRADES OUTSTANDING
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns its 'AA+' rating to the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District's $30 million wastewater system revenue bonds, series 2008A. The bonds, which are scheduled to sell the week of Oct. 20th via negotiation, will be used to finance improvements to the district's sanitary sewer system , fund a debt service reserve, and pay costs of issuance. ... more info

8 Oct 2008: U.S. TREASURY SEEKS RELIEF IN MORE BONDS
The Treasury plans to release $20 billion more in Treasury bonds in a move to ease strains in lending markets. ... more info

8 Oct 2008: U.S. TREASURY SEEKS RELIEF IN MORE BONDS
The Treasury plans to release $20 billion more in Treasury bonds in a move to ease strains in lending markets. ... more info

8 Oct 2008 : FITCH RATES ALASKA HOUSING HMRB 2007A BANK BONDS 'AA+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a 'AA+' long-term rating to bank bonds corresponding to the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation 's Housing Mortgage Revenue Bonds, 2007 Series A. In addition, Fitch affirms the 'AA+' rating on the outstanding $810.1 million Housing Mortgage Revenue Bond program. ... more info

8 Oct 2008 : PIPER JAFFRAY SHARES DROP ON 3Q CHARGES, DOWNGRADE
Shares of Piper Jaffray Cos. tumbled on Wednesday after the investment bank and institutional securities firm said it would record $21.7 million in third-quarter charges and discontinue a bonds program, leading an analyst to downgrade the stock. ... more info

8 Oct 2008 : FITCH UPGRADES SOUTH LAKE HOSPITAL (FLORIDA) TO 'BBB'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has upgraded the underlying rating on approximately $17.3 million South Lake County Hospital District revenue bonds, series 2003 to 'BBB' from 'BBB-'. The $35.2 million South Lake County Hospital District series 1999 revenue bonds are guaranteed by Orlando Health . ... more info

8 Oct 2008 : FITCH RATES TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY SYSTEM REV AND RFDG BONDS 12TH SERIES 'AA'
NEW YORK----Fitch rates approximately $183.3 million Board of Regents of Texas Tech University System revenue financing system refunding and improvement bonds twelfth series 'AA'. The series 2008 bonds are expected to price on or about October 24 via negotiated sale. ... more info

8 Oct 2008: EMERGING MARKET STOCKS, BONDS PLUNGE
Emerging market stocks and bonds took a beating, with debt bearing the brunt of the sell-off and bond prices declining to levels last seen in 2006. ... more info

8 Oct 2008 : YANKEE GAS SERVICES CO. COMPLETES $100 MILLION BOND SALE
Yankee Gas Services Company, part of the Northeast Utilities system, today announced it had completed the sale of $100 million of first mortgage bonds through a private placement. ... more info

8 Oct 2008 : KENTUCKY SELLS $390 MILLION IN BONDS
Gov. Steve Beshear said Tuesday Kentucky went ahead with a $390 million bond sale while some other states held back amid concerns about the credit markets. ... more info

8 Oct 2008 : MARKETAXESS ANNOUNCES MONTHLY VOLUME STATISTICS FOR SEPTEMBER 2008
MarketAxess Holdings Inc. , the operator of a leading electronic trading platform for U.S. and European high-grade corporate bonds, emerging markets bonds and other types of fixed-income securities, today announced total monthly trading volume for September 2008 of $13.8 billion, consisting of $7.2 billion in U.S. high-grade volume, $2.7 billion in European high-grade volume, and $3.9 billion in other volume. ... more info

7 Oct 2008 : FITCH RATES IDAHO HOUSING & FINANCE ASSOC'S $60MM 2008D BONDS
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned the following ratings to Idaho Housing and Finance Association's single-family mortgage bonds, 2008 series D: ... more info

7 Oct 2008 : FITCH RATES COXHEALTH'S (MISSOURI) $35MM 2008C HEALTH FACILITIES REVS 'AA+/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned 'AA+/F1+' ratings to the Health and Educational Facilities Authority of the State of Missouri's $35 million variable-rate demand health facilities revenue bonds , series 2008C . ... more info

7 Oct 2008 : FITCH RATES COXHEALTH'S (MISSOURI) $70MM 2008B HEALTH FACILITIES REVS 'AA+/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned 'AA+/F1+' ratings to the Health and Educational Facilities Authority of the State of Missouri's $70 million variable-rate demand health facilities revenue bonds , series 2008B . ... more info

8 Oct 2008 : CONCERN GROWS OVER EUROPEAN INSURERS
While the sector is holding up better than banks, the cost of protecting investors against defaults on bonds via credit default swaps escalates, indicating that anxiety is rising ... more info

7 Oct 2008: MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING: MUNIS THRIVE IN TROUBLED MARKET
Even as the stock- and credit-market crises stretch into Treasury bonds, one area is seeing record highs: municipal bonds. ... more info

7 Oct 2008 : FITCH RATES MISSOURI ENVIRON IMPROVEMENT & ENERGY RESOURCES AUTHORITY'S $72MM SRF REVS 'AAA'
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AAA' rating to the Missouri State Environmental Improvement and Energy Resources Authority's $72 million water pollution control and drinking water revenue bonds , series 2008A. ... more info

6 Oct 2008 : FITCH RATES SAN FRANCISCO (CALIFORNIA) INT'L AIRPORT BANK BONDS 'A'; OUTLOOK POSITIVE
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings assigns a long-term underlying rating of 'A' to bank bonds corresponding to variable rate demand obligations issued by the Airport Commission, City and County of San Francisco, CA, San Francisco International Airport , second series variable rate revenue refunding bonds issue 37A & B. ... more info

6 Oct 2008 : FITCH RATES CLEVELAND-CUYAHOGA CNTY PORT AUTH, OH'S $37.9M REVENUE BONDS 'BBB'
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings assigns a 'BBB' rating to Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority's approximately $37.9 million special assessment/tax increment revenue bonds, series 2008 . ... more info

6 Oct 2008: EMERGING MARKETS' PROSPECTS DIMMING
Stocks, bonds and currencies across emerging markets sank as investors braced for the worst and fled risky assets. ... more info

6 Oct 2008 : FITCH RATES INDIANA FIN AUTH (STADIUM & CONVENTION CENTER EXPANSION PROJECTS) BANK BONDS 'AA'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned a long-term rating of 'AA' to bank bonds corresponding to lease appropriation bonds issued by the Indiana Finance Authority as follows: ... more info

6 Oct 2008 : FITCH U.S. MUNI SURVEILLANCE: CHARLEVOIX COUNTY, MICHIGAN $6.3MM UTGOS 'A+' AFFIRMED
NEW YORK----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings has affirmed Charlevoix County, Michigan approximately $6.3 million in outstanding general obligation unlimited tax medical care facility bonds, series 2001. ... more info

6 Oct 2008 : FITCH RATES UTAH HOUSING'S $35MM 2008 SERIES E BONDS
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned the following ratings to Utah Housing Corporation's 2008 series E single-family mortgage bonds: ... more info

6 Oct 2008 : FITCH RATES DYSART USD NO. 89, ARIZONA'S $33.5MM SCHOOL BONDS 'A+'
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'A+' rating to the Dysart Unified School District No. 89 of Maricopa County, Arizona's $33.5 million school improvement bonds, project of 2006, series C . ... more info

6 Oct 2008 : FITCH RTES TERREBONNE PARISH, LOUISIANA $5MM GOS 'A+' & $9.85MM PIBS 'A+'
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A+' rating to the $5 million general obligation bonds, series 2008, and $9.85 million public improvement sales tax bonds , series ST-2008 of Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana . ... more info

6 Oct 2008 : GLOBAL STOCKS PLUNGE, YEN LEAPS AS CRISIS ESCALATES
World stocks plunged to three-year lows on Monday as investors fled to government bonds, gold and the low-yielding yen, fearing policymakers' efforts to contain the credit crisis might not be enough to prevent a recession. ... more info

6 Oct 2008 : WORLD STOCKS TUMBLE, YEN SURGES AS CRISIS ESCALATES
World stocks dived to three-year lows on Monday as investors fled to government bonds and the low-yielding yen, fearing efforts by policymakers to contain the credit crisis might not be enough to prevent a recession. ... more info

3 Oct 2008 : FITCH RATES BON SECOURS HEALTH'S (MARYLAND) BANK BONDS 'A'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned a long-term underlying rating of 'A' to bank bonds corresponding to variable-rate demand obligations issued on behalf of Bon Secours Health System, Inc. as follows: ... more info

3 Oct 2008 : FITCH RATES VETERANS' HOUSING ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (TEXAS) FUND II BANK BONDS SERIES 2006C 'AA+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned a long-term underlying rating of 'AA+' to bank bonds corresponding to variable rate demand obligations issued by the State of Texas Veterans' Housing Assistance Program Fund II refunding bonds series 2006C. ... more info

3 Oct 2008 : FITCH RATES KENTUCKY ALCO BANK BONDS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK NEGATIVE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned a long-term underlying rating of 'AA-' to bank bonds corresponding to variable-rate demand obligations issued by the Kentucky Asset/Liability Commission , under its 2005 general fund second series, consisting of series A-1 and A-2, and its 2007 road fund first series A note programs. ... more info

3 Oct 2008 : PIONEER INVESTMENTS MODIFIES RELATIONSHIP WITH MONTPELIER CAPITAL ADVISORS, LTD.
BOSTON----Pioneer Investments announced today that it has entered into a consulting relationship and research agreement with Montpelier Capital Advisors, Ltd. . Under the new consulting relationship and research agreement, Montpelier will provide research services to Pioneer with regard to investments in event-linked securities, which are commonly known as "catastrophe" bonds. ... more info

3 Oct 2008 : FITCH RATES BOULDER COUNTY, COLORADO'S OPEN SPACE SALES & USE TAX BONDS 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----As part of its routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings has affirmed Boulder County, Colorado's $1.5 million open space sales & use tax revenue bonds, series 2000B at 'A+'. ... more info

3 Oct 2008 : FITCH RATES DIST. OF COLUMBIA SERIES 2003D GOS 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned a long-term underlying rating of 'A+' to bank bonds corresponding to the District of Columbia's multimodal general obligation bonds, series 2003D. ... more info

3 Oct 2008 : CREDIT CRUNCH WILL DELAY IOWA BOND SALE
Iowa is delaying plans to issue bonds to pay for $185 million in prison construction and other projects because of the nation's credit crunch. ... more info

3 Oct 2008 : FITCH U.S. MUNI SURVEILLANCE: ST. JOHN (SANITARY DIST), INDIANA GOS AFFIRMED AT 'A-'; STABLE OUTLOOK
NEW YORK----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings has affirmed the rating on the Sanitary District of the Town of St. John, Indiana's approximately $450,000 of outstanding sanitary district bonds of 1996 at 'A-'. ... more info

3 Oct 2008 : FITCH EXPLAINS BANK BOND RATING POLICY
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings now assigns ratings, upon request, to bank bonds, i.e. variable rate demand obligations issued by U.S. municipal entities that have been tendered but not remarketed, and are purchased by the liquidity provider in accordance with the liquidity support agreement. ... more info

3 Oct 2008 : MELTDOWN GUMS UP THE WORKS FOR OREGON BONDS
The Wall Street meltdown has made its way to Main Street in Oregon or, in Portland's case, Naito Parkway. State and local governments are putting bond sales on hold as they wait to see whether a congressional bailout might calm the markets. ... more info

2 Oct 2008 : FITCH RATES KENTUCKY STATE PROPERTY & BUILDINGS $5M PROJECT 92 AGENCY BONDS 'A+'; OUTLOOK NEGATIVE
NEW YORK----Fitch has assigned an 'A+' rating to the Commonwealth of Kentucky State Property and Buildings Commission's approximately $5 million taxable agency fund revenue bonds, Project No. 92, expected for negotiation on or about Oct. 7. ... more info

2 Oct 2008 : FITCH RATES KENTUCKY STATE PROPERTY & BUILDINGS $15M PROJECT 91 AGENCY BONDS 'A+'; OUTLOOK NEGATIVE
NEW YORK----Fitch has assigned an 'A+' rating to the Commonwealth of Kentucky State Property and Buildings Commission's approximately $14.6 million agency fund revenue bonds, Project No. 91, expected for negotiation on or about Oct. 7. ... more info

3 Oct 2008: INVESTORS HIT THE BOTTLE -- FOR PROFIT
Some investors are abandoning stocks and bonds and seeking refuge in unusual alternatives such as champagnes, parking spaces and exotic livestock. ... more info

2 Oct 2008 : FITCH RATES KENTUCKY STATE PROPERTY & BUILDINGS $325MM PROJECT 90 REVS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK NEGATIVE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA-' rating to the Kentucky State Property and Buildings Commission's approximately $325.4 million revenue and revenue refunding bonds, Project No. 90. ... more info

2 Oct 2008 : FITCH RATES LOMA LINDA UNIV MED CENTER'S (CALIFORNIA) $95MM BONDS 'BBB+'; OUTLOOK TO STABLE
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings has assigned a 'BBB+' long-term rating to the $95 million City of Loma Linda, California, hospital revenue bonds series 2008 A&B. In addition, Fitch affirms its rating on approximately $293.1 million of outstanding parity bonds. ... more info

2 Oct 2008 : FITCH RATES BLOOMINGTON, MINNESOTA'S GOS 'AAA'
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AAA' rating to the City of Bloomington, Minnesota's $6.905 million general obligation permanent improvement revolving fund bonds of 2008, series 42. ... more info

2 Oct 2008 : FITCH WITHDRAWS RATING ON WAKE COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA'S GO BONDS
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings withdraws the 'AAA' rating assigned to Wake County, North Carolina's approximately $424 million general obligation bonds, including GO public improvement bonds, series 2008A, and GO refunding bonds, series 2008B, originally scheduled to sell on Sept. 23, 2008. ... more info

2 Oct 2008 : FITCH AFFIRMS CENTEGRA HEALTH'S (ILLINOIS) BONDS AT 'A-'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings affirms the approximately $120 million Illinois Health Facilities Authority series 1998 and 2002 revenue bonds issued on behalf of Centegra Health System at 'A-'. ... more info

1 Oct 2008 : FITCH RATES EL PASO, TEXAS $36MM WATER & SEWER REVS 'AA'
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to the City of El Paso, Texas' $35.9 million of water and sewer revenue refunding bonds, series 2008C. The bonds are scheduled to sell via negotiation the week of Oct. 6. ... more info

1 Oct 2008 : FITCH AFFIRMS CHICAGO, ILLINOIS' GOS AT 'AA'; BANK BONDS RATED 'AA'
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings affirms the underlying rating of 'AA' on $206.7 million City of Chicago, Illinois general obligation variable-rate demand bonds . The 'AA' rating will be assigned to bank bonds in the event that they are created by an unremarketed tender of the variable rate bonds. ... more info

1 Oct 2008: ORPHANED BONDS LEAVE INVESTORS SPOOKED
Some bondholders in financial companies that have gone bust or have been taken over aren't faring well -- and that is driving investors away from the overall corporate-bond market. ... more info

1 Oct 2008 : FITCH AFFIRMS SWEDISHAMERICAN HEALTH (ILLINOIS) OUTSTANDING BONDS AT 'A'/UNDERLYING; OUTLOOK STABLE
CHICAGO & NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings affirms the underlying 'A' rating on the Illinois Finance Authority outstanding $95.1 million series 2004 revenue bonds. The Rating Outlook is Stable. ... more info

1 Oct 2008 : FITCH RATES HENNEPIN COUNTY, MINNESOTA'S $78.5MM GOS 'AAA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch assigns an 'AAA' rating to Hennepin County , Minnesota's $63.51 million general obligation bonds, series 2008D and $15 million GO capital notes, series 2008E, scheduled for competitive sale Oct. 8th. ... more info

1 Oct 2008 : FITCH RTS BAPTIST HEALTH CARE CORPORATION, PENSACOLA, FLORIDA'S $515MM BONDS 'BBB-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned a 'BBB-' rating on Baptist Health Care Corporation's $515 million series 2008 bonds expected to be issued through the Escambia County Health Facilities Authority. ... more info

1 Oct 2008 : FITCH RATES TRIBOROUGH BRIDGE & TUNNEL AUTHORITY (NEW YORK) $292MM 2001B&C REVS 'AAA/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned 'AAA/F1+' ratings to the following general revenue variable-rate bonds for the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority ... more info

1 Oct 2008 : LOOMIS SAYLES' FUSS SEES VALUE IN CORPORATE BONDS
Loomis Sayles' Dan Fuss, one of the biggest and most widely followed U.S. bond managers, said on Wednesday U.S. investment-grade corporate bonds, which have been heavily battered in recent weeks, are the "best buying opportunity" in decades. ... more info

1 Oct 2008 : FITCH RATES CHEFA CHILD CARE FACILITIES PROGRAM 'A+'
NEW YORK----Fitch has assigned an 'A+' rating to $16.6 million in State of Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority revenue bonds, child care facilities program, series G. ... more info

30 Sep 2008: EVEN GOOD CORPORATE BORROWERS GETTING CAUGHT IN CREDIT CRUNCH
Credit channels are becoming as dry as Death Valley. The $6 billion issued in corporate bonds over the last two weeks might seem like a lot, but... ... more info

1 Oct 2008: STRONGER DOLLAR? BELIEVE IT.
Stocks and bonds have been whipsawed the past few days as investors try and figure out whether a financial bailout plan will be salvaged and what that will mean for the U.S. economy. ... more info

1 Oct 2008: STRONGER DOLLAR? BELIEVE IT.
Stocks and bonds have been whipsawed the past few days as investors try and figure out whether a financial bailout plan will be salvaged and what that will mean for the U.S. economy. ... more info

30 Sep 2008: FITCH RATES MAINE MUNICIPAL BOND BANK'S $112MM REVS 'AAA'
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AAA' rating to Maine Municipal Bond Bank's $112 million 2008 series C general bond resolution bonds. The bonds are expected to sell during the week of Oct. 6 via negotiation. ... more info

30 Sep 2008: FITCH RATES TRIBOROUGH BRIDGE & TUNNEL AUTHORITY (NEW YORK) $291.52MM GENERAL REVS 'AA'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA' underlying rating to the following general revenue variable-rate bonds for the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority, NY : ... more info

30 Sep 2008: ASSURED GUARANTY CORP. GUARANTEES $130 MILLION OF CONVERTIBLE CAPITAL APPRECIATION BONDS FOR THE NORTH TEXAS TOLL AUTHORITY AND ANNOUNCES SEPTEMBER U.S. PUBLIC FINANCE NEW ISSUE VOLUME
NEW YORK----Assured Guaranty Corp. , the triple-A rated financial guaranty subsidiary of Assured Guaranty Ltd. , announced today that it guaranteed $130 million of convertible capital appreciation bonds for the North Texas Toll Authority . ... more info

30 Sep 2008: ARK. GOV PREDICTS $300M BOND PACKAGE WILL PASS
Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe on Tuesday said he believes a proposal to issue $300 million in bonds for water projects will pass if voters understand that it will not raise their taxes. ... more info

30 Sep 2008: IRELAND MOVES TO SAFEGUARD BANKING SYSTEM
The Irish government announced a surprise decision to safeguard the Irish banking system for two years, guaranteeing all deposits, covered bonds, senior debt and dated subordinated debt of the four main banks.
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29 Sep 2008: FITCH RATES NEW YORK CITY'S $100MM FISCAL 2009 SUBSERIES B-3 ADJUSTABLE RATE BONDS 'AA+/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned a rating of 'AA+/F1+' to the city of New York, New York's $100,000,000 general obligation bonds, fiscal 2009 series B, adjustable rate bonds, subseries B-3. ... more info

29 Sep 2008: FITCH RATES CHERRY CREEK NORTH BID NO. 1 (COLORADO) GO BONDS 'A-'
AUSTIN----Fitch assigns its 'A-' rating to Cherry Creek North Business Improvement District No. 1 , Colorado's $9.25 million general obligation bonds, series 2008, scheduled to sell via negotiation the week of Oct. 13. ... more info

29 Sep 2008: MORGAN STANLEY CLOSED-END MUNICIPAL FUNDS ANNOUNCE BOARD APPROVAL TO REDEEM ADDITIONAL PREFERRED SHARES THROUGH THE USE OF ALTERNATIVE SOURCES OF LEVERAGE
NEW YORK----The Boards of Trustees for 10 Morgan Stanley Closed-End Municipal Funds, each a registered closed-end investment company , have approved an additional round of refinancing through the use of Tender Option Bonds that would enable each Fund to redeem a portion of the shares of one or more series of each Fund's outstanding auction rate preferred shares . ... more info

29 Sep 2008: FITCH RATES NEW YORK CITY'S $100MM GOS 'AA-'/UNDERLYING
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an underlying 'AA-' rating to New York City, NY's $100 million tax-exempt general obligation bonds fiscal 2009 series B, subseries B-3 adjustable-rate bonds. ... more info

29 Sep 2008: FITCH RATES WAYNE COUNTY AIRPORT AUTHORITY, MICHIGAN'S $74.8MM REVS 'A'; OUTLOOK TO NEGATIVE
CHICAGO & NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'A' underlying long-term rating to Wayne County Airport Authority, Michigan's approximately $74.8 million airport revenue refunding bonds senior lien, series 2008E-F. ... more info

29 Sep 2008: FITCH RATES INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT BOARD OF NEW ORLEANS REVS 'A' UNDERLYING
NEW YORK----Fitch assigns an underlying rating of 'A' to $150 million Industrial Development Board of the City of New Orleans, Louisiana, Inc. State of Louisiana annual appropriation obligation revenue bonds series 2008. ... more info

29 Sep 2008: FITCH AFFIRMS NEW MEXICO FINANCE AUTHORITY PPRF SENIOR REVS AT 'AA', SUB REVS AT 'AA-'
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings has affirmed the 'AA' rating on the New Mexico Finance Authority's $622.7 million outstanding senior lien public project revolving fund revenue bonds. Fitch has also affirmed and removed from Rating Watch Negative the 'AA-' rating on the NMFA's $381.4 million outstanding subordinate lien PPRF revenue bonds. ... more info

28 Sep 2008: CORPORATE BONDS ARE NEW FAVORITE
Investors aren't convinced the bailout will end the bear market in stocks. Money managers looking for the best opportunities are buying corporate bonds, not stocks. ... more info

26 Sep 2008: FITCH RATES HENRICO COUNTY, VIRGINIA'S $96MM GOS AAA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to Henrico County, Virginia's $95,850,000 general obligation public improvement bonds, series 2008A. The bonds are scheduled for bids on October 7 and will mature serially on Dec. 1, 2009-2028. ... more info

26 Sep 2008: FITCH UPGRADES WM COVERED BOND PROGRAM TO 'AA-'; PLACED ON WATCH POSITIVE
NEW YORK & LONDON----Fitch Ratings has upgraded the outstanding series of covered bonds issued by WM Covered Bond Program to 'AA-' from 'BBB+'. Fitch has also placed WMCBP on Rating Watch Positive. ... more info

26 Sep 2008: FITCH RATES OHIO MAJOR NEW STATE INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECT $375MM REVS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch assigns an 'AA-' rating to approximately $375 million State of Ohio Major New State Infrastructure Project Revenue Bonds, series 2008-1. The Rating Outlook is Stable. ... more info

26 Sep 2008: FITCH RATES CALIFORNIA'S $143MM FEDERAL HIGHWAY GABS 'AA-'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA-' rating to the State of California's approximately $143 million Federal Highway Grant Anticipation Bonds , series 2008A. The bonds are expected to sell by negotiation on Oct 8, 2008. ... more info

26 Sep 2008: FITCH RATES WEST VALLEY CITY, UTAH $7.6MM SALES TAX REVS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch assigns an 'AA-' rating to $7.6 million West Valley City sales tax revenue bonds, series 2008A. The bonds are expected to sell via negotiation on Oct. 14, 2008. ... more info

26 Sep 2008: FITCH RATES COPPELL ISD, TEXAS' MAINTENANCE TAX NOTES 'AA'
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA' rating to Coppell Independent School District, TX's $14.7 million maintenance tax notes , series 2008. Additionally, Fitch has affirmed the 'AA' rating on the district's $133.1 million in outstanding unlimited tax bonds. ... more info

25 Sep 2008: PECO ANNOUNCES $300 MILLION BOND SALE
PHILADELPHIA----PECO Energy Company announced today it has agreed to sell $300 million of First Mortgage Bonds maturing on October 15, 2013, with a coupon of 5.60 percent. ... more info

23 Sep 2008: BONDS RISE AS BAILOUT DETAILS REMAIN FUZZY
Prices for government bonds rose Tuesday as details of the government's proposed $700 billion bailout of the financial services industry remained sketchy. ... more info

26 Sep 2008: FITCH RATES COPPELL ISD, TEXAS' MAINTENANCE TAX NOTES 'AA'
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA' rating to Coppell Independent School District, TX's $14.7 million maintenance tax notes , series 2008. Additionally, Fitch has affirmed the 'AA' rating on the district's $133.1 million in outstanding unlimited tax bonds. ... more info

25 Sep 2008: PECO ANNOUNCES $300 MILLION BOND SALE
PHILADELPHIA----PECO Energy Company announced today it has agreed to sell $300 million of First Mortgage Bonds maturing on October 15, 2013, with a coupon of 5.60 percent. ... more info

25 Sep 2008: TUMULT JARS BOND-TRACKING ETFS
Exchange-traded funds that track bonds have been running into trouble trading at prices that match their underlying values, raising questions about one of their key promises to investors. ... more info

25 Sep 2008: FITCH UPGRADES MURRAY CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT, UTAH'S $25.2MM GOS TO 'AA+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
SAN FRANCISCO----As a part of its routine surveillance process, Fitch upgrades Murray City School District, Utah's outstanding $25.2 million general obligation bonds underlying rating to 'AA+' from 'AA'. ... more info

25 Sep 2008: FITCH RATES DENVER, COLORADO'S AIRPORT $293MM REVS 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch assigns an underlying 'A+' rating to approximately $293 million City and County of Denver, Colorado, , for and on behalf of its Department of Aviation series 2008C1-C3 airport system revenue bonds. ... more info

25 Sep 2008: FITCH TO UPGRADE MTA'S (NEW YORK) $200M VAR-RATE RFDG REVS 2002G-1 TO 'AA+'; CONFIRMS 'F1+'
NEW YORK----Effective October 9, 2008, Fitch Ratings will upgrade the long-term rating to 'AA+' and confirm the short-term 'F1+' rating assigned to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority New York's transportation revenue variable-rate refunding bonds, series 2002G-1. ... more info

25 Sep 2008: FITCH AFFIRMS LUCAS COUNTY, OHIO'S TAXABLE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BONDS AT 'A+'
AUSTIN, Texas----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings affirms its rating of 'A+' on Lucas County , Ohio's approximately $16.6 million taxable economic development bonds, series 2001A. ... more info

25 Sep 2008: FITCH RATES DETROIT MEDICAL CENTER (MICHIGAN) 2008 BONDS 'BB'; OUTLOOK REVISED TO STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned a 'BB' rating to approximately $342.1 million Michigan State Hospital Finance Authority hospital revenue and refunding bonds series 2008 . In addition, Fitch upgrades to the rating on Detroit Medical Center's approximately $524.5 million of outstanding bonds to 'BB' from 'B+'. ... more info

25 Sep 2008: FITCH RATES SAN DIEGO REGIONAL BUILDING AUTHORITY'S (CALIFORNIA) $293MM LEASE REVS 'AA'
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch assigns an 'AA' rating to San Diego Regional Building Authority , California's $217.5 million lease revenue bonds series 2008A and assigns and underlying 'AA' rating to $75 million in authority lease revenue bonds series 2008B-1 and B-2 The variable rate bonds also will be secured by an irrevocable direct-pay letter of credit provided by Wells Fargo Bank. ... more info

25 Sep 2008: FITCH RATES DENVER, COLORADO'S $92.6MM AIRPORT SYSTEM REVS SER 2008C-1 'AA+/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AA+/F1+' to the $92,600,000 City and County of Denver, Colorado for and on behalf of its Department of Aviation, Airport System revenue bonds series 2008C-1. ... more info

25 Sep 2008: FITCH AFFIRMS METRO WASHINGTON AIRPORTS AUTHORITY (DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA) AT 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch assigns an 'AA' rating to the authority's $175 million series 2008 B bonds and affirms the 'AA' long-term underlying rating on the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority's approximately $4.2 billion of outstanding airport system revenue bonds. ... more info

25 Sep 2008: USING BONDS FOR SCHOOL COSTS TRIMS TAX
Using savings bonds to fund a child's college education may be a shrewd tax move, says Dr. Don Taylor. ... more info

24 Sep 2008: FITCH RATES VICTORIA, TX $6.5MM UTILITY REV BONDS 'A+'
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A+' rating to Victoria, Texas' $6.525 million utility system revenue bonds, series 2008. The bonds are scheduled to price in early October via a negotiated offering. ... more info

24 Sep 2008: HAWAII DELAYS SALE OF $600 MILLION WORTH OF BONDS
Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle delayed sale of more than $600 million worth of state bonds, citing uncertainty in the financial markets. ... more info

24 Sep 2008: AIR WORLDWIDE PROVIDES RISK MODELING AND ANALYTICAL SERVICES FOR $2 BILLION IN CATASTROPHE BONDS TO DATE IN 2008
BOSTON----AIR Worldwide Corporation today announced that it has provided risk modeling and analytical services for 2 billion dollars in insurance-linked securities to date this year, or nearly 70% of 2008 new issuances. ... more info

23 Sep 2008: MUNI BONDS ARE CHEAP AND SAFE ()
This is an attractive moment for savvy investors. ... more info

23 Sep 2008: BONDS RISE AS BAILOUT DETAILS REMAIN FUZZY
Prices for government bonds rose Tuesday as details of the government's proposed $700 billion bailout of the financial services industry remained sketchy. ... more info

23 Sep 2008: BONDS MIXED AS BAILOUT REMAINS FUZZY
Prices for government bonds rose Tuesday as details of the government's proposed $700 billion bailout of the financial services industry remained sketchy. ... more info

23 Sep 2008: FITCH TO CONFIRM CHICAGO, ILLINOIS' $206.7MM 2002B GO VRDBS AT 'AA/F1+'
NEW YORK----Effective on Oct. 2, 2008, Fitch Ratings will confirm the 'AA/F1+' rating currently assigned to the City of Chicago, Illinois' $206,700,000 general obligation variable-rate demand bonds , series 2002B . ... more info

23 Sep 2008: RIMES(R) ADDS THE YIELD BOOK(R)
LONDON----RIMES Technologies has added The Yield Book analytics to its data portfolio. The Yield Book models calculate yield, risk, and return measures consistently for a broad spectrum of bonds, enabling users to perform analysis on portfolios comprising a wide range of fixed income security types, such as government, agency, corporate, international and emerging market bonds, mortgages and fixed income derivatives. ... more info

23 Sep 2008: STONE & YOUNGBERG APPOINTS KEVIN MONTOYA TO SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT IN FIRM'S PRIVATE CLIENT GROUP
SAN FRANCISCO----Stone & Youngberg, a leading financial services firm and the nation's top underwriter of California municipal bonds over the past five years1, today announced that Kevin R. ... more info

23 Sep 2008: FITCH RATES SAN ANTONIO (CPS ENERGY) TEXAS' $319MM ELECTRIC & GAS REVS 'AA+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch has assigned an 'AA+' rating to San Antonio, Texas' $319.44 million of electric and gas systems revenue bonds, new series 2008A, issued on behalf of CPS Energy. ... more info

23 Sep 2008: MUNI BONDS ARE CHEAP AND SAFE
This is an attractive moment for savvy investors. ... more info

22 Sep 2008: FITCH RATES LIPA'S (NEW YORK) $500MM ELECTRIC SYSTEM REVS 'A-'; OUTLOOK NEGATIVE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'A-' to the Long Island Power Authority's planned issuance of $549.9 million series 2008 A and B fixed rate electric system general revenue and refunding bonds. ... more info

22 Sep 2008: THE DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE CANADA EXTENDS ITS RELATIONSHIP WITH REVAL TO VALUE COMPLEX BOND OPTIONS
NEW YORK----Reval, a global leader in financial risk management technology solutions and services, announced today that the Department of Finance Canada is utilizing Reval Center, Reval's independent derivative valuations to provide option fair values for their Canada Savings Bond and Canada Premium Bond retail bonds. ... more info

22 Sep 2008: CARMAX REPORTS SECOND QUARTER RESULTS
RICHMOND, Va.----CarMax, Inc. today reported results for the second quarter ended August 31, 2008. -- Total sales decreased 13% to $1.84 billion from $2.12 billion in the second quarter of last year. -- Comparable store used unit sales declined 17% for the quarter. -- Total used unit sales decreased 7% in the second quarter. -- Net earnings declined to $14.0 million, or $0.06 per diluted share, compared with $65.0 million, or $0.29 per diluted share, earned in the second quarter of fiscal 2008. -- Earnings for the second quarter of fiscal 2009 were reduced by $0.08 per share for CarMax Auto Finance unfavorable items, including increases in cumulative net loss assumptions, a reduction in the fair value of retained subordinated bonds and an increase in the discount rate. ... more info

22 Sep 2008: 2 MORE CHINESE BANKS DISCLOSE LEHMAN EXPOSURE
Two more Chinese banks have reported holding Lehman Brothers bonds, raising total Lehman debt disclosed by Chinese lenders to $634.8 million. ... more info

19 Sep 2008: INVESTMENT OFFICER: WYOMING INVESTMENTS SAFE
Wyoming's chief investment officer said Friday that the state's funds are well diversified and invested mainly in conservative financial instruments such as bonds, a posture which should protect the state's money on tumultuous Wall Street. ... more info

19 Sep 2008: SUMMIT COUNTY PORT AUTHORITY UNANIMOUSLY APPROVES 12.5MIL BOND PACKAGE TO COMBAT HOUSING CRISIS
The Summit County Port Authority voted to issue 12.5Mil in tax-exempt bonds to help citizens in the region who are facing foreclosure on their homes. ... more info

19 Sep 2008: JUSTICES: NO VOTE NEEDED FOR REDEVELOPMENT BONDS
In a stunning double flip-flop, the Florida Supreme Court ruled that it made a mistake a year ago by requiring voter approval for billions of dollars worth of roads, buildings and other local redevelopment projects. ... more info

19 Sep 2008: ANOTHER CHINESE BANK SAYS IT HOLDS LEHMAN DEBT
Bank of Communications Ltd., China's fifth-largest commercial lender, has announced it owns $70 million in Lehman Brothers bonds, bringing total Lehman debt held by Chinese banks to nearly $370 million. ... more info

19 Sep 2008: SUMMIT COUNTY PORT AUTHORITY UNANIMOUSLY APPROVES 12.5MIL BOND PACKAGE TO COMBAT HOUSING CRISIS
The Summit County Port Authority voted to issue 12.5Mil in tax-exempt bonds to help citizens in the region who are facing foreclosure on their homes. ... more info

18 Sep 2008: FITCH AFFIRMS BAYCARE HEALTH SYSTEM (FLORIDA) REV BONDS AT 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
TAMPA, Fla.----Fitch Ratings affirms its underlying 'AA-' rating on approximately $730 million of BayCare Health System's outstanding bonds. BayCare is planning to convert approximately $190 million of its series 2006A and 2003A auction rate bonds to uninsured, fixed-rate bonds. ... more info

18 Sep 2008: FITCH RATES TEXAS' $80MM GO WATER BONDS 'AA+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA+' rating to $80 million in State of Texas general obligation bonds, consisting of: ... more info

18 Sep 2008: FITCH RATES WAKE COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA'S $424MM GOS 'AAA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to Wake County, North Carolina's approximately $424 million general obligation bonds, including GO public improvement bonds, series 2008A, and GO refunding bonds, series 2008B. ... more info

18 Sep 2008: FITCH RTES NORFOLK (VA) ECON DEV AUTH (BON SECOURS HEALTH SYSTEM) $40.375MM SERIES 2008D-1 'AA/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned 'AA/F1+' ratings to the $40,375,000 Economic Development Authority of the City of Norfolk, revenue refunding bonds , series 2008D-1. The ratings are based on the direct-pay letter of credit supporting the bonds and the application of Fitch's joint probability methodology. ... more info

18 Sep 2008: FITCH RATES $30.385MM SOUTH CAROLINA JOBS EDA, REV RFDG BONDS, SERIES 2008D 'AA/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned 'AA/F1+' ratings to the $30,385,000 South Carolina Jobs - Economic Development Authority, economic development revenue refunding bonds, , series 2008D. ... more info

18 Sep 2008: FITCH RATES $31.480MM ECON DEV AUTH OF HANOVER CNTY, SERIES 2008D-1 'AA/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned 'AA/F1+' ratings to the $31,480,000 Economic Development Authority of Hanover County, revenue refunding bonds, , series 2008D-1. The ratings are based on the direct-pay letter of credit supporting the bonds and the application of Fitch's joint probability methodology. ... more info

18 Sep 2008: FITCH RATES $93.325MM ECONOMIC DEV AUTH OF HANOVER CNTY, SERIES 2008D-2 'AA+/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned 'AA+/F1+' ratings to the $93,325,000 Economic Development Authority of Hanover County, revenue refunding bonds, , series 2008D-2. The ratings are based on the direct-pay letter of credit supporting the bonds and the application of Fitch's joint probability methodology. ... more info

18 Sep 2008: FITCH RTES NORFOLK ECON DEV AUTH (VA) (BON SECOURS HEALTH SYSTEM) $44.295MM SERIES 2008D-2 'AA+/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned 'AA+/F1+' ratings to the $44,295,000 Economic Development Authority of the City of Norfolk, revenue refunding bonds , series 2008D-2. The ratings are based on the direct-pay letter of credit supporting the bonds and the application of Fitch's joint probability methodology. ... more info

18 Sep 2008: FITCH RATES $53.920MM ECON DEV AUTH OF HENRICO CNTY, VIRGINIA, REVS, SERIES 2008D 'AA/F1+
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned 'AA/F1+' ratings to the $53,920,000 Economic Development Authority of Henrico County, Virginia, revenue refunding bonds, , series 2008D. The ratings are based on the direct-pay letter of credit supporting the bonds and the application of Fitch's joint probability methodology. ... more info

17 Sep 2008: 3 CHINESE BANKS REPORT $297.4M IN LEHMAN DEBT
Three Chinese banks hold a total of $297.4 million in Lehman Brothers bonds, two of the banks and a state news agency said Wednesday, but analysts said China's total exposure to the failed U.S. investment house should be limited. ... more info

17 Sep 2008: FITCH REVISES COVENANT HEALTH (TENNESSEE) OUTLOOK TO POSITIVE; AFFIRMS 'A' RATING
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has affirmed the underlying 'A' rating on Covenant Health's approximately $210,000,000 million series 2006A and 2006B refunding and improvement bonds. Fitch also affirms the rating on the system's series 2002 bond issue. ... more info

17 Sep 2008: FITCH RATES MAINE MUNICIPAL BOND BANK'S $50MM TRANSCAP REVS 'AA-'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA-' rating to Maine Municipal Bond Bank's $50 million transportation infrastructure revenue bonds series 2008A. The bonds, the first to be issued under this program, are expected to sell through negotiation Sept. 23, 2008 and are due Sept. 1, 2009-2023. ... more info

17 Sep 2008: 2 CHINESE BANKS REPORT $221.8M IN LEHMAN DEBT
Two Chinese banks hold a total of $221.8 million in Lehman Brothers bonds, one of the banks and a state news agency said Wednesday, but analysts said China's total exposure to the failed U.S. investment house should be limited. ... more info

17 Sep 2008: FITCH RATES OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY 2008A GENERAL RECEIPTS BONDS 'AA'; 2008B VRDBS 'AA/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned the following ratings to the debt issues for Ohio State University listed below: ... more info

17 Sep 2008: FITCH RATES UNION COUNTY, NEW JERSEY'S $61MM GOS 'AAA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to Union County, New Jersey's $61 million general obligation refunding bonds of 2008. The bonds are scheduled to price via negotiated sale on Sept. 25, 2008. ... more info

17 Sep 2008: FITCH RATES CAMERON COUNTY, TEXAS' 2008 BONDS & CERTIFICATES OF OBLIGATION 'A+'
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'A+' rating to the following debt issues for Cameron County, TX : ... more info

17 Sep 2008: FITCH RATES BON SECOURS HEALTH'S (MARYLAND) $294MM VRDOS 'A'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an underlying 'A' rating to approximately $293.8 million in bonds to be issued on behalf of Bon Secours Health System, Inc. as follows: ... more info

17 Sep 2008: FITCH RATES SALEM HOSPITAL'S (OREGON) $184MM BONDS 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch has assigned an 'A+' rating to the approximately $183.7 million of Hospital Facility Authority of the City of Salem, Oregon revenue bonds Series 2008A-C. In addition, Fitch has affirmed the 'A+' rating on approximately $123.0 million series 2006A outstanding revenue bonds. ... more info

17 Sep 2008: FITCH RTS UNIFIED GOVT OF WYANDOTTE CTY/KANSAS CITY (KS) BOARD OF PUBLIC UTILITIES' $75MM REVS 'A+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'A+' rating to the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, KS Board of Public Utilities' $74.4 million Utility System Improvement and Refunding Revenue Bonds, Series 2008A. ... more info

16 Sep 2008: DOW INDUSTRIALS TAKE A 504.48 DIVE
Stock prices fell, derivatives markets froze and investors flocked to government bonds as traders and investors struggled with the end of two Wall Street giants. The Dow suffered its biggest percentage drop in more than six years. ... more info

16 Sep 2008: FITCH WITHDRAWS DENVER, COLORADO AIRPORT'S SYSTEM REVS SERIES 2007F1-F4 'F1+' RATING
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings withdraws the 'F1+' short-term rating assigned to the $208,025,000 city and county of Denver, Colorado, for and on behalf of its Department of Aviation, airport system revenue bonds, series 2007F1-F4: consisting of: ... more info

16 Sep 2008: PDVSA ANNOUNCES SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF TENDER OFFER AND CONSENT SOLICITATION FOR PETROZUATA PROJECT BONDS
CARACAS, Venezuela----Petroleos de Venezuela, S.A. announced the successful completion of its previously announced tender offer for any and all of the outstanding 7.63% Series A Bonds due 2009 , 8.22% Series B Bonds due 2017 and 8.37% Series C Bonds due 2022 , issued by Petrozuata Finance Inc., and the related consent solicitation in connection with the Petrozuata extra heavy crude oil project in the Orinoco Belt region. ... more info

16 Sep 2008: FITCH DOWNGRADES NORTHAMPTON GENERATING COMPANY'S SENIOR BONDS TO 'CC'
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings has downgraded the rating on Northampton Generating Company, L.P.'s $153 million senior tax-exempt series 1994 A resource recovery revenue bonds due 2009 to 2019 to 'CC' from 'B'. ... more info

16 Sep 2008: FITCH RATES $3.6MM WINDER-BARROW COUNTY JDA (GEORGIA) VRBS SERIES 2008 'A/F1'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'A/F1' to the $3,625,000 Joint Development Authority of Winder-Barrow County tax-exempt variable rate bonds , series 2008. The rating is based on the support provided by an irrevocable, direct-pay letter of credit issued by Columbus Bank and Trust Company, securing the bonds. ... more info

16 Sep 2008: FITCH RATES ARLINGTON, TEXAS' (DALLAS COWBOYS COMPLEX) $175MM SPECIAL TAX BONDS 'A'
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns its 'A' rating to the Arlington, Texas' approximate $175.0 million Dallas Cowboys Complex tax-exempt special tax bonds, series 2008. In addition, Fitch affirms the 'A' rating on the city's $113.6 million tax-exempt special tax bonds, series 2005A and $20.1 million taxable special tax and revenue bonds, series 2005C outstanding . ... more info

16 Sep 2008: FITCH RATES VERMONT HFA $12MM MULTIPLE PURPOSE BONDS 2008 C-2 'AA/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch assigns a rating of 'AA/F1+' to the Vermont Housing Finance Agency's $12 million multiple purpose variable-rate bonds 2008 series C-2. The bonds, together with the $38 million 2008 series C-1 bonds , comprise the fourth issuance under a flexible general trust indenture dated July 1, 2007. ... more info

16 Sep 2008: FITCH REVISES FORT JACKSON MILITARY HOUSING (SC) TAX REV BONDS 2008 SERIES A TO 'AA-'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings revises its rating on the Fort Jackson Housing LLC's military housing taxable revenue bonds 2008 series A to 'AA-' from 'A'. The 'A' rating was assigned on July 11, 2008 based on the original structure submitted to Fitch; however, the bonds were not sold. ... more info

15 Sep 2008: FITCH DOWNGRADES MAIN STREET 2008A GAS PREPAID REVS TO 'CCC'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings downgrades Main Street Natural Gas, Inc. gas project revenue bonds, series 2008A to 'CCC' from 'A+' and it remains on Rating Watch Negative, following the filing for bankruptcy this morning of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. ... more info

15 Sep 2008: FITCH RATES SOCORRO ISD, TX GO BONDS 'AAA', 'A+' UNDERLYING
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns its 'AAA' rating to Socorro Independent School District , Texas' $15.135 million unlimited tax refunding bonds, series 2008, based on its guaranty from the Texas Permanent School Fund whose financial strength is rated 'AAA' by Fitch. ... more info

15 Sep 2008: FITCH RATES BOSTON WATER & SEWER COMMISSION'S REVS 'AA'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to Boston Water and Sewer Commission's approximately $115.1 million general revenue and refunding bonds , 2008 series A. The bonds are scheduled for competitive sale on Sept. 18, 2008. ... more info

15 Sep 2008: FITCH AFFIRMS BELMONT REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY (CALIFORNIA) TAX ALLOCATION REVENUE BONDS AT 'A-'
NEW YORK----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch affirms its 'A' rating on Belmont Redevelopment Agency's approximately $11.5 million senior tax allocation refunding bonds, series 1999A and its 'A-' rating on the agency's approximately $7.6 million in subordinated tax allocation bonds, series 1999B. ... more info

15 Sep 2008: FITCH RATES BASIN ELECTRIC POWER COOP'S $250MM 1ST MTGE BONDS SERIES 2008A 'AA-'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned a rating of 'AA-' to Basin Electric Power Cooperative's $250 million first mortgage bonds series 2008A. Fitch also affirms the 'AA-' rating on Basin's $1.4 billion outstanding debt and affirms the 'F1+' rating on Basin's commercial paper notes. ... more info

15 Sep 2008: FITCH DOWNGRADES NEW ALBANY-FLOYD COUNTY SCHOOL BUILDING CORP., INDIANA 1998 FMBS TO 'A-'
NEW YORK----During the course of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings has downgraded New Albany-Floyd County School Building Corporation, Indiana's approximately $37.4 million in first mortgage bonds , series 1998, to 'A-' from 'A+'. ... more info

15 Sep 2008: FITCH RATES MARYLAND CDA'S HOUSING REVS 'AA'
NEW YORK----Fitch assigns a rating of 'AA' to the Maryland Community Development Administration's $11.4 million housing revenue bonds, series 2008 C bonds. Additionally, Fitch affirms the 'AA' rating on the outstanding $173.3 million series 2008 A and B, series 2007 A, B and C, 2006 A, B, C and D, series 2005 A, B and C, and series 2004 B, C and D housing revenue bonds. ... more info

14 Sep 2008: TRADERS AWAIT LEHMAN OUTCOME
Treasurys traders await the outcome of talks over the fate of Lehman Brothers, but U.S. government bonds will still have fans in the months ahead. ... more info

13 Sep 2008: CASH HELPED CHINA WIN COSTA RICA'S RECOGNITION
China agreed to buy $300 million of Costa Rican bonds as an incentive for Costa Rica to shift its diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to the People's Republic of China last year.

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12 Sep 2008: FITCH RATES NORTH CAROLINA EASTERN MUNI POWER AGENCY'S SERIES 2008C PWR SYS REVS 'BBB+
NEW YORK----Fitch assigns a 'BBB+' rating to North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency's $53.895 million power system revenue bonds, series 2008C . The 2008C bond proceeds will be used to terminate an interest rate swap that is no longer needed and to bolster the debt service reserve fund which is currently funded via a surety bond provided by MBIA. ... more info

12 Sep 2008: FITCH RATES NORFOLK, VIRGINIA'S $17.5MM GO RFDG BONDS 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to Norfolk, Virginia's $17.5 million general obligation capital improvement refunding bonds, series 2008D. The bonds are scheduled for bids on Sept. 24 and will affect a current refunding of a portion of the city's GO capital improvement and refunding bonds, series 1998. ... more info

12 Sep 2008: FITCH RATES CALIFORNIA STATEWIDE COMMUNITIES DEVELOPMENT AUTH (PENNY LANE CENTERS) VRDBS 'AA-/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AA-/F1+' to the $9,230,000 California Statewide Communities Development Authority, Variable Rate Demand Revenue Bonds , series 2008. The rating is based on the support provided by an irrevocable, direct-pay letter of credit issued by U.S. ... more info

12 Sep 2008: BONDS.COM TO HOST CONFERENCE CALL ON SEPTEMBER 17, 2008 TO PROVIDE AUGUST AND YEAR-TO-DATE OPERATIONAL RESULTS
BOCA RATON, Fla.----Bonds.com Group, Inc. , through its subsidiary Bonds.com, Inc., provider of an innovative comprehensive online trading platform providing execution, liquidity and competitive pricing to the fragmented fixed income marketplace, announced today that it will host a conference call on Wednesday, September 17, 2008 to provide investors with August and year-to-date results across all key business metrics. ... more info

12 Sep 2008: PDVSA ANNOUNCES PRICING OF TENDER OFFER AND CONSENT SOLICITATION FOR PETROZUATA PROJECT BONDS
CARACAS, Venezuela----Petroleos de Venezuela, S.A. today announced the pricing of its previously announced cash tender offer and consent solicitation for any and all of the outstanding 7.63% Series A Bonds due 2009 , 8.22% Series B Bonds due 2017 and 8.37% Series C Bonds due 2022 issued by Petrozuata Finance Inc. in connection with the Petrozuata extra-heavy crude oil project in the Orinoco Belt region. ... more info

11 Sep 2008: CLEAR CHANNEL BONDS LURE FEW
Underwriters sold $228 million of Clear Channel bonds, well below the level the banks had hoped to offload. ... more info

11 Sep 2008: TREASURY PRICES FINISH NARROWLY MIXED
Government bonds ended narrowly mixed Thursday, giving up moderate gains after a big comeback in the stock market. The Dow Jones industrial average finished up more than 164 points, after falling by 170 earlier in the session. ... more info

11 Sep 2008: FITCH RATES $90MM THEDACARE, INC. (WISCONSIN) 2008 BONDS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA-' underlying rating to approximately $90 million of Wisconsin Health and Educational Facilities Authority revenue bonds, series 2008, issued on behalf of ThedaCare, Inc. . ... more info

11 Sep 2008: FITCH RATES $123.270MM OKLAHOMA CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT AUTH STATE FACILITIES VRDBS 2006D 'AA-/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AA-/F1+' to the $123,270,000 Oklahoma Capital Improvement Authority state facilities revenue bonds multi-modal variable rate demand, series 2006D, consisting of: ... more info

11 Sep 2008: FITCH RATES ROMEOVILLE, ILLINOIS RFDG GOS 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A+' rating to the Village of Romeoville, Illinois' approximately $4.9 general obligation refunding bonds, series 2008C. The bonds are scheduled for competitive sale on Sept. 17, 2008. ... more info

11 Sep 2008: FITCH RATES NCMC'S (COLORADO) $55.5MM REVS 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'A+' underlying rating to the Colorado Health Facilities Authority's approximately $55.5 million hospital revenue bonds series 2008A&B. ... more info

11 Sep 2008: FITCH RTS $397MM AZ HEALTH FAC AUTH REVS (BANNER HEALTH), SERIES 2008 E-H 'AA+/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA+/F1+'rating to the following series of Arizona Health Facilities Authority revenue bonds $124,195,000 weekly rate securities: ... more info

11 Sep 2008: FITCH CONFIRMS INTERMOUNTAIN POWER AGENCY VRBS, SER 85E & F MATURING 2014 & 2015 'AA-/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings confirms the 'AA-/F1+' rating assigned to the Intermountain Power Agency variable rate power supply revenue and refunding bonds, 1985 series E maturing July 1, 2014, and variable rate power supply revenue and refunding bonds, 1985 series F maturing July 1, 2015. ... more info

11 Sep 2008: FITCH RATES INDIANA MUNICIPAL POWER AGENCY'S 2008A $30MM REV BONDS 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch has assigned an 'A+' rating to Indiana Municipal Power Agency's $30 million power supply system revenue bonds, series 2008A. Fitch also affirmed the 'A+' rating on IMPA's $1 billion of outstanding parity power supply system revenue bonds. ... more info

11 Sep 2008: STATES WORRY OVER BONDS BACKED BY FEDERAL MONEY
The bankruptcy of the federal highway trust fund halted road work around the country and sparked fears that state governments would be on the hook for billions of dollars in bonds they had planned to pay off with money from Washington. ... more info

11 Sep 2008: FITCH RATES $4.8MM GREENSOUTH HOLDINGS, LLC VARIABLE RATE TAXABLE BONDS, SERIES 2008 'A/F1'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'A/F1' to the $4,785,000 GreenSouth Holdings, LLC variable rate taxable bonds, series 2008. The rating is based on the support provided by an irrevocable, direct-pay letter of credit issued by Columbus Bank and Trust Company, securing the bonds. ... more info

11 Sep 2008: FITCH RATES FIRSTHEALTH OF THE CAROLINAS (NORTH CAROLINA) 2008 BONDS 'AA'; UPGRS OUTSTANDING DEBT
TAMPA, Fla.----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA' rating to FirstHealth of the Carolinas' series 2008 A-D bonds expected to be issued in the amount of approximately $197 million through the North Carolina Medical Care Commission. ... more info

10 Sep 2008: BOND PRICES FALL ONE DAY AFTER POSTING BIG GAINS
Government bonds slipped Wednesday, as a gain in the stock market led investors to give back a portion of Tuesday's runup in Treasurys. ... more info

10 Sep 2008: FITCH RATES PASCO COUNTY, FLORIDA'S $183MM WATER & SEWER REVS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' rating to Pasco County, Florida's approximately $182.5 million water and sewer system revenue bonds, series 2008. The bonds are scheduled to price Sept. 17, 2008 through negotiated sale. ... more info

10 Sep 2008: FITCH RATES SARASOTA COUNTY, FLORIDA'S 2008B INFRASTRUCTURE SALES SURTAX REVS AA'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA' rating to Sarasota County, Florida's approximately $13.8 million infrastructure sales surtax revenue bonds series 2008B. The bonds are scheduled to sell via negotiation the week of Sept. 8, with proceeds to be used to fund general government capital improvement needs. ... more info

10 Sep 2008: FITCH UPGRADES CORPUS CHRISTI BUS & JOB DEV CORP, TEXAS' $101MM SALES TAX BONDS
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings upgrades its ratings on Corpus Christi Business & Job Development Corporation , TX's sales tax bonds as described below: ... more info

10 Sep 2008: FITCH RATES ALBERT EINSTEIN HEALTHCARE NETWORK'S (PENNSYLVANIA) $90MM REVS 'A-'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'A-' rating to approximately $90 million of Pennsylvania Economic Development Financing Authority health system revenue bonds, series 2008A, issued on behalf of Albert Einstein Healthcare Network . ... more info

10 Sep 2008: NORTHERN STATES POWER SELLS $200 MILLION OF BONDS
Northern States Power Co., a Wisconsin subsidiary of Xcel Energy, said Wednesday it has sold $200 million of mortgage bonds with the proceeds to be used partly to pay senior notes and repay short-term debt. ... more info

10 Sep 2008: FITCH RATES HALIFAX HOSPITAL MEDICAL CENTER'S (FLORIDA) $70MM HOSPITAL REVS SERIES 2008 'A+/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'A+/F1+' to the $70,000,000 Halifax Hospital Medical Center , Hospital revenue refunding and improvement bonds, series 2008 . The rating is based on the support provided by an irrevocable, direct-pay letter of credit issued by Wachovia Bank, National Association , securing the bonds. ... more info

10 Sep 2008: XCEL ENERGY SUBSIDIARY NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY, A WISCONSIN CORPORATION, ANNOUNCES DEBT FINANCING
MINNEAPOLIS----Xcel Energy subsidiary Northern States Power Company, a Wisconsin corporation today announced it has sold $200 million of its 30-year first mortgage bonds with an annual interest rate of 6.375 percent. ... more info

10 Sep 2008: FITCH AFFIRMS GROUP HEALTH COOPERATIVE (WASHINGTON) AT 'A-'
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings has affirmed the 'A-' rating on Group Health Cooperative's approximately $205.9 million of outstanding series 1991, series 2001 and series 2006 revenue bonds issued through the Washington Health Care Facilities Authority. ... more info

10 Sep 2008: BOND PRICES FALL ONE DAY AFTER POSTING BIG GAINS
Government bonds slipped Wednesday, as a gain in the stock market led investors to give back a portion of Tuesday's runup in Treasurys. ... more info

10 Sep 2008: FITCH RATES PASCO COUNTY, FLORIDA'S $183MM WATER & SEWER REVS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' rating to Pasco County, Florida's approximately $182.5 million water and sewer system revenue bonds, series 2008. The bonds are scheduled to price Sept. 17, 2008 through negotiated sale. ... more info

10 Sep 2008: FITCH RATES SARASOTA COUNTY, FLORIDA'S 2008B INFRASTRUCTURE SALES SURTAX REVS AA'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA' rating to Sarasota County, Florida's approximately $13.8 million infrastructure sales surtax revenue bonds series 2008B. The bonds are scheduled to sell via negotiation the week of Sept. 8, with proceeds to be used to fund general government capital improvement needs. ... more info

10 Sep 2008: FITCH UPGRADES CORPUS CHRISTI BUS & JOB DEV CORP, TEXAS' $101MM SALES TAX BONDS
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings upgrades its ratings on Corpus Christi Business & Job Development Corporation , TX's sales tax bonds as described below: ... more info

10 Sep 2008: FITCH RATES ALBERT EINSTEIN HEALTHCARE NETWORK'S (PENNSYLVANIA) $90MM REVS 'A-'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'A-' rating to approximately $90 million of Pennsylvania Economic Development Financing Authority health system revenue bonds, series 2008A, issued on behalf of Albert Einstein Healthcare Network . ... more info

10 Sep 2008: NORTHERN STATES POWER SELLS $200 MILLION OF BONDS
Northern States Power Co., a Wisconsin subsidiary of Xcel Energy, said Wednesday it has sold $200 million of mortgage bonds with the proceeds to be used partly to pay senior notes and repay short-term debt. ... more info

10 Sep 2008: FITCH RATES HALIFAX HOSPITAL MEDICAL CENTER'S (FLORIDA) $70MM HOSPITAL REVS SERIES 2008 'A+/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'A+/F1+' to the $70,000,000 Halifax Hospital Medical Center , Hospital revenue refunding and improvement bonds, series 2008 . The rating is based on the support provided by an irrevocable, direct-pay letter of credit issued by Wachovia Bank, National Association , securing the bonds. ... more info

10 Sep 2008: XCEL ENERGY SUBSIDIARY NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY, A WISCONSIN CORPORATION, ANNOUNCES DEBT FINANCING
MINNEAPOLIS----Xcel Energy subsidiary Northern States Power Company, a Wisconsin corporation today announced it has sold $200 million of its 30-year first mortgage bonds with an annual interest rate of 6.375 percent. ... more info

10 Sep 2008: FITCH AFFIRMS GROUP HEALTH COOPERATIVE (WASHINGTON) AT 'A-'
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings has affirmed the 'A-' rating on Group Health Cooperative's approximately $205.9 million of outstanding series 1991, series 2001 and series 2006 revenue bonds issued through the Washington Health Care Facilities Authority. ... more info

9 Sep 2008 : FITCH RATES ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO'S $33MM AIRPORT 2008 D&E SUB LIEN BONDS 'A', OUTLOOK STABLE
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A' rating to approximately $32.9 million City of Albuquerque, New Mexico , subordinate lien airport refunding revenue bonds, series 2008D-E consisting of $7.2 million airport refunding revenue bonds, taxable series 2008D and $25.7 million airport refunding revenue bonds, tax exempt series 2008E . ... more info

9 Sep 2008 : FITCH RATES PENDERGAST ESD NO. 92, ARIZONA'S SCHOOL BONDS 'A+'
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch assigns an 'A+' rating to the Pendergast Elementary School District No. 92 of Maricopa County, Arizona's $11 million school improvement bonds, Project of 2006, Series C . ... more info

9 Sep 2008 : FITCH RATES GUILFORD, CONNECTICUT'S GOS 'AA+'; OUTLOOK TO NEGATIVE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA+' rating to the town of Guilford, Connecticut's $16,500,000 general obligation bonds, issue of 2008. Scheduled to sell competitively on Sept. 16, the bonds are secured by the city's full faith and credit pledge. ... more info

9 Sep 2008 : FITCH RATES PASADENA, CALIFORNIA'S $28MM LEASE REVS 'AA/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AA/F1+' to the $28,800,000 Pasadena Public Finance Authority, California Taxable Variable Rate Demand Lease Revenue Refunding Bonds Series 2008. ... more info

9 Sep 2008 : FITCH RATES CHICAGO, ILLINOIS' $525MM WASTEWATER 2ND LIEN REVS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK TO POSITIVE
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch has assigned an 'AA-' rating to the following City of Chicago, Illinois bonds: ... more info

9 Sep 2008 : TREASURYS RISE AMID UNCERTAINTY IN FINANCIALS
Treasury bonds rose Tuesday as uncertainty mounted about the financial services sector and the future of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. ... more info

9 Sep 2008 : FITCH RATES WORCESTER, MASSACHUSETTS' $43MM 2008 GOS 'A'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'A' rating to the city of Worcester, Massachusetts' $43 million general obligation bonds, consisting of $41.3 million GO municipal purpose loan of 2008 bonds, series A, and $1.7 million GO refunding bonds, series B. ... more info

9 Sep 2008 : FITCH RATES COTTAGE HEALTH SYSTEM CALIFORNIA REV BONDS 'AA-', OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned its 'AA-' underlying rating to the $281.1 million series 2008A-E revenue bonds to be issued on behalf of Cottage Health System through the California Statewide Communities Development Authority. ... more info

9 Sep 2008 : FITCH AFFIRMS MASSACHUSETTS TURNPIKE AUTHORITY WESTERN TURNPIKE REVS AT 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings affirms its 'A+' rating on $162.4 million in outstanding Massachusetts Turnpike Authority Western Turnpike Revenue Bonds 1997 Series A. The Rating Outlook is Stable. ... more info

9 Sep 2008 : FITCH RATES $10MM CALIFORNIA ENTERPRISE DEV AUTH (JBR, INC.) SERIES 2008 VRDBS 'AA-/F1'
NEW YORK----Fitch assigns an 'AA-/F1' to the $10,000,000 California Enterprise Development Authority variable rate demand industrial development revenue bonds , series 2008. The rating is based on the support provided by an irrevocable, direct-pay letter of credit issued by U.S. ... more info

9 Sep 2008 : FITCH RATES $5.79MM JBR, INC. TAXABLE VRDBS SERIES 2008 'AA-/F1'
NEW YORK----Fitch assigns an 'AA-/F1' to the $5,790,000 JBR, Inc. taxable variable/fixed rate demand bonds, series 2008. The rating is based on the support provided by an irrevocable, direct-pay letter of credit issued by U.S. ... more info

9 Sep 2008 : FITCH PUTS MASSACHUSETTS TURNPIKE AUTHORITY'S METRO HIGHWAY SYSTEM REVS ON WATCH NEGATIVE
NEW YORK----Fitch places on Rating Watch Negative the long-term rating on $1.2 billion in outstanding Massachusetts Turnpike Authority Metropolitan Highway System revenue bonds 1997 series A and $89.1 million in outstanding MHS revenue bonds 1997 series C . ... more info

9 Sep 2008 : FITCH RATES INDIANA FINANCE AUTHORITY HOSPITAL REV RFDG BONDS, SERIES 2008A-D 'AA-/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AA-/F1+' to the $170,960,000 Indiana Finance Authority hospital revenue refunding bonds series 2008A-D consisting of: ... more info

9 Sep 2008 : FITCH ASSIGNS 'BBB+' RATING TO CONSUMERS' $350MM FMB ISSUANCE
CHICAGO & NEW YORK----Fitch has assigned a 'BBB+' rating to Consumers Energy Co.'s $350 million issuance of 6.125% first mortgage bonds , due March 15, 2019. Proceeds from the sale will be used for general corporate purposes. ... more info

9 Sep 2008 : MARKETAXESS VOLUME DROPS 39 PERCENT IN AUGUST
MarketAxess Holdings Inc., operator of an electronic trading platform for corporate bonds, said Tuesday that its trading volume dropped 39 percent in August. ... more info

9 Sep 2008 : MARKETAXESS ANNOUNCES EXPANSION OF DEALER GROUP TO INCLUDE REGIONAL AND DIVERSITY DEALERS
MarketAxess Holdings Inc. , the operator of a leading electronic trading platform for U.S. and European high-grade corporate bonds, emerging markets bonds and other types of fixed-income securities, today announced two new dealer initiatives in response to institutional investor demand. ... more info

9 Sep 2008 : MARKETAXESS ANNOUNCES MONTHLY VOLUME STATISTICS FOR AUGUST 2008
MarketAxess Holdings Inc. , the operator of a leading electronic trading platform for U.S. and European high-grade corporate bonds, emerging markets bonds and other types of fixed-income securities, today announced total monthly trading volume for August 2008 of $14.2 billion, consisting of $8.6 billion in U.S. high-grade volume, $1.9 billion in European high-grade volume, and $3.6 billion in other volume. ... more info

8 Sep 2008 : FITCH RATES PORT OF BEAUMONT, TEXAS' REVS 'A'; OUTLOOK STABLE
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A' rating to approximately $9.9 million Port of Beaumont Navigation District of Jefferson County, Texas, revenue bonds, series 2008. In addition, Fitch affirms approximately $16 million in outstanding port revenue bonds at 'A' and also affirms approximately $21.4 million in outstanding general obligation bonds at 'A+'. ... more info

8 Sep 2008 : TREASURYS RISE AFTER FANNIE, FREDDIE RESCUE
Treasury bonds rose Monday as investors remained uncertain that the U.S. government seizure of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will help boost the economy. ... more info

8 Sep 2008 : FITCH RATES KING'S DAUGHTERS MEDICAL CENTER'S (KENTUCKY) $100MM SER 2008A&B 'AA+/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AA+/F1+' to the $100,000,000 Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority Adjustable Rate Medical Center Revenue Improvement Bonds consisting of $50,000,000 Series 2008 A and $50,000,000 Series 2008 B. ... more info

8 Sep 2008 : OKLA. RATING FOR GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS UPGRADED
Standard & Poor's Ratings Services has raised Oklahoma's general obligation bond rate for the first time in almost five decades, state Treasurer Scott Meacham said Monday. ... more info

8 Sep 2008 : FITCH AFFIRMS TEXAS PERMANENT SCHOOL FUND'S IFS AT 'AAA'
CHICAGO----Fitch affirms its 'AAA' insurer financial strength rating on the Texas Permanent School Fund's school bond guaranty program. The Rating Outlook is Stable. The PSF helps Texas school districts by guaranteeing local school district bonds. ... more info

8 Sep 2008 : FANNIE, FREDDIE SHARES DIVE, DEBT RALLIES ON BAILOUT
Fannie Mae's and Freddie Mac's stocks took a dive while their debt soared Monday, as investors bet the U.S. government's takeover of the mortgage finance firms would wipe out shareholders but fully guarantee their bonds. ... more info

8 Sep 2008 : FITCH RATES SOUTHERN ILLINOIS HEALTHCARE'S REV BONDS 'A+'; STABLE OUTLOOK
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A+' underlying rating to approximately $26.2 million revenue refunding bonds, series 2008A, $22.1 million variable rate demand revenue bonds, series 2008B, and $20.0 million taxable variable rate demand revenue bonds, series 2008C issued by Illinois Finance Authority on behalf of Southern Illinois Healthcare Enterprises, Inc. . ... more info

8 Sep 2008: MORTGAGE-MARKET BUY ORDERS SURGE
The secondary market for mortgage bonds guaranteed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac went into temporarily paralysis Monday morning as investors flooded Wall Street banks with buy orders. ... more info

8 Sep 2008 : ASIAN BANKS RALLY ON FANNIE, FREDDIE BAILOUT
Shares in Asian banks soared on Monday after the U.S. government took over Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac , reassuring investors worried about exposure to the mortgage giants' bonds and the value of other risky debt assets. ... more info

5 Sep 2008 : TREASURY PRICES DECLINE AS INVESTORS TAKE PROFITS
Treasury prices fell Friday as investors cashed in profits from the strong gains the bonds made earlier in the week. Also weighing on Treasurys was an afternoon reversal in the stock market, even after the government reported a huge uptick in the unemployment rate. ... more info

5 Sep 2008 : FITCH RATES GREATER CLEVELAND REGIONAL TRANSIT AUTH, OHIO'S $28MM RFDG GOS 'A'
CHICAGO----Fitch assigns an 'A' rating to the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority , Ohio's approximately $28 million of general obligation , limited tax capital improvement refunding bonds, series 2008B. ... more info

5 Sep 2008 : FITCH RATES FLORIDA'S $200MM PECO 2008A BONDS 'AA+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA+' rating to Florida's approximately $200 million full faith and credit state board of education public education capital outlay bonds, 2008 series A. ... more info

5 Sep 2008 : FITCH RATES FLORIDA FACILITIES POOL $35.5MM REVS 'AA'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to the Florida Department of Management Services' approximately $35,460,000 Florida facilities pool revenue bonds, series 2008A. The bonds are expected to be offered competitively on 18 hours notice as early as the week of September 8. ... more info

5 Sep 2008 : FITCH RATES SOUTH HAVEN, MICHIGAN'S $10MM 2008 CAP IMPROVEMENT BONDS 'A+'; OUTLOOK NEGATIVE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A+' rating to the City of South Haven, Michigan's $10 million capital improvement bonds, series 2008 , and affirms approximately $13.1 million in GO debt at 'A+'. ... more info

5 Sep 2008 : FITCH RATES MISSISSIPPI'S $230MM GOS 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA' rating to the State of Mississippi's $133,545,000 general obligation bonds, series 2008A and $96,600,000 Taxable GO bonds, series 2008B expected to be offered competitively on Sept. 9th. ... more info

5 Sep 2008 : FITCH RATES DORMITORY AUTHORITY OF NEW YORK'S $395MM MENTAL HEALTH BONDS 'A+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A+' rating to approximately $394,765,000 Dormitory Authority of the State of New York mental health services facilities improvement revenue bonds, series 2008F. ... more info

5 Sep 2008 : FITCH RATES CONNECTICUT'S $500MM 2ND LIEN SPECIAL TAX OBLIGATION REFUNDING BONDS 'AA-'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' rating to $500 million State of Connecticut second lien special tax obligation refunding bonds, transportation infrastructure purposes, 2008 series 1. ... more info

5 Sep 2008 : NEB. PUBLIC POWER TO ISSUE $300 MILLION IN BONDS
The Nebraska Public Power District plans to issue more than $300 million in bonds next week to finance transmission lines and other projects. ... more info

5 Sep 2008: MAIN BANK OF CHINA IS IN NEED OF CAPITAL
China’s central bank is in a bind, after snapping up roughly $1 trillion worth of Treasury bonds and mortgage-backed debt issued by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac over the last seven years. ... more info

5 Sep 2008: CHINA’S CENTRAL BANK IS SHORT OF CAPITAL
China’s central bank is in a bind, after snapping up roughly $1 trillion worth of Treasury bonds and mortgage-backed debt issued by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac over the last seven years.

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4 Sep 2008 : FITCH TO UPGR CHICAGO O'HARE INT'L AIRPORT GEN'L AIR. 3RD LIEN REVS, SER 2005C TO 'AA'; CONFS 'F1+'
NEW YORK----Effective Sept. 11, 2008, Fitch Ratings will upgrade the long-term rating to 'AA' and confirm the short-term 'F1+' rating assigned to the $200,000,000 Chicago O'Hare International Airport general airport third lien revenue bonds, series 2005C . ... more info

4 Sep 2008 : FITCH RATES OHIO'S $240MM GO INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENT & $56MM GO RFDG BONDS 'AA+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA+' rating to State of Ohio infrastructure improvement general obligation bonds, consisting of: ... more info

4 Sep 2008 : FITCH TO UPGR CHICAGO O'HARE INT'L AIRPORT 3RD LIEN REVS, SER 2005D TO 'AAA'; CONFS 'F1+'
NEW YORK----Effective Sept. 11, 2008, Fitch Ratings will upgrade the long-term rating to 'AAA' and confirm the short-term F1+' rating assigned to the $100,000,000 Chicago O'Hare International Airport general airport third lien revenue bonds, series 2005D . ... more info

4 Sep 2008 : FITCH RTES GWINNETT COUNTY DEVEL. AUTH. (GEORGIA) $14.5MM REVS 'AAA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to the Development Authority of Gwinnett County , Georgia's approximately $14.5 million revenue bonds , series 2008. The bonds are scheduled to price Sept. 10, 2008 through competitive sale. ... more info

4 Sep 2008 : FITCH RATES PASADENA, TEXAS' GOS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' rating to Pasadena, Texas' approximately $21.6 million general obligation bonds, series 2008. Additionally, Fitch affirms the 'AA-' rating on the city's outstanding $118 million GO bonds and $17 million certificates of obligation. ... more info

4 Sep 2008 : FITCH RATES NEW YORK CITY'S $790MM GOS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA-' rating to New York City, NY's $790 million general obligation bonds fiscal 2009 series B, consisting of the following: ... more info

4 Sep 2008 : FITCH RATES JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA'S $54.5MM SPECIAL REVS 'AA-'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA-' rating to Jacksonville, Florida's approximately $54.5 million special revenue bonds, series 2008. The bonds are scheduled to price Sept. 16, with the proceeds to be used to fund various general government capital needs. ... more info

4 Sep 2008 : FITCH RATES BOISE KUNA IRRIGATION DISTRICT, IDAHO'S ARROWROCK HYDROELECTRIC $41MM PROJ REVS 'BBB+'
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings assigns its 'BBB+' rating to the $41 million Boise Kuna Irrigation District, ADA and Canyon Counties, Idaho's Arrowrock Hydroelectric project revenue bonds, Series 2008A. ... more info

4 Sep 2008 : ENVIRONMENTAL POWER ANNOUNCES SALE OF TAX EXEMPT BONDS FOR MICROGY RIVERDALE AND HANFORD PROJECTS IN CALIFORNIA
Environmental Power Corporation , today announced that its subsidiary, Microgy Holdings, LLC, has completed a financing involving the sale of $62.4 million of tax-exempt bonds issued through the California Statewide Communities Development Authority. ... more info

4 Sep 2008 : ASSURED GUARANTY CORP. GUARANTEES $339 MILLION IN BONDS FOR LOUISVILLE ARENA AUTHORITY AND ANNOUNCES AUGUST U.S. PUBLIC FINANCE NEW ISSUE VOLUME
NEW YORK----Assured Guaranty Corp. , the triple-A rated financial guaranty subsidiary of Assured Guaranty Ltd. , announced today that it guaranteed $319 million of fixed rate tax-exempt and $20 million of fixed rate taxable bonds for the Louisville Arena Authority . ... more info

3 Sep 2008 : FITCH REVISES GRISWOLD, CONNECTICUT'S OUTLOOK TO POSITIVE; RATES 2008 GOS 'A+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'A+' rating to the town of Griswold, Connecticut's approximately $10 million of general obligation bonds, issue of 2008. The bonds, which are payable from an unlimited ad valorem tax on all taxable property in the town, are scheduled to sell competitively on Sept. 11, 2008. ... more info

3 Sep 2008 : FITCH RATES MARYLAND TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY'S $425MM GRANT & REVS 'AA'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating on approximately $425 million Maryland Transportation Authority Grant and Revenue Anticipation bonds, series 2008. The Rating Outlook is Stable. ... more info

3 Sep 2008 : FITCH RATES MESQUITE ISD, TEXAS' ULT BONDS 'AA'/UNDERLYING; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to Mesquite Independent School District, Texas' $13.1 million unlimited tax refunding bonds, series 2008 based on a guaranty provided by the Texas Permanent School Fund , whose insurer strength is rated 'AAA' by Fitch. ... more info

3 Sep 2008 : FITCH RATES MONMOUTH COUNTY, NEW JERSEY'S $30MM GO BONDS 'AAA'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AAA' rating to Monmouth County, NJ's approximately $30,000,000 general obligation bonds, series 2008. The bonds are scheduled to sell competitively on Sept. 9, 2008, and to mature serially on Sept. 1, 2009-2023. ... more info

3 Sep 2008 : FITCH RELEASES REPORT ON ABCS OF U.S. COVERED BONDS
NEW YORK----Covered bonds are gaining more interest in the U.S. as a possible alternative to financing mortgages through issuance of RMBS or by pledging loans as collateral to the Federal Home Loan Bank system, according to Fitch Ratings in a special report. ... more info

2 Sep 2008 : FITCH AFFS KING COUNTY, WA'S UNLTD TAX GOS AT 'AAA'; REMOVED FROM WATCH NEGATIVE
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings has affirmed and removed from Rating Watch Negative the 'AAA' rating on approximately $251.4 million in outstanding King County, WA unlimited tax GO bonds. ... more info

2 Sep 2008 : FITCH RATES MINNEAPOLIS SCHOOL DIST NO. 1, (MINNESOTA) $25MM GOS 'AA+'
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA+' rating to the Minneapolis Special School District No. 1, Minnesota's $24,645,000 general obligation bonds, series 2008. The rating is based on the district's participation in the Minnesota School District Credit Enhancement Program. ... more info

2 Sep 2008 : AMEND: FITCH RATES KING'S DAUGHTERS MEDICAL CENTER (KENTUCKY) $146MM 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----This is an amendment for a press release issued on August 11, 2008. It reflects the series 2008C bonds, which have been added to the transaction. ... more info

2 Sep 2008 : FITCH RATES COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO'S $50MM VRD UTILITIES SYSTEM IMPROVEMENT REVS 2008A 'AA/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch assigns a rating of 'AA/F1+' to the $50,000,000 City of Colorado Springs, Colorado , variable rate demand utilities system improvement revenue bonds, series 2008A. ... more info

2 Sep 2008 : FITCH RATES WASHINGTON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FINANCE AUTHORITY'S (BELINA INTERIORS) VRDB'S 'A/F1'
NEW YORK----Fitch assigns an 'A/F1' to the Washington Economic Development Finance Authority tax-exempt variable rate economic development revenue bonds consisting of: ... more info

2 Sep 2008 : FITCH REVISES RATING ON DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA'S MULTIMODAL GO VRDOS, SERIES 2002D TO 'AA+/F1+'
NEW YORK----On the effective date of Sept. 3, 2008, Fitch Ratings will raise the current 'A+' long-term rating assigned to The District of Columbia $124,995,000 Multimodal General Obligation bonds , series 2002D to 'AA+', and will also confirm the short-term 'F1+' rating assigned to the bonds. ... more info

2 Sep 2008 : FITCH REVISES RATING ON DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA'S MULTIMODAL GO VRDOS, SERIES 2002D TO 'AA+/F1+'
NEW YORK----On the effective date of Sept. 3, 2008, Fitch Ratings will raise the current 'A+' long-term rating assigned to The District of Columbia $124,995,000 Multimodal General Obligation bonds , series 2002D to 'AA+', and will also confirm the short-term 'F1+' rating assigned to the bonds. ... more info

2 Sep 2008 : DPC DATA RELEASES FIRST-EVER EMPIRICAL ANALYSIS OF DISCLOSURE PRACTICES IN THE MUNICIPAL BOND MARKET
DPC DATA, leading provider of municipal bond disclosure data, today issued groundbreaking research into ongoing disclosure performance by issuers and obligors of municipal bonds. The study uncovers a significant lack of transparency due to failures to file annual disclosures, as well as an accelerating trend of disclosure delinquency. ... more info

29 Aug 2008: RUSSIAN FIRMS SEE RISE IN BORROWING COSTS
The influx of Russian bonds that typically hits the market after the summer holiday season is unlikely to appear this year, now that the Georgian conflict has sparked prohibitive funding costs and an increasingly risk-averse investor base. ... more info

29 Aug 2008: FITCH AFFIRMS JORDAN SCHOOL DISTRICT, UTAH'S OUTSTANDING GOS AT 'AAA'; OUTLOOK NEGATIVE
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings has affirmed and removed from Rating Watch Negative the 'AAA' underlying rating on Jordan School District, UT's approximately $335.3 million in outstanding GO bonds. ... more info

28 Aug 2008: MBIA SHARES SOAR ON REINSURANCE DEAL WITH FGIC
Shares of MBIA Inc. soared more than 30 percent Thursday, one day after the bond insurer agreed to back nearly $200 billion of municipal bonds insured by rival FGIC Corp. ... more info

28 Aug 2008: FITCH RATES LUCAS COUNTY, OHIO'S LTGO BANS & BONDS 'AA-'/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns long-term and short-term ratings to Lucas County , Ohio's following issues: ... more info

28 Aug 2008: FITCH DOWNGRADES WM COVERED BONDS PROGRAM TO 'AA'
NEW YORK & LONDON----Fitch Ratings has downgraded WM Covered Bond Program's series 1, 2 and 3 to 'AA' from 'AAA' and removed them from Rating Watch Negative. As of the end of July 2008, aggregate outstanding covered bonds were equivalent to approximately US$7.8 billion and are ultimately secured over a portfolio of U.S. residential mortgage loans of US$11.7 billion held by Washington Mutual Bank , resulting in a current overcollateralization of 50.6%. ... more info

28 Aug 2008: TREASURYS FALL AS INVESTORS MOVE BACK INTO STOCKS
Treasury bonds mostly fell Thursday after a government report indicated the economy grew at a faster pace during the second quarter and at least temporarily eased investors' need for safe-haven bets. ... more info

28 Aug 2008: FITCH RATES WELLSPAN HEALTH'S (PENNSYLVANIA) $427MM 2008 BONDS 'AA-'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA-' underlying rating to the General Authority of Southcentral Pennsylvania's approximately $427 million revenue bonds, series 2008A and 2008B . ... more info

28 Aug 2008: FITCH RATES BRYAN, TEXAS' $32.8MM ELECTRIC SYSTEM REVS SER 2008 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A+' rating to the City of Bryan, Texas Electric System $32.8 million electric system revenue bonds, series 2008. In addition, Fitch affirms BTU's $60.165 million of outstanding bonds at 'A+'. ... more info

28 Aug 2008: FITCH RATES JEA $68MM SR AND SUB ELECTRIC SYSTEM REV BONDS SERIES 2008E 'AA-'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned a rating of 'AA-' to the JEA 20-year fixed-rate series three 2008E $44 million senior and series 2008E $24 million subordinate electric system revenue bonds. ... more info

28 Aug 2008: MBIA SHARES SOAR ON REINSURANCE DEAL WITH FGIC
Shares of MBIA Inc. soared more than 30 percent Thursday, one day after the bond insurer agreed to back nearly $200 billion of municipal bonds insured by rival FGIC Corp. ... more info

28 Aug 2008: FITCH RATES LUCAS COUNTY, OHIO'S LTGO BANS & BONDS 'AA-'/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns long-term and short-term ratings to Lucas County , Ohio's following issues: ... more info

28 Aug 2008: FITCH DOWNGRADES WM COVERED BONDS PROGRAM TO 'AA'
NEW YORK & LONDON----Fitch Ratings has downgraded WM Covered Bond Program's series 1, 2 and 3 to 'AA' from 'AAA' and removed them from Rating Watch Negative. As of the end of July 2008, aggregate outstanding covered bonds were equivalent to approximately US$7.8 billion and are ultimately secured over a portfolio of U.S. residential mortgage loans of US$11.7 billion held by Washington Mutual Bank , resulting in a current overcollateralization of 50.6%. ... more info

28 Aug 2008: TREASURYS FALL AS INVESTORS MOVE BACK INTO STOCKS
Treasury bonds mostly fell Thursday after a government report indicated the economy grew at a faster pace during the second quarter and at least temporarily eased investors' need for safe-haven bets. ... more info

28 Aug 2008: FITCH RATES WELLSPAN HEALTH'S (PENNSYLVANIA) $427MM 2008 BONDS 'AA-'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA-' underlying rating to the General Authority of Southcentral Pennsylvania's approximately $427 million revenue bonds, series 2008A and 2008B . ... more info

28 Aug 2008: FITCH RATES BRYAN, TEXAS' $32.8MM ELECTRIC SYSTEM REVS SER 2008 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A+' rating to the City of Bryan, Texas Electric System $32.8 million electric system revenue bonds, series 2008. In addition, Fitch affirms BTU's $60.165 million of outstanding bonds at 'A+'. ... more info

28 Aug 2008: FITCH RATES JEA $68MM SR AND SUB ELECTRIC SYSTEM REV BONDS SERIES 2008E 'AA-'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned a rating of 'AA-' to the JEA 20-year fixed-rate series three 2008E $44 million senior and series 2008E $24 million subordinate electric system revenue bonds. ... more info

28 Aug 2008: FITCH RATES MARYLAND CDA'S $100MM 2008B&C 'AA'; $50MM 2008D 'AA/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned the following ratings to Maryland Community Development Administration's residential revenue bonds, ... more info

28 Aug 2008: FITCH RTS $78.5MM HOSP AUTH OF ST. JOSEPH CNTY (INDIANA), HLTH SYS REVS, 2008A & B 'AA+/F1'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AA+/F1' to the $78,495,000 Hospital Authority of St. Joseph County , health system revenue refunding bonds , consisting of $38,580,000 series 2008A bonds and $39,915,000 series 2008B bonds . ... more info

28 Aug 2008: FITCH RATES SIERRA PACIFIC POWER COMPANY'S $250MM GENERAL & RFDG NOTES, SER Q 'BBB-'
NEW YORK----Fitch has assigned a rating of 'BBB-' to Sierra Pacific Power Company's issuance of $250 million 5.45% general and refunding mortgage bonds, series Q due Sept. 1, 2013. The notes were priced on Aug. 27, 2008 at a spread of 247 basis points over the benchmark treasury issue. ... more info

28 Aug 2008: MBIA JUMPS AFTER DEAL TO REINSURE FGIC BONDS
Shares of MBIA Inc. jumped before the open on Thursday after the bond insurer agreed in a deal to reinsure $184 billion of municipal bonds backed by its rival FGIC Corp. ... more info

27 Aug 2008: FITCH RATES RIVERSIDE COUNTY, CALIFORNIA'S $116MM COPS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK TO NEGATIVE
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings confirms the 'AA-' rating on approximately $37.4 million County of Riverside's certificates of participation , 2007 series B and assigns an 'AA-' rating to $79 million County of Riverside Asset Leasing Corporation's variable rate demand leasehold revenue refunding bonds, series 2008A . ... more info

27 Aug 2008: FITCH RATES MISSOURI CITY, TEXAS' 2008A GOS & COS 'A+'
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'A+' rating to Missouri City, Texas' $21.1 million general obligation bonds , series 2008A and to the $14.5 million certificates of obligation , series 2008A. ... more info

27 Aug 2008: MBIA AGREES TO BACKSTOP FGIC BONDS
MBIA has agreed to stand behind $184 billion in municipal bonds that are currently guaranteed by FGIC, a smaller bond insurer whose future remains uncertain. ... more info

27 Aug 2008: MBIA AGREES TO REINSURE FGIC'S MUNI BOND PORTFOLIO
MBIA Inc. on Wednesday agreed to take control of nearly $200 billion of municipal bonds currently backed by FGIC Corp. in a move that could help its weaker rival avoid bankruptcy. ... more info

27 Aug 2008: TREASURYS EDGE HIGHER AMID FANNIE, FREDDIE WORRIES
Treasury bonds rebounded Wednesday to finish slightly higher amid uncertainty over whether troubled mortgage financiers Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac would need a government bailout. ... more info

27 Aug 2008: FITCH CONFIRMS BAY AREA TOLL AUTHORITY (CA) 2001-2007 VRBS AT 'AA-/F1+'; 2007A-2 TO 'AA-/F1'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has confirmed the 'AA-/F1+' ratings on the following Bay Area Toll Authority, San Francisco Bay Area Toll Bridge Revenue Bonds, variable-rate bonds , totaling $1,658,320,000 and consisting of the following: ... more info

27 Aug 2008: FITCH RATES SUMMIT COUNTY PORT AUTHORITY'S (OHIO) 2008C BOND FUND 'BBB+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings has assigned a 'BBB+' rating to the Summit County Port Authority, Ohio's bond fund program $6.7 million development revenue bonds, series 2008C . The 2008C bonds, which mature on May 15, 2028, are expected to be offered during the week of Sept. 1. ... more info

27 Aug 2008: FITCH RATES SAN FRANCISCO'S (CALIFORNIA) $73MM LEASE REVS, SERIES 2008-1 & 2008-2 'AA+/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch has assigned a 'AA+/F1+' rating to the City and County of San Francisco Finance Corporation lease revenue refunding bonds, $72,630,000 series 2008-1 and $72,630,000 2008-2 . ... more info

27 Aug 2008: FITCH TO UPGRADE DASNY UPSTATE COMMUNITY COLLEGES REVS, 2005C TO 'AA+'; CONFIRMS 'F1+'
NEW YORK----Effective Sept. 11, 2008, Fitch Ratings will upgrade the long-term rating to 'AA+' and confirm the short-term 'F1+' rating assigned to the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York upstate community colleges revenue bonds, series 2005C . ... more info

27 Aug 2008: CHINA INC. TURNS FROM STOCKS TO BONDS
Many Chinese companies are issuing billions of dollars of new corporate bonds, bucking the global aversion to debt as other routes to capital have suffered. ... more info

26 Aug 2008: FITCH RATES $145.2MM SAN FRANCISCO FIN CORP (CALIFORNIA) LEASE REVS 'A+'; AFFIRMS OUTSTANDING
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings assigns an underlying 'A+' rating to the City and County of San Francisco Finance Corporation, CA's $145.2 million lease revenue refunding bonds, series 2008-1 and 2008-2 . ... more info

26 Aug 2008: FITCH CONFIRMS 'AA-' & ASSIGNS 'F1+' RATING TO ALLEGHENY COUNTY HOSPITAL REVS SERIES 1990A-D
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings confirms the 'AA-' long-term rating and assigns a short-term 'F1+' rating to the $77,500,000 Allegheny County Hospital Development Authority, Health Center Revenue Bonds, Series 1990A-D . ... more info

26 Aug 2008: FITCH RATES LAKE HAVASU CITY, ARIZONA $46MM GOS 'A'
NEW YORK----Fitch assigns an 'A' rating to Lake Havasu City, Arizona's $46.05 million junior lien wastewater revenue bonds , Water Infrastructure Financing Authority of Arizona loan, series 2008. ... more info

26 Aug 2008: FITCH RATES JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA'S $109.8MM BETTER JACKSONVILLE SALES TAX REVS 'AA'
NEW YORK----Fitch assigns an 'AA' rating to Jacksonville, Florida's approximately $109.8 million Better Jacksonville sales tax revenue bonds series 2008. The bonds are scheduled to sell competitively the week of September 4th. ... more info

26 Aug 2008: FITCH AFFIRMS DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA'S $125MM 2002D GOS 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings affirms the 'A+' rating on the District of Columbia's $124,995,000 general obligation refunding bonds, series 2002D. The bonds, which are currently outstanding as insured variable-rate demand obligations , will be remarketed as VRDOs supported by a letter of credit issued by Dexia Credit Local, and long- and short-term ratings reflecting the bank's credit will be provided by Fitch closer to closing. ... more info

26 Aug 2008: FITCH RATES NEBRASKA PUBLIC POWER DISTRICT'S 2008 SERIES B REVS 'A+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A+' rating to Nebraska Public Power District's $325 million general revenue bonds 2008 series B. In addition, Fitch has affirmed NPPD'S $1.51 billion of outstanding general revenue bonds at 'A+'. ... more info

25 Aug 2008: FITCH RTES $189MM NYC HEALTH AND HOSPITALS CORP HLTH SYSTEM BONDS SER 2008 B-E 'AA+/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AA+/F1+' to the $189,000,000 New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation Health System Bonds consisting of: ... more info

25 Aug 2008: FITCH RATES YUMA UNION HIGH SD NO. 70, ARIZONA'S SCHOOL BONDS 'A'
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'A' rating to the Yuma Union High School District No. 70 of Yuma County, Arizona's $9.3 million school improvement bonds, project of 2005, series C . ... more info

25 Aug 2008: FITCH PLACES LAKE OZARKS BRIDGE'S (MISSOURI) TOLL BONDS ON RATING WATCH NEGATIVE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings places on Rating Watch Negative $41.27 million outstanding Lake of the Ozarks Community Bridge Corporation bridge system refunding revenue bonds, series 1998. ... more info

25 Aug 2008: FITCH RTES MACOMB CNTY (MI) HFA $82.8MM REVS (MNT CLEMENS GEN'L HOSP.), SER 2003B 'AAAPRE'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAApre' rating to the following Macomb Hospital Finance Authority hospital revenue bonds , series 2003B, maturing Nov. 15, 2025 and Nov. 15, 2034 . ... more info

25 Aug 2008: FITCH RATES MODESTO PUBLIC FINANCING AUTHORITY, CALIFORNIA'S $65MM RFDG LEASE REVS 'AA/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AA/F1+' to the $65,170,000 Modesto Public Financing Authority lease revenue refunding bonds series 2008 . The long-term 'AA' rating is based jointly on the long-term 'A+' underlying rating assigned by Fitch to the bonds and the support provided by an irrevocable, direct-pay letter of credit issued by Bank of America, N.A. , rated 'AA-/F1+', securing the bonds. ... more info

25 Aug 2008: FITCH RATES TRUMBULL, CONNECTICUT'S 2008 GOS 'AA'; BANS 'F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA' rating to the town of Trumbull, Connecticut's $18.2 million general obligation bonds, issue of 2008, and an 'F1+' rating to the town's $5.5 million of GO bond anticipation notes . ... more info

25 Aug 2008: FITCH AFFIRMS DASNY'S UPSTATE COMMUNITY COLLEGES REVS 'A+' UNDERLYING
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has affirmed the underlying 'A+' rating on outstanding Dormitory Authority of the State of New York upstate community colleges revenue bonds, including $54,080,000 series 2005C bonds that are scheduled to be remarketed the week of September 1 with a letter of credit issued by Depfa Bank. ... more info

25 Aug 2008: TREASURYS ADVANCE ON MORE FINANCIAL WORRIES
Prices of Treasury bonds advanced Monday as investors sought the safety of government securities amid worries about the credit crisis' impact on the financial sector. ... more info

22 Aug 2008: FITCH RATES KANSAS DEVELOPMENT FIN AUTH'S $96MM PUBLIC WATER SUPPLY REVOLVING LOAN FUND REVS 'AAA'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to approximately $112 million Kansas Development Finance Authority's public water supply revolving loan fund revenue bonds, series 2008DW. ... more info

22 Aug 2008: TREASURYS DECLINE AS INVESTORS MOVE INTO STOCKS
Treasury bonds declined Friday after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said inflation pressures are likely to moderate, which would therefore lessen the need for an interest rate hike. ... more info

22 Aug 2008: FITCH RATES CENTRAL UTAH WATER CONSERVANCY DISTRICT $83.6MM 2008B BONDS 'AA+/F1+
NEW YORK----Fitch assigns a rating of 'AA+/F1+' to the $83,600,000 Central Utah Water Conservancy District general obligation refunding bonds, series 2008B. The long-term 'AA+' rating on the bonds is based on the rating assigned by Fitch to the district's GO bonds. ... more info

21 Aug 2008: FITCH RTES COLORADO SPRINGS UTIL. SYSTEM'S 2008B/C UTIL SYSTEM RFDG BNDS 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an underlying 'AA' to Colorado Springs, CO $62 million series 2008B utilities system refunding revenue bonds and $50 million series 2008C utilities system improvement revenue bonds. ... more info

21 Aug 2008: FITCH RATES POUDRE SCHOOL DIST R-1, COLORADO $43MM GOS 'AA'
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns its 'AA' rating to $42.9 million of Poudre School District No. R-1 , CO's general obligation refunding bonds, series 2008, scheduled to sell via negotiation during the week of August 25th. ... more info

21 Aug 2008: CORPORATE BONDS FEEL PAIN
The gap between the yields of corporate bonds and those of ultrasafe Treasury securities has grown to a multidecade high as financial institutions have struggled to raise money. ... more info

21 Aug 2008: MORTGAGE-BACKED BONDS STILL HAVE FANS
Despite the woes rocking mortgage companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, bond-fund company Pacific Investment Management continues to favor agency mortgage-backed securities over government debt. ... more info

21 Aug 2008: FITCH RATES MINOOKA COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT 111, IL'S GOS 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings assigns an initial rating of 'A+' to the Minooka Community High School District 111 , Illinois' approximately $10 million of general obligation refunding bonds, series 2008. ... more info

21 Aug 2008: FITCH RATES MASSACHUSETTS $1.1B GO BONDS 'AA'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AA' to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' approximately $1.1 billion general obligation bonds, series 2008A. The bonds are being issued for new money and refunding purposes and are scheduled to sell through negotiation the week of September 1. ... more info

21 Aug 2008: FITCH: LAS VEGAS MONORAIL (NEVADA) 1ST TIER PROJECT REVS REMAIN AT 'CC'; OUTLOOK NEGATIVE
NEW YORK----The Director of the State of Nevada Department of Business and Industry's $451.4 million in outstanding Las Vegas Monorail project revenue bonds, first tier, series 2000 remains at 'CC' by Fitch Ratings. ... more info

21 Aug 2008: FITCH CONFIRMS TEXAS CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL BDS AT 'AA'; STABLE OUTLOOK; CONFIRMS 'F1+' ON 1999B-1 BDS
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings confirms its underlying 'AA' rating on the Harris County Facilities Development Corporation (Texas Children's Hospital's ) approximately $548.0 million outstanding bonds. ... more info

21 Aug 2008: FITCH RATES LA CONVENTION CENTER AUTHORITY, CA, $261.2MM LEASE REV RFDG BONDS 'AA-'
NEW YORK----Fitch assigns an 'AA-' rating to $261.2 million Los Angeles Convention and Exhibition Center Authority , CA's lease revenue refunding bonds, series 2008A. The bonds are expected to sell via negotiation during the week of Sept. 8, 2008. ... more info

21 Aug 2008: FITCH RATES SUFFOLK TOBACCO ASSET SECURITIZATION CORPORATION, SERIES 2008 (NEW YORK)
NEW YORK----Fitch rates Suffolk Tobacco Asset Securitization Corporation, tobacco settlement asset-backed bonds as follows: ... more info

21 Aug 2008: FITCH RATES BEXAR COUNTY, TX $109MM VENUE PROJECT BONDS 'A'
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns its 'A' rating to the following issues of Bexar County, TX: ... more info

21 Aug 2008: FITCH RATES JENNIE STUART MED CENTER (KENTUCKY) 'BBB+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an underlying 'BBB+' rating on the County of Christian, Kentucky's outstanding $60.1 million series 2006 revenue refunding bonds issued on behalf of Jennie Stuart Medical Center . ... more info

21 Aug 2008: ICBC'S NET SOARS ON INTEREST-INCOME GROWTH
ICBC posted a 57% rise in first-half net profit on strong growth in interest income and fee-based services. The Chinese bank also disclosed it held $465 million worth of bonds issued by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac at the end of June. ... more info

20 Aug 2008: FANNIE, FREDDIE SHARES DIVE ON BAILOUT FEARS, BONDS UP
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac shares plunged to their lowest levels in almost 20 years on Wednesday, while the mortgage companies' bonds rallied on the belief that an increasingly likely government bailout would wipe out shareholders but secure their massive debt. ... more info

20 Aug 2008: FITCH RTES SOUTH DAKOTA HEALTH AND EDUC. FACIL. AUTH. $19MM VOCATIONAL EDUC. REVS 'AA-'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA-' rating to the South Dakota Health and Educational Facilities Authority $19,570,000 vocational education program revenue bonds series 2008 expected by negotiation the week of August 25. ... more info

20 Aug 2008: FITCH RATES NELSON GALLERY FNDN (MO) $108.5MM VRDBS SER 2008A 'AA/F1+'; OUTLOOK POSITIVE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AA/F1+' to the approximately $108,500,000 Missouri Development Finance Board, variable rate demand cultural facilities revenue bonds series 2008A. ... more info

20 Aug 2008: STONE & YOUNGBERG COMPLETES FIRST BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY INSURED NEGOTIATED FINANCING IN STATE OF CALIFORNIA
SAN FRANCISCO----Stone & Youngberg, a leading financial services firm and the nation's top underwriter of California and Arizona municipal bonds1, served as sole underwriter for the Series 2008A Certificate of Participation negotiated financing for the Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District. ... more info

20 Aug 2008: FITCH RATES THREE RIVERS PARK DISTRICT, MINNESOTA'S $6.9MM GOS 'AAA'
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to Three Rivers Park District, Minnesota's $6,450,000 general obligation bonds, series 2008B and $420,000 GO capital equipment notes, series 2008C. ... more info

20 Aug 2008: BONDS RISE ON CLOUDY OUTLOOK FOR FINANCIAL FIRMS
Treasury prices rose Wednesday as lingering concerns about the health of the financial services sector spurred demand for the relative safety of government-backed bonds. ... more info

20 Aug 2008: FITCH UPGRADES CA INFRASTRUCTURE & ECON DEV BANK REVS TO 'AA+'
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA+' rating to approximately $48.5 million California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank infrastructure state revolving fund revenue bonds, series 2008. ... more info

20 Aug 2008: FITCH RATES WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA'S $99.99MM 2008C UTILITY SYSTEM BONDS 'AAA/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned 'AAA/F1+' ratings to the City of West Palm Beach, Florida's $99,990,000 utility system variable-rate revenue bonds, series 2008C. ... more info

19 Aug 2008: MORTGAGE SECURITIES STIR IN U.K.
Alliance & Leicester, a British bank, sold about $745.7 million of high-quality bonds backed by home loans this week in a rare sign of life in the market for mortgage securities. ... more info

19 Aug 2008: FITCH RATES BEAUMONT HOSPITAL'S, MICHIGAN $707MM SERIES 2008 BONDS 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'A+' rating to the expected issuance of approximately $707.3 million of hospital revenue bonds for William Beaumont Hospital Obligated Group through the City of Royal Oak Michigan Hospital Finance Authority. ... more info

19 Aug 2008: FITCH RATES MUNICIPAL ELECTRIC AUTHORITY OF GEORGIA PROJECT ONE SUB BNDS, SERIES 2008B 'AAA/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AAA/F1+' to the $148,065,000 Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia's Project One subordinated bonds, series 2008B . The long-term 'AA+' rating is based jointly on the long-term 'A+' rating assigned by Fitch to MEAG and the support provided by an irrevocable, direct-pay letter of credit issued by Dexia Credit Local, acting through its New York Branch , rated 'AA+/F1+', securing the bonds. ... more info

19 Aug 2008: FITCH RATES VERMONT HFA $30.3MM MULTIPLE PURPOSE BONDS 2008 C-1 'AA'
NEW YORK----Fitch assigns a rating of 'AA' to the Vermont Housing Finance Agency's $30.3 million multiple purpose fixed-rate bonds 2008 series C-1. The bonds are expected to sell this week and, together with the 2008 series C-2 bonds, comprise the fourth issuance under a flexible general trust indenture dated July 1, 2007. ... more info

19 Aug 2008: [VIDEO] JOHN BARRY, PRESIDENT & CEO OF BONDS.COM GROUP, INC., DISCUSSES OPERATING RESULTS FOR Q2 2008 ON WALLST.NET'S 3-MINUTE PRESS SHOW
Bonds.com Group, Inc. , a leading provider of services and solutions for the financial services industry, today announced that the company's President & CEO, John Barry, is featured in an exclusive interview on WallSt.net's 3-Minute Press Show. ... more info

19 Aug 2008: CADWALADER FORMS COVERED BONDS PRACTICE GROUP
NEW YORK----Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, one of the world's leading international law firms, announced the formation of a Covered Bonds practice group to serve global clients entering the space and to advocate on behalf of removing regulatory impediments to the issuance of covered bonds by U.S. based financial institutions. ... more info

18 Aug 2008: FITCH RTS SARASOTA COUNTY PUBLIC HOSP, FLORIDA (SARASOTA MEMORIAL) $77MM VRDBS 2008A 'AA-/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch assigns a 'AA-/F1+'rating to the $76,875,000 Sarasota County Public Hospital District variable rate demand revenue refunding bonds , Series 2008A. ... more info

18 Aug 2008: FITCH RTS SARASOTA COUNTY PUBLIC HOSP, FLORIDA (SARASOTA MEMORIAL) $82MM VRDBS 2008B 'A+/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch assigns a 'A+/F1+'rating to the $81,725,000 Sarasota County Public Hospital District variable rate demand revenue refunding bonds , Series 2008B. ... more info

18 Aug 2008: FITCH SAYS $423B OF BONDS DOWNGRADED IN PAST YEAR
Fitch Ratings on Monday said the total amount of bonds downgraded because of the credit crisis has reached $423 billion during the past year, more than the prior two years combined. ... more info

18 Aug 2008: FITCH RATES EMPIRE STATE DEVELOPMENT CORP. (NEW YORK) $125MM RFDG REVS 'A+'; OUTLOOK POSITIVE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'A+' rating to approximately $125 million Empire State Development Corporation service contract revenue refunding bonds, series 2008C. The bonds, scheduled to sell the week of August 25th, are being issued to refund outstanding 2002B-1 auction-rate bonds as part of a larger restructuring plan. ... more info

18 Aug 2008: FITCH: ONE YEAR INTO CREDIT CRISIS U.S. CORPORATE BOND DOWNGRADES REACH $423 BILLION
NEW YORK----The credit crisis continued to exact a toll on U.S. corporate credit quality in the second quarter of 2008, according to Fitch Ratings. The par value of U.S. corporate bond downgrades totaled $115.4 billion, bringing the total value of bonds affected by downgrades over the past year to $423 billion, more than the prior two years combined. ... more info

18 Aug 2008: VAN KAMPEN CLOSED-END MUNICIPAL FUNDS ANNOUNCE BOARD APPROVAL TO REDEEM ADDITIONAL PREFERRED SHARES THROUGH THE USE OF ALTERNATIVE SOURCES OF LEVERAGE
CHICAGO----The Boards of Trustees for 12 Van Kampen Closed-End Municipal Funds, each a registered closed-end investment company , have approved an additional round of refinancing through the use of Tender Option Bonds that would enable each Fund to redeem a portion of one or more series of its outstanding auction preferred shares . ... more info

18 Aug 2008: FINANCIAL ADVISERS ADDING TO SMALL-CAPS, EXPECT U.S. MARKET GAINS
Investment advisers are more upbeat about U.S. stocks, with many boosting small-cap holdings and trimming exposure to bonds and large-cap international stocks, according to a survey released Monday. ... more info

17 Aug 2008: STOCKS WHISTLE DIXIE AS BONDS SING THE BLUES
Credit angst has marched higher in recent weeks, but stocks don't seem bothered, and it is possible that something significant has changed in the relationship between the two markets. ... more info

15 Aug 2008: FOR AMEX, A HIGH-YIELD DEBT ISSUE
American Express Credit became the latest financial to sell bonds with juicy premiums as investors continue to demand more and more attractive pricing terms on new deals. Treasurys ended in the best shape seen for weeks. ... more info

15 Aug 2008: BONDS.COM PROVIDES JUNE AND YEAR-TO-DATE RESULTS ACROSS KEY BUSINESS METRICS
BOCA RATON, Fla.----Bonds.com Group, Inc. through its subsidiary Bonds.com, Inc., provider of an innovative comprehensive online trading platform providing execution, liquidity and competitive pricing to the fragmented fixed income marketplace, announced today July and year-to-date results across each of its key business metrics. ... more info

15 Aug 2008: FITCH CONFIRMS NEMOURS FOUNDATION (DELAWARE) 'AAA' & ASSIGNS 'F1+' RATING TO SERIES 2005 BONDS
NEW YORK----Effective August 27, 2008, Fitch Ratings will confirm the 'AAA' long-term rating and assign an 'F1+' short-term rating to the Delaware Health Facilities Authority's $47,630,000 revenue bonds , series 2005. ... more info

15 Aug 2008: FITCH RATES NEW JERSEY SPORTS & EXPOSITION AUTHORITY'S $205MM BONDS 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'A+' rating to the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority's approximately $205,370,000 state contract bonds, 2008 series B and 2008 series C . ... more info

15 Aug 2008: FITCH RATES EDINBURG CISD, TEXAS' $112MM GOS 'AAA'PSF/'A' UNDERLYING
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District , Texas' approximately $112 million unlimited tax school building bonds, series 2008B, based on a guaranty provided by the Texas Permanent School Fund , whose insurer financial strength is rated 'AAA' by Fitch. ... more info

15 Aug 2008: FITCH RTES VALLEY VIEW ISD, TEXAS' $16.8MM GOS 'AAA' PSF; UPGRS UNDERLYING TO 'A'
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to Valley View Independent School District, Texas' $16.8 million unlimited tax school building bonds, series 2008, based on a guaranty provided by the Texas Permanent School Fund , whose insurer financial strength is rated 'AAA' by Fitch. ... more info

15 Aug 2008: FITCH DOWNGRADES FRIENDSHIP VILLAGE OF SCHAUMBURG (ILLINOIS) TO 'BB-'; OUTLOOK NEGATIVE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings has downgraded Friendship Village of Schaumburg's , Illinois outstanding $80.5 million of series 2005 A&B revenue bonds to 'BB- from 'BB' . The Rating Outlook remains Negative. ... more info

15 Aug 2008: FITCH RATES ROMA ISD, TEXAS $26MM GOS 'AAA' PSF/'A-' UNDERLYING; UPGRADES OUTSTANDING
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AAA' rating to the Roma Independent School District's $26 million unlimited tax school building bonds, series 2008. The 'AAA' rating is based on the guarantee provided by Permanent School Fund . ... more info

14 Aug 2008: FITCH RATES MAINE MUNICIPAL BOND BANK'S $50MM GABS AT 'AA-'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned a 'AA-' rating Maine Municipal Bond Bank's $50 million grant anticipation bonds , issued on behalf of the Maine Department of Transportation . ... more info

14 Aug 2008: FITCH RATES TENNESSEE'S $141.2MM GOS 'AA+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA+' rating to the State of Tennessee's $141.2 million general obligation bonds, consisting of the following: ... more info

14 Aug 2008: FITCH RATES WISCONSIN'S $302MM 2008C GOS 'AA-'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA-' rating to the State of Wisconsin's $302,200,000 general obligation bonds, 2008 series C, for competitive bids August 19, 2008. The 2008 series C bonds are due May 1, 2010-2029 with maturities due 2019-2029 callable at par beginning May 1, 2018. ... more info

14 Aug 2008: FITCH RATES HITCHCOCK ISD, TEXAS $42.8MM ULT & RFDG BONDS 'AAA' PSF/'A' UNDERLYING
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AAA' rating to Hitchcock Independent School District , Texas' $42.8 million unlimited tax school building and refunding bonds, series 2008, based on the guaranty by the Texas Permanent School Fund . ... more info

14 Aug 2008: FITCH RATES $280MM MARYLAND DEPT. OF TRANSPORTATION BONDS 'AA'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' to the Maryland Department of Transportation $280 million consolidated transportation bonds, series 2008 , to be sold on August 20 via competitive bid. ... more info

14 Aug 2008: FITCH RATES FORSYTH COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA'S $119.5MM GOS 'AAA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to Forsyth County, North Carolina's estimated $119.5 million general obligation bonds. The $119.5 million GOs consist of: ... more info

14 Aug 2008: PDVSA ANNOUNCES TENDER OFFER AND CONSENT SOLICITATION FOR PETROZUATA PROJECT BONDS
CARACAS, Venezuela----Petroleos de Venezuela, S.A. today announced that it commenced a cash tender offer for any and all of the outstanding 7.63% bonds due 2009 , 8.22% bonds due 2017 and 8.37% bonds due 2022 issued by Petrozuata Finance Inc. in connection with the Petrozuata extra-heavy crude oil project in the Orinoco Belt region. ... more info

14 Aug 2008: FITCH UPGRADES CHICAGO BOE UNLIMITED TAX GOS SERIES 2005D-1 & D-2 TO 'AAA; CONFIRMS 'F1+'
NEW YORK----Effective Aug. 19, 2008 Fitch Ratings upgrades the Board of Education of the City of Chicago's $195,000,000 unlimited tax general obligation bonds consisting of the following: ... more info

14 Aug 2008: BONDS.COM GROUP, INC. REPORTS SECOND QUARTER 2008 OPERATING RESULTS
BOCA RATON, Fla.----Bonds.com Group, Inc. through its subsidiary Bonds.com, Inc., provider of an innovative comprehensive online trading platform providing execution, liquidity and competitive pricing to the fragmented fixed income marketplace, announced operating results for the quarter ended June 30, 2008. ... more info

14 Aug 2008: HELLER EHRMAN FORMS COVERED BOND PRACTICE - REPRESENTS ONE OF TWO US BANKS THAT HAVE ISSUED COVERED BONDS
NEW YORK----Heller Ehrman LLP has formed a Covered Bonds practice in response to a growing interest from clients and a growing influence by regulators. The newly formed practice includes lawyers from the firm's Structured Finance, Capital Markets, Restructuring and Insolvency, Real Estate and Finance, and Securities groups. ... more info

13 Aug 2008: TREASURY PRICES DECLINE ON INFLATION WORRIES
Treasury prices finished lower Wednesday, even as the stock market tumbled, with investors worried about inflation's effect on bonds. ... more info

13 Aug 2008: FITCH RATES NEW YORK STATE THRUWAY AUTHORITY'S $340MM TRUST FUND BONDS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK POSITIVE
NEW YORK----Fitch assigns an 'AA-' rating to the New York State Thruway Authority's $339,525,000 second general highway and bridge trust fund bonds, series 2008B, expected to sell through negotiation the week of August 18th. ... more info

13 Aug 2008: FITCH RATES INDIANA FINANCE AUTHORITY'S $120MM 2008A LEASE APPROPRIATION BONDS 'AA/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned 'AA/F1+' ratings to the Indiana Finance Authority's $120,000,000 lease appropriation bonds , series 2008A. The bonds are expected to price the week of Aug. 18. ... more info

13 Aug 2008: FITCH AFFIRMS NEW JERSEY TRANSPORTATION TFA'S BONDS AT 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings affirms its underlying 'A+' ratings on the New Jersey Transportation Trust Fund Authority's $345 million transportation system bonds, 2003 series B, consisting of the following: ... more info

13 Aug 2008: FITCH RATES CLINT ISD (TX) $30MM BONDS 'AAA PSF/'A' UNDERLYING; UPGRADES OUTSTANDING
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AAA' rating to Clint Independent School District, Texas' $30.2 million unlimited tax school building bonds, series 2008. The 'AAA' rating is based on the guarantee provided by the Texas Permanent School Fund whose financial strength is rated 'AAA' by Fitch. ... more info

13 Aug 2008: FITCH RATES NY THRUWAY $400MM PERSONAL INCOME TAX BONDS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK POSITIVE
NEW YORK----Fitch assigns an 'AA-' rating to approximately $400 million New York State Thruway Authority state personal income tax revenue bonds , series 2008A. The bonds are scheduled to sell through negotiation during the week of Aug. 25 and mature March 15, 2009-28. ... more info

13 Aug 2008: FITCH RATES DALLAM COUNTY, TEXAS' (DALHART JERSEY RANCH) 2008 VRDBS 'AA-/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch assigns a rating of 'AA-/F1+' to the $1,700,000 Dallam County Industrial Development Corporation variable-rate demand economic development revenue bonds , series 2008. ... more info

13 Aug 2008: FITCH RATES WESLACO ISD, TEXAS $25MM GO BONDS 'AAA' PSF/'A' UNDERLYING
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to Weslaco Independent School District, Texas' $25 million unlimited tax school building bonds, series 2008 based on a guaranty provided by the Texas Permanent School Fund , whose insurer financial strength is rated 'AAA' by Fitch. ... more info

13 Aug 2008: FITCH RATES $5.0MM CAT CREEK, LLC & DDC-THOMASVILLE, LLC VARIABLE RATE TAXABLE BONDS SER 2008 'A/F1'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'A/F1' to the $5,025,000 Cat Creek, LLC and DDC-Thomasville, LLC variable rate taxable bonds, series 2008. The rating is based on the support provided by an irrevocable, direct-pay letter of credit issued by Columbus Bank and Trust Company, securing the bonds. ... more info

13 Aug 2008: FITCH RATES DANIEL PROPERTY GROUP, LLC'S VAR-RATE TAXABLE BONDS 2008 'A/F1'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'A/F1' to the $4,135,000 Daniel Property Group, LLC variable rate taxable bonds, series 2008. The rating is based on the support provided by an irrevocable, direct-pay letter of credit issued by Columbus Bank and Trust Company, securing the bonds. ... more info

13 Aug 2008: FITCH REVISES LIPA'S (NEW YORK) OUTLOOK TO NEGATIVE; AFFIRMS 'A-' ELECTRIC SYSTEM REVS
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has affirmed the Long Island Power Authority's outstanding $5.5 billion electric system general revenue bonds at 'A-'. Fitch has also revised LIPA's Rating Outlook to Negative from Stable due to pending state legislation that could affect its ability to maintain timely and full recovery of costs in the future. ... more info

13 Aug 2008: FITCH RATES ENTERGY LOUISIANA, LLC'S $300MM 6.50% 1ST MTGE BONDS 'BBB+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned a 'BBB+' rating to the $300 million of 6.50% first mortgage bonds to be issued by Entergy Louisiana, LLC . The bonds will mature on Sept. 1, 2018 and rank equally with existing and future first-mortgage bonds of ELL. ... more info

13 Aug 2008: XCEL ENERGY SUBSIDIARY PUBLIC SERVICE COMPANY OF COLORADO ANNOUNCES DEBT FINANCING
MINNEAPOLIS----Xcel Energy subsidiary Public Service Company of Colorado today announced it has sold $300 million of its 10-year first mortgage bonds with an annual interest rate of 5.80 percent and $300 million of its 30-year first mortgage bonds with an annual interest rate of 6.50 percent. ... more info

13 Aug 2008: TREASURYS LITTLE CHANGED ON MIXED DATA
Treasury prices were little changed in light trading Wednesday as investors fled stocks to seek out safer assets but also worried about inflation's effect on bonds. ... more info

12 Aug 2008: FITCH RATES TACOMA, WASHINGTON'S SOLID WASTE UTILITY REVS 'A+'; UPGRADES OUTSTANDING
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns its 'A+' rating to the City of Tacoma, Washington's $13,500,000 solid waste utility revenue refunding bonds, 2008 series. The bonds will be priced the week of Aug. 19 through negotiation. ... more info

12 Aug 2008: FITCH RATES CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA'S $350M WATER & SEWER REVS 'AAA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to Charlotte, North Carolina's approximately $350 million water and sewer system revenue bonds, series 2008. The bonds are scheduled to sell August 26th through negotiation. ... more info

12 Aug 2008: FITCH RATES IDAHO HOUSING & FINANCE ASSOCIATION'S $60MM 2008C BONDS
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned the following ratings to Idaho Housing and Finance Association's single-family mortgage bonds, 2008 series C: ... more info

12 Aug 2008: FITCH RATES HIDALGO ISD, TEXAS GO BONDS 'AAA' PSF/'A' UNDERLYING; UPGRADES OUTSTANDING
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to Hidalgo Independent School District, Texas' $5.4 million unlimited tax school building bonds, series 2008, based on a guaranty provided by the Texas Permanent School Fund , whose insurer financial strength is rated 'AAA' by Fitch. ... more info

12 Aug 2008: THACHER PROFFITT PUBLISHES "COVERED BONDS: UNDERSTANDING TREASURY'S BEST PRACTICES"
NEW YORK----Thacher Proffitt & Wood LLP announced today the publication of “Covered Bonds: Understanding Treasury's Best Practices,” authored by Richard D. Simonds, Jr. ... more info

12 Aug 2008: BONDS.COM TO HOST CONFERENCE CALL ON THURSDAY, AUGUST 14, 2008 TO REVIEW SECOND QUARTER FINANCIAL RESULTS
BOCA RATON, Fla.----Bonds.com Group, Inc. , through its subsidiary Bonds.com, Inc., provider of an innovative comprehensive online trading platform providing execution, liquidity and competitive pricing to the fragmented fixed income marketplace, will host a conference call on Thursday, August 14, 2008 to review second quarter financial results. ... more info

18 May 2008: HOW TO STOP INFLATION FROM DEVOURING A PORTFOLIO
Weighting the pros and cons of inflation-protected bonds, commodities, and stocks as a way to protect or diminish the impact of inflation on a portfolio.

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11 Aug 2008: FITCH RATES OGLETHORPE POWER CORPORATION'S $255MM BONDS
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A' rating to $255,035,000 Development Authority of Burke County pollution control revenue bonds, issued for Oglethorpe Power Corporation Vogtle Project. ... more info

11 Aug 2008: FITCH WITHDRAWS RATING ON LUCAS COUNTY, OHIO'S SERIES 2008 TAXABLE ARENA BONDS
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings withdraws the 'AA-' rating on Lucas County, Ohio's $30 million taxable arena improvement limited tax bonds, series 2008. Due to market conditions, the county cancelled the bond sale and is issuing $30 million in taxable arena improvement limited tax general obligation bond anticipation notes, series 2008-1. ... more info

11 Aug 2008: FITCH RATES TOLLAND, CONNECTICUT GOS 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA' rating to Tolland, Connecticut's 2008 issue of $2,010,000 general obligation bonds and an 'F1+' rating to Tolland's $1,400,000 GO bond anticipation notes . ... more info

11 Aug 2008: FITCH UPGRADES CAPE REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER'S (NJ) BONDS TO 'A'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has upgraded the $23.5 million outstanding New Jersey Health Care Facilities Financing Authority revenue bonds , series 1999 to 'A' from 'A-'. The Rating Outlook is Stable. ... more info

11 Aug 2008: FITCH RTES UTICA, NEW YORK'S TAXABLE PENSION OBLIG (SERIAL) BNDS 2008A 'BBB'; UPGRADES OUTS. GOS
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a 'BBB' rating to the city of Utica, NY's $3,450,000 taxable pension obligation bonds, series 2008 A. The bonds are scheduled to sell competitively on August 26 and mature serially Sept. 1, 2009-2018. ... more info

11 Aug 2008: FITCH RATES KING'S DAUGHTERS MEDICAL CENTER (KENTUCKY) $100MM 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an underlying rating of 'A+' to approximately $100 million of Series 2008 A and 2008 B Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority Adjustable Rate Medical Center Revenue Improvement Bonds . ... more info

11 Aug 2008: FITCH RATES OCEAN COUNTY, NEW JERSEY $102.205MM GOS 'AA+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch rates the following Ocean County , New Jersey bonds 'AA+': ... more info

11 Aug 2008: FITCH RATES BEAUMONT ISD, TEXAS $65MM GOS 'AAA' PSF/'AA-' UNDERLYING
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AAA' rating to the Beaumont Independent School District, Texas' $65 million unlimited tax school building bonds, series 2008A. The 'AAA' rating is based on the guarantee provided by the Texas Permanent School Fund . ... more info

11 Aug 2008: FITCH RATES PROSPER ISD, TEXAS' $104MM 2008 ULT BONDS 'AAA' PSF
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AAA' rating to the Prosper Independent School District, Texas' $104.1 million unlimited tax school building and refunding bonds, series 2008, based on the Texas Permanent School Fund guaranty. ... more info

11 Aug 2008: CONSUMER WORRIES HIT DEBT MARKETS
Slumping bonds and securities backed by consumer loans and mortgages are raising concern about the health of businesses and consumers. ... more info

11 Aug 2008: ARGENTINA SETS DEBT BUYBACK
Argentina said it will buy back some of the country's debt, sparking a rally in bonds after last week's selloff. ... more info

11 Aug 2008: CONSUMER WORRIES HIT DEBT MARKETS
Slumping bonds and securities backed by consumer loans and mortgages are raising concern about the health of businesses and consumers. ... more info

11 Aug 2008: ARGENTINA SETS DEBT BUYBACK
Argentina said it will buy back some of the country's debt, sparking a rally in bonds after last week's selloff. ... more info

8 Aug 2008: UBS TO SETTLE SECURITIES CASE FOR $19.4B
The Massachusetts Secretary of State's office says Swiss bank UBS has reached a $19.4 billion agreement to buy back bonds to settle claims that it misled investors into buying high-risk securities. ... more info

11 Aug 2008: FITCH RATES OGLETHORPE POWER CORPORATION'S $255MM BONDS
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A' rating to $255,035,000 Development Authority of Burke County pollution control revenue bonds, issued for Oglethorpe Power Corporation Vogtle Project. ... more info

11 Aug 2008: FITCH WITHDRAWS RATING ON LUCAS COUNTY, OHIO'S SERIES 2008 TAXABLE ARENA BONDS
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings withdraws the 'AA-' rating on Lucas County, Ohio's $30 million taxable arena improvement limited tax bonds, series 2008. Due to market conditions, the county cancelled the bond sale and is issuing $30 million in taxable arena improvement limited tax general obligation bond anticipation notes, series 2008-1. ... more info

11 Aug 2008: FITCH RATES TOLLAND, CONNECTICUT GOS 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA' rating to Tolland, Connecticut's 2008 issue of $2,010,000 general obligation bonds and an 'F1+' rating to Tolland's $1,400,000 GO bond anticipation notes . ... more info

11 Aug 2008: FITCH UPGRADES CAPE REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER'S (NJ) BONDS TO 'A'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has upgraded the $23.5 million outstanding New Jersey Health Care Facilities Financing Authority revenue bonds , series 1999 to 'A' from 'A-'. The Rating Outlook is Stable. ... more info

11 Aug 2008: FITCH RTES UTICA, NEW YORK'S TAXABLE PENSION OBLIG (SERIAL) BNDS 2008A 'BBB'; UPGRADES OUTS. GOS
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a 'BBB' rating to the city of Utica, NY's $3,450,000 taxable pension obligation bonds, series 2008 A. The bonds are scheduled to sell competitively on August 26 and mature serially Sept. 1, 2009-2018. ... more info

11 Aug 2008: FITCH RATES KING'S DAUGHTERS MEDICAL CENTER (KENTUCKY) $100MM 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an underlying rating of 'A+' to approximately $100 million of Series 2008 A and 2008 B Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority Adjustable Rate Medical Center Revenue Improvement Bonds . ... more info

11 Aug 2008: FITCH RATES OCEAN COUNTY, NEW JERSEY $102.205MM GOS 'AA+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch rates the following Ocean County , New Jersey bonds 'AA+': ... more info

11 Aug 2008: FITCH RATES BEAUMONT ISD, TEXAS $65MM GOS 'AAA' PSF/'AA-' UNDERLYING
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AAA' rating to the Beaumont Independent School District, Texas' $65 million unlimited tax school building bonds, series 2008A. The 'AAA' rating is based on the guarantee provided by the Texas Permanent School Fund . ... more info

11 Aug 2008: FITCH RATES PROSPER ISD, TEXAS' $104MM 2008 ULT BONDS 'AAA' PSF
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AAA' rating to the Prosper Independent School District, Texas' $104.1 million unlimited tax school building and refunding bonds, series 2008, based on the Texas Permanent School Fund guaranty. ... more info

11 Aug 2008: FITCH RATES STERLING HEIGHTS, MICHIGAN'S LTGOS 'AA+'
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA+' rating to Sterling Heights, Michigan's approximately $3.3 million special assessment limited tax general obligation bonds, series 2008. The bonds are scheduled for competitive sale on August 11, 2008. ... more info

11 Aug 2008: FITCH RTS $262.205MM CALIFORNIA HEALTH FACIL FIN AUTH (SCRIPPS HEALTH) VRRBS 'AA/F1+'/'AA/F1'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns the following ratings to the California Health Facilities Financing Authority variable rate revenue bonds : ... more info

8 Aug 2008 : FITCH RATES SAN BENITO CISD, TEXAS' ULT BONDS 'AAA' PSF/ ASSIGNS INITIAL 'A-' UNDERLYING
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to the San Benito Consolidated Independent School District , Texas $37 million unlimited tax school building bonds, series 2008. ... more info

8 Aug 2008 : FITCH RATES $200MM NEW YORK LOCAL GOVT ASST CORP BONDS 'AA-'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' rating to approximately $200 million New York Local Government Assistance Corporation series 2008C refunding bonds . The bonds are scheduled to sell competitively on Aug. 13 and will be due April 1, 2009-2018. ... more info

8 Aug 2008 : FITCH RATES DASNY'S $395MM CITY UNIVERSITY BONDS 'A+'; OUTLOOK POSITIVE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A+' rating to approximately $395 million Dormitory Authority of the State of New York city university system consolidated fifth general resolution revenue bonds, consisting of $114 million series 2008A and $281 million series 2008B. ... more info

8 Aug 2008 : FITCH RATES SACRAMENTO MUNICIPAL UTILITY DIST, $197.850MM SUB ELECTRIC REVS, 2008J & K 'AA-/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch assigns an 'AA-/F1+' rating to $197,850,000 Sacramento Municipal Utility District, subordinated electric revenue refunding bonds, series 2008J and series 2008K . The ratings are based on the support provided by direct-pay letters of credit issued by Bank of America, N.A. , securing the Bonds. ... more info

8 Aug 2008 : MASS. TREASURER NIXES STUDENT LOAN INVESTMENT PLAN
Treasurer Timothy Cahill said he would not grant Gov. Deval Patrick's request to invest $50 million in Massachusetts pension funds for bonds that would be sold to provide tuition loans to cash-strapped college students. ... more info

8 Aug 2008: UBS TO SETTLE SECURITIES CASE FOR $19.4B
The Massachusetts Secretary of State's office says Swiss bank UBS has reached a $19.4 billion agreement to buy back bonds to settle claims that it misled investors into buying high-risk securities. ... more info

7 Aug 2008 : FITCH RATES MUNI IMPROVEMENT CORP OF LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, $138.4MM LEASE REVS 'AA-'
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch assigns an 'AA-' rating to approximately $138.4 million Municipal Improvement Corporation of Los Angeles , CA's lease revenue bonds, series 2008-A and 2008-B . ... more info

7 Aug 2008 : TREASURY BONDS REBOUND AFTER DATA, RETAIL SALES
Treasury bond prices rebounded Thursday as investors sought safe-haven investments after a surprise jump in weekly unemployment claims and disappointing sales reports from retailers. ... more info

7 Aug 2008 : FITCH RATES EL PASO ISD, TEXAS $142MM ULT BONDS 'AAA' PSF/'A+' UNDERLYING; OUTLOOK POSITIVE
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to $142.2 million of El Paso Independent School District , TX's unlimited tax school building and refunding bonds, series 2008. ... more info

7 Aug 2008: OUTSIDE THE BOX: GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS HAVE EDGE OVER OTHER TAX-FREE MUNIS
LOS ANGELES -- The lesson of bear markets is to stick with what you know. Keep investments simple and diversified, and emphasize high quality securities. Great investors like Warren Buffett have prospered following this philosophy. ... more info

6 Aug 2008 : FITCH RATES UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA'S (OKLAHOMA) HEALTH SCIENCES CENTER REVS 'AA'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to the following series of revenue bonds issued by the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents on behalf of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center : ... more info

6 Aug 2008 : FITCH RATES DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA'S $481MM GOS 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'A+' rating to the District of Columbia's $329.4 million general obligation bonds, series 2008E and $151.5 million general obligation refunding bonds, series 2008F. ... more info

6 Aug 2008 : FITCH RATES NEW YORK STATE DORMITORY AUTHORITY'S $38MM BOCES BONDS 'A+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A+' rating to $38,550,000 Dormitory Authority of the State of New York Master BOCES Program lease revenue bonds , series 2008. The bonds are expected to price through negotiation the week of August 11. ... more info

6 Aug 2008 : FITCH RATES KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI VRDBS (H. ROE BARTLE CONVENTION CTR PROJ) SER 2008F 'AA+/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA+/F1+' rating to the $20,865,000 City of Kansas City, Missouri, variable rate demand tax-exempt special obligation refunding bonds series 2008F . ... more info

6 Aug 2008 : FITCH RATES KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI'S VRDBS (H. ROE BARTLE CONVENTION CTR PROJ) SER 2008E 'AA-/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-/F1+' rating to the $81,400,000 City of Kansas City, Missouri, variable rate demand tax-exempt special obligation refunding bonds series 2008E . ... more info

6 Aug 2008 : FITCH RATES HALIFAX HOSPITAL MEDICAL CENTER, FL SERIES 2008A & B BONDS 'BBB+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an underlying rating of 'BBB+' to the approximately $77 million Halifax Hospital Medical Center, d/b/a Halifax Community Health System's series 2008 A&B bonds. ... more info

6 Aug 2008 : FITCH RATES NEW BRAUNFELS ISD, TEXAS' ULT BONDS 'AA-'; UPGRADES OUTSTANDING
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA-' underlying rating to New Braunfels Independent School District, Texas' $17 million unlimited tax school building bonds, series 2008. ... more info

6 Aug 2008 : MARKETAXESS' JULY TRADING VOLUME DOWN 34 PERCENT
MarketAxess Holdings Inc., operator of an electronic trading platform for corporate bonds, said Monday its trading volume fell nearly 34 percent in July. ... more info

6 Aug 2008 : FITCH RATES NOVANT HEALTH (NORTH CAROLINA) 2008A-C BONDS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA-' rating to approximately $196 million of North Carolina Medical Care Commission Health Care variable rate revenue bonds issued on behalf of Novant Health . ... more info

6 Aug 2008 : MARKETAXESS ANNOUNCES MONTHLY VOLUME STATISTICS FOR JULY 2008
MarketAxess Holdings Inc. , the operator of a leading electronic trading platform for U.S. and European high-grade corporate bonds, emerging markets bonds and other types of fixed-income securities, today announced total monthly trading volume for July 2008 of $21.0 billion, consisting of $11.8 billion in U.S. high-grade volume, $3.9 billion in European high-grade volume, and $5.3 billion in other volume. ... more info

5 Aug 2008 : TREASURYS DECLINE MODERATELY AFTER RATE DECISION
Treasury bond prices showed little reaction Tuesday to the Federal Reserve's widely expected decision to leave short-term interest rates unchanged, but still closed down as investors moved money out of bonds to take part in a big rally on Wall Street. ... more info

5 Aug 2008 : FITCH AFFIRMS COLVER POWER PROJECT AT 'BBB-'
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings has affirmed the Pennsylvania Economic Development Financing Authority's resource recovery revenue refunding bonds issued on behalf of the Colver Power Project at 'BBB-'. ... more info

5 Aug 2008 : FITCH RATES SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA'S $45MM GOS 'AA-'; AFFIRMS OUTSTANDING
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch rates the City and County of San Francisco, CA's $45 million general obligation bonds series 2008B 'AA-'. The bonds will sell competitively on Aug. 14, 2008. Fitch also affirms the 'AA-' rating on San Francisco's $1.2 billion in outstanding GO bonds. ... more info

5 Aug 2008 : FITCH RATES MODESTO PFA, CALIFORNIA'S $67MM LEASE RFDG REVS 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch assigns an underlying 'A+' rating to $66.7 million Modesto Public Financing Authority lease revenue refunding bonds, series 2008. The Rating Outlook is Stable. ... more info

5 Aug 2008 : FITCH TO RATE SUFFOLK TOBACCO ASSET SECURITIZATION CORP TOBACCO BONDS, SERIES 2008 (NEW YORK)
NEW YORK----Fitch expects to rate Suffolk Tobacco Asset Securitization Corporation, Tobacco Settlement Asset-Backed Bonds, Series 2008 as follows: ... more info

5 Aug 2008 : FITCH RTES $200.870MM NYCMWFA WATER & SEWER BNDS FY2009 SERIES BB 'AA/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AA/F1+' to the $200,870,000 New York City Municipal Water Finance Authority , water and sewer system second general resolution revenue bonds, adjustable-rate fiscal 2009 series BB, consisting of: $100,435,000 fiscal 2009 subseries BB-1 adjustable-rate bonds, and $100,435,000 fiscal 2009 subseries BB-2 adjustable-rate bonds. ... more info

5 Aug 2008 : STONE & YOUNGBERG GROWS CHICAGO INSTITUTIONAL SALES AND TRADING GROUP
SAN FRANCISCO----Stone & Youngberg, a leading financial services firm and the nation's top underwriter of California municipal bonds1, announced today that Jeffrey T. Parker will join the firm's Chicago-based Institutional Sales and Trading Group as a vice president. ... more info

5 Aug 2008 : BGC FORMALLY RECOGNISED AS DESIGNATED SOURCE OF LIQUIDITY FOR GREEK GOVERNMENT BONDS
LONDON----The Bank of Greece, the Hellenic Republic Public Debt Management Agency and BGC Partners, Inc. are pleased to announce the inclusion of BGC Partners as an additional designated trading venue available to the Greek Government Bond Primary Dealer community. ... more info

5 Aug 2008 : BONDS.COM SUBJECT OF FEATURE ARTICLE ON LEADING INDUSTRY WEBSITE
BOCA RATON, Fla.----Bonds.com Group, Inc. , through its subsidiary Bonds.com, Inc., provider of an innovative comprehensive online trading platform providing execution, liquidity and competitive pricing to the fragmented fixed income marketplace, announced today that it was recently the subject of a feature article on StructuredRetailProducts.com, the leading online resource for the structured products market. ... more info

4 Aug 2008 : FITCH RTES NEW JERSEY EDA'S $343MM TRANSPORTATION PROJECT BONDS 'A+'; AFFS GOS AT 'AA-'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an underlying 'A+' rating on the New Jersey Economic Development Authority's $343.3 million transportation project sublease revenue refunding bonds 2008 series A. ... more info

4 Aug 2008: DEFAULTS HURT CREDIT-CARD BONDS
Investors are growing wary of bonds backed by credit-card payments, jamming up another debt market and making it tougher for Americans to tap what has been one of the easiest places to get credit. ... more info

4 Aug 2008: DEFAULTS HURT CREDIT-CARD BONDS
Investors are growing wary of bonds backed by credit-card payments, jamming up another debt market and making it tougher for Americans to tap what has been one of the easiest places to get credit. ... more info

4 Aug 2008 : FITCH RATES GREENVILLE COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA'S SERIES 2008C GOS 'AAA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch rates Greenville County, South Carolina's $10 million general obligation bonds, series 2008C 'AAA'. The bonds are scheduled to sell competitively on Sept. 9, 2008. ... more info

4 Aug 2008 : FITCH RATES WILMINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA'S $14.6MM GOS 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an underlying 'AA' rating to the City of Wilmington, North Carolina's $14.6 million general obligation bonds , consisting of $5.605 million GO bonds, series 2008A and $9 million GO bonds, series 2008B. ... more info

18 May 2008: HOW TO STOP INFLATION FROM DEVOURING A PORTFOLIO
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1 Aug 2008 : CONCORD DEBT HOLDINGS ANNOUNCES SECOND QUARTER INVESTMENT BONDS IMPAIRMENT CHARGES
Concord Debt Holdings LLC , a 50-50 joint venture debt platform between Winthrop Realty Trust and Lexington Realty Trust formed to originate and acquire real estate debt securities and real estate loans, today announced that in connection with its quarterly in depth review of its loan and bond portfolio, it will be taking other than temporary impairment charges of approximately $50.4 million relating to its $203.2 million bond portfolio for the quarter ending June 30, 2008, of which each of Lexington and Winthrop will recognize 50% of this impairment. ... more info

1 Aug 2008 : FITCH RATES NEW YORK CITY $965MM GOS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' rating to New York City, New York's $965 million general obligation bonds fiscal 2009 series A, consisting of $800 million subseries A-1 tax-exempt bonds and $165 million subseries A-2 taxable bonds. ... more info

1 Aug 2008 : FITCH RATES SCHOOL BLDG AUTH OF WEST VIRGINIA $100MM EXCESS LOTTERY REVS 'A'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A' rating to approximately $100 million School Building Authority of West Virginia excess lottery revenue bonds, series 2008. The bonds are a first issuance and expected to be offered through negotiation on August 7th. ... more info

1 Aug 2008 : INSURED ISSUES RATED 'AAA' BY FITCH AUGUST 1, 2008
NEW YORK----Fitch rates the following insured issues 'AAA': Abilene , $2,425,000 general obligation combination tax & revenue ctfs of oblig ser 2008 (insured: Financial Security Assurance Inc. ) Abilene , $8,000,000 general obligation bonds, ser 2008 Abilene , $8,720,000 general obligation combination tax & revenue ctfs of oblig ser 2008A Banning Unified School District , $24,000,000 general obligation bonds, ser B Dakota Valley School District No. 61-8 , $3,440,000 general obligation ltd tax ctfs ser 2008 Elmont Union Free School District , $7,990,000 general obligation sch district refunding bonds, ser 2008 Garretson School District No. 49-4 , $2,370,000 general obligation refunding bonds, ser 2008 Kilgore , $2,450,000 ltd pledge tax & wtrwks & swr sys revenue ctfs of oblig ser 2008 Leland Community Unit School District No. 1 , $2,125,000 general obligation sch bonds, ser 2008 Long Beach Unified School District , $30,000,000 general obligation bonds, election 1999 ser G Medford , $16,750,000 general obligation gen improv & util bonds, ser 2008 Moscow , $6,000,000 swr revenue bonds, ser 2008 ... more info

1 Aug 2008 : FITCH RATES VIRGINIA PUBLIC BUILDING AUTHORITY'S $320MM REVS 'AA+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA+' rating to Virginia Public Building Authority's $260 million public facilities revenue refunding bonds, series 2008B and $60 million public facilities revenue refunding bonds, series 2008C . ... more info

1 Aug 2008 : FITCH RATES EAGLE PASS ISD, TEXAS' $30MM GOS 'AAA' PSF/'A-' UNDERLYING
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to Eagle Pass Independent School District, Texas' $30 million unlimited tax school building bonds, series 2008A. The 'AAA' rating is based on the guarantee provided by the Texas Permanent School Fund , whose insurer financial strength is rated 'AAA' by Fitch. ... more info

1 Aug 2008 : CONCORD DEBT HOLDINGS ANNOUNCES SECOND QUARTER INVESTMENT BONDS IMPAIRMENT CHARGES
Concord Debt Holdings LLC , a 50-50 joint venture debt platform between Winthrop Realty Trust and Lexington Realty Trust formed to originate and acquire real estate debt securities and real estate loans, today announced that in connection with its quarterly in depth review of its loan and bond portfolio, it will be taking other than temporary impairment charges of approximately $50.4 million relating to its $203.2 million bond portfolio for the quarter ending June 30, 2008, of which each of Lexington and Winthrop will recognize 50% of this impairment. ... more info

1 Aug 2008 : FITCH RATES NEW YORK CITY $965MM GOS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' rating to New York City, New York's $965 million general obligation bonds fiscal 2009 series A, consisting of $800 million subseries A-1 tax-exempt bonds and $165 million subseries A-2 taxable bonds. ... more info

1 Aug 2008 : FITCH RATES SCHOOL BLDG AUTH OF WEST VIRGINIA $100MM EXCESS LOTTERY REVS 'A'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A' rating to approximately $100 million School Building Authority of West Virginia excess lottery revenue bonds, series 2008. The bonds are a first issuance and expected to be offered through negotiation on August 7th. ... more info

1 Aug 2008 : INSURED ISSUES RATED 'AAA' BY FITCH AUGUST 1, 2008
NEW YORK----Fitch rates the following insured issues 'AAA': Abilene , $2,425,000 general obligation combination tax & revenue ctfs of oblig ser 2008 (insured: Financial Security Assurance Inc. ) Abilene , $8,000,000 general obligation bonds, ser 2008 Abilene , $8,720,000 general obligation combination tax & revenue ctfs of oblig ser 2008A Banning Unified School District , $24,000,000 general obligation bonds, ser B Dakota Valley School District No. 61-8 , $3,440,000 general obligation ltd tax ctfs ser 2008 Elmont Union Free School District , $7,990,000 general obligation sch district refunding bonds, ser 2008 Garretson School District No. 49-4 , $2,370,000 general obligation refunding bonds, ser 2008 Kilgore , $2,450,000 ltd pledge tax & wtrwks & swr sys revenue ctfs of oblig ser 2008 Leland Community Unit School District No. 1 , $2,125,000 general obligation sch bonds, ser 2008 Long Beach Unified School District , $30,000,000 general obligation bonds, election 1999 ser G Medford , $16,750,000 general obligation gen improv & util bonds, ser 2008 Moscow , $6,000,000 swr revenue bonds, ser 2008 ... more info

1 Aug 2008 : FITCH RATES VIRGINIA PUBLIC BUILDING AUTHORITY'S $320MM REVS 'AA+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA+' rating to Virginia Public Building Authority's $260 million public facilities revenue refunding bonds, series 2008B and $60 million public facilities revenue refunding bonds, series 2008C . ... more info

1 Aug 2008 : FITCH RATES EAGLE PASS ISD, TEXAS' $30MM GOS 'AAA' PSF/'A-' UNDERLYING
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to Eagle Pass Independent School District, Texas' $30 million unlimited tax school building bonds, series 2008A. The 'AAA' rating is based on the guarantee provided by the Texas Permanent School Fund , whose insurer financial strength is rated 'AAA' by Fitch. ... more info

1 Aug 2008 : WHAT'S COMFY ABOUT CONVERTIBLE BONDS
They're preferred shares an investor can choose to convert into a stock, and they offer both income and a possible equity kicker ... more info

1 Aug 2008 : JUDGE DISMISSES CLASS-ACTION BOND INTEREST LAWSUIT
A North Carolina judge threw out a class-action lawsuit Thursday filed by North Carolina residents seeking refunds on income tax they paid on interest generated from out-of-state bonds. ... more info

31 Jul 2008: FITCH RATES WESTLAKE, OHIO'S $10MM LIMITED TAX GO REFUNDING BONDS
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to the City of Westlake, OH's $9.975 million limited tax general obligation recreational facilities improvement refunding bonds, series 2008. ... more info

31 Jul 2008: REALTY Q&A: GIVE AWAY YOUR REAL ESTATE AND SHORE UP YOUR FINANCES
If there is a problem with owning real estate, it comes when it's time to get rid of it. For one thing, it's highly illiquid. While you can dispose of stocks and bonds within minutes by simply calling a broker, it takes time -- sometimes, like these days, a long time -- to sell a house or other property. ... more info

31 Jul 2008: FITCH RATES NORTHEAST GEORGIA HEALTH SYSTEM 2008 REV BONDS 'A'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an underlying 'A' rating to approximately $155.8 million Hall County and Gainesville Hospital Authority revenue anticipation certificates , series 2008A, G, and H. ... more info

31 Jul 2008: FITCH TAKES RATING ACTIONS ON FGIC-INSURED U.S. MUNICIPAL ISSUES
NEW YORK----Concurrent with its rating action earlier today on Financial Guaranty Insurance Company , in which Fitch Ratings downgraded FGIC's Insurer Financial Strength rating to 'CCC' from 'BBB' and placed it on Rating Watch Evolving, Fitch has taken the following rating actions on U.S. municipal bonds insured by FGIC. ... more info

31 Jul 2008: FITCH RATES LUCILE PACKARD CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL AT STANFORD (CALIFORNIA) $94MM BONDS 'AA/F1+'
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings has assigned its 'AA/F1+' ratings to approximately $93.6 million California Health Facilities Financing Authority series 2008A-C. Additionally, Fitch has affirmed the 'AA' rating on the $117.5 million California Health Facilities Financing Authority series 2003A-C revenue bonds. ... more info

31 Jul 2008: FITCH RATES MARYLAND HEALTH & HIGHER ED'S $124MM REVS (UPPER CHESAPEAKE HOSP) 'AA-/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch assigns 'AA-/F1+' ratings to $124,100,000 Maryland Health and Higher Educational Facilities Authority, Revenue Bonds, Upper Chesapeake Hospitals Issue, Series 2008A & Series 2008B . ... more info

31 Jul 2008: FITCH RATES CLAREMONT GRADUATE UNIVERSITY'S (CALIFORNIA) REVS 'A'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A' rating to $15,000,000 California Educational Facilities Authority revenue bonds 2008 series A issued on behalf of Claremont Graduate University . ... more info

31 Jul 2008: FITCH RATES SCHERTZ, TEXAS' SERIES 2008 GOS 'AA-'
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch assigns an initial 'AA-' rating to the Schertz, Texas' $16.5 million general obligation bonds, series 2008. Fitch also assigns its 'AA-' rating to the city's $22.9 million in GO bonds and $24.7 million in certificate of obligation outstanding. ... more info

30 Jul 2008: MUNI BONDS RATING BILL CLEARS PANEL
Legislation that would subject municipal bonds to the same ratings standards as those issued by corporations cleared a key House committee on Wednesday. ... more info

30 Jul 2008: FITCH RATES MTA, NEW YORK'S $350MM DEDICATED TAX FUND VAR-RATE RFDG REVS 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A+' rating to the approximately $350 million Metropolitan Transportation Authority, New York dedicated tax fund variable-rate refunding bonds, series 2008B. ... more info

30 Jul 2008: FITCH RATES COUNTY OF FRANKLIN, OHIO, $186.7MM HOSPITAL FAC REVS 2008A (OHIOHEALTH CORP.) 'AA/F1+'
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AA/F1+' to the $186,700,000 County of Franklin, Ohio, hospital facilities refunding revenue bonds, series 2008A . The long-term 'AA' rating assigned to the bonds is based on the rating that Fitch has assigned to OhioHealth Corporation's long-term hospital facilities revenue bonds. . ... more info

30 Jul 2008: FITCH CONFIRMS $200MM KANSAS DOT 2004B CONVERSION TO FIXED RATE BNDS AT 'AA'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings confirms the 'AA' rating of the $200,000,000 State of Kansas Department of Transportation highway revenue bonds series 2004B conversion to fixed rate mode bonds, consisting of $50,000,000 each series 2004B-1 through 2004B-4. ... more info

30 Jul 2008: FITCH UPGRADES GAINESVILLE HOSP DIST, TEXAS' GO LIMITED TAX BONDS TO 'A+'
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings has upgraded to 'A+' from 'A' its rating for Gainesville Hospital District d/b/a North Texas Medical Center , Texas' general obligation bonds. This action affects $28.2 million outstanding series 2002 and series 2007 bonds. ... more info

30 Jul 2008: FITCH RATES NORTH CAROLINA LIMITED OBLIGATIONS 'AA+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA+' rating to $200 million state of North Carolina capital improvement limited obligation bonds, series 2008A. The bonds, expected August 13 via competitive bid, will be due May 1, 2010-2029 and will be subject to optional redemption at par beginning May 1, 2018. ... more info

30 Jul 2008: FITCH AFFIRMS NASSAU REGIONAL OTB (NEW YORK) REVS AT 'A' , OUTLOOK REVISED TO STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings affirms the 'A' rating on $23.1 million Nassau Regional Off-Track Betting Corporation revenue bonds, series 2005. The Rating Outlook on the series 2005 bonds is revised to Stable from Positive. ... more info

30 Jul 2008: FITCH RATES PALM BEACH CNTY, FLORIDA'S $180MM NON-AD VALOREM BNDS 'AA+'; OUTLOOK NEGATIVE
TAMPA, Fla.----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA+' rating to Palm Beach County, Florida's approximately $180 million public improvement revenue bonds, series 2008A. The bonds are scheduled to price on or after August 11 via negotiation; proceeds will be used to fund an expansion to the county's detention facilities. ... more info

30 Jul 2008: MOODY'S PROFIT TUMBLES, TO BE SUED BY CONNECTICUT
Moody's Corp , the parent of Moody's Investors Service, said quarterly profit fell 48 percent, as the global credit crisis caused demand to shrink for mortgage bonds and collateralized debt obligations. ... more info

30 Jul 2008: COVERED BONDS: WHAT THE PAULSON PLAN MEANS FOR YOU
JPMorgan, BofA, Wells Fargo, and Citi will issue the new bonds. Will they help the markets? Should investors bite? Here's what you need to know ... more info

29 Jul 2008: FITCH RATES FRESNO JPFA, CALIFORNIA'S $25MM LEASE REVS 'A+'
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A+' rating to city of Fresno Joint Powers Financing Authority , California's approximately $21.3 million lease revenue bonds series 2008E and $3.5 million lease revenue bonds series 2008F . ... more info

29 Jul 2008: FITCH RATES KANSAS CITY AIRPORT (MISSOURI) $30MM REVS 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A+' underlying long-term rating to the Kansas City, Missouri's $30 million general improvement airport refunding revenue bonds, series 2008. Fitch also affirms its 'A+' underlying long-term rating on the city's approximately $200 million of outstanding airport revenue bonds, its 'A' underlying long-term rating on the city's approximately $54 million outstanding 2005C subordinate airport revenue bonds and its 'A' underlying long-term rating on the city's approximately $117 million outstanding 2001 passenger facility charge bonds. ... more info

29 Jul 2008: SEC TO OFFER MUNI INVESTORS FREE DATABASE
The SEC is expected to propose setting up a free database on municipal bonds -- dubbed Emma, which stands for Electronic Municipal Market Access. The new online system will provide centralized access to trading data and documents. ... more info

29 Jul 2008: FITCH RATES GWINNETT COUNTY WATER & SEWERAGE AUTH, GEORGIA'S $190MM REVS 'AAA'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to Gwinnett County Water and Sewerage Authority, Georgia's approximately $190 million water and sewerage authority revenue bonds, series 2008. ... more info

29 Jul 2008: FITCH RATES NEW YORK CITY MUNICIPAL WATER FINANCE AUTHORITY'S $150MM 2009 SERIES CC REVS 'AA'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA' rating to New York City Municipal Water Finance Authority's approximately $150 million water and sewer system second general resolution revenue bonds, fiscal 2009 series CC. ... more info

29 Jul 2008: FITCH RATES WISCONSIN'S $185MM TRANSPORTATION REVS 'AA'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to $185 million State of Wisconsin transportation revenue bonds 2008 series A expected by negotiation the week of Aug. 5. The bonds are due July 1, 2010-2029. ... more info

29 Jul 2008: FITCH RATES LAKELAND, FLORIDA'S, $100MM VARIABLE RATE ENERGY SYS REV & RFDG BONDS, 2008B 'AA/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA/F1+' rating to the $100,000,000 City of Lakeland, Florida, variable rate energy system revenue and refunding bonds, series 2008B . The rating is based on the rating of a direct-pay letter of credit supporting the bonds and the application of Fitch's joint probability methodology. ... more info

29 Jul 2008: FITCH RATES LAKELAND, FLORIDA'S $100MM VAR-RATE ENERGY SYSTEM RFDG REVS SERIES 2008A 'AAA/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch has assigned a 'AAA/F1+' rating to the $100,000,000 Lakeland, Florida variable rate energy system revenue and refunding bonds, series 2008A . The rating is based on the rating of a direct-pay letter of credit supporting the Bonds and the application of Fitch's joint probability methodology. ... more info

29 Jul 2008: FITCH RATES BANNER HEALTH'S (ARIZONA) $1.3B BONDS
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings has assigned its 'AA-' rating to $913.4 million Arizona Health Facilities Authority revenue bonds series 2008D-F, and $395.4 million Arizona Health Facilities Authority Variable Rate Revenue Bonds series 2008G-H. ... more info

29 Jul 2008: FITCH RATES PUERTO RICO HOUSING FINANCE $374.7MM CAPITAL FUND PROGRAM BONDS 'A+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A+' rating to Puerto Rico Housing Finance Authority's $374.7 million capital fund modernization program subordinate bonds, series 2008. The bonds are a limited obligation of PHFA supported by annual appropriations of the United States government administered through the U.S. ... more info

28 Jul 2008: STOCKS SLIDE AS FINANCIALS AGAIN PULL BACK
Wall Street again surrendered to investors' anxiety about the financial sector Monday, sending the Dow Jones industrials down 240 points and back into bear market territory. The flight from equities sent investors into safe-haven bets like Treasury bonds. ... more info

28 Jul 2008: IDAHO RESORT PLANS TO SELL $670 MILLION IN BONDS
Tamarack Resort in central Idaho aims to sell $670 million in bonds to boost finances after a real-estate market slowdown brought construction to a standstill and chased off investors, including tennis stars Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf. ... more info

28 Jul 2008: TEXT OF PAULSON STATEMENT ON COVERED BONDS PLAN
The following is a text of U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson's statement on how the Bush administration and federal banking regulators have teamed up with the nation's four largest banks to approve a new way to inject money into the battered U.S. mortgage market using what's known as covered bonds. ... more info

28 Jul 2008: FITCH RATES ATKINSON COUNTY-COFFEE COUNTY JOINT DEVEL AUTH, GEORGIA 2008 LANGBOARD VRDBS 'AA-/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned 'AA-/F1+' ratings to the Atkinson County-Coffee County Joint Development Authority's $17,600,000 variable-rate demand solid waste disposal revenue bonds , series 2008. ... more info

28 Jul 2008: TIAA-CREF STATEMENT ON BEST PRACTICES FOR RESIDENTIAL COVERED BONDS FROM U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY
NEW YORK----TIAA-CREF issued the following statement in support of the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Best Practices for current and prospective participants in the U.S. covered bond market: "Treasury's best practices for covered bonds will serve as an important step in the expansion of the covered bond market in the United States," said Sanjeev Handa, Head of Global Public Markets, TIAA-CREF. ... more info

28 Jul 2008: BANKS TO LAUNCH COVERED BONDS
Bank of America, Citigroup and other big banks unveiled plans to launch covered-bond programs. Paulson and the Bush administration hope the bonds will help to pump money into the battered U.S. mortgage market. (Statement) ... more info

28 Jul 2008: BANKS TO LAUNCH COVERED BONDS
Bank of America, Citigroup and other big banks unveiled plans to launch covered-bond programs. Paulson and the Bush administration hope the bonds will help to pump money into the battered U.S. mortgage market. (Statement) ... more info

18 May 2008: HOW TO STOP INFLATION FROM DEVOURING A PORTFOLIO
Weighting the pros and cons of inflation-protected bonds, commodities, and stocks as a way to protect or diminish the impact of inflation on a portfolio. ... more info

28 Jul 2008: ENVIRONMENTAL POWER ANNOUNCES SALE OF TAX EXEMPT BONDS FOR MICROGY GRAND ISLAND BIOGAS PROJECT
Environmental Power Corporation today announced that its subsidiary, Microgy Grand Island, LLC, has completed a financing involving the sale of $7 million of tax-exempt bonds issued by the City of Grand Island, Nebraska. ... more info

28 Jul 2008: TIMES ARE TOUGH. BUY BONDS?
Investors often turn to the security of bonds when the economy goes south, but is it wise this time? ... more info

22 Jul 2008: FITCH RATES $37MM OHIO CAPITAL FACILITIES BONDS 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to $36.8 million State of Ohio capital facilities bonds, consisting of: ... more info

22 Jul 2008: FITCH RATES OHIOHEALTH'S (OHIO) $187MM VRDBS 'AA'; AFFIRMS OUTSTANDING; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA' to the approximately $186.7 million 2008A County of Franklin, Ohio variable-rate demand revenue bonds OhioHealth Corporation . Fitch also affirms at 'AA' its underlying rating on approximately $400 million of outstanding County of Franklin, Ohio revenue bonds issued on behalf of OhioHealth. ... more info

22 Jul 2008: FITCH AFFIRMS ARLINGTON, TEXAS' SPECIAL TAX BONDS (DALLAS COWBOYS COMPLEX) AT 'A'
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings has affirmed its 'A' rating on the Arlington, Texas $298 million Dallas Cowboys Complex special obligation bonds. This action is related to the following three series: ... more info

22 Jul 2008: FITCH RATES KENTUCKY TURNPIKE AUTHORITY'S $200MM BONDS 'AA-' UNDERLYING
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' underlying rating to approximately $200 million Turnpike Authority of Kentucky economic development road revenue bonds, 2008 series A. The bonds are expected to be offered through negotiation during the week of July 28. ... more info

22 Jul 2008: FITCH RTS $77.75MM MARYLAND HEALTH & HIGHER ED FAC AUTH REVS (UMMS) SER 2008G & H
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA/F1+' rating to the $40,705,000 Maryland Health and Higher Educational Facilities Authority revenue bonds, University of Maryland Medical System issue, series 2008G and an 'A/F1' rating to the $37,040,000 Maryland Health and Higher Educational Facilities Authority revenue bonds, University of Maryland Medical System Issue, series 2008H. ... more info

22 Jul 2008: FITCH RATES MERIDEN, CONNECTICUT'S $33.1MM GOS 'A-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A-' rating to the City of Meriden, Connecticut's $33.1 million general obligation bonds, issue of 2008. The bonds are scheduled for competitive sale on July 24. ... more info

22 Jul 2008: FITCH RATES PENNSYLVANIA STATE SYSTEM OF HIGHER ED $31.15MM REFUNDING REV BONDS 'AA-'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' rating to approximately $31.15 million of Pennsylvania Higher Educational Facilities Authority refunding revenue bonds series AI, issued on behalf of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education . ... more info

22 Jul 2008: FITCH RATES PALM BEACH COUNTY, FLORIDA REVS (PINE CREST PREPARATORY SCHOOL, INC PROJ) 2008 'AA-/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AA-/F1+' to the $75,000,000 Palm Beach County, Florida revenue and refunding revenue bonds series 2008. The rating is based on the support provided by an irrevocable, direct-pay letter of credit issued by Bank of America, N.A. , securing the bonds. ... more info

21 Jul 2008: TREASURYS SLIGHTLY LOWER AFTER BOFA RESULTS
Treasury prices rose slightly Monday as the stock market showed little direction and as oil prices ticked higher, leading investors to the safety of government bonds. ... more info

21 Jul 2008: FITCH RATES EAGLE MOUNTAIN-SAGINAW ISD TEXAS' GOS 'AAA'PSF/'A+' UNDERLYING
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns an initial 'AAA' rating to Eagle Mountain-Saginaw Independent School District, Texas' $96.015 million unlimited tax school building bonds, series 2008. ... more info

21 Jul 2008: FITCH RATES VIRGINIA RESOURCES AUTHORITY'S $179.5MM SRF CLEAN WATER REVS 'AAA'
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AAA' rating to the Virginia Resources Authority's $179.5 million clean water state revolving fund revenue bonds, subordinate series 2008. The bonds are scheduled to price on July 30, 2008 via negotiation. ... more info

21 Jul 2008: BANK OF AMERICA LOC-BACKED MUNICIPAL BONDS DOWNGRADED (1 OF 2)
NEW YORK----In conjunction with the downgrade of Bank of America N.A.'s long-term senior debt rating to 'AA-' from 'AA', Fitch downgrades the following bonds backed by Bank of America N.A. letters of credit . ... more info

21 Jul 2008: FITCH UPGRADES HARRIS COUNTY, TEXAS TOLL REVS TO 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' rating to approximately $325 million of series 2008B Harris County Toll Road Authority's toll road senior lien revenue and refunding bonds. ... more info

21 Jul 2008: FITCH RATES DANBURY, CONNECTICUT GOS 'AA+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch rates Danbury, Connecticut's $20 million general obligation bonds, Issue of 2008 'AA+'. In addition, Fitch assigns a short term 'F1+' rating to $74.345 million of the city's bond anticipation notes . ... more info

21 Jul 2008: FITCH RATES PORT AUTHORITY OF NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY SERIES 153 REVS 'AA-'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' rating to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey's $500 million of consolidated bonds, series 153. The bonds are expected to sell competitively on or about July 23, 2008 through a competitive sale. ... more info

21 Jul 2008: FITCH U.S. MUNI SURVEILLANCE: CLEVELAND MUNI SCHOOL DIST GOS AFFIRMED AT 'BBB+'; OUTLOOK TO STABLE
NEW YORK----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings affirms the 'BBB+' rating on Cleveland Municipal School District's , OH's $147 million in outstanding general obligation school facilities bonds. ... more info

20 Jul 2008: 5 FASHION TIPS FOR YOUR PORTFOLIO
U.S. stocks are down, bonds are dicey, and the stuff you don't own is way up. What's out of vogue and what'll stay in style? ... more info

18 Jul 2008: STOCKS & BONDS: BANK REPORT AND OIL’S FALL LIFT SHARES
Stocks surged higher for a second day as oil prices continued to plunge and Wall Street embraced an encouraging earnings report from JPMorgan Chase. ... more info

18 Jul 2008: BANK OF AMERICA LOC-BACKED MUNICIPAL BONDS DOWNGRADED
NEW YORK----In conjunction with the downgrade of Bank of America N.A.'s long-term senior debt rating to 'AA-' from 'AA', Fitch downgrades the following bonds backed by Bank of America N.A. letters of credit . ... more info

18 Jul 2008: FITCH RATES DALLAS COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT, TEXAS' $220MM LTD. GOS 'AAA'
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AAA' to Dallas County Community College District , Texas' $220 million limited general obligation bonds, series 2008. In addition, Fitch affirms the 'AAA' rating on the approximately $30 million in maintenance tax notes and $63 million in outstanding parity bonds. ... more info

18 Jul 2008: SIGNS OF TROUBLE AHEAD?
Unusual movements in the bonds and shares of a small energy company exemplify the complex flow of information on Wall Street these days and the potential perils it holds for investors. ... more info

18 Jul 2008: PUTNAM ANNOUNCES AT-PAR REDEMPTION NOTICES OF PREFERRED SHARES FOR TWO TAX-EXEMPT CLOSED-END FUNDS
BOSTON----Putnam Municipal Opportunities Trust and Putnam Managed Municipal Income Trust today announced partial at-par redemptions of their respective preferred shares. This redemption announcement follows the June 23, 2008 press release outlining approval by The Putnam Funds Board of Trustees of a plan to use tender option bonds to refinance a portion of these Funds outstanding preferred shares. ... more info

18 Jul 2008: FITCH RATES FLORIDA COMMUNITY COLLEGE $28.2MM CAP IMPROVEMENT REV BONDS 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A+' rating to the approximately $28,200,000 State of Florida Department of Education community college capital improvement revenue bonds, series 2008A. ... more info

18 Jul 2008: STOCKS & BONDS: BANK REPORT AND OIL'S FALL LIFT SHARES
Stocks surged higher for a second day as oil prices continued to plunge and Wall Street embraced an encouraging earnings report from JPMorgan Chase.

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18 Jul 2008: FITCH CONFIRMS INDIANA FINANCE AUTHORITY LEASE BONDS, SERIES 2003C&D AT 'AA'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has confirmed its underlying 'AA' rating to the Indiana Finance Authority's conversion of $71,250,000 facilities revenue refunding bonds, series 2003C and 2003D to term-rate period from auction-rate securities. ... more info

18 Jul 2008: FITCH RATES $55MM INDIANA FIN AUTH LEASE APPROPRIATION BONDS (STADIUM PROJ) SER 2008A 'AA/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AA/F1+' to $55,000,000 Indiana Finance Authority , lease appropriation bonds , series 2008 A. Fitch also affirms at 'AA' approximately $3 billion of Indiana's appropriation debt. ... more info

18 Jul 2008: IAC TAKES SIGNIFICANT STEP TOWARD COMPLETING SPIN-OFFS
IAC announced today that it has entered into a series of agreements that collectively provide for the placing of $840 million in bonds and $1.15 billion in senior credit facilities for Interval Leisure Group, Inc., Ticketmaster and HSN, Inc.; a significant milestone in IAC's spin-off plans, expected to close in Q3 2008. ... more info

18 Jul 2008: FITCH RATES FLORIDA'S $200MM 2008B LOTTERY REVS 'A'
NEW YORK----Fitch assigns an 'A' rating to the State of Florida's $200 million lottery revenue bonds, series 2008B, to be issued on behalf of the State Board of Education upon 18 hours' notice, expected the week of July 28th. ... more info

18 Jul 2008: FITCH RATES SAN DIEGO COUNTY, CALIFORNIA $343.6MM PENSION OBLIG BONDS 'AA'
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to $343,555,000 County of San Diego, CA's taxable pension obligation bonds series 2008A. The bonds will be sold through negotiation on or about July 29. ... more info

18 Jul 2008: FITCH RATES NYSERDA POLLUTION CONTROL (NEW YORK) $63.5MM REFUNDING REVS 1994 SERIES C 'AA/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned 'AA/F1+' ratings to the $63,500,000 New York State Energy Research and Development Authority Pollution Control Refunding Revenue Bonds 1994 Series C. ... more info

17 Jul 2008: FITCH RATES MINNESOTA'S $466MM GOS 'AAA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to approximately $466 million State of Minnesota general obligation tax-exempt bonds, expected to sell competitively on July 22nd . ... more info

17 Jul 2008: FITCH RATES WEST SACRAMENTO AREA FLOOD CONTROL (CALIFORNIA) ASSESSMENT REVS 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch assigns an 'A+' rating to $10 million West Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency assessment revenue bonds, series 2008. The Rating Outlook is Stable. ... more info

17 Jul 2008: MARKETAXESS TO HOST CONFERENCE CALL ANNOUNCING 2008 SECOND QUARTER RESULTS
MarketAxess Holdings Inc. , the operator of a leading electronic trading platform for U.S. and European high-grade corporate bonds, emerging markets bonds and other fixed-income securities, will announce its 2008 second quarter results on Wednesday, July 30, 2008. ... more info

17 Jul 2008: FITCH CONFIRMS DENVER (CO) AIRPORT SYS REV BNDS SER 2007F1-F4 'AAA; ASSIGNS SHORT-TERM 'F1+'
NEW YORK----Effective July 24, 2008, Fitch Ratings will confirm the long-term 'AAA' rating and assign a 'F1+' short-term rating to the $208,025,000 City and County of Denver, Colorado, for and on behalf of its Department of Aviation, airport system revenue bonds, series 2007F1-F4: consisting of: ... more info

17 Jul 2008: FITCH RATES SUFFOLK COUNTY, NEW YORK'S $36.2MM BONDS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK POSITIVE
NEW YORK----Fitch rates Suffolk County, New York's bonds as follows: ... more info

17 Jul 2008: STAPLES ACQUIRES MORE THAN 99 PERCENT OF SHARES IN CORPORATE EXPRESS
FRAMINGHAM, Mass.----Staples, Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiary Staples Acquisition B.V. announced today that the following securities have been tendered during the post acceptance period of the offer to acquire the outstanding securities of Corporate Express N.V. : 7,437,636 ordinary shares with a nominal value of EUR 1.20 each , including the Ordinary Shares represented by American Depositary Shares , representing approximately 4.0 percent of the total issued and outstanding Ordinary Shares in the capital of Corporate Express 104,137 preference shares A with a nominal value of EUR 1.20 each , representing approximately 0.2 percent of the total issued and outstanding Preference Shares in the capital of Corporate Express and EUR 5,000 principal amount of two percent subordinated convertible bonds due 2010 , representing approximately 0.002 percent of the total issued and outstanding principal amount of the Bonds convertible into Ordinary Shares in the capital of Corporate Express. ... more info

17 Jul 2008: MARKETAXESS ANNOUNCES CLOSING OF FINAL TRANCHE OF STRATEGIC INVESTMENT BY TECHNOLOGY CROSSOVER VENTURES AND ELECTION OF BOB TRUDEAU TO BOARD OF DIRECTORS
MarketAxess Holdings Inc. , the operator of a leading electronic trading platform for U.S. and European high-grade corporate bonds, emerging markets bonds and other fixed-income securities, today announced the closing of the final tranche of the purchase by Technology Crossover Ventures of a minority stake in MarketAxess, consisting of preferred stock and warrants, for an aggregate purchase price of $35.0 million. ... more info

16 Jul 2008: FITCH RATES RED OAK ISD, TEXAS' $45MM ULT BONDS 'A-' UNDERLYING/'AAA' PSF
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to Red Oak Independent School District, Texas' $45 million unlimited tax school building bonds, series 2008, based on the guaranty of the Texas Permanent School Fund , whose insurer financial strength is rated 'AAA' by Fitch. ... more info

16 Jul 2008: FITCH RATES MEMORIAL HEALTH SYSTEM, INDIANA $78.4MM 2008 REVS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings has assigned a 'AA-' rating on approximately $78.4 million of St. Joseph County Hospital Authority, IN, health system revenue refunding bonds, series 2008A&B . ... more info

16 Jul 2008: FITCH RATES CITY OF LOS ANGELES (CALIFORNIA) $101MM GO BONDS 'AA'
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to the City of Los Angeles, CA's $101,000,000 general obligation bonds series 2008-A. The bonds will be sold competitively Aug. 6. ... more info

16 Jul 2008: FITCH RATES WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA'S $100MM UTILITY SYSTEM REVS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK NEGATIVE
TAMPA, Fla.----Fitch Ratings has assigned an underlying long-term 'AA-' rating to the City of West Palm Beach, FL's $100.3 million utility system variable rate revenue bonds, series 2008C. ... more info

16 Jul 2008: FITCH AFFIRMS & REMOVES BEXAR METRO WATER DISTRICT, TEXAS' 'A-' REVS FROM WATCH NEGATIVE
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings has affirmed and removed Bexar Metropolitan Water District, Texas' 'A-' rated revenue bond debt from Rating Watch Negative. This action affects the following series of bonds: ... more info

16 Jul 2008: FITCH RATES NEW YORK STATE ENERGY RESEARCH & DEV AUTH REVS 1994 SER B 'AA-/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AA-/F1+' to the $37,500,000 New York State Energy Research and Development Authority pollution control refunding revenue bonds 1994 series B. ... more info

16 Jul 2008: FITCH RATES AUSTIN, TEXAS' 2008A $175MM ELECTRIC REV RFDG BONDS 'AA-'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an underlying rating of 'AA-' to the City of Austin, Texas' $175,000,000 electric utility system revenue refunding bonds , series 2008A. Proceeds from the 2008A fixed-rate bonds will refund approximately $174,000,000 of tax-exempt commercial paper. ... more info

16 Jul 2008: FITCH RATES $299MM NEW YORK STATE URBAN DEV CORP INCOME TAX BONDS 'AA-/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AA-/F1+' rating to $299 million New York State Urban Development Corporation state personal income tax revenue bonds series 2004A-3, consisting of: ... more info

16 Jul 2008: FITCH RATES MESA UNION SD, CALIFORNIA'S $4.0MM GOS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' rating to Mesa Union School District, California's $4.0 million election of 2008 general obligation bonds, series 2008. Fitch also affirms the district's approximately $3.8 million in outstanding GO debt at 'AA-'. ... more info

16 Jul 2008: FITCH CONFIRMS ILLINOIS HEALTH VRDBS 2002 (CENTEGRA HEALTH) 'AAA'; ASSIGNS SHORT-TERM 'F1+'
NEW YORK----Effective July 17, 2008, Fitch Ratings will confirm the 'AAA' long-term rating and assign a 'F1+' short-term rating to the $55,000,000 Illinois Health Facilities Authority variable rate revenue bonds series 2002 . ... more info

16 Jul 2008: FITCH CONFIRMS ILLINOIS FINANCE AUTH POLL CONTROL REVS (COMMONWEALTH EDISON), 2008F AT 'AA-/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings confirms the 'AA-/F1+' rating assigned to the $91,000,000 Illinois Finance Authority pollution control revenue refunding bonds , series 2008F. On the effective date of July 23, 2008, the rating will be based on a substitute letter of credit issued by the Bank of Nova Scotia, acting through its New York Agency, which will replace JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association as the provider of the LOC supporting the bonds. ... more info

16 Jul 2008: GSE BONDS CAN BOOST CASH FLOW
Looking for higher bond yield in these low-rate times? Bonds from government-sponsored enterprises may be an answer -- after a little homework. ... more info

15 Jul 2008: FITCH RTS OHIO DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION STATE INFRASTRUCTURE BANK (FEDERAL) BOND FUND REVS 'AA'
CHICAGO & NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to $5.2 million State of Ohio taxable transportation project revenue bonds, state transportation infrastructure bond fund, series 2008-1. ... more info

15 Jul 2008: MORE DATA ON MORTGAGE BONDS SOUGHT
The American Securitization Forum is expected to propose the collection and disclosure of more than 100 types of data for mortgages that are packaged into securities, moves that could help restart frozen parts of the bond market. ... more info

15 Jul 2008: BONDS UP ON BERNANKE'S GLOOMY OUTLOOK
Short-term bond prices rallied Tuesday, but long-term bonds fell after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke gave a grim economic outlook. ... more info

15 Jul 2008: FITCH RATES ENTERGY ARKANSAS' NEW FMBS 'BBB+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned a 'BBB+' rating to Entergy Arkansas, Inc.'s new issuance of first mortgage bonds . Proceeds will ultimately be used to fund the purchase of the Ouachita plant, a 789-megawatt combined-cycle gas-fired generating facility. ... more info

15 Jul 2008: FITCH RATES CLEVELAND, OHIO, $288.780MM AIRPORT SYSTEM REVS, SERIES 2008A-H 'AA+/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned 'AA+/F1+' ratings to the City of Cleveland, Ohio, airport system revenue bonds, series 2008A through series 2008H . The ratings are based on the direct-pay letters of credit supporting the bonds and the application of Fitch's joint probability methodology. ... more info

15 Jul 2008: THE YIELD CURVE PRESENTS A SWEET SPOT (REALMONEY BY THESTREET.COM)
The two-to-five-year range offers sharply better returns than shorter- or longer-term bonds. ... more info

15 Jul 2008: BERNANKE BOOSTS SHORT-TERM BONDS
Short-term bond prices rallied Tuesday, but long-term bonds fell after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke gave a grim economic outlook. ... more info

15 Jul 2008: FITCH RATES SCRIPPS HEALTH, CALIFORNIA, REV BONDS 'A+'; OUTLOOK TO POSITIVE
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A+' rating to approximately $101.6 million in California Health Facilities Financing Authority revenue bonds series 2008A and $275.8 million in California Health Facilities Financing Authority variable rate revenue bonds series 2008 B-G. ... more info

15 Jul 2008: FITCH UPGRADES SOUTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA TRANSPORTATION AUTH VRBDS SER 2007 TO 'AA'; ASSIGNS 'F1'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has upgraded the long-term rating to 'AA', from 'A', and assigned a short-term rating of 'F1' to Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority converted variable rate revenue refunding bonds, series 2007 . ... more info

15 Jul 2008: TD AMERITRADE INTRODUCES FIXED INCOME INVESTMENT TOOL
OMAHA, Neb.----TD AMERITRADE Holding Corporation , introduces Bond Wizard, an easy-to-use fixed income investment tool designed to help investors find bonds and certificates of deposits or build a bond ladder. ... more info

14 Jul 2008: THOMSON WINS APPEAL OF SOFTWARE PATENT VERDICT
A federal appellate court in Philadelphia on Monday overturned a jury's finding that Thomson Reuters Corp. infringed a patent for trading municipal bonds in Internet auctions. ... more info

14 Jul 2008: FITCH RATES NEVADA'S $297.6MM LTGOS 'AA+'; OUTLOOK NEGATIVE
NEW YORK----Fitch assigns an 'AA+' rating to Nevada's $297.6 million limited tax general obligation bonds , consisting of: ... more info

14 Jul 2008: FITCH RATES CONNECTICUT 2002 GENERAL BOND RESOLUTION BONDS 'AAA'
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to the State of Connecticut state revolving fund general revenue bonds, $200 million 2008 series A. The bonds are scheduled to price the week of July 21 via negotiation. ... more info

14 Jul 2008: FITCH RATES GRAND PRAIRIE ISD, TEXAS' $61MM GOS 'AAA' PSF/'AA-' UNDERLYING
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to Grand Prairie Independent School District, Texas' approximately $61 million unlimited tax school building bonds, series 2008, based on a guaranty provided by the Texas Permanent School Fund , whose financial strength is rated 'AAA' by Fitch. ... more info

14 Jul 2008: FITCH RATES NEW YORK CITY MUNICIPAL WATER FINANCE AUTHORITY'S $333MM 2009 SERIES AA REVS 'AA'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA' rating to New York City Municipal Water Finance Authority's approximately $333 million water and sewer system second general resolution revenue bonds, fiscal 2009 series AA. ... more info

14 Jul 2008: U.S. PROMISE BOOSTS BONDS IN EUROPE
U.S. support for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac improved sentiment in European government bond markets, just in time for an Italian bond issue. ... more info

14 Jul 2008: BACK TO BUSINESS AT FREDDIE MAC
There was unusually high demand for Freddie Mac bonds Monday, with its routine debt auction oversubscribed; but its shares continued to waffle as investors digested the government's weekend efforts to prop up the troubled company. ... more info

13 Jul 2008: TRADERS HOPE TO TURN DOUBTS INTO PROFIT
Worries about U.S. exposure to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac debt are pushing up the cost of credit-default swaps on Treasury bonds. ... more info

11 Jul 2008: FITCH RATES MILWAUKEE METRO SEWERAGE DISTRICT'S $70MM GOS 'AAA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AAA' rating to the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, Wisconsin's $70 million general obligation sewerage system bonds, series 2008F. ... more info

11 Jul 2008: FITCH PLACES $7.9B OF SF CDOS ON WATCH NEGATIVE ON CONTINUED U.S. RMBS DETERIORATION
NEW YORK----With U.S. RMBS bonds continuing to experience credit deterioration that has led to widespread downgrades across the sector, Fitch Ratings recently undertook a review of 89 U.S. structured finance CDO transactions that were not previously placed on Rating Watch due to exposure to what had been better performing vintages of subprime RMBS bonds. ... more info

11 Jul 2008: SECTOR SNAP: UTILITY COMPANY STOCKS FALLING
Rising yields on U.S. government bonds along with higher crude oil prices dragged utility company stocks lower Friday, along with a broader stock market that is well into bear market territory. ... more info

11 Jul 2008: FITCH RATES NEW YORK STATE ENERGY RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY 1994D-1 & D-2 'AA-/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned 'AA-/F1+' ratings to the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority's $74,000,000 pollution control refunding revenue bonds 1994 series D-1 and D-2. ... more info

11 Jul 2008: FITCH RATES FORT JACKSON HOUSING LLC (SOUTH CAROLINA) $106.1MM MILITARY HOUSING BONDS 'A'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'A' rating to Fort Jackson Housing LLC's military housing taxable revenue bonds 2008 series A. ... more info

11 Jul 2008: FITCH RATES MARYLAND'S $415MM GOS 'AAA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AAA' rating to the State of Maryland's $415 million general obligation bonds, state and local facilities loan of 2008, second series. The bonds will sell competitively on or about July 16 and mature serially July 15, 2011-2023 . ... more info

11 Jul 2008: CHINESE GOVERNMENT IS TOP FOREIGN HOLDER OF FANNIE MAE, FREDDIE MAC BONDS
WASHINGTON----As politicians call for taxpayer bailouts and a government takeover of troubled mortgage lenders Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, FreedomWorks would like to point out that a bailout is a transfer of possibly hundreds of billions of U.S. tax dollars to sophisticated investors and governments overseas. ... more info

11 Jul 2008: METALS, BONDS AND CASH THE ONLY THINGS WORTH HOLDING
Holly Hooper-Fournier, editor of the Mutual Fund Strategist newsletter, says that the vast majority of the market is not worth owning right now and that investors should focus on gold and precious metals, domestic bonds and cash. ... more info

11 Jul 2008: BONDS TANK ON INFLATION UNCERTAINTY
Government bonds sank hard on Friday, as skyrocketing oil prices and uncertainty in the housing market renewed investors' inflation fears. ... more info

11 Jul 2008: FITCH RATES MILWAUKEE METRO SEWERAGE DISTRICT'S $70MM GOS 'AAA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AAA' rating to the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, Wisconsin's $70 million general obligation sewerage system bonds, series 2008F. ... more info

11 Jul 2008: FITCH PLACES $7.9B OF SF CDOS ON WATCH NEGATIVE ON CONTINUED U.S. RMBS DETERIORATION
NEW YORK----With U.S. RMBS bonds continuing to experience credit deterioration that has led to widespread downgrades across the sector, Fitch Ratings recently undertook a review of 89 U.S. structured finance CDO transactions that were not previously placed on Rating Watch due to exposure to what had been better performing vintages of subprime RMBS bonds. ... more info

11 Jul 2008: SECTOR SNAP: UTILITY COMPANY STOCKS FALLING
Rising yields on U.S. government bonds along with higher crude oil prices dragged utility company stocks lower Friday, along with a broader stock market that is well into bear market territory. ... more info

11 Jul 2008: FITCH RATES NEW YORK STATE ENERGY RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY 1994D-1 & D-2 'AA-/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned 'AA-/F1+' ratings to the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority's $74,000,000 pollution control refunding revenue bonds 1994 series D-1 and D-2. ... more info

11 Jul 2008: BONDS TANK ON INFLATION UNCERTAINTY
Government bonds sank hard on Friday, as skyrocketing oil prices and uncertainty in the housing market renewed investors' inflation fears. ... more info

11 Jul 2008: FITCH RATES FORT JACKSON HOUSING LLC (SOUTH CAROLINA) $106.1MM MILITARY HOUSING BONDS 'A'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'A' rating to Fort Jackson Housing LLC's military housing taxable revenue bonds 2008 series A. ... more info

11 Jul 2008: FITCH RATES MARYLAND'S $415MM GOS 'AAA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AAA' rating to the State of Maryland's $415 million general obligation bonds, state and local facilities loan of 2008, second series. The bonds will sell competitively on or about July 16 and mature serially July 15, 2011-2023 . ... more info

11 Jul 2008: CHINESE GOVERNMENT IS TOP FOREIGN HOLDER OF FANNIE MAE, FREDDIE MAC BONDS
WASHINGTON----As politicians call for taxpayer bailouts and a government takeover of troubled mortgage lenders Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, FreedomWorks would like to point out that a bailout is a transfer of possibly hundreds of billions of U.S. tax dollars to sophisticated investors and governments overseas. ... more info

11 Jul 2008: METALS, BONDS AND CASH THE ONLY THINGS WORTH HOLDING
Holly Hooper-Fournier, editor of the Mutual Fund Strategist newsletter, says that the vast majority of the market is not worth owning right now and that investors should focus on gold and precious metals, domestic bonds and cash. ... more info

11 Jul 2008: AUDIO: IT'S GOLD, DOMESTIC BONDS, AND THE REST MOSTLY IN CASH, SAYS MARKET-TIMING NEWSLETTER EDITOR
Holly Hooper-Fournier, editor of the Mutual Fund Strategist newsletter, says that the vast majority of the market is not worth owning right now, and said that investors should focus their investments on gold and precious metals, domestic bonds and cash. In a radio interview, Hooper-Fournier noted that just 2 of her service's 17 timing models - gold and U.S. bonds -- are on buy signals, although she said that international bonds appear likely to trigger a buy and likes the look of some health-care funds. In other categories, she suggested that investors remember that "Cash should be viewed as your friend right now." ... more info

10 Jul 2008: FITCH TO CONFIRM KISSIMMEE UTILITY AUTH (FL) 'AAA' & ASSIGN SHORT-TERM 'F1+' RATING TO SUB SER 2003
NEW YORK----Effective July 17, 2008, Fitch Ratings will confirm the 'AAA' long-term rating and assign an 'F1+' short-term rating to $60,700,000 Kissimmee Utility Authority, Electric System refunding revenue bonds, subordinate series 2003. ... more info

10 Jul 2008: FITCH RATES SARASOTA COUNTY'S (FL) $67.5MM INFRASTRUCTURE SALES SURTAX REVS 'AA'; UPGRS BDS TO 'AA'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to Sarasota County, Florida's approximately $67.5 million infrastructure sales surtax revenue bonds series 2008A. The bonds are scheduled to sell via negotiation the week of Sept. 8th. ... more info

10 Jul 2008: FITCH RATES MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MARYLAND'S $250MM GOS 'AAA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to Montgomery County, Maryland's estimated $250 million general obligation bonds, consolidated public improvement bonds of 2008, series A. ... more info

10 Jul 2008: FITCH RATES M-S-R PUB PWR AGENCY'S (CA) $80MM SAN JUAN PROJ SUB LIEN REVS 2008M&N 'AAA/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch assigns ratings of 'AAA/F1+' to the M-S-R Public Power Agency's San Juan Project subordinate lien revenue bonds consisting of $62,500,000 series 2008M and $17,000,000 series 2008N . ... more info

10 Jul 2008: US VIRGIN ISLES TO ISSUE BONDS FOR RUM DISTILLERY
The U.S. Virgin Islands has agreed to issue $165 million in bonds to help build a rum distillery. The bonds will also help subsidize the cost of molasses used to produce bulk rum at the St. ... more info

10 Jul 2008: FITCH RATES PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, VIRGINIA'S $47MM GOS 'AAA'; OUTLOOK TO NEGATIVE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AAA' rating to Prince William County, Virginia's approximately $46.9 million general obligation public improvement bonds, series 2008. The bonds are scheduled to sell competitively on July 25th. ... more info

10 Jul 2008: FITCH RATES LUCAS COUNTY, OHIO'S LTGOS 'AA-' & GO BANS 'F1+'
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings has assigned long- and short-term ratings to Lucas County , Ohio's general obligation bonds and bond anticipation notes as follows: ... more info

10 Jul 2008: FITCH CONFIRMS MHHEFA REVS SER 2006H 'AAA'; RATES SHORT-TERM 'F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings confirms the long-term 'AAA' rating currently assigned to $68,400,000 Maine Health and Higher Educational Facilities Authority revenue bonds, series 2006H, and assigns a short-term 'F1+' rating to the bonds. ... more info

10 Jul 2008: FANNIE, FREDDIE STOCKS AND BONDS PLUMMET
A firestorm of anxiety over the ability of U.S. mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to get the capital they need to survive sent their debt and stocks plummeting on Thursday. ... more info

10 Jul 2008: FITCH RATES LAX AIRPORT'S $626.3MM SENIOR REVS 'AA'; $250MM SUB REVS 'AA-'
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings has assigned the following ratings to the Department of Airports of the City of Los Angeles, California, Los Angeles International Airport's senior and subordinate revenue bonds: ... more info

9 Jul 2008 : FITCH RATES DE PERE, WISCONSIN'S 2008 GOS 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to De Pere, Wisconsin's $4.49 million general obligation unlimited tax bonds, consisting of: ... more info

9 Jul 2008 : FITCH RATES LONG BEACH USD, CALIFORNIA $90MM GOS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' rating to Long Beach Unified School District's $30 million general obligation bonds, election of 1999, series G and $59.86 million 2008 GO refunding bonds. ... more info

9 Jul 2008 : FITCH CONFIRMS NASSAU HEALTH CARE CORP. (NEW YORK) TAXABLE BONDS, 2004A AT 'AAA'; ASSIGNS'F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings confirms Nassau Health Care Corporation bonds, series 2004A at 'AAA'. In addition, Fitch assigns a short-term 'F1+' rating to $25,775,000 series 2004A bonds. ... more info

9 Jul 2008 : FITCH RATES MUNICIPAL ELECTRIC AUTHORITY OF GEORGIA'S BONDS 'A+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'A+' rating for the following series of bonds for the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia : ... more info

9 Jul 2008 : FITCH RATES COUNTY OF JUAB, UTAH (INTERMOUNTAIN FARMERS ASSOC.) SERIES 2002 VRDB'S 'AA-/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch assigns a 'AA-/F1+' rating to the $3,100,000 County of Juab, Utah variable rate demand industrial development revenue bonds , Series 2002. The rating is based on the support provided by an irrevocable, direct-pay letter of credit issued by CoBank, ACB, securing the bonds. ... more info

9 Jul 2008 : FITCH RATES COUNTY OF JUAB, UTAH (INTERMOUNTAIN FARMERS ASSOC.) SERIES 2006 VRDB'S 'AA-/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch assigns a 'AA-/F1+' rating to the $4,000,000 county of Juab, Utah variable rate demand industrial development revenue bonds , series 2006. The rating is based on the support provided by an irrevocable, direct-pay letter of credit issued by CoBank, ACB, securing the bonds. ... more info

7 Jul 2008 : FITCH PLACES TWO STATE LOAN POOL PROGRAMS ON RATING WATCH NEGATIVE
CHICAGO----Fitch has placed the following state loan pool bond programs which use debt service reserve fund surety bonds from MBIA Insurance Corp. and Ambac Assurance Corp. on Rating Watch Negative: ... more info

7 Jul 2008 : FITCH RATES WAYNE COUNTY, MICHIGAN'S $13MM LIMITED TAX GOS 'A'; OUTLOOK STABLE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'A' rating to Wayne County, Michigan's $13,055,000 general obligation limited-tax water supply and sewage disposal system improvement bonds, series 2008. ... more info

7 Jul 2008 : TREASURIES MOVE HIGHER ON CONCERNS ABOUT ECONOMY
Treasury bonds rose Monday as investors fled the stock market amid growing concerns about the financial sector. A Federal Reserve official warned that financial companies' problems might worsen, and a Wall Street analyst raised questions about government lenders Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. ... more info

7 Jul 2008 : FITCH RATES MICHIGAN TOBACCO SETTLEMENT FINANCING AUTHORITY, SERIES 2008
NEW YORK----Fitch rates Michigan Tobacco Settlement Finance Authority, tobacco settlement asset-backed bonds as follows: ... more info

5 Jul 2008: MARKET VALUES: THE UPSIDE OF THE DEBT CALLED HIGH YIELD
If you fear losing too much in stocks and earning too little in cash or ultra-safe bonds, then high-yield corporate debt may be worth considering ... more info

5 Jul 2008: STOCKS & BONDS: SHARES DECLINE IN JAPAN FOR 12TH CONSECUTIVE DAY
European markets fell and Asian markets were mixed Friday as investors digested uneven readings on the United States economy and oil prices remained near records. ... more info

4 Jul 2008 : BONDS.COM ANNOUNCES EFFECTIVENESS OF S-1 REGISTRATION STATEMENT FOR RESALE OF SHARES BY SELLING STOCKHOLDERS
Bonds.com Group, Inc. through its subsidiary Bonds.com, Inc., provider of an innovative comprehensive online trading platform providing execution, liquidity and competitive pricing to the fragmented fixed income marketplace, announced today that on July 3, 2008, the Securities and Exchange Commission declared effective the Company's registration statement on Form S-1 relating to resale of up to 16,969,550 shares of the Company's common stock, par value $0.0001 per share, by certain selling stockholders. ... more info

4 Jul 2008 : ASIA STOCKS SLIP AS OIL HOVERS NEAR RECORD
Asian stocks slipped on Friday as record high crude oil prices threatened to jeopardize earnings and curb consumer spending, with the uncertain economic outlook following U.S. jobs data boosting safe-haven government bonds. ... more info

3 Jul 2008 : FITCH RATES VERMONT MUNI BOND BANK'S $44MM 2008 BONDS 'AAA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
CHICAGO & NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AAA' rating to approximately $38 million Vermont Municipal Bond Bank 2008 series 1 bond, and approximately $5.5 million 2008 series 2 bonds issued under the bank's 1988 general bond resolution. ... more info

3 Jul 2008 : FITCH RATES ENNIS ISD, TX $49MM ULT BONDS 'AAA'/PSF'A' UNDERLYING
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to Ennis Independent School District, Texas' estimated $48.96 million unlimited tax school building bonds, series 2008. The 'AAA' rating is based on the guarantee provided by the Texas Permanent School Fund , whose insurer financial strength is rated 'AAA' by Fitch. ... more info

3 Jul 2008 : FITCH RATES LOUISIANA GOS UNDERLYING 'A+'; UPGRADES OUTSTANDING GOS
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an underlying rating of 'A+' to $200 million State of Louisiana general obligation variable rate demand refunding bonds, series 2008-A. The bonds, which will be due on July 1, 2026, will be issued as weekly variable rate demand bonds supported by an irrevocable letter of credit and Fitch will assign applicable ratings in a separate release. ... more info

3 Jul 2008 : GLOBAL STOCKS RISE, EURO FALLS AFTER ECB DECISION
The euro fell and shares and government bonds rallied on Thursday as the European Central Bank poured cold water on speculation of further aggressive interest rate hikes after raising them as expected. ... more info

2 Jul 2008 : FITCH RATES CYPRESS-FAIRBANKS ISD, TEXAS' $259MM GOS 'AAA' PSF/'AA-' UNDERLYING
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to the Cypress Fairbanks Independent School District, Texas' approximately $259 million unlimited tax schoolhouse and refunding bonds, series 2008. ... more info

2 Jul 2008 : STONE & YOUNGBERG AWARDS BENJAMIN J. BAUM SCHOLARSHIP TO SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENT
SAN FRANCISCO----Stone & Youngberg, a leading financial services firm and the nation’s top underwriter of California municipal bonds1, announced that its Benjamin J. Baum scholarship, established in 2004 to recognize the achievements of San Francisco public school graduates going on to attend the University of California at Berkeley, has been granted to Elizabeth Chan. ... more info

2 Jul 2008 : FITCH RATES $135MM SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS' HOT VRDBS, SERIES 2008 'AA+/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AA+/F1+' to the $135,000,000 City of San Antonio, Texas, hotel occupancy tax variable-rate demand subordinate lien revenue and refunding bonds, series 2008 . ... more info

2 Jul 2008 : FITCH RATES JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY (MARYLAND) REVS 'AA+'
NEW YORK----Fitch assigns an 'AA+' rating to approximately $132,640,000 of fixed-rate revenue bonds and an 'AA+/F1+' to approximately $125,855,000 of variable rate revenue bonds issued by Maryland Health and Higher Education Facilities Authority on behalf of Johns Hopkins University . ... more info

2 Jul 2008 : FITCH RATES SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA'S $120MM GOS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch rates the City and County of San Francisco, CA's $120 million general obligation refunding bonds series 2008-R3 'AA-'. The bonds will sell competitively on July 15, 2008. ... more info

2 Jul 2008 : FITCH RTS $96.245MM CT SPECIAL OBLIG. RATE REDUCTION BNDS (2004 SER A) 'AAAPRE'
NEW YORK----Fitch Rating assigns a rating of 'AAApre' to the $96,245,000 State of Connecticut special obligation rate reduction bonds . The bonds were refunded on June 5, 2008 with funds of the State. ... more info

2 Jul 2008 : FITCH DOWNGRADES NEW HAMPSHIRE MUNI BOND BANK'S 2005 RESOLUTION BONDS TO 'AA-'; OUTLOOK TO STABLE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings downgrades the underlying ratings on the New Hampshire Municipal Bond Bank's $236 million outstanding 2005 General Bond Resolution non-guaranteed bonds to 'AA-' from 'AAA'. ... more info

2 Jul 2008 : FITCH RATES IMPERIAL IRRIGATION DIST (CA) ELECTRIC SYS REVS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK NEGATIVE
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' rating to the $250 million Imperial Irrigation District's electric system refunding revenue bonds, series 2008. Fitch also affirms its rating on IID's $73 million in outstanding electric system revenue certificates of participation, series 2003, and the $67.9 million in outstanding taxable pension obligation bonds, series 2001. ... more info

2 Jul 2008 : FITCH RATES WATERBURY, CONNECTICUT'S $320MM 2008 TAXABLE GO PENSION BONDS 'BBB+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned a 'BBB+' rating to the city of Waterbury, Connecticut's approximately $320 million taxable general obligation pension bonds, series 2008. The bonds are expected to sell via negotiation on July 8, with proceeds financing a portion of the city's unfunded pension obligation. ... more info

2 Jul 2008 : FITCH RATES BROWARD COUNTY FLORIDA AIRPORT SYSTEM $104MM RFDG REVS 2008N 'AAA/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AAA/F1+' to the $103,975,000 Broward County, Florida Airport System revenue refunding bonds, series 2008N . The long-term 'AAA' rating is based on the support of a financial guaranty insurance policy provided by Assured Guaranty Corp. which insures scheduled payments of principal and interest on the bonds. ... more info

2 Jul 2008 : FITCH CONFIRMS MAINE HHEFA'S REVS AT 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
CHICAGO & NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has confirmed its 'AA' rating on the $14 million Maine Health and Higher Educational Facilities Authority revenue bonds, series 2006G. In addition, Fitch affirms its rating on approximately $1.4 billion of the authority's outstanding reserve fund resolution bonds at 'AA'. ... more info

2 Jul 2008: AUDIO: IN THESE TIMES, TURN TO GROWTH-AND-INCOME AND BALANCED FUNDS
Steven McKee, editor of the No-Load Mutual Fund Selections & Timing newsletter, said that in times when the market gets nervous, the top-performing mutual funds tend to come from the more vanilla parts of the fund world. As such, McKee said in a radio interview that investors should be gravitating towards growth-and-income and balanced funds, which give management some flexibility to keep powder dry in cash or bonds, allowing for some protection at times when being fully invested can actually drag down performance. ... more info

1 Jul 2008 : LOUISIANA'S CREDIT RATING UPGRADED
Louisiana's credit rating on its general obligation bonds and certain types of state debt was raised Tuesday by Standard & Poor's Rating Services, reversing a downgrade given to the state after hurricanes Katrina and Rita. ... more info

1 Jul 2008 : FITCH RATES METROPOLITAN WATER DISTRICT OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA $77MM REVS 'AA+'
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns the rating of 'AA+' to the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California $77.4 million water revenue refunding bonds, 2008 series C. Fitch also affirms the 'AA+' underlying rating on Metropolitan's $4.1 billion of outstanding water revenue bonds and 'AAA' rating on Metropolitan's $327.2 million of outstanding general obligation bonds. ... more info

1 Jul 2008 : FITCH UPGRADES BOSTON WATER & SEWER COMMISSION'S REVS TO 'AA'
NEW YORK----As part of its ongoing surveillance efforts, Fitch Ratings upgrades its rating on Boston Water and Sewer Commission's approximately $307.3 million outstanding general revenue bonds to 'AA' from 'AA-'. ... more info

1 Jul 2008 : FITCH RATES SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS' HOT SUB LIEN BONDS 'A'
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'A' rating to San Antonio, Texas's $135 million hotel occupancy tax subordinate lien variable-rate demand revenue and refunding bonds, series 2008, scheduled to sell the week of July 7 via negotiated sale. ... more info

1 Jul 2008 : FITCH DOWNGRADES AUTOPISTA DEL MAIPO BONDS TO 'BBB(CHL)'
SANTIAGO, Chile----Fitch Ratings today downgraded the bonds issued by Autopista del Maipo Sociedad Concesionaria S.A. and insured by MBIA Insurance Corp to 'BBB' from 'AAA'. At the same time, Fitch has removed the ratings from Rating Watch Negative. ... more info

1 Jul 2008 : FITCH ASSIGNS UNDERLYING 'A' TO UNIV. OF MARYLAND MEDICAL SYSTEM (MD) 2008F-H REVS
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a long-term underlying rating of 'A' to approximately $167.5 million Maryland Health and Higher Educational Facilities Authority revenue bonds, University of Maryland Medical System Issue , series 2008F-H. ... more info

1 Jul 2008 : FITCH DOWNGRADES BRCH CORP, FLORIDA'S BONDS TO 'BBB-'; REMAIN ON WATCH NEGATIVE
TAMPA, Fla.----Fitch Ratings downgrades to 'BBB-' the rating on BRCH Corp.'s outstanding Palm Beach County Health Facilities Authority hospital revenue and refunding bonds, series 2001 in the amount of $93,430,000 and series 1999A in the amount of $28,325,000. ... more info

1 Jul 2008: INVESTORS CHEER CIT ASSET SALES
CIT Group shares soared and the cost of protecting against default on its bonds dropped after the struggling commercial lender reached separate agreements to sell its home-lending business and manufactured-housing portfolio. ... more info

1 Jul 2008: BEAR MARKET FREAK OUT
Question: I have a pretty vanilla investment portfolio and an advisor who tells me to stay the course every time I call him while freaking out about the market. This money is my nest egg. I invest conservatively with mutual funds not individual stocks/ bonds. In other words, should I stay the course or freak out and sell? ... more info

30 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES EDINBURG CISD, TEXAS GO BONDS 'A'; OUTLOOK TO POSITIVE
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'A' rating to the Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District, Texas $37.7 million unlimited tax school building bonds, series 2008A , scheduled to be sold via negotiation on or about July 9. ... more info

30 Jun 2008: FITCH PLACES MILITARY HOUSING TRANSACTIONS ON RATING WATCH NEGATIVE
NEW YORK----Fitch is placing the following military housing transaction ratings, with surety bonds from MBIA and AMBAC, on Rating Watch Negative: ... more info

30 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES WASHINGTON $823MM GO BONDS 'AA'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to $823,090,000 State of Washington general obligation bonds, scheduled to sell competitively on July 9. The offering consists of three series, which will be bid separately as follows: ... more info

30 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES LONGVIEW ISD, TEXAS' $130MM GOS 'AAA' PSF/ 'AA-' UNDERLYING
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings has assigned an initial 'AAA' rating to Longview Independent School District, Texas' $129.9 million unlimited tax school building bonds, series 2008. The rating is based on a guaranty provided by the Texas Permanent School Fund . ... more info

30 Jun 2008: FITCH AFFS NORTHERN CALIFORNIA POWER'S SER 2008C&D HYDRO REVS 'A'/UNDERLYING; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch affirms its underlying rating of 'A' to Northern California Power Agency's Hydroelectric Project Number One revenue bonds at the increased amounts of $131.895 million of 2008 refunding Series C and $8.64 million of 2008 taxable refunding Series 2008 D . ... more info

30 Jun 2008: FITCH AFFIRMS $288.5MM LOS ANGELES DEPT WATER & PWR VRDBS SERIES 2002 A 'AA-/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings affirms the 'AA-/F1+' rating assigned to the $288,500,000 Department of Water and Power of the City of Los Angeles, power system variable rate demand revenue bonds , 2002 series A, consisting of: $50,000,000 subseries A-1, $50,000,000 subseries A-2, $38,500,000 subseries A-4, $50,000,000 subseries A5, $50,000,000 subseries A-6 and $50,000,000 subseries A-8, collectively, the Bonds. ... more info

30 Jun 2008: US GOVERNMENT BONDS ARE MIXED LOWER, INVESTORS WATCH STOCKS
Treasurys dipped lower after struggling for direction most of the day on Monday, as investors awaited economic data due out later this week and kept a keen eye on equities, which have taken a beating of late. ... more info

30 Jun 2008: FITCH AFFIRMS $100MM LOS ANGELES DEPT WATER & PWR VRDBS SER 2002 A 'AA-/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings affirms the 'AA-/F1+' rating assigned to the $100,000,000 Department of Water and Power of the City of Los Angeles, power system variable rate demand revenue bonds , 2002 series A, consisting of: $50,000,000 subseries A-3 and $50,000,000 subseries A-7, collectively, the Bonds. ... more info

30 Jun 2008: US GOVERNMENT BONDS ARE MIXED HIGHER INVESTORS WATCH STOCKS
Treasurys struggled for direction Monday, as investors awaited economic data due out later this week and kept a keen eye on equities, which have taken a beating of late. ... more info

30 Jun 2008: OPENING GLANCE: INSURERS
Shares of insurers mostly fell early Monday morning as the broader market slipped slightly on a continued rise in oil and amid a report that bond insurer MBIA Inc. is selling bonds to raise cash. ... more info

30 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES KERSHAW COUNTY MEDICAL CENTER $18.8MM SERIES 2008 BONDS 'BBB+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned a 'BBB+' to approximately $18.8 million South Carolina Jobs-Economic Development Authority hospital facilities revenue bonds , series 2008. The bonds are expected to be issued as fixed rate bonds. ... more info

30 Jun 2008: FITCH CONFIRMS HANCOCK CTY (OHIO) HOSP REVS SER 2004 'AAA'; ASSIGNS SHORT-TERM 'F1+' RATING
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings confirms the long-term 'AAA' rating currently assigned to $110,875,000 Hancock County, Ohio, hospital facilities revenue bonds, series 2004 , and assigns a short-term 'F1+' to the bonds. ... more info

29 Jun 2008: INFLATION AND GROWTH COMPETE FOR ATTENTION
Bond bulls looking for an extension of the recent rally in short-dated government bonds in the U.S., the U.K. and the euro zone are in for a testing time. ... more info

29 Jun 2008: STOCKS OF BIG FIRMS FALTER BUT BONDS, SWAPS HOLD UP
The stocks of big banks and brokerage firms have tumbled to new lows as investors brace for more write-downs and capital raisings, but the bonds of these institutions are holding up relatively well. ... more info

27 Jun 2008: BONDS UP AS STOCKS FALTER
Treasurys rose Friday, as stocks slid into bear territory and investors fled to the perceived safety of government bonds amid renewed pessimism about the economy. ... more info

27 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES VA PUBLIC SCHOOL AUTH $45MM SPECIAL OBLIG. BNDS 'AAA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to the Virginia Public School Authority, Virginia's $45 million special obligation school financing bonds, Henrico County series 2008. ... more info

27 Jun 2008: URUGUAY ANNOUNCES RESULTS OF ITS US OFFER
The Republic of Uruguay, in accordance with the schedule of its offer launched on June 24, 2008 to holders in the United States of 14 series of outstanding foreign currency external bonds of Uruguay to exchange those bonds for U.S. ... more info

27 Jun 2008: MBIA PLANS MUNICIPAL BOND SALE
MBIA is selling municipal bonds to raise cash as it moves to make billions of dollars in payments that were triggered by its recent rating downgrade by Moody's. ... more info

27 Jun 2008: BONDS UP AS STOCKS FALTER AND OIL SURGES
Treasurys rose Friday, as stocks slid into bear territory and investors fled to the perceived safety of government bonds amid renewed pessimism about the economy. ... more info

27 Jun 2008: FITCH TAKES VARIOUS ACTIONS ON AMBAC-RELATED U.S. STRUCTURED FINANCE BONDS
NEW YORK----As announced today, Fitch Ratings has withdrawn its 'AA' IFS rating of Ambac Financial Group, Inc. and related entities. Based on that withdrawal, Fitch takes the following actions on the US Structured Finance transactions wrapped by Ambac: ... more info

27 Jun 2008: FITCH TAKES VARIOUS ACTIONS ON MBIA-RELATED U.S. STRUCTURED FINANCE BONDS
NEW YORK----As announced today, Fitch Ratings has withdrawn its 'AA' IFS rating of MBIA Inc. and other related entities. Based on that withdrawal, Fitch takes the following actions on the US Structured Finance transactions wrapped by MBIA: ... more info

26 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES WEST CONTRA COSTA USD, CALIFORNIA'S $120MM GOS 'A-'; OUTLOOK NEGATIVE
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A-' rating to West Contra Costa Unified School District, California's $120 million election of 2005, series B general obligation bonds . Fitch also affirms the district's approximately $527 million in outstanding GO debt at 'A-' and revises their Outlook to Negative from Stable. ... more info

26 Jun 2008: FITCH AFFIRMS MUNICIPAL ELECTRIC AUTH OF GEORGIA'S $86MM PROJECT REVS SER 2002B AT 'A+'/UNDERLYING
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings affirms the outstanding underlying A+ rating assigned to Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia's $86,220,000 combustion turbine project revenue bonds, series 2002B. ... more info

26 Jun 2008: FITCH UPGRADES MUNICIPAL ELECTRIC AUTHORITY OF GEORGIA'S 2002B PROJECT REVS TO 'AA/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has upgraded the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia's $66,950,000 variable-rate combustion turbine project revenue bonds, series 2002B to 'AA'. Fitch has also assigned an 'F1+' short-term rating. ... more info

26 Jun 2008: FITCH AFFIRMS GREENWOOD VILLAGE SOUTH (INDIANA) AT 'BB+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has affirmed the Indiana Health Facilities Financing Authority's outstanding $35.2 million revenue bonds at 'BB+'. The bonds are issued on behalf of Greenwood Village South . ... more info

25 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES MARANA, ARIZONA MUNICIPAL PROPERTY CORPORATION'S $39MM BONDS 'A+'
AUSTIN----Fitch assigns its 'A+' rating to the Town of Marana, AZ, Municipal Property Corporation's $29.24 million municipal facilities revenue bonds, series 2008A and $9.015 million municipal facilities revenue bonds, series 2008B. ... more info

25 Jun 2008: TREASURY BONDS EDGE LOWER IN VOLATILE SESSION
Treasury prices ended slightly lower in a volatile session Wednesday after the Federal Reserve left interest rates unchanged and gave no clues that it planned a rate increase in the near future. ... more info

25 Jun 2008: URUGUAY ANNOUNCES 2030 UI BONDS COUPON AND ISSUE PRICE, PS./U.S.$ EXCHANGE RATE AND 2036 GLOBAL BONDS REOPENING SPREAD
The Republic of Uruguay, in accordance with the schedule of its offer launched on June 24, 2008 to holders outside the United States of 14 series of outstanding foreign currency external bonds of Uruguay to exchange those instruments for either Uruguayan Pesos UI Bonds due 2030 or U.S. ... more info

25 Jun 2008: URUGUAY ANNOUNCES REOPENING SPREAD FOR THE NEW 2036 GLOBAL BONDS
The Republic of Uruguay, in accordance with the schedule of its offer launched on June 24, 2008 to holders in the United States of 14 series of outstanding foreign currency external bonds of Uruguay to exchange those instruments for U.S. ... more info

25 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA'S $68MM CAPITAL PROJECTS REVS SERIES 2008A 'AAA/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch has assigned a 'AAA/F1+' rating to the $68,355,000 Jacksonville, Florida Capital Projects Revenue Bonds, Series 2008A 'AAA/F1+' . The rating is based on the rating of a direct-pay letter of credit supporting the Bonds and the application of Fitch's joint probability methodology. ... more info

25 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES $68.355MM JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA, CAPITAL PROJECTS REV BONDS, SERIES 2008B 'AA/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA/F1+' rating to the $68,355,000 City of Jacksonville, Florida, capital projects revenue bonds, series 2008B 'AA/F1+' . The rating is based on the rating of a direct-pay letter of credit supporting the bonds and the application of Fitch's joint probability methodology. ... more info

25 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES MARYLAND HEALTH & HIGHER ED'S $73.6MM FREDERICK MEMORIAL REVS 'AA-/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned 'AA-/F1+' ratings to the Maryland Health and Higher Educational Facilities Authority's $73,600,000 revenue bonds , series 2008 . The rating is based on the support of an irrevocable direct-pay letter of credit provided by Branch Banking and Trust Company. ... more info

25 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI'S SPECIAL OBLIGATIONS 'AA'; OUTLOOK NEGATIVE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA' rating to Kansas City, Missouri's approximately $213.8 million special obligation refunding bonds , series 2008C and taxable series 2008D bonds. ... more info

25 Jun 2008: FITCH DOWNGRADES 9 RMBS CLASSES FROM 2 CHASE 2007 ALT-A DEALS
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has taken the following rating actions on the mezzanine/subordinate bonds on the Chase Flex Trust transactions listed below: ... more info

25 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES IDAHO HOUSING & FINANCE ASSOCIATION'S $60MM 2008B BONDS
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned the following ratings to Idaho Housing and Finance Association's single-family mortgage bonds, 2008 series B: ... more info

24 Jun 2008: TREASURY BONDS SPIKE AFTER MORE ECONOMIC DOUBT
Treasury bonds rose Tuesday on a report that consumer confidence fell in June more than economists expected, the latest another indication that higher gas and food prices are taking a toll on consumer spending. ... more info

24 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES OREGON FACILITIES AUTH (PEACE HEALTH) 2008 SER A&B 'AA-/F1+'; 2008 SER C&D 'AA/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned the following ratings to $194,670,000 Oregon Facilities Authority revenue bonds : ... more info

24 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES AURORA (COLORADO) $50MM CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL REVS 2008B 'AA-/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AA-/F1+' to $50,375,000 City of Aurora, Colorado hospital revenue refunding bonds series 2008B. The rating is based on the support provided by an irrevocable direct-pay letter of credit issued by Allied Irish Bank, p.l.c., acting by and through its New York Branch , securing the bonds. ... more info

24 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES MONTEREY COUNTY FINANCING AUTHORITY, CALIFORNIA $33MM REVS 'A+'
AUSTIN----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A+' rating to Monterey County Financing Authority, California $33.3 million revenue bonds, series A issued on behalf of the Monterey County Water Resources Agency, California . ... more info

24 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES PEACEHEALTH (WASHINGTON) SERIES 2008B & C 'AA/F1+'; 2008D 'AA-/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigns the following ratings to $65,690,000 in revenue bonds for Washington Health Care Facilities Authority, series 2008 : ... more info

24 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES WYLIE ISD, TEXAS' $6.1MM ULT RFDG BONDS 'AAA' PSF/'A' UNDERLYING
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch assigns an 'AAA' rating to Wylie Independent School District, Texas' approximately $6.1 million unlimited tax refunding bonds, series 2008, based on the guaranty of the Texas Permanent School Fund, whose insurer financial strength is rated 'AAA' by Fitch. ... more info

24 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES $85MM DENVER (COLORADO) AIRPORT SYSTEM REV BDS, SER 2008B 'AA+/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AA+/F1+' to the $85,000,000 City and County of Denver, Colorado for and on behalf of its Department of Aviation, airport system revenue bonds series 2008B. ... more info

24 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA'S $136.7MM CAPITAL PROJECT REVS 'A+'; LOWERS OUTSTANDING
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'A+' underlying rating to Jacksonville, Florida's approximately $135.8 million capital project revenue bonds series 2008A and 2008B. Fitch expects to assign a rating based on letters of credit nearer to the closing date. ... more info

24 Jun 2008: FITCH RTES PALM BEACH CNTY ED FACILS AUTH (PALM BEACH ATLANTIC UNIV), FL, SER 2008 'AA/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AA/F1+' to the $41,000,000 Palm Beach County Educational Facilities Authority educational facilities revenue bonds series 2008. The rating is based on the support provided by an irrevocable, direct-pay letter of credit issued by Bank of America, N.A. , securing the bonds. ... more info

24 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES BIRDVILLE ISD'S (TEXAS) $43MM GOS 'AAA' PSF/ 'AA' UNDERLYING; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to Birdville Independent School District, Texas' $37.9 million unlimited tax school building bonds, series 2008-A and $4.7 million unlimited tax refunding bonds, series 2008-B, based on a guaranty provided by the Texas Permanent School Fund , whose insurer financial strength is rated 'AAA' by Fitch. ... more info

24 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES HOUSTON, TEXAS'S $73MM COMBINED UTILITY SYS 1ST LIEN RFDG REVS 2008D-2&D-3 'AAA/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AAA/F1+' to the $73,255,000 City of Houston, Texas Combined Utility System first lien revenue refunding bonds, series 2008D, consisting of $23,660,000 Series 2008D-2 and $49,595,000 Series 2008D-3. ... more info

24 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES UTAH HOUSING'S $35MM 2008 SERIES D BONDS
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned the following ratings to Utah Housing Corporation's 2008 series D single-family mortgage bonds: ... more info

24 Jun 2008: URUGUAY ANNOUNCES LIABILITY MANAGEMENT TRANSACTION
The Republic of Uruguay announced today an offer to qualified holders in the United States of 14 series of outstanding foreign currency external bonds denominated in U.S. Dollars and Euros maturing on or prior to 2015 to exchange those instruments for U.S. ... more info

24 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES HENNEPIN COUNTY, MN THIRD-LIEN SALES TAX REVS (BALLPARK PROJECT), SER 2008C 'AA-/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' long-term and an 'F1+' short-term rating to the $75,000,000 Hennepin County, MN third-lien variable rate sales tax revenue bonds series 2008C. ... more info

24 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES OLD BRIDGE, NEW JERSEY GOS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns Old Bridge Township, NJ's $19.1 million general obligation bonds, series 2008 an 'AA-' rating. The bonds are scheduled to sell competitively on June 25 and will mature serially July 1, 2009-2017. ... more info

23 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES NEW YORK STATE DORMITORY AUTHORITY'S $450.9MM PIT BONDS 'AA-'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA-' rating to the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York's $450.9 million state personal income tax revenue bonds, series 2008A. The bonds are expected sell through negotiation the week of June 23. ... more info

23 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES DORMITORY AUTHORITY OF NEW YORK'S $528.2MM MENTAL HEALTH BONDS 'A+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A+' rating to approximately $528,245,000 Dormitory Authority of the State of New York mental health services facilities improvement revenue bonds, consisting of $161,755,000 series 2008A, $79,950,000 series 2008B, $37,570,000 series 2008C , $207,370,000 series 2008D and $41,600,000 series 2008E. ... more info

23 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES PUERTO RICO'S $500M PENSION FUNDING BONDS 'BBB-'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned a 'BBB-' rating to approximately $500 million federally taxable Employees Retirement System of the Government of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico Senior Pension Funding bonds, 2008 series C. ... more info

23 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES EMPIRE STATE DEV. CORP. (NEW YORK) SERVICE CONTRACT RFDG REVS 'A+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A+' rating to approximately $420 million Empire State Development Corporation's New York State Urban Development Corporation service contract revenue refunding bonds series 2008A in five sub-series 2008A1-2008A5 expected to close June 24. ... more info

23 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES $34.21MM SAN JOSE FIN AUTH, CA (CIVIC CENTER GARAGE) LEASE REVS, SER 2008B 'AAA/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch has assigned an 'AAA/F1+' rating to the $34,210,000 City of San Jose Financing Authority lease revenue bonds, , series 2008B. . The rating is based on the rating of a direct-pay letter of credit supporting the bonds and the application of Fitch's joint probability methodology. ... more info

23 Jun 2008: FITCH RTS NEW YORK MTA DEDICATED TAX FUND VAR. RATE RFDG BNDS, SER 2008A 'AAA/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA/F1+' rating to the $352,915,000 Metropolitan Transportation Authority, dedicated tax fund variable rate refunding bonds, series 2008A. The long-term 'AAA' rating is based on the support of a municipal bond insurance policy provided by Financial Security Assurance, Inc., which insures scheduled payments of principal and interest on the bonds. ... more info

23 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES SAN JOSE FINANCE AUTHORITY'S (CALIFORNIA) $28MM (ICE CENTRE) LEASE REVS 'AAA/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch has assigned a 'AAA/F1+' rating to the $27,885,000 City of San Jose Financing Authority lease revenue bonds, , series 2008E. . The rating is based on the rating of a direct-pay letter of credit supporting the bonds and the application of Fitch's joint probability methodology. ... more info

23 Jun 2008: FITCH AFFIRMS ST. IGNACE, MICHIGAN'S GOS AT 'A-'; OUTLOOK TO NEGATIVE
NEW YORK----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings affirms the 'A-' rating on St. Ignace, Michigan's approximately $615,000 in outstanding general obligation bonds. The Rating Outlook is revised to Negative from Stable. ... more info

23 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES NEW YORK STATE URBAN DEVELOPMENT'S $220MM 2008A2 - A4 SERVICE REVS 'AAA/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AAA/F1+' to New York State Urban Development Corporation service contract revenue refunding bonds, $75,000,000 series 2008A-2, $25,000,000 series A-3 and $120,000,000 series 2008A-4. ... more info

23 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES NEW YORK STATE URBAN DEVELOPMENT'S $200MM 2008A1 & A5 REVS 'AA-/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AA-/F1+' to New York State Urban Development Corporation service contract revenue refunding bonds, $100,000,000, series 2008A-1 and $100,000,000 series 2008A-5. ... more info

23 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES PENNSYLVANIA STATE SYSTEM OF HIGHER ED $139MM REV BONDS 'AA-'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' rating to approximately $139 million of Pennsylvania Higher Educational Facilities Authority revenue bonds series AH, issued on behalf of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education . ... more info

23 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES ANNE ARUNDEL HEALTH SYSTEM'S (MARYLAND) $180MM REVS 'A-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A-' underlying rating to approximately $180 million Maryland Health and Higher Educational Facilities Authority revenue bonds, series 2008A&B. ... more info

23 Jun 2008: PUTNAM ANNOUNCES BOARD APPROVAL OF TENDER OPTION BOND REFINANCING FOR PREFERRED SHARES IN TAX-EXEMPT CLOSED-END FUNDS
BOSTON----Putnam Investments today announced approval by The Putnam Funds’ Board of Trustees of a plan to use tender option bonds , subject to acceptable terms and market conditions, to refinance up to 15% of the outstanding preferred shares of each of the leveraged tax-exempt Putnam closed-end funds, Putnam Managed Municipal Income Trust and Putnam Municipal Opportunities Trust . ... more info

23 Jun 2008: CDS, BONDS PLAY SIMILAR PORTFOLIO ROLE
Longer-maturity CDs resemble bonds when figuring out asset allocation, says Dr. Don Taylor. ... more info

20 Jul 2008: 5 FASHION TIPS FOR YOUR PORTFOLIO
U.S. stocks are down, bonds are dicey, and the stuff you don't own is way up. What's out of vogue and what'll stay in style? ... more info

20 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES DENVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, COLORADO'S $85MM REVS 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings assigns an underlying 'A+' rating to approximately $85 million City and County of Denver, Colorado, , series 2008B airport system revenue bonds for the Denver International Airport . ... more info

20 Jun 2008: FITCH EXPECTS TO RATE SYNAGRO-BALTIMORE'S REVENUE REFUNDING BONDS 'BBB+'
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings expects to assign a rating of 'BBB+' with a Stable Outlook to Synagro-Baltimore LLC's proposed issuance of $26.15 million tax-exempt series 2008 A and taxable series 2008 B revenue refunding bonds . ... more info

20 Jun 2008: LAWMAKERS PROPOSE BILLS TO AID MUNI BOND ISSUERS
Two key House lawmakers on Friday proposed legislation that would subject municipal bonds to the same ratings standards as those issued by corporations, and lower borrowing costs for the state and local governments issuing such debt. ... more info

20 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES VALLEY HEALTH SYSTEM (CALIFORNIA) $79.5MM BONDS 'CC'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned a 'CC' rating to approximately $79.5 million of bonds issued by Valley Health System, California . ... more info

20 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO HOSPITAL AUTHORITY'S $92MM REVS 'AA-/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-/F1+'rating to the University of Colorado Hospital Authority Revenue Bonds, $19,140,000 series 2008A and $73,500,000 series 2008B. The ratings are based on the support provided by separate direct-pay letters of credit issued by Wachovia Bank, National Association, securing each series of bonds. ... more info

20 Jun 2008: BONDS RISE ON CREDIT CRISIS FEARS
Government bonds rose Friday as downgrades of two bond insurers confirmed investors' fears that the credit crisis continues. Traders moved funds from stocks to Treasurys, sending the Dow Jones industrial average down 220 points to fall south of 12,000 points for the first time since mid-March. ... more info

20 Jun 2008: A NOTE TAILOR-MADE TO FIT YOUR GOAL
They're the bespoke suits of the investment world -- financial products that can be designed to meet almost any investing goal. They don't look so fancy at first glance. They're bonds, basically, backed by a bank. ... more info

19 Jun 2008: KEY DATA STILL SUGGEST A RECESSION
One spark for the recent selloff in bonds was an assumption the economy would dodge a recession. That's no sure thing. ... more info

19 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES $130.375MM WAYNE COUNTY AIRPORT AUTH, MICHIGAN VRB, SERIES 2008C & D 'AA+/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned a 'AA+/F1+' rating to the Wayne County Airport Authority airport revenue refunding bonds , consisting of $90,865,000 series 2008C and $39,510,000 series 2008D . ... more info

19 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES $201.25MM WAYNE COUNTY AIRPORT AUTH, MICHIGAN VRB, SERIES 2008B 'AA/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned a 'AA/F1+' rating to the $201,250,000 Wayne County Airport Authority airport revenue refunding bonds , series 2008B . The rating is based on the rating of a direct-pay letter of credit supporting the Bonds and the application of Fitch's joint probability methodology. ... more info

19 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES $104MM BROWARD COUNTY, FL AIRPORT SYSTEM REV RFDG BONDS, SERIES 2008N 'A+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'A+' rating to $104 million Broward County, FL airport system revenue refunding bonds, series 2008N. The Rating Outlook is Stable. ... more info

19 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES FLORIDA'S $200MM PECO 2006E BONDS 'AA+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA+' rating to Florida's approximately $200 million full faith and credit state board of education public education capital outlay bonds, 2006 series E. ... more info

19 Jun 2008: TYSON FOODS SHARES REGAIN SOME GROUND
Shares of Tyson Foods Inc. regained some ground on Thursday, one day after a credit rating agency cut the meat producer's bonds to junk bond status, sparking a sharp drop in stock price. ... more info

19 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES DENVER URBAN RENEWAL AUTHORITY'S (COLORADO) 2008A-2 STAPLETON REVS 'AA-/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned 'AA-/F1+' ratings to the Denver Urban Renewal Authority's $107,000,000 Stapleton senior tax increment revenue bonds, series 2008A-2. ... more info

19 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES TENNESSEE VALLEY AUTH'S $500MM GLOBAL POWER BONDS 2008 SERIES C 'AAA'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to the Tennessee Valley Authority's $500,000,000 global power bonds 2008 series C. The bonds are due June 15, 2038. Bond proceeds will be used to refinance existing debt. ... more info

19 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES HOUSTON, TEXAS'S $132MM COMBINED UTILITY SYS 1ST LIEN RFDG REVS 2008D-1 'AAA/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AAA/F1+' to the $132,010,000 Houston, Texas combined utility system first lien revenue refunding bonds, series 2008D-1 bonds. The long-term 'AAA' rating is based on the support of a financial guaranty insurance policy provided by FSA, which insures scheduled payments of principal and interest on the bonds, effective as of the date of issuance of the bonds. ... more info

19 Jun 2008: COPPER KING MINING CORPORATION ANNOUNCES RECEIPT OF BEAVER COUNTY INDUCEMENT RESOLUTION FOR LONG-TERM BOND FINANCING
MILFORD, Utah----Copper King Mining Corporation , an ore mining, processing, and exploration company located in Milford, Southern Utah, announced today that it has obtained, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Western Utah Copper Company , an inducement resolution from Beaver County, Utah, to issue taxable Industrial Revenue Bonds totaling $100,000,000. ... more info

19 Jun 2008: DYNAMIC FUELS LLC RECEIVES FINAL APPROVAL FOR BOND PACKAGE
TULSA, Okla.----Syntroleum Corporation today announced that Dynamic Fuels LLC has received final approval from the Louisiana State Bond Commission for $100 million in tax exempt Gulf Opportunity Zone Bonds to fund the building of the company's first renewable synthetic fuels facility in Geismar, Louisiana. ... more info

18 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES PHILADELPHIA PARKING AUTHORITY REVS 'A-', OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A-' rating to the Philadelphia Parking Authority's $55 million airport parking revenue refunding bonds series 2008. The bonds are expected to sell on or about June 25, 2008. ... more info

18 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES FRESNO, CALIFORNIA'S $155.1MM SEWER SYSTEM REVS 'A+'
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A+' rating to approximately $155.1 million City of Fresno, California's sewer system revenue bonds, 2008 series A. Fitch also assigns an 'AA-' rating to approximately $92.4 million in outstanding 1993 bonds and $37.6 million in outstanding 1995 bonds , which are secured by revenues under a closed lien senior to the 2008A bonds. ... more info

18 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES LAKE COUNTY, OH REV BNDS, SER 2008 (LAKE HOSPITAL SYSTEM, INC.) 'AA-/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-/F1+' rating to the $114,500,000 County of Lake, Ohio, hospital facilities refunding revenue bonds, series 2008 consisting of $57,000,000 series 2008A and $57,500,000 series 2008B . ... more info

18 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES STATE OF MISSISSIPPI GOS 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA' rating to the State of Mississippi's $9.775 million general obligation bonds, expected to be offered competitively on June 24, 2008 as follows: ... more info

18 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES DENVER URBAN RENEWAL AUTH'S (COLORADO) $107MM SR. REVS 'BBB'
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch assigns its 'BBB' rating to Denver Urban Renewal Authority , Colorado's $107 million Stapleton senior tax increment revenue bonds, series 2008A-2, scheduled to sell via negotiation the week of June 23. ... more info

18 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES TEXAS SOUTHMOST COLLEGE DISTRICT $5MM GOS 'AA-'
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch has assigned an 'AA-' rating to Texas Southmost College District Texas' $5 million limited tax bonds, series 2008 and $5 million maintenance tax notes, series 2008. ... more info

18 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES ILLINOIS FINANCE AUTHORITY'S 2008E COMED POLLUTION CONTROL REVS 'A+/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'A+/F1+ to the $49,830,000 Illinois Finance Authority Pollution Control revenue refunding bonds , series 2008E The rating is based on the support provided by an irrevocable, direct-pay letter of credit issued by SunTrust Bank, securing the bonds. ... more info

18 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES AMARILLO JUNIOR COLLEGE DISTRICT, TEXAS GO BONDS 'AA'
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings has assigned a rating of 'AA' to Amarillo Junior College District , Texas' $22 million general obligation bonds, series 2008. In addition, Fitch affirms the 'AA' rating on the district's outstanding $13.1 million GO bonds. ... more info

18 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES UNIV. OF MASSACHUSETTS $116.5MM SR SERIES 2008-2 PROJECT REVS 'A+'
NEW YORK----Fitch assigns an 'A+' rating to approximately $116,495,000 of University of Massachusetts Building Authority project revenue bonds, senior series 2008-2. The bonds are expected to price via negotiated sale the week of June 23rd. ... more info

18 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES $26.6MM UTAH WATER FINANCE AGENCY SERIES B PROGRAM REVS 'AA-/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AA-/F1+' to the $26,600,000 Utah Water Finance Agency series B program revenue bonds series B-4 issued on behalf of the Central Utah Water Conservancy District . ... more info

18 Jun 2008: TVA PRICES $500 MILLION OF 30-YEAR GLOBAL POWER BONDS
TVA has priced $500 million of global power bonds with a coupon rate of 5.5 percent. ... more info

18 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES NORTHSIDE ISD, TEXAS GO BONDS 'AAA' PSF
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating on Northside Independent School District , TX's $90 million unlimited tax school building bonds, series 2008. The bonds are expected to sell via negotiation during the week of June 23. ... more info

18 Jun 2008: FITCH UPGRADES SOUTH CAROLINA TRANSP INFRASTRUCTURE BANK 2003B-3 L-T TO 'AA-'; RATES S-T 'F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has upgraded the long-term rating on the South Carolina Transportation Infrastructure Bank's revenue refunding bonds , series 2003B-3 to 'AA-' from 'A'. Fitch has also assigned an 'F1+' short-term rating to the Bonds, which were originally issued in a principal amount of $122,750,000. ... more info

18 Jun 2008: MEXICO'S SECRETARIA DE HACIENDA Y CREDITO PUBLICO VALIDATES AND VALUES FOUR CRYSTAL FUNDING, INC. BONDS
Four Crystal Funding, Inc. announced today that the bonds it has acquired are 1930 Series X Class C $100.00 Pesos gold backed, sovereign, bearer bonds. ... more info

18 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES GRANT JOINT UNION HIGH SCHOOL DIST, CALIFORNIA, APPROX $34MM GO BONDS 'A'
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A' rating to Grant Joint Union High School District, California's $34 million general obligation bonds, series 2008. Also, Fitch affirms the 'A' rating on $72.8 million in outstanding parity debt. ... more info

18 Jun 2008: FITCH UPGRADES SOUTH CAROLINA TRANSP INFRASTRUCTURE BANK 2003B-2 L-T TO 'AA-'; RATES S-T 'F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has upgraded the long-term rating on the South Carolina Transportation Infrastructure Bank's revenue refunding bonds , series 2003B-2 to 'AA-' from 'A'. Fitch has also assigned an 'F1+' short-term rating to the Bonds, which were originally issued in a principal amount of $122,750,000. ... more info

18 Jun 2008: TYSON FOODS SHARES FALL ON RATING DOWNGRADE
Shares of Tyson Foods Inc. sank Wednesday after a credit rating agency downgraded the meat producer's bonds to junk bond status due to sharply higher grain costs. ... more info

18 Jun 2008: FITCH UPGRADES SOUTH CAROLINA TRANSP INFRASTRUCTURE BANK 2003B-1 L-T TO 'AA'; RATES S-T 'F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has upgraded the long-term rating on the South Carolina Transportation Infrastructure Bank's revenue refunding bonds , series 2003B-1 to 'AA' from 'A'. Fitch has also assigned an 'F1+' short-term rating to the Bonds, which were originally issued in a principal amount of $122,775,000. ... more info

18 Jun 2008: CREDIT WORRIES STING SEEMINGLY SAFE GOVERNMENT FUNDS
A number of government funds own nongovernment bonds, including subprime. ... more info

17 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES ARLINGTON, TEXAS' $38MM WATER & SEWER REVS 'AA+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch assigns an 'AA+' rating to the Arlington, Texas $38 million water and wastewater system revenue bonds, series 2008. The bonds are scheduled to be privately placed with the Texas Water Development Board within the next several weeks. ... more info

17 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES M-S-R PUBLIC POWER AGENCY'S (CALIFORNIA) $127MM SAN JUAN PROJ SUB LIEN REVS 'A+'
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings has assigned a long-term 'A+' rating to M-S-R Public Power Agency's $126.615 million, San Juan Project subordinate lien revenue bonds, series 2008L. In addition, Fitch has assigned an underlying 'A+' rating to M-S-R's $62.5 million Series 2008M, and $18.3 million Series 2008N bonds. ... more info

17 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES NORTHERN CALIFORNIA POWER'S $87MM HYDRO REVS 'A'/UNDERLYING; OUTLOOK STABLE
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch assigns an underlying rating of 'A' to Northern California Power Agency's Hydroelectric Project Number One revenue bonds $86.6 million of 2008 refunding Series C and $2.1 million of 2008 taxable refunding Series 2008 D . ... more info

17 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES ORANGEBURG COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA'S GO SERIES 2008 'A-'; STABLE OUTLOOK
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A-' rating to Orangeburg County, South Carolina's approximately $9.7 million general obligation bonds, series 2008. The bonds are scheduled to sell competitively on June 18. ... more info

17 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA FINANCE AUTHORITY'S $63MM LEASE REVS 'AA'
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings assigns an underlying 'AA' rating to the following City of San Jose Financing Authority bonds: ... more info

17 Jun 2008: SOUTH CAROLINA ELECTRIC & GAS COMPANY ANNOUNCES DEBT OFFERING
COLUMBIA, S.C.----South Carolina Electric & Gas Company announced today that it sold, in a negotiated offering, $110 million principal amount of its First Mortgage Bonds, 6.05 percent series due January 15, 2038, which are a part of a series of bonds having identical terms that SCE&G previously sold in January 2008. ... more info

17 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES CALIFORNIA EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES AUTHORITY 2008B POMONA COLLEGE VRDRBS 'AAA/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AAA/F1+' rating to the California Educational Facilities Authority's $34,025,000 variable-rate demand revenue bonds series 2008B. In addition, Fitch has affirmed the outstanding 'AAA' ratings on the $125.3 million outstanding Pomona College debt. ... more info

17 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES ONEIDA COUNTY, NEW YORK REFUNDING GOS 'A-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A-' rating to Oneida County, New York's $10.9 million general obligation public improvement refunding bonds, series 2008. The bonds are scheduled to sell competitively on July 9 and will refund outstanding public improvement bonds for a net preset value savings estimated at 3.0% of the refunded par. ... more info

17 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES TEXAS PUBLIC FINANCE AUTHORITY'S $225MM GOS 'AA+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA+' rating to the Texas Public Finance Authority's approximately $225,000,000 State of Texas general obligation and refunding bonds series 2008A. ... more info

17 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES CARMEL USD (CALIFORNIA) $10.8MM GOS 'AA+'; AFFIRMS OUTSTANDING GOS
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA+' rating to Carmel Unified School District , California's $10.8 million election of 2005, series 2008 general obligation bonds and affirms the district's approximately $28.9 million in outstanding GO debt at 'AA+'. ... more info

17 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES OREGON'S $38.9MM GO VETERANS' BONDS 'AA/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned 'AA/F1+' ratings to the State of Oregon's $38,885,000 general obligation veterans' welfare bonds series 90B . The long-term 'AA' rating is based on the long-term rating assigned to the state's GO bonds, which Fitch upgraded last week. ... more info

17 Jun 2008: BIG THREE CENTRAL BANKS TONE DOWN RATE HIKE THREATS
The U.S. Federal Reserve, European Central Bank and Bank of England on Tuesday all dampened expectations for aggressive interest rate rises to counter rising inflation, sending global stocks and bonds surging in relief. ... more info

16 Jun 2008: CITI SETTLES BOND INQUIRY
Citigroup agreed to settle a long-running federal investigation into its accounting of Argentina bonds during a debt crisis earlier this decade. ... more info

16 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY MULTI-MODAL REVS, SERIES 2008A & B 'AAA/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AAA/F1+' rating to the Massachusetts Port Authority multi-modal revenue bonds, $28,775,000 series 2008-A and $105,000,000 series 2008-B . The rating is based on the rating of two separate, irrevocable direct-pay letters of credit supporting the bonds and the application of Fitch's joint probability methodology. ... more info

16 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES COMAL ISD, TEXAS GOS 'AAA' PSF 'A+'/ UNDERLYING; OUTLOOK STABLE
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to Comal Independent School District, Texas' $150 million unlimited tax school building bonds, series 2008A, based on a guaranty provided by the Texas Permanent School Fund , whose insurer financial strength is rated 'AAA' by Fitch. ... more info

16 Jun 2008: FITCH AFFIRMS ANAHEIM PUBLIC FINANCE AUTHORITY (ELECTRIC SYSTEM) REVS AT'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----As part of its routine surveillance effort, Fitch affirms its underlying 'AA-' rating on the Anaheim Public Financing Authority's revenue bonds qualified lien obligations outstanding in the amount of $490.6 million and $126.2 million in second qualified lien bonds. ... more info

16 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTH'S $213MM REVS 'AA', OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to the Massachusetts Port Authority's series 2008 bonds, comprised of the following: ... more info

16 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES ILLINOIS FINANCE AUTH (ILLINOIS WESLEYAN UNIV) $30.4MM ADJ-RATE REVS 'AA-/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA-/F1+' rating to the $30,410,000 Illinois Finance Authority, adjustable rate demand revenue bonds, Illinois Wesleyan University, series 2008. ... more info

16 Jun 2008: STONE & YOUNGBERG'S NATIONALLY RANKED PUBLIC FINANCE GROUP BRINGS ON THREE NEW BANKERS
SAN FRANCISCO----Stone & Youngberg, a leading financial services firm and the nation's top underwriter of California municipal bonds1, announced that three new bankers will join its Public Finance Group today: Tom Innis has been hired as a managing director; Jake Campos comes on board as an assistant vice president; and Matt Tracey joins the group as an analyst. ... more info

16 Jun 2008: FITCH CONFIRMS HOSPITAL SISTERS SERVICES-OBLIGATED GRP (WI), 2007B-1 & B-2 AT 'AAA'; ASSIGNS 'F1+'
NEW YORK----Effective June 17, 2008, Fitch Ratings will confirm the 'AAA' long-term ratings and assign 'F1+' short-term ratings to $118,050,000 Wisconsin Health and Educational Facilities Authority, revenue bonds, , as follows: ... more info

16 Jun 2008: FITCH AFFIRMS THE WILLIAM W. BACKUS HOSPITAL (CONNECTICUT) REVENUE BONDS 'A+'; STABLE OUTLOOK
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has affirmed the underlying rating of 'A+' to Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority's series F refunding revenue bonds issued on behalf of The William W. ... more info

16 Jun 2008: FITCH CONFIRMS 'AAA' & ASSIGNS 'F1+' RATING TO HOSPITAL SISTERS SERVICES (ILLINOIS) SERIES 2007C
NEW YORK----Effective June 17, 2008, Fitch Ratings will confirm the 'AAA' long-term rating and assign an 'F1+' short-term rating to $100,425,000 Illinois Finance Authority, revenue bonds, , Series 2007C. ... more info

16 Jun 2008: FITCH CONFIRMS HOSPITAL SISTERS SERVICES, INC. - OBLIGATED GROUP, 2003A AT 'AAA'; ASSIGNS 'F1+'
NEW YORK----Effective June 17, 2008, Fitch Ratings will confirm the 'AAA' long-term rating and assign an 'F1+' short-term rating to $65,550,000 Illinois Finance Authority, revenue bonds, , series 2003A. ... more info

16 Jun 2008: CITIGROUP TO SETTLE ARGENTINA ISSUE
Citigroup agreed to settle a long-running federal investigation into its accounting of Argentina bonds during a debt crisis earlier this decade. ... more info

16 Jun 2008: ASIA STOCKS RALLY AS OIL FALLS BELOW $134
Asia stocks rallied on Monday as the U.S. dollar rebounded and oil fell below $134 a barrel, boosting confidence in the region's exporters, but bonds fell on expectations central banks will raise rates to fight inflation. ... more info

13 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES NORTHWESTERN UNIV (IL) SERIES 2008 ADJ-RATE REVS 'AAA'/'F1+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA'/'F1+' rating to the approximately $125,000,000 Illinois Finance Authority adjustable rate revenue bonds, Northwestern University, series 2008 A, B, & C. ... more info

13 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES TEXAS WATER DEVEL. BD $257.7MM SRF SUB LIEN REVS 'AAA'
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AAA' to the Texas Water Development Board's $257.7 million state revolving fund subordinate lien revenue bonds series 2008B. The bonds are scheduled to sell during the week of June 23 via negotiation. ... more info

13 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES CONCORD, NC $27.4MM UTILITIES SYSTEMS REVS, SERIES 2008 'AA-'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns Concord, NC's $27.4 million utilities systems revenue bonds series 2008 a rating of 'AA-'. Fitch also affirms the 'AA-' rating on approximately $98.1 million of the city's outstanding parity debt. ... more info

13 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES AUSTIN ISD, TX $100MM ULT RFDG BONDS 'AA'
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns its 'AA' underlying rating to $100 million of Austin Independent School District , TX' unlimited tax school refunding bonds, series 2008, scheduled to sell competitively the week of June 23. ... more info

13 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES GARLAND, TEXAS, ELECT UTIL SYS REVS, SERIES 2008 'A+'
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'A+' rating to the City of Garland, Texas $10.17 million electric utility system revenue bonds, series 2008. In addition, Fitch upgrades the rating on the city's outstanding electric utility system revenue bonds to 'A+' from 'A'. ... more info

13 Jun 2008: FITCH DOWNGRADES PONTIAC, MICHIGAN'S WATER & SEWER REVENUE BONDS TO 'B'; OUTLOOK NEGATIVE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has downgraded the following Pontiac, Michigan securities: ... more info

13 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO HOSPITAL AUTH 2008A & B BONDS 'BBB+' UNDERLYING; OUTLOOK POSITIVE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings has assigned a 'BBB+' underlying ratings to the University of Colorado Hospital Authority's expected issuance of $19.0 million series 2008A and $73.7 million series 2008B variable rate demand revenue bonds. ... more info

12 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES $1.5B STATE OF CALIFORNIA GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS 'A+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A+' rating to $1.5 billion State of California various purpose general obligation bonds. The bonds now offered are expected to sell via negotiation on or about June 24. ... more info

12 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES GARLAND, TEXAS $41.8MM WATER & SEWER REVS 'AA'
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to Garland, Texas' $41.8 million water and sewer system revenue bonds, series 2008. In addition, Fitch affirms the 'AA' rating on the city's $142.7 million of outstanding parity water and sewer system revenue bonds. ... more info

12 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES MTA, NEW YORK'S $350MM DEDICATED TAX FUND VARIABLE RATE BONDS 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A+' rating to the approximately $350 million Metropolitan Transportation Authority, NY dedicated tax fund variable rate bonds, series 2008A. The bonds are expected to be sold by a syndicate during the week of June 23 and the proceeds will be used to refund the $345.06 million of outstanding dedicated tax fund bonds, series 2005A. ... more info

12 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES PEACEHEALTH'S (OREGON) $167MM 2008 BONDS 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings has assigned a 'AA' rating to the proposed issuance of $80.8 million Washington Health Care Facilities Authority revenue refunding bonds, series 2008A and an underlying 'AA' rating to the proposed issuance of $86.7 million Washington Health Care Facilities Authority variable rated demand revenue bonds, series 2008B, C, & D . ... more info

12 Jun 2008: MUTUAL FUNDS: 'LAZY PORTFOLIOS' WORK HARD TO FIGHT STAGFLATION THREAT
Oil prices soaring, stocks suffering, bonds buffeted, real estate wrecked. It seems the only clear thing about financial markets today is that there’s a lot of confusion. ... more info

12 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES $197MM BANNER HEALTH (ARIZONA) 2008 B & C 'AA+/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA+/F1+' rating to the Arizona Health Facilities Authority revenue bonds $98,750,000 weekly rate securities series 2008B and $98,750,000 weekly rate securities series 2008C. ... more info

12 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES $589MM CAPITAL BELTWAY FUNDING CORP (VIRGINIA) REVS (I-495 HOT LANES PROJ) 2008A-D
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns ratings to the $589,000,000 Capital Beltway Funding Corporation of Virginia senior lien multi-modal toll revenue bonds series 2008 A through D as follows: ... more info

12 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES RHODE ISLAND AIRPORT CORP. $18MM REV BONDS 'A'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an underlying 'A' rating to approximately $18 million series 2008 C Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation's airport revenue bonds. The bonds are special obligations of the Rhode Island Airports Corporation payable principally from net revenues and pledged funds generated principally from T.F. ... more info

12 Jun 2008: MOODY'S OVERHAULING MUNI PLANS
Moody's is overhauling a plan to update its municipal bond ratings, which could pave the way for a significant number of upgrades for municipal bonds, according to people familiar with the matter. ... more info

11 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES SOUTH CAROLINA JOBS-ECONOMIC DEV AUTH (PALMETTO HEALTH) $93MM VRDBS 'AA/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned a rating of 'AA/F1+' to the South Carolina Jobs-Economic Development Authority $93,165,000 variable-rate demand hospital refunding revenue bonds series 2008, consisting of $43,805,000 series 2008A and $49,360,000 series 2008B. ... more info

11 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES PARRISH MEDICAL CENTER'S (FLORIDA) $109MM 2008 REVS 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'A+' rating to North Brevard County Hospital District's approximately $109 million refunding revenue bonds, issued on behalf of Parrish Medical Center . ... more info

11 Jun 2008: FITCH CONFIRMS SOUTH CAROLINA TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE BANK REVS 'A'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings confirms the 'A' rating on approximately $368 million South Carolina Transportation Infrastructure Bank revenue refunding bonds, series 2003B. In addition, Fitch affirms the underlying 'A' rating on $2.1 billion in outstanding SCTIB revenue bonds . ... more info

11 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES PROGRESS ENERGY FLORIDA'S $1.5B 1ST MTGE BONDS 'A+'
NEW YORK----Fitch has assigned a rating of 'A+' to the two series of new first mortgage bonds issued by Florida Power Corporation . The new issues consist of a 5.65% $500 million bond that matures June 15, 2018 and a 6.40% $1 billion first mortgage bond that matures June 15, 2038. ... more info

11 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES OHIO VALLEY HEALTH (WEST VIRGINIA) 2008 REVS 'B+'; OUTLOOK NEGATIVE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'B+' to approximately $17.3 million Belmont County, Ohio Health System Refunding and Improvement Revenue Bonds, issued on behalf of Ohio Valley Health Services and Education Corporation Obligated Group . ... more info

11 Jun 2008: FITCH TAKES VARIOUS ACTIONS ON 4 SACRAMENTO MUNICIPAL UTILITY-SUPPORTED PROJECTS
NEW YORK----Following a review of the four natural gas-fired, local generating projects, utilized by the Sacramento Municipal Utility District , Fitch Ratings has taken the following rating actions on the projects' separately financed and secured revenue bonds: ... more info

11 Jun 2008: FITCH RTES CITY OF MEMPHIS, TN ELECTRIC SYSTEM SUB REV RFDG BONDS SERIES 2008 'AA'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns Memphis Light, Gas and Water's $92.37 million electric system subordinate revenue refunding bonds, series 2008 a rating of 'AA'. Fitch also affirms the 'AA' rating on MLGW's $16.9 million of outstanding senior lien electric system revenue bonds and $1.1 billion of subordinate lien electric system revenue bonds . ... more info

11 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES WILMINGTON, DELAWARE'S $74.2MM GOS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch assigns an 'AA-' rating to Wilmington, Delaware's $74.2 million general obligation bonds, series of 2008A. The bonds are scheduled to sell via negotiation on June 16, with proceeds refunding certain GO bonds of the city and financing various capital improvement projects. ... more info

11 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES BEXAR COUNTY, TX $142MM ULT BONDS & COS 'AA+'
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns its 'AA+' rating to the following Bexar County, TX new issues: ... more info

11 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES $20,290MM SOUTHEASTERN CALIFORNIA CONFERENCE OF SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST REVS 2008 'AA/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AA/F1+' to the $20,290,000 Southeastern California Conference of Seventh-Day Adventist adjustable rate demand taxable revenue bonds, series 2008. ... more info

11 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES FIRST ASSEMBLY OF GOD OF FREMONT (CALIFORNIA) REVS 'AA-/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-/F1+' rating to the $1,9435,000 First Assembly of God of Fremont adjustable rate demand taxable revenue bonds, series 2008. The rating is based on the support provided by an irrevocable, direct-pay letter of credit issued by U.S. ... more info

11 Jun 2008: PANAMA ANNOUNCES SETTLEMENT OF INVITATION
The Republic of Panama announced today that it has settled the issuance of U.S.$451,425,000 aggregate principal amount of its 9.375% U.S. Dollar-Denominated Global Bonds due 2029 pursuant to its invitation to exchange announced June 2, 2008 . ... more info

11 Jun 2008: SHORT-TERM BONDS RALLY, LONG-TERM NOTES FALL
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11 Jun 2008: NCT HEARING PRODUCTS, INC. SELLS CONTROLLING INTEREST IN PRO TECH COMMUNICATIONS, INC.
ProTech Communications, Inc. announced today that Four Crystal Funding, LLC has purchased 85% of its common shares by transferring Mexican Sovereign Bonds, with a total face value as estimated by the Mexican Government of approximately $4,000,000,000 to ProTech. ... more info

11 Jun 2008: STAPLES INCREASES OFFER PRICE PER CORPORATE EXPRESS CONVERTIBLE BOND TO EUR 1,346.71
FRAMINGHAM, Mass.----Staples, Inc.'s wholly owned subsidiary Staples Acquisition B.V. today announced that it purchased a total of 5,000 Corporate Express two percent Guaranteed Subordinated Convertible Bonds due 2010 as described in an offering circular of December 16, 2003 at a price of EUR 1,346.71 per Convertible Bond. ... more info

10 Jun 2008: FITCH RTES ENERGY NORTHWEST (WA) PROJECT 3 VAR-RATE ELECTRIC REV RFDG BNDS, SER 2008-F 'AA-/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch assigns an 'AA-/F1+' rating to $208,830,000 Energy Northwest Project 3 variable rate electric revenue refunding bonds series 2008-F-1 and 2008-F-2. In addition, Fitch affirms the outstanding 'AA-' ratings on the outstanding Energy Northwest debt: ... more info

10 Jun 2008: FITCH TAKES VARIOUS ACTIONS ON 4 ALT-A DEALS
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has taken rating actions on the mezzanine/subordinate bonds on the following Structured Asset Mortgage Investments, Inc. transactions listed below: ... more info

10 Jun 2008: FITCH TAKES RTG ACTIONS ON 3 INDYMAC RAST ALT-A DEALS
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has taken rating actions on the mezzanine/subordinate bonds on the Residential Asset Securitization Trust transactions listed below: ... more info

10 Jun 2008: FLORIDA TO SELL BONDS TO PAY STORM CLAIMS
Gov. Charlie Crist and a top state financial official on Tuesday approved the sale of up to $625 million in bonds to pay claims from Hurricane Wilma back in 2005. ... more info

10 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES ANAHEIM PUBLIC FINANCE AUTHORITY (CALIFORNIA) WATER SYSTEM REVS 'AA+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA+' rating to the Anaheim Public Finance Authority, California's $48.6 million revenue bonds, series 2008 . In addition, Fitch assigns an 'AA+' rating to the Authority's outstanding $8.7 million in outstanding series 2004 parity bonds. ... more info

10 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES PENNSYLVANIA INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY'S $142MM BONDS 'A'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A' rating to $141,665,000 Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority economic development revenue refunding bonds, series 2008 expected through negotiation the week of June 16th. ... more info

10 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES EMPIRE STATE DEV. CORP. SERVICE CONTRACT REV RFDG BONDS 'A+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A+' rating to approximately $441.5 million Empire State Development Corporation's New York State Urban Development Corporation service contract revenue refunding bonds series 2008B expected through negotiation the week of June 16. ... more info

10 Jun 2008: FITCH RTS NORTHSIDE ISD, TEXAS $90MM ULT BNDS SER 2008 'AA' UNDERLYING; UPGRADES $1.2B PARITY BNDS
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' underlying rating to Northside Independent School District , TX's $90 million unlimited tax school building bonds, series 2008. In addition, Fitch upgrades its rating on the district's $1.2 billion in outstanding parity debt to 'AA' from 'AA-'. ... more info

10 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES LITTLE ELM ISD TEXAS' BONDS 'AAA' PSF /'A' UNDERLYING; UPGRADES OUTSTANDING
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch assigns its 'AAA' rating to Little Elm Independent School District, Texas' $7.5 million unlimited tax school building bonds, series 2008-A. The rating is based on a guaranty provided by the Texas Permanent School Fund, whose insurer financial strength is rated 'AAA' by Fitch. ... more info

10 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES MAINE HHEFA $25MM REV BONDS, SERIES 2008 B 'AA/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA/F1+' rating to the $25,985,000 Maine Health & Higher Educational Facilities Authority revenue bonds, series 2008 B. The long-term 'AA' rating is based on the higher of the 'AA-' rating assigned by Fitch to KBC Bank, NV, which provides a direct-pay letter of credit securing the bonds, and the 'AA' underlying rating assigned by Fitch to the bonds on May 7, 2008. ... more info

10 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES ILLINOIS FIN AUTH, VRD REV RFDG BNDS, SER 08B (SWEDISH COVENANT HOSP) 'AA-/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AA-/F1+' to the $42,500,000 Illinois Finance Authority, variable rate demand revenue refunding bonds, series 2008 B . The rating is based on the support provided by an irrevocable, direct-pay letter of credit issued by Allied Irish Banks, p.l.c., acting through its New York Branch , securing the bonds. ... more info

10 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES FLORIDA KEYS AQUEDUCT AUTHORITY'S $53MM REVS 'AA+/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA+/F1+' rating to the $52,630,000 Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority water revenue refunding bonds, series 2008 . ... more info

10 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES MANSFIELD ISD (TX) $80MM GOS 'AAA' PSF/'AA-' UNDERLYING; OUTLOOK TO POSITIVE
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to $80 million of Mansfield Independent School District , Texas' unlimited tax school building bonds, series 2008, based on a guarantee from the Texas Permanent School Fund , whose financial insurer strength is rated 'AAA' by Fitch. ... more info

10 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES PUERTO RICO ELECTRIC POWER AUTHORITY'S $800MM BONDS 'A-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an underlying rating of 'A-' to the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority's $700,000,000 fixed-rate power revenue bonds series, WW and $100,000,000 fixed-rate revenue refunding bonds series XX. ... more info

10 Jun 2008: FITCH RATES LOGANVILLE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY'S (GEORGIA) REVS 'A/F1'
NEW YORK----Fitch assigns a rating of 'A/F1' to the $9,765,000 Loganville Christian Academy, Inc. adjustable rate demand taxable revenue bonds, series 2008. The rating is based on the support provided by an irrevocable, direct-pay letter of credit issued by KeyBank National Association, securing the bonds. ... more info

10 Jun 2008: MARKETAXESS ANNOUNCES MONTHLY VOLUME STATISTICS FOR MAY 2008
MarketAxess Holdings Inc. , the operator of a leading electronic trading platform for U.S. and European high-grade corporate bonds, emerging markets bonds and other types of fixed-income securities, today announced total monthly trading volume for May 2008 of $22.3 billion, consisting of $13.9 billion in U.S. high-grade volume, $4.1 billion in European high-grade volume, and $4.3 billion in other volume. ... more info

9 Jun 2008 : FITCH RATES GEORGIA'S $522MM 2008A & B GOS 'AAA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AAA' rating to the State of Georgia's $522 million general obligation bonds, consisting of: ... more info

9 Jun 2008: GLOBAL DEFAULT RATE RISES FOR HIGH-YIELD BONDS
The global default rate on speculative-grade corporate bonds rose to 2% in May from 1.7% in April and 1.5% a year earlier. ... more info

9 Jun 2008 : FITCH RATES RICHARD STOCKTON COLLEGE (NEW JERSEY) $132.37MM REVS 'A'; OUTLOOK TO NEGATIVE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'A' rating to New Jersey Educational Facilities Authority's approximately $132,370,000 in revenue bonds , series 2008A. The series 2008A bonds will be sold on or about June 25 and are expected to carry 'AAA' bond insurance. ... more info

9 Jun 2008 : FITCH RATES PORT OF SEATTLE'S (WASHINGTON) 2008 SUB LIEN REVS 'A+/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'A+/F1+' rating to the Port of Seattle's $200,700,000 subordinate lien revenue refunding bonds, series 2008 . The rating is based on the rating of a direct-pay letter of credit issued by Landesbank Hessen-Thuringen Girozentrale, acting through New York Branch . ... more info

9 Jun 2008 : FITCH RATES HOSPITAL SISTERS SERVICES, ILLINOIS, SERIES 2008 BONDS 'AA-/F1+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA-/F1+' rating to Hospital Sisters Services, Inc.'s expected issuance of $124.8 million of Illinois Finance Authority series 2008A and $20.2 million of Wisconsin Health and Educational Facilities Authority series 2008B revenue bonds. ... more info

9 Jun 2008 : MFS CONSIDERS TENDER OPTION BOND SOLUTION TO REFINANCE A PORTION OF AUCTION PREFERRED SECURITIES
BOSTON----MFS Investment Management is actively pursuing the use of tender option bonds as a means of replacing some of the outstanding auction preferred shares of the five MFS closed-end funds that have been subject to recent auction failures. ... more info

9 Jun 2008 : FITCH RATES OREGON GOS 'AA'; UPGRADES OUTSTANDING GOS; OUTLOOK TO STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns 'AA' ratings to the following State of Oregon general obligation bonds: ... more info

9 Jun 2008 : FITCH RATES MIDWESTERN STATE UNIVERSITY'S (TEXAS) $38.31MM REVS 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch rates $38.31 million of Midwestern State University revenue financing system revenue bonds, series 2008 'A+'. The bonds are expected to price via negotiation the week of June 16th and will finance construction of a new 350 bed student housing project; the acquisition of an existing, privately developed, on-campus housing project; and other improvements to campus facilities. ... more info

9 Jun 2008 : FITCH RATES NEW HAMPSHIRE MUNI BOND BANK'S 2005 RESOLUTION BONDS 'AAA'; OUTLOOK TO NEGATIVE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AAA' rating to the New Hampshire Municipal Bond Bank's approximately $43.6 million 2008 series A non-guaranteed bonds, issued under the 2005 General Bond Resolution. ... more info

9 Jun 2008 : FITCH RATES CLEVELAND-CUYAHOGA COUNTY PORT AUTHORITY, OHIO'S 2008A REVS 'BBB+'
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings has assigned a 'BBB+' rating to the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority, Ohio's $5.16 million taxable development revenue bonds, series 2008A . Fitch has also affirmed the 'BBB+' rating on the authority's $81.6 million in outstanding development revenue program bonds. ... more info

9 Jun 2008 : PANAMA ANNOUNCES FINAL RESULTS OF INVITATION
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT the Republic of Panama has announced that it will issue U.S.$477,582,000 aggregate principal amount of its 9.375% U.S. Dollar-Denominated Global Bonds due 2029 pursuant to its invitation to exchange announced June 2, 2008 . ... more info

9 Jun 2008: SEC MAY BAN RATINGS AGENCIES FROM SOME CONSULTING: REPORT
NEW YORK -- The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission may recommend banning ratings agencies Moody's Investors Service , Standard & Poor's and Fitch Ratings from advising investment banks on how to earn top credit ratings for asset-backed securities, Bloomberg News reported Monday. The news service quoted unnamed sources close to the matter as saying the SEC may unveil the new recommendations at a meeting in Washington on Wednesday. The regulator may also propose that ratings agencies disclose all the data they use to issue a rating, so that competitors can grade bonds even if they are not paid by the underwriter, the report said. ... more info

8 Jun 2008: FUNDAMENTALLY: INFLATION? STICK WITH STOCKS
While inflation devalues corporate earnings, a major driver of stock prices, it is usually much harder on bonds. ... more info

7 Jun 2008: FUNDAMENTALLY: INFLATION? STICK WITH STOCKS
While inflation devalues corporate earnings, a major driver of stock prices, it is usually much harder on bonds.

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6 Jun 2008 : FITCH RATES SYRACUSE, NEW YORK'S 2008A GOS 'A'; 2008B 'BBB'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'A' rating to the city of Syracuse, New York's approximately $13.345 million general obligation public improvement bonds, series 2008A and an underlying 'BBB' rating to the city's $8.830 million public improvement bonds series 2008B. ... more info

6 Jun 2008 : FITCH RATES INDIANAPOLIS AIRPORT $350MM REVS 'A+' UNDERLYING; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A+' underlying long-term rating to the Indianapolis Local Public Improvement Bond Bank's variable rate bonds, series 2008 C . Nearer to closing Fitch expects to assign a short-term rating based on the standby purchase agreement from the Bank of New York Trust Co. and an enhanced long-term rating based on an insurance policy from FSA. ... more info

6 Jun 2008 : FITCH RATES SEATTLE'S, WASHINGTON'S $145MM GOS (LIMITED TAX RFDG & IMPROVEMENTS) 'AA+'
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch rates the City of Seattle, Washington's $144,985,000 limited tax general obligation improvements and refunding bonds, 2008, 'AA+'. Fitch also affirms the 'AA+' rating on the city's $590 million outstanding limited tax GO bonds and affirms the 'AAA' rating on the $160 million in outstanding unlimited tax GO bonds. ... more info

6 Jun 2008 : FITCH RATES TEXAS MUNICIPAL POWER AGENCY'S $36.73MM REV RFDG BONDS 'A'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an underlying 'A' rating to Texas Municipal Power Agency's $36,730,000 revenue refunding bonds, series 2008. Maturing in 2017, the subordinate lien bonds will be used to refund callable principal of its 2009 debt service. ... more info

6 Jun 2008 : FITCH RATES ERIE COUNTY WATER AUTHORITY'S (NY) $47.7MM REVS 'AA'; UPGRADES OUTSTANDING DEBT
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA' rating to Erie County Water Authority, New York's approximately $47.7 million fourth general resolution water revenue refunding bonds, series 2008. ... more info

6 Jun 2008 : FITCH RATES WINSTON-SALEM, NORTH CAROLINA'S 2008 GOS 'AAA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AAA' rating to the city of Winston-Salem, North Carolina's approximately $5.1 million general obligation bonds, series 2008. The bonds are expected to price June 10. ... more info

6 Jun 2008 : FITCH RATES METRO WASHINGTON AIRPORTS' (DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA) $250MM REVS 'AA', OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK & CHICAGO----Fitch assigns a 'AA' rating to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority's $250,000,000 airport system revenue bonds, series 2008A , scheduled for negotiated sale on or about June 11th. ... more info

6 Jun 2008 : FITCH RATES WISCONSIN $35.7MM 2008 GOS 'AA-'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' rating to $35,655,000 in State of Wisconsin general obligation bonds, including approximately $32,260,000 GO refunding bonds of 2008, series 1 and approximately $3,395,000 GO refunding bonds of 2008, series 2 , expected through negotiation the week of June 9. ... more info

6 Jun 2008 : FITCH RATES GASTONIA, NORTH CAROLINA'S $3.0MM GOS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' rating to the City of Gastonia, North Carolina's $2,980,000 million general obligation bonds, consisting of $1,455,000 GO public improvement bonds, series 2008A and $1,525,000 GO public improvement bonds, series 2008B . ... more info

6 Jun 2008 : FITCH RATES SAN JOAQUIN DELTA DISTRICT, CALIFORNIA'S $100MM GOS 'A+'; OUTLOOK TO STABLE
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'A+' rating to San Joaquin Delta Community College District's $100 million general obligation bonds, Election of 2004, series 2008B. The bonds are expected to price on June 18. ... more info

6 Jun 2008 : FITCH RTES $58.235MM SAN JOSE FIN AUTH, CA (HAYES MANSION) LEASE REVS, SER 2008C&D 'AAA/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch has assigned an 'AAA/F1+' rating to the $58,235,000 City of San Jose Financing Authority lease revenue bonds , consisting of: ... more info

6 Jun 2008 : FITCH RATES NEW YORK CITY TFA $700MM BUILDING AID REVS 'A+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A+' rating to $700 million New York City Transitional Finance Authority building aid revenue bonds, fiscal 2008 series S-1. The bonds are scheduled to sell through negotiation the week of June 9th. ... more info

5 Jun 2008 : FITCH RATES MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA'S $300MM TRANSIT REVS 'A+'; OUTLOOK TO NEGATIVE
TAMPA, Fla.----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'A+' rating to Miami-Dade County, Florida's approximately $300 million in transit system sales surtax revenue bonds, series 2008. The bonds are scheduled to sell competitively on June 17th. $86 million of proceeds will refund an outstanding subordinate Sunshine State loan while the remaining $214 of proceeds will be used to finance transit and public works projects. ... more info

5 Jun 2008 : FITCH RTS PUBLIC AUTHORITY FOR COLORADO ENERGY NATURAL GAS PURCHASE REVS 'A+'; OUTLOOK NEGATIVE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A+' rating to Public Authority for Colorado Energy's $630 million of gas purchase revenue bonds. The final rating will be assigned prior to closing and will be based upon final documentation in a form satisfactory to Fitch and consistent with the structure described below. ... more info

5 Jun 2008 : FITCH RATES NASSAU COUNTY, NEW YORK'S $180MM GOS 'A+' & $110MM RANS 'F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A+' rating to Nassau County, NY's approximately $140 million general obligation bonds, series 2008C, and $40 million GO refunding bonds, series 2008D. ... more info

5 Jun 2008 : FITCH RTES $67.195MM SAN JOSE FIN AUTH, CA (LAND ACQ RFDG) TAXABLE LEASE REVS 2008F 'AAA/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch has assigned an 'AAA/F1+' rating to the $67,195,000 City of San Jose Financing Authority taxable lease revenue bonds , series 2008F. . The rating is based on the rating of a direct-pay letter of credit supporting the bonds and the application of Fitch's joint probability methodology. ... more info

5 Jun 2008 : FITCH RATES NORFOLK, VIRGINIA'S $153.2MM GOS 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA' rating to Norfolk, Virginia's $153.2 million general obligation capital improvement bonds, series 2008C. The bonds are scheduled for bids on June 17. ... more info

5 Jun 2008 : FITCH RATES COLLEGEINVEST EDUC LOAN REVENUE BNDS SR 2008 SERIES I-A 'AA+/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch assigns an 'AA+/F1+' rating to CollegeInvest's $188,300,000 education loan revenue bonds senior 2008 series I-A . The rating is based on the support provided by a direct-pay letter of credit issued by Lloyd TSB Bank plc, acting through its New York Branch , securing the bonds. ... more info

5 Jun 2008 : FITCH RATES SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA FINANCE AUTHORITY'S $125.3MM LEASE REVS 'AA'
SAN JOSE, Calif.----Fitch assigns an underlying 'AA' rating to the following City of San Jose Financing Authority bonds: ... more info

5 Jun 2008 : FITCH RATES DALLAS CO. UTILITY & RECLAMATION DISTRICT (TEXAS) 2008 GOS 'BBB'; OUTLOOK POSITIVE
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch assigns its 'BBB' rating to the $6.25 million general obligation bonds, series 2008 of Dallas County Utility and Reclamation District, Texas . The district plans to sell the bonds via a negotiated offering the week of June 9th. ... more info

5 Jun 2008 : FITCH RTES PORT OF PORTLAND, OR PORTLAND INT'L AIRPORT RFDG REVS SERIES EIGHTEEN A&B 'AA+/F1+'
NEW YORK----The $138,890,000 The Port of Portland, Oregon, Portland International Airport Refunding Revenue Bonds, Series Eighteen , consisting of $69,445,000 Subseries Eighteen A and $69,445,000 Subseries Eighteen B, are rated 'AA+/F1+' by Fitch. ... more info

5 Jun 2008 : FITCH AFFIRMS RICHMOND METRO AUTHORITY EXPRESSWAY REVENUE BONDS AT 'A-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings affirms its 'A-' rating on $142 million outstanding Richmond Metropolitan Authority expressway system revenue bonds. The Rating Outlook is Stable. ... more info

5 Jun 2008 : FITCH RATES DASNY'S $140MM SCHOOL REVS 'A+'/UNDERLYING
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A+' underlying rating to approximately $140 million Dormitory Authority of the State of New York school district revenue bond financing program revenue bonds including the $110 million series 2008A and $30 million series 2008B. ... more info

5 Jun 2008: MACQUARIE PLANS U.S. BOND INSURER
Macquarie Group, the Australian asset manager and investment bank, is planning to start a U.S. bond insurance company for municipal and infrastructure bonds. ... more info

4 Jun 2008 : FITCH RATES UNIVERSITY SYSTEM OF MARYLAND'S $142MM 2008 SERIES A & B REVS 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a 'AA' rating to the University System of Maryland's auxiliary facility and tuition revenue bonds, 2008 series A in the amount of $90 million and auxiliary facility and tuition revenue refunding bonds, 2008 series B in the amount of $52.3 million. ... more info

4 Jun 2008 : FITCH RATES SOUTH CAROLINA'S $14MM GO BONDS 'AAA'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to the State of South Carolina's $14 million general obligation state institution bonds issued on behalf of Winthrop University. The bonds are scheduled to sell competitively on June 5. ... more info

4 Jun 2008 : FITCH RATES CORPUS CHRISTI ISD, TEXAS' $22MM GOS 'AAA' PSF/'AA' UNDERLYING
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch rates Corpus Christi Independent School District , Texas' $22.2 million unlimited tax refunding bonds, series 2008-A 'AAA'. The rating is based on a guarantee provided by the Texas Permanent School Fund whose insurer financial strength is rated 'AAA' by Fitch. ... more info

4 Jun 2008 : FITCH RATES UNIVERSITY SYSTEM OF MARYLAND'S $142MM 2008 SERIES A & B REVS 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a 'AA' rating to the University System of Maryland's auxiliary facility and tuition revenue bonds, 2008 series A in the amount of $90 million and auxiliary facility and tuition revenue refunding bonds, 2008 series B in the amount of $52.3 million. ... more info

4 Jun 2008 : FITCH RATES $138M UMASS BUILDING AUTHORITY'S SENIOR 2008-3 REVS 'AAA/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AAA/F1+' rating to the University of Massachusetts Building Authority's $138,635,000 refunding revenue bonds, senior series 2008-3. The rating is based on the direct-pay letter of credit supporting the bonds and the application of Fitch's joint probability methodology. ... more info

4 Jun 2008 : FITCH RATES BERNALILLO COUNTY, NEW MEXICO'S GO BONDS 'AA+'
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AA+' to Bernalillo County , New Mexico's $2.7 million general obligation bonds, series 2008, which are scheduled to sell competitively on June 16. ... more info

4 Jun 2008 : FITCH RATES HOPEWELL, VIRGINIA $17.9MM GOS 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A+' rating to Hopewell, Virginia's estimated $17.9 million general obligation bonds, consisting of two series: ... more info

3 Jun 2008: FINANCIAL UNCERTAINTY BOOSTS BONDS
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30 May 2008: FITCH RTS DASNY MUNICIPAL HEALTH LEASE REV BNDS, NEW YORK CITY ISSUE 'A+'
NEW YORK----Fitch affirms its 'A+' rating to $405.2 million Dormitory Authority of the State of New York Municipal Health Facilities Improvement Program lease revenue bonds 2001 series 2 sub series 2-1 through 2-5. ... more info

30 May 2008: FITCH RATES DALLAS AREA RAPID TRANSIT'S (TX) $739MM SALES TAX REVS 'AA-'; DOWNGRADES OUTSTANDING
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' rating to the Dallas Area Rapid Transit's approximately $739,495,000 senior lien sales tax revenue bonds, series 2008. The bonds are expected to sell on June 12. ... more info

30 May 2008: FITCH DOWNGRADES YAVAPAI COUNTY, ARIZONA IDA EXCISE TAX BONDS TO 'B'
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch has downgraded to 'B' from 'A-' the rating on the $35 million convention center facilities excise tax revenue bonds, series 2005 of the Industrial Development Authority of the County of Yavapai, Arizona. ... more info

30 May 2008: FITCH DOWNGRADES PRESCOTT VALLEY MPC, ARIZONA EXCISE TAX REVS
NEW YORK----Fitch has downgraded to 'A+' from 'AA-' the rating on the Prescott Valley Municipal Property Corporation municipal facility revenue bonds. This action affects $38.3 million in outstanding parity bonds. ... more info

30 May 2008: FITCH RATES ADDISON, ILLINOIS' $6.3MM GO RFDG BONDS 'AA+'
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA+' rating to the Village of Addison, Illinois' $6,295,000 general obligation corporate purpose refunding bonds, series 2008. The bonds are scheduled for negotiation on or about June 2, 2008 and represent a GO of the village, payable from an unlimited ad valorem tax levied on all taxable property within the village. ... more info

30 May 2008: FITCH RATES WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA'S $68.8MM UTILITY SYSTEM REVS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK TO NEGATIVE
TAMPA, Fl.----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA-' rating to the following utility system revenue refunding bonds for the City of West Palm Beach, Florida : ... more info

30 May 2008: FITCH AFFIRMS NOVANT HEALTH'S (NORTH CAROLINA) BONDS AT 'AA-'; OFF RATING WATCH
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings has removed from Rating Watch Evolving and affirmed the 'AA-' rating on approximately $757 million of North Carolina Medical Care Commission Health Care revenue bonds issued on behalf of Novant Health . ... more info

30 May 2008: FITCH TAKES VARIOUS RATING ACTIONS ON CIFG-INSURED U.S. MUNI & CORPORATE ISSUES
NEW YORK----Concurrent with its rating action earlier today on CIFG Guaranty, CIFG Assurance North America, Inc., and CIFG Europe , Fitch Ratings has taken the following rating actions on US municipal and corporate bonds insured by CIFG. ... more info

30 May 2008: FITCH RATES MARYLAND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ADMINISTRATION'S 2008A RESIDENTIAL REVS 'AA'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA' rating to the Maryland Community Development Administration's $60 million Residential Revenue Bonds, 2008 Series A. Additionally, Fitch has affirmed the 'AA' rating on the CDA's outstanding $2.1 billion in residential revenue bonds. ... more info

30 May 2008: FITCH TAKES VARIOUS ACTIONS ON 31 BANC OF AMERICA ALT-A TRANSACTIONS
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has taken rating actions on the mezzanine/subordinate bonds of the following 31 Banc of America transactions listed below: ... more info

30 May 2008: FITCH TAKES VARIOUS ACTIONS ON 12 J.P. MORGAN ALT-A TRANSACTIONS
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has taken the following rating actions on the mezzanine/subordinate bonds in the J.P. Morgan transactions listed below: ... more info

30 May 2008: FITCH REVISES RTG ON INDUSTRIAL DEV BOARD OF THE TOWN OF CHATOM GULF OPPORTUNITY 2007A TO 'A/F1'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings will confirm the 'A' long-term rating and assign a short-term rating of 'F1' to the $50,000,000 Industrial Development Board of the Town of Chatom Gulf Opportunity Zone Bonds series 2007A. ... more info

30 May 2008: FITCH RTS DASNY MUNICIPAL HEALTH LEASE REV BNDS, NEW YORK CITY ISSUE 'A+'
NEW YORK----Fitch affirms its 'A+' rating to $405.2 million Dormitory Authority of the State of New York Municipal Health Facilities Improvement Program lease revenue bonds 2001 series 2 sub series 2-1 through 2-5. ... more info

30 May 2008: FITCH RATES DALLAS AREA RAPID TRANSIT'S (TX) $739MM SALES TAX REVS 'AA-'; DOWNGRADES OUTSTANDING
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' rating to the Dallas Area Rapid Transit's approximately $739,495,000 senior lien sales tax revenue bonds, series 2008. The bonds are expected to sell on June 12. ... more info

30 May 2008: FITCH DOWNGRADES YAVAPAI COUNTY, ARIZONA IDA EXCISE TAX BONDS TO 'B'
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch has downgraded to 'B' from 'A-' the rating on the $35 million convention center facilities excise tax revenue bonds, series 2005 of the Industrial Development Authority of the County of Yavapai, Arizona. ... more info

30 May 2008: FITCH DOWNGRADES PRESCOTT VALLEY MPC, ARIZONA EXCISE TAX REVS
NEW YORK----Fitch has downgraded to 'A+' from 'AA-' the rating on the Prescott Valley Municipal Property Corporation municipal facility revenue bonds. This action affects $38.3 million in outstanding parity bonds. ... more info

30 May 2008: FITCH RATES ADDISON, ILLINOIS' $6.3MM GO RFDG BONDS 'AA+'
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA+' rating to the Village of Addison, Illinois' $6,295,000 general obligation corporate purpose refunding bonds, series 2008. The bonds are scheduled for negotiation on or about June 2, 2008 and represent a GO of the village, payable from an unlimited ad valorem tax levied on all taxable property within the village. ... more info

30 May 2008: FITCH RATES WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA'S $68.8MM UTILITY SYSTEM REVS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK TO NEGATIVE
TAMPA, Fl.----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA-' rating to the following utility system revenue refunding bonds for the City of West Palm Beach, Florida : ... more info

30 May 2008: FITCH AFFIRMS NOVANT HEALTH'S (NORTH CAROLINA) BONDS AT 'AA-'; OFF RATING WATCH
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings has removed from Rating Watch Evolving and affirmed the 'AA-' rating on approximately $757 million of North Carolina Medical Care Commission Health Care revenue bonds issued on behalf of Novant Health . ... more info

30 May 2008: FITCH TAKES VARIOUS RATING ACTIONS ON CIFG-INSURED U.S. MUNI & CORPORATE ISSUES
NEW YORK----Concurrent with its rating action earlier today on CIFG Guaranty, CIFG Assurance North America, Inc., and CIFG Europe , Fitch Ratings has taken the following rating actions on US municipal and corporate bonds insured by CIFG. ... more info

30 May 2008: FITCH RATES MARYLAND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ADMINISTRATION'S 2008A RESIDENTIAL REVS 'AA'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA' rating to the Maryland Community Development Administration's $60 million Residential Revenue Bonds, 2008 Series A. Additionally, Fitch has affirmed the 'AA' rating on the CDA's outstanding $2.1 billion in residential revenue bonds. ... more info

30 May 2008: FITCH TAKES VARIOUS ACTIONS ON 31 BANC OF AMERICA ALT-A TRANSACTIONS
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has taken rating actions on the mezzanine/subordinate bonds of the following 31 Banc of America transactions listed below: ... more info

30 May 2008: FITCH TAKES VARIOUS ACTIONS ON 12 J.P. MORGAN ALT-A TRANSACTIONS
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has taken the following rating actions on the mezzanine/subordinate bonds in the J.P. Morgan transactions listed below: ... more info

30 May 2008: FITCH REVISES RTG ON INDUSTRIAL DEV BOARD OF THE TOWN OF CHATOM GULF OPPORTUNITY 2007A TO 'A/F1'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings will confirm the 'A' long-term rating and assign a short-term rating of 'F1' to the $50,000,000 Industrial Development Board of the Town of Chatom Gulf Opportunity Zone Bonds series 2007A. ... more info

30 May 2008: FITCH RATES GREENVILLE HOSPITAL SYSTEM (SOUTH CAROLINA) $110MM BONDS 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to approximately $110 million of series 2008A and 2008B Greenville Hospital System Board of Trustees' hospital revenue refunding bonds. ... more info

30 May 2008: JETBLUE PRICES AND INCREASES DEBT OFFER, 1ST-LD. WRITETHRU
JetBlue Airways Corp. said Friday it priced a public offering of convertible bonds due 2038 and increased the offering to $175 million from $160 million. ... more info

29 May 2008: FITCH RATES CONNECTICUT'S GO BONDS 'AA'
NEW YORK----Fitch has assigned an 'AA' rating to $389 million in State of Connecticut general obligation bonds, series 2008B. The bonds are expected to sell via negotiation on or about June 17, and will mature April 15, 2009-2028. ... more info

29 May 2008: FITCH RATES $20MM TUCSON, ARIZONA WATER REVENUE BONDS 'AA'
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA' rating to the City of Tucson, Arizona's $20.4 million water system revenue bonds, series 2005-C . In addition, Fitch has affirmed the 'AA' rating for the city's $388.8 million of outstanding parity water system revenue bonds . ... more info

29 May 2008: FITCH RATES STANFORD HOSPITAL & CLINICS (CALIFORNIA) RFDG REVS 2008 SERIES A-2 'AAA/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA/F1+'rating to the $104,100,000 California Health Facilities Finance Authority refunding revenue bonds , 2008 series A-2. The rating is based on the direct-pay letter of credit provided by Bank of America, NA, supporting the bonds and the application of Fitch's joint probability methodology. ... more info

29 May 2008: FITCH TAKES VARIOUS ACTIONS ON 49 LEHMAN ALT-A DEALS
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has taken rating actions on the mezzanine/subordinate bonds of the following Structured Asset Securities Corp. transactions listed below: ... more info

29 May 2008: FITCH TAKES VARIOUS ACTIONS ON 31 CITIGROUP ALT-A TRANSACTIONS
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has taken rating actions on the mezzanine/subordinate bonds of the following 31 Citigroup transactions listed below: ... more info

29 May 2008: FITCH TAKES VARIOUS ACTIONS ON 13 CITIMORTGAGE ALT-A TRANSACTIONS
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has taken rating actions on the mezzanine/subordinate bonds of the following CitiMortgage transactions listed below: ... more info

29 May 2008: FITCH RATES EUGENE WATER AND ELECTRIC BOARD, OREGON ELECTRIC UTILITY 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A+' rating to the Eugene Water and Electric Board , Oregon's $112.26 million electric revenue and refunding bonds. The bonds are payable from net revenues of EWEB's electric system after payment of operations and maintenance expenditures. ... more info

29 May 2008: FITCH RATES EUGENE WATER AND ELECTRIC BOARD, OREGON WATER UTILITY REV BNDS 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to the Eugene Water and Electric Board , Oregon's $15.6 million water revenue bonds. The bonds are payable from net revenues of EWEB's water system after payment of operations and maintenance expenditures. ... more info

29 May 2008: FITCH RATES NASSAU COUNTY INTERIM FIN AUTH (NY) $123.185MM SALES TAX SECUR VAR-RATE 2008F 'AA+/F1+'
NEW YORK & CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings assigns a 'AA+/F1+' rating to Nassau County Interim Finance Authority, NY's approximately $123.185 million sales tax secured variable rate refunding bonds series 2008F . ... more info

29 May 2008: FITCH RATES NJEDA'S $250M SCHOOL FACILITIES CONSTRUCTION BONDS, 2008 SERIES X 'AAA/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA/F1+'rating to the New Jersey Economic Development Authority School Facilities Construction Bonds, 2008 Series X. The rating is based on the direct-pay letter of credit supporting the bonds and the application of Fitch's joint probability methodology. ... more info

29 May 2008: FITCH REVISES RATING WATCH ON CONDELL MEDICAL CENTER (ILLINOIS) TO POSITIVE
CHICAGO----Fitch revises the Rating Watch to Positive from Negative on the following bonds currently rated 'BBB' and issued on behalf of Condell Medical Center : ... more info

29 May 2008: U.S. DATA, PRICE WORRY TRIGGER GLOBAL BOND ROUT
Investors dumped safe-haven bonds in major economies on Thursday, pushing euro zone government borrowing costs to a nine-month high following upbeat U.S. economic data and inflation concerns from costly oil. ... more info

28 May 2008: TREASURYS FALL AFTER TAME DURABLE GOODS READING
Treasury prices fell sharply Wednesday as durable goods data gave investors, still worried about inflation's effect on long-term bonds, another reason to withdraw from government securities. ... more info

28 May 2008: FITCH RATES FRENSHIP ISD, TEXAS $25MM GO BONDS 'A' UNDERLYING
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A' rating to Frenship Independent School District, Texas' $25 million unlimited tax school building bonds, series 2008. In addition, Fitch affirms the district's approximately $138 million in outstanding unlimited tax bonds at 'A'. ... more info

28 May 2008: AUCTION-RATE SECURITIES: OUT OF LUCK
Holders of these bonds backed by student loans are facing big losses, even as issuers begin discounted buybacks ... more info

27 May 2008: FITCH RATES ARLINGTON, TEXAS SERIES 2008 GOS, COS 'AA'
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch has assigned an 'AA' rating to the Arlington, Texas bonds, as follows: ... more info

27 May 2008: FITCH RATES $5.5MM FLAMINGO ENTERPRISES, INC. 2008 VAR-RATE TAXABLE BONDS 'A/F1'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'A/F1' to the $5,500,000 Flamingo Enterprises, Inc. variable rate taxable bonds, series 2008. The rating is based on the support provided by an irrevocable, direct-pay letter of credit issued by Columbus Bank and Trust Company, securing the bonds. ... more info

27 May 2008: FITCH DOWNGRADES RESURRECTION HEALTH CARE (ILLINOIS) TO 'A-'; OUTLOOK REMAINS NEGATIVE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings downgrades to 'A-' from 'A' the ratings on Resurrection Health Care's , Illinois approximately $643.5 million of outstanding bonds listed below. The Rating Outlook remains Negative. ... more info

27 May 2008: FITCH RATES $5MM WIZ KIDZ L.L.C. & WIZ BIZ HOLDINGS L.L.C. 2008 VAR-RATE TAXABLE BONDS 'A/F1'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'A/F1' to the $5,000,000 Wiz Kidz L.L.C & Wiz Biz Holdings L.L.C variable rate taxable bonds, series 2008. The rating is based on the support provided by an irrevocable, direct-pay letter of credit issued by Columbus Bank and Trust Company, securing the bonds. ... more info

27 May 2008: FITCH RATES CITY OF SAN ANTONIO (CPS ENERGY), TX, ELECTRIC AND GAS REVS 'AA+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA+' rating to the City of San Antonio, Texas' $289.54 million of electric and gas systems revenue bonds, new series 2008, issued on behalf of CPS Energy. ... more info

27 May 2008: FITCH RATES $135.4MM UTAH WATER FINANCE AGENCY SERIES B PROGRAM REVS 'AA/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch assigns a rating of 'AA/F1+' to the $135,400,000 Utah Water Finance Agency series B Program revenue bonds series B-3 issued on behalf of the Metropolitan Water District of Salt Lake & Sandy The long-term 'AA' rating on the bonds is based on the long-term credit quality of the district. ... more info

27 May 2008: FITCH RATES SPARTANBURG REGIONAL HEALTH SYSTEM (SOUTH CAROLINA) $180MM 2008 BONDS 'AA-'
TAMPA, Fla.----Fitch Ratings has assigned an underlying 'AA-' rating to Spartanburg County Health Services District's approximately $180.6 million revenue bonds to be issued for Spartanburg Regional Health System. ... more info

27 May 2008: FITCH RATES HIGH POINT, NORTH CAROLINA $41.8MM REVS 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to High Point's $41,810,000 Combined Enterprise System revenue bonds series 2008. The bonds are scheduled for negotiated sale on June 11th, with proceeds funding various utility capital improvements. ... more info

27 May 2008: FITCH RATES MARYLAND CDA'S $23.2MM HOUSING REVS 'AA'
NEW YORK----Fitch assigns a rating of 'AA' to the Maryland Community Development Administration's $5.8 million housing revenue bonds, series 2008 A and $17.4 million series 2008 B bonds. ... more info

27 May 2008: FITCH RATES NEW YORK CITY MUNICIPAL WATER FINANCE AUTHORITY'S $500MM 2008 SERIES DD REVS 'AA'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA' rating to New York City Municipal Water Finance Authority's approximately $500 million water and sewer system second general resolution revenue bonds, 2008 series DD. ... more info

27 May 2008: FITCH REVISES MISSISSIPPI GO BNDS (NISSAN NORTH AMERICA), SERIES 03C 'AA/F1+'
NEW YORK----Effective June 4, 2008 Fitch Ratings will confirm the 'AA' long-term rating and assign an 'F1+' short-term rating to the $70,950,000 state of Mississippi general obligation bonds , series 2003C . ... more info

27 May 2008: FITCH REVISES MISSISSIPPI VRGOS CAPITAL IMPROV BNDS, SER 07 'AA/F1+'
NEW YORK----Effective June 5, 2008, Fitch Ratings will confirm the 'AA' long-term rating and assign an 'F1+' short-term rating to the $50,000,000 State of Mississippi variable rate general obligation capital improvement bonds, series 2007. ... more info

23 May 2008: FITCH TAKES VARIOUS ACTIONS ON 3 HSBC 2007 ALT-A TRANSACTIONS
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has taken rating actions on the mezzanine/subordinate bonds of the following three HSI Asset Loan Obligation Trust transactions listed below: ... more info

23 May 2008: FITCH TAKES VARIOUS ACTIONS ON 2 UBS ALT-A TRANSACTIONS
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has taken rating actions on the mezzanine/subordinate bonds of the following MASTR transactions listed below: ... more info

23 May 2008: FITCH RATES MAINE HHEFA'S $43.3MM REVS 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA' rating to $43.3 million Maine Health and Higher Educational Facilities Authority revenue bonds, series 2008C. In addition, Fitch affirms its rating on approximately $1.4 billion of the authority's outstanding reserve fund resolution bonds at 'AA'. ... more info

23 May 2008: FITCH RATES PUERTO RICO HFA $200MM SINGLE FAMILY MTGE REV BONDS PORTFOLIO XI 'AAA'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to Puerto Rico Housing Finance Authority's $200 million single family mortgage revenue bonds, portfolio XI. The bonds are being sold the last week of May through negotiation. ... more info

23 May 2008: FITCH RATES NEW JERSEY HEALTH CARE FACILITIES FINANCING AUTHORITY'S $249.7MM BONDS 'A+'
NEW YORK----Fitch assigns an 'A+' rating to the New Jersey Health Care Facilities Financing Authority approximately $249.7 million state contract bonds series 2008A. The bonds, which are expected to be offered through negotiation during the week of June 3, will be due Feb. 1, 2009 through 2038. ... more info

23 May 2008: FITCH TAKES VARIOUS ACTIONS ON 3 HSBC 2007 ALT-A TRANSACTIONS
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has taken rating actions on the mezzanine/subordinate bonds of the following three HSI Asset Loan Obligation Trust transactions listed below: ... more info

23 May 2008: FITCH TAKES VARIOUS ACTIONS ON 2 UBS ALT-A TRANSACTIONS
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has taken rating actions on the mezzanine/subordinate bonds of the following MASTR transactions listed below: ... more info

23 May 2008: FITCH RATES MAINE HHEFA'S $43.3MM REVS 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA' rating to $43.3 million Maine Health and Higher Educational Facilities Authority revenue bonds, series 2008C. In addition, Fitch affirms its rating on approximately $1.4 billion of the authority's outstanding reserve fund resolution bonds at 'AA'. ... more info

23 May 2008: FITCH RATES PUERTO RICO HFA $200MM SINGLE FAMILY MTGE REV BONDS PORTFOLIO XI 'AAA'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to Puerto Rico Housing Finance Authority's $200 million single family mortgage revenue bonds, portfolio XI. The bonds are being sold the last week of May through negotiation. ... more info

23 May 2008: EMERGING MARKETS REPORT: APPETITE RETURNS FOR EMERGING-MARKETS BONDS
Emerging-markets bonds have withstood the credit crisis with less pain than in recent global financial crises, encouraging hopes that these investments have shed their status as particularly vulnerable to asset flight. ... more info

23 May 2008: AUDIO: LOOK AT JUNK BONDS, PULL BACK FROM HOT SECTORS LIKE ENERGY
Dan Wiener, editor of the Independent Adviser for Vanguard Investors, says that investors should consider "nibbling" on high-yield corporate bonds again, noting that junk appears poised for a rebound. At the same time, in a radio interview, he cautioned against tilting a portfolio too sharply towards areas that have been hot over the last few years, including energy and precious metals. ... more info

22 May 2008: FITCH RATES BANNING USD, CALIFORNIA, $20.6MM GO BONDS
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch assigns an 'A+' rating to the Banning Unified School District $20.6 million general obligation bonds, election of 2006, series B, and affirms $24.8 million of the district's outstanding GO bonds. ... more info

22 May 2008: PRICES OF CREDIT DERIVATIVES DRIFT
The performance gap between bonds and the derivatives connected to them is creating challenges for traders. ... more info

22 May 2008: RATING FIRMS SWITCH ANALYSTS UPON REQUEST
Moody's and Fitch acknowledge they have switched analysts assigned to rate bonds after receiving requests from issuers, spurring more questions about whether bond issuers have too much influence. ... more info

22 May 2008: FITCH RATES METROPOLITAN WATER DISTRICT OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA'S $137MM REVS 'AA+'
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA+' rating to the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California $137.4 million water revenue refunding bonds, 2008 series B. Fitch also affirms the 'AA+' underlying long-term rating on Metropolitan's $4.1 billion of outstanding water revenue bonds and 'AAA' long-term rating on Metropolitan's $327.2 million of outstanding general obligation bonds. ... more info

22 May 2008: TREASURYS FALL DUE TO ONGOING INFLATION WORRIES
Treasury prices fell Thursday, particularly among long-term bonds, a day after the Federal Reserve indicated rising inflation will likely prevent it from lowering interest rates again. ... more info

22 May 2008: FITCH RATES CENTRAL UTAH WATER CONSERVANCY DISTRICT $148.8MM 2008A BONDS 'AA+/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned 'AA+/F1+' ratings to the Central Utah Water Conservancy District's $148,800,000 general obligation limited tax refunding bonds, series 2008A. The long-term 'AA+' rating on the bonds is based on the rating assigned by Fitch to the District's GO bonds. ... more info

22 May 2008: FITCH RATES BRAZORIA COUNTY (TX) GO RFDG & UNLIMITED TAX ROAD BONDS 'AA'; UPGRADES OUTSTANDING
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to Brazoria County's: ... more info

22 May 2008: FITCH RATES $60.38MM SAN JOSE FINANCE AUTHORITY, CA (CIVIC CENTER) 2008A LEASE REVS 'AAA/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch has assigned a 'AAA/F1+' rating to the $60,380,000 City of San Jose Financing Authority Lease revenue bonds, , series 2008A. . The rating is based on the rating of a direct-pay letter of credit supporting the Bonds and the application of Fitch's joint probability methodology. ... more info

22 May 2008: FITCH RATES CONNECTICUT'S $400MM GOS 'AA'
NEW YORK----Fitch assigns an 'AA' rating to $400 million in State of Connecticut general obligation bonds, series 2008A. The bonds are expected to sell via negotiation on or about June 4th. ... more info

22 May 2008: FITCH RATES NASHVILLE & DAVIDSON COUNTY METRO GOV'T, TENNESSEE ELEC SYS REVS 'AA'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns Electric Power Board of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, Tennessee $120 million electric system revenue bonds, 2008 series A and $95 million electric system revenue refunding bonds, 2008 series B a rating of 'AA'. ... more info

22 May 2008: FITCH RATES CLEBURNE, TEXAS 2008 GOS 'A+'; REVISES OUTLOOK TO POSITIVE
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'A+' rating to City of Cleburne, Texas' $11.4 million general obligation refunding bonds, series 2008, scheduled to sell via negotiation on May 27. ... more info

22 May 2008: STOCKS RALLY BACK
Stocks rallied and bonds slumped Thursday morning, with investors jumping back into equities after a two-session plunge, even as commodity prices hovered near all-time highs. ... more info

22 May 2008: OIL RACES ABOVE $135, STOCKS AND BONDS SHUDDER
Record high oil prices at $135 a barrel deepened worries about inflation on Thursday and weighed on some Asian stocks although Japanese shares ended slightly higher, as dealers trimmed their bets on further weakness. ... more info

21 May 2008: NORTHSTAR TO SELL $75 MILLION IN BONDS
NorthStar Realty Finance Corp. is offering to sell $75 million of a special class of bond to raise cash for investments, the real estate investment fund said Wednesday. ... more info

21 May 2008: FITCH RATES NORTHWEST ISD TEXAS' $57MM ULT BONDS 'AAA' PSF/'AA-' UNDERLYING
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch assigns its 'AAA' rating to Northwest Independent School District, Texas' $57.2 million unlimited tax school building and refunding bonds, series 2008. The rating is based on a guaranty provided by the Texas Permanent School Fund whose insurer financial strength is rated 'AAA' by Fitch. ... more info

21 May 2008: FITCH RATES WISCONSIN HEALTH (GUNDERSEN LUTHERAN) $78MM REVS 'AAA/F1+'
NEW YORK----Effective May 28, 2008, Fitch Ratings will confirm the current 'AAA' long-term rating and assign a 'F1+' short-term rating to the $77,750,000 Wisconsin Health and Educational Facilities Authority, variable rate hospital revenue bonds , consisting of $44,750,000 series 2003B bonds and $33,000,000 series 2003C bonds. ... more info

21 May 2008: FITCH RATES CHICAGO, ILLINOIS' $425M GOS 'AA'; UPGRADES SALES TAX REVS TO 'AA'
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA' rating to Chicago, Illinois' approximately $300 million general obligation bonds, refunding series 2008A and $125 million general obligation bonds, taxable project and refunding series 2008B. ... more info

21 May 2008: FITCH RATES WISCONSIN'S $210MM GENERAL FUND ANNUAL APPROPRIATION RFDG BONDS 'A+'/UNDERLYING
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an underlying 'A+' to the approximately $210,000,000 State of Wisconsin's general fund annual appropriation refunding bonds of 2008 series C expected by negotiation the week of May 21. ... more info

21 May 2008: FITCH UPGRADES LAFAYETTE PARISH SCHOOL BOARD'S (LA) PUBLIC SCHOOL BONDS TO 'AA-' UNDERLYING
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' to the Lafayette Parish School Board's $50.7 million public school refunding bonds, series 2008. The bonds are scheduled to price the week of May 27 via a negotiated sale. ... more info

21 May 2008: FITCH RATES AMERICAN MUNICIPAL POWER-OHIO'S $300MM PRAIRIE STATE BONDS 'A'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an underlying 'A' rating to American Municipal Power-Ohio, Inc.'s $300,000,000 Prairie State Energy Campus project revenue bonds, series 2008 A. ... more info

21 May 2008: FITCH TAKES VARIOUS ACTIONS ON 3 GOLDMAN SACHS ALT-A TRANSACTIONS
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has taken rating actions on the mezzanine/subordinate bonds of the following three GSAA Home Equity Trust transactions: ... more info

21 May 2008: FITCH RATES RHODE ISLAND AIRPORT CORP. $32MM REV BONDS 'A'; OUTLOOK TO NEGATIVE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an underlying 'A' rating to the following two series of Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation's airport revenue bonds: ... more info

21 May 2008: FITCH RATES MIAMI-DADE COUNTY $600MM AVIATION REVS 'A'; OUTLOOK STABLE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A' rating to Miami-Dade County, Florida's approximately $600 million aviation revenue bonds series 2008 A and B . The bonds are secured by net revenues of the county's Port Authority Properties , the main asset of which is Miami International Airport . ... more info

21 May 2008: FITCH TAKES VARIOUS ACTIONS ON 5 MORGAN STANLEY ALT-A TRANSACTIONS
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has taken rating actions on the mezzanine/subordinate bonds of the following Morgan Stanley Capital I Inc. transactions: ... more info

21 May 2008: FITCH RATES NEW JERSEY ENVIRONMENTAL INFRASTRUCTURE TRUST'S $34.7MM RFDG BONDS 'AAA'
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust's $29.5 million environmental infrastructure refunding bonds, series 2008A and $5.2 million series 2008B . ... more info

21 May 2008: FITCH RATES PIEDMONT MUNICIPAL POWER AGENCY'S (SOUTH CAROLINA) $228MM ELECTRIC REVS AAA/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AAA/F1+' to the Piedmont Municipal Power Agency electric revenue bonds 2008 refunding series, consisting of the following: ... more info

21 May 2008: FITCH ASSIGNS 'A' UNDERLYING RATING TO VIRGINIA HOSPITAL CENTER'S (VA) 2005 REVS
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an underlying rating of 'A' to approximately $142 million outstanding Industrial Development Authority of Arlington County, VA variable rate hospital revenue refunding bonds, series 2005. ... more info

21 May 2008: KEY QUESTIONS FOR GLOBAL BOND INVESTORS
Think on these three important matters before investing abroad in bonds. ... more info

20 May 2008: FITCH RTS $70.3MM UTAH WATER FINANCE AGENCY SERIES B PROGRAM REVS 'AA/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch assigns a rating of 'AA/F1+' to the $70,300,000 Utah Water Finance Agency Series B Program revenue bonds series B-2 issued on behalf of the Central Utah Water Conservancy District . ... more info

20 May 2008: FITCH RATES PENN TURNPIKE COMMISSION LONG-TERM REVS 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A+' rating to approximately $233.5 million of Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission turnpike multi-modal revenue refunding bonds, series A of 2008. The series A of 2008 bonds consist of three subseries: $116.8 million series A-1 of 2008, $58.3 million series A-2 of 2008 and $58.3 million series A- of 2008. ... more info

20 May 2008: BOND SALES POINT TO MARKET UPTURN
HBOS sold about $1 billion in highly rated mortgage-backed bonds, the largest such U.K. deal since December. ... more info

20 May 2008: FITCH RATES BAY AREA TOLL AUTH (CA) $507.9MM VRBS 2008 A-1-G-1 'AA-/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AA-/F1+' to the $507,900,000 Bay Area Toll Authority, San Francisco Bay Area Toll Bridge Revenue Bonds, Variable Rate Bonds, consisting of: ... more info

20 May 2008: FITCH RATES WASHINGTON COUNTY, MARYLAND $20MM GOS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' rating to Washington County's $19,950,000 Public Improvement Bonds of 2008. The bonds are scheduled to sell competitively on June 3rd, with proceeds funding various public work projects. ... more info

20 May 2008: FITCH RATES PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY (MARYLAND) $110MM GOS 'AA+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA+' rating to Prince George's County $110,000,000 general obligation Consolidated Public Improvement Bonds, Series 2008. The bonds are scheduled to sell competitively on approximately June 4th, with proceeds funding various public works projects. ... more info

20 May 2008: FITCH RATES WATERBURY, CONNECTICUT'S $320MM 2008 GO POBS 'BBB+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned a 'BBB+' rating to the city of Waterbury, Connecticut's approximately $320 million general obligation pension obligation bonds , series 2008. The bonds are expected to sell via negotiation on Mar. 28, with proceeds financing a portion of the city's unfunded pension obligation. ... more info

20 May 2008: FITCH RATES DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA $224.3MM MULTIMODAL GOS RFDG 2008C & $114.2MM 2008D 'AA+/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch assigns an 'AA+/F1+' rating to the District of Columbia $224,300,000 Multimodal general obligation refunding bonds series 2008C, and $114,205,000 Multimodal GO refunding bonds series 2008D . ... more info

20 May 2008: FITCH RATES DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA $125,775,000 MULTIMODAL 2008B GO REFUNDING BONDS 'AA/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch assigns an 'AA/F1+' rating to the District of Columbia's $125,775,000 Multimodal general obligation refunding bonds series 2008B . The rating is based on the support provided by a direct-pay letter of credit issued by Bank of America, N.A. , securing the bonds. ... more info

20 May 2008: FITCH RATES DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA $60MM MULTIMODAL 2008A GO REFUNDING BONDS'AA-/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch assigns an 'AA-/F1+' rating to the District of Columbia's $60,000,000 variable rate demand obligations series 2008A . The rating is based on the support provided by a direct-pay letter of credit issued by Allied Irish Bank, p.l.c., acting through its New York Branch , securing the Bonds. ... more info

20 May 2008: LEXMARK FINDS BUYERS FOR $650 MILLION IN BONDS
Lexmark International Inc. found buyers for $650 million in bonds and expects the sale to close Thursday, the printer maker said Tuesday. ... more info

20 May 2008: FITCH TAKES VARIOUS ACTIONS ON 5 MERRILL LYNCH ALT-A TRANSACTIONS
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has taken rating actions on the mezzanine/subordinate bonds of the following Merrill Lynch Mortgage Investors Trust and Alternative Note Asset Trust transactions listed below: ... more info

20 May 2008: CORRECTION - FITCH AFFIRMS NORTON HEALTHCARE (KENTUCKY) OUTSTANDING REVS AT 'A-'
NEW YORK----(This is a correction for a press release that was published earlier today. It corrects the dollar amount for the Jefferson County Health System revenue bonds, series 1997.) ... more info

20 May 2008: FITCH TAKES VARIOUS ACTIONS ON 7 WELLS FARGO ALTERNATIVE LOAN TRUST ALT-A TRANSACTIONS
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has taken rating actions on the mezzanine/subordinate bonds of the following Wells Fargo Alternative Loan Trust transactions listed below: ... more info

20 May 2008: FITCH AFFIRMS NORTON HEALTHCARE (KENTUCKY) OUTSTANDING REVS AT 'A-'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings affirms the underlying rating on approximately $702 million revenue bonds issued on behalf of Norton Healthcare, Inc. at 'A-'. Issuers and corresponding par amounts are listed at the end of the press release. ... more info

20 May 2008: FITCH REVISES CLARIAN HEALTH OBLIG GRP (INDIANA) SERIES 2003E&G TO 'AAA/F1+'
NEW YORK----Effective May 22, 2008, Fitch Ratings will confirm the 'AAA' long-term rating and assign an 'F1+' short-term rating to the $174,975,000 Indiana Health and Educational Facility Financing Authority, taxable hospital revenue bonds , consisting of $65,600,000 series 2003E and $109,375,000 series 2003G. ... more info

20 May 2008: FITCH RATES $88.52MM CITY & COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO (CA) AIRPT COMM RFDG VRDBS 36C/D&37D 'AAA/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AAA/F1+' to the $88,520,000 Airport Commission of the City and County of San Francisco, California, San Francisco International Airport, second series variable rate revenue refunding bonds, consisting of: ... more info

20 May 2008: FITCH RATES $89.3MM WISCONSIN HEFA (GUNDERSEN LUTHERAN) VRBS SERIES 2008 A & B 'AA/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AA/F1+' to the $89,300,000 Wisconsin Health and Educational Facilities Authority variable rate revenue bonds consisting of: $27,900,000 series 2008A and $61,400,000 series 2008B. ... more info

20 May 2008: MORTGAGE MARKET UPTURN?
HBOS sold about $1 billion in highly rated mortgage-backed bonds, the largest such U.K. deal since December. ... more info

20 May 2008: MOODY'S CUTS ICELAND BOND RATING
Moody's stripped its AAA rating from Iceland's government bonds and the foreign-currency bank-deposit ceiling amid liquidity concerns. ... more info

20 May 2008: MOODY'S CUTS ICELAND BOND RATING
Moody's stripped its AAA rating from Iceland's government bonds and the foreign-currency bank-deposit ceiling amid liquidity concerns. ... more info

20 May 2008: FITCH RATES ILLINOIS FINANCE AUTHORITY (CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA) $83MM ADJ-RATE REVS 'AA-/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned a 'AA-/F1+' rating to the $83,015,000 Illinois Finance Authority, adjustable rate demand revenue bonds, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, series 2008. ... more info

20 May 2008: SOVEREIGN CLOSES $1.9 BILLION SALE OF STOCK, BONDS
Sovereign Bancorp has raised $1.9 billion by selling bonds and stock representing a roughly 27 percent stake in the company, the bank said. ... more info

19 May 2008: FITCH RATES DETROIT, MI $172.4MM GOS 'BBB'; OUTLOOK NEGATIVE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns its 'BBB' rating to the following bonds issued by the City of Detroit, MI: ... more info

19 May 2008: FITCH RTS MA WATER RESOURCES AUTH $1.16B RFDG BONDS 2008 A-F 'AA-/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AA-/F1+' to the $1.16 billion Massachusetts Water Resources Authority multi-modal subordinated general revenue refunding bonds, consisting of the following: ... more info

19 May 2008: MUNI-BOND TAX BREAK IS UPHELD
The Supreme Court, in a 7-2 ruling, upheld longstanding in-state tax exemptions for municipal bonds. The court also upheld part of a federal child pornography law and rejected an appeal from the former Cendant chairman convicted in an accounting scandal. ... more info

19 May 2008: FITCH UPGRADES ST. LOUIS MUNI FINANCE CORP, MISSOURI LEASE REVS TO 'A-'; ST. LOUIS GOS TO 'A'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A-' rating to the St. Louis Municipal Finance Corporation's $19.5 million in public safety tax leasehold revenue bonds series 2008A, and $24.9 million in juvenile detention center leasehold revenue bonds series 2008B. ... more info

19 May 2008: COURT UPHOLDS MUNICIPAL BOND TAX EXEMPTION
The $2.5 trillion municipal bond market skirted a land mine Monday when the Supreme Court ruled that states could continue to give special tax breaks on the bonds that fund hospitals, roads, schools and other services. ... more info

19 May 2008: FITCH RATES DEPAUL UNIVERSITY, ILLINOIS' $50MM REVS 'A-'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'A-' to approximately $50 million Illinois Finance Authority revenue bonds, series 2008, issued on behalf of DePaul University . Fitch also affirms the long-term rating of 'A-' on DePaul's approximately $207.8 million of outstanding authority revenue bonds. ... more info

19 May 2008: FITCH RATES $3.7MM SUNSET VENTURES, LLC (SOUTH CAROLINA) 2008 VARIABLE RATE BDS 'A/F1'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'A/F1' to the $3,700,000 Sunset Ventures, LLC variable rate bonds, series 2008. The rating is based on the support provided by an irrevocable, direct-pay letter of credit issued by the National Bank of South Carolina, securing the bonds. ... more info

19 May 2008: SUPREME COURT MAINTAINS MUNICIPAL BOND TAX BREAKS
The Supreme Court on Monday ruled that cities and states can keep offering special tax breaks on their municipal bonds, a decision that preserves a top incentive for investors in the $2.5 trillion municipal bond market. ... more info

19 May 2008: FITCH RATES PENNSYLVANIA'S $405MM GOS 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's $405 million general obligation bonds. The bonds consist of the $325 million first series of 2008, due May 15, 2009-2028 and $80 million first refunding series of 2008, due Aug. 1, 2008-2013. ... more info

19 May 2008: FITCH RATES LUTHERAN SOCIAL MINISTRIES AT CRANE'S MILL (NEW JERSEY) 2008 BONDS 'BBB-';OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a 'BBB-' rating on approximately $16.2 million of series 2008A New Jersey Economic Development Authority fixed-rate bonds and assigns a 'BBB-' underlying rating on approximately $22.4 million of Series 2008B New Jersey Economic Development Authority variable-rate bonds , both series to be issued on behalf of Lutheran Social Ministries at Crane's Mill . ... more info

19 May 2008: FITCH RATES POMONA COLLEGE'S (CALIFORNIA) $58.8MM REVS 'AAA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a long-term 'AAA' rating to the approximately $58.8 million California Educational Facilities Authority fixed rate revenue bonds series 2008A. The bonds are scheduled to sell via negotiation on or about June 5. ... more info

19 May 2008: GENWORTH FINANCIAL FINDS BUYERS FOR $600M IN BONDS
Genworth Financial Inc. found buyers for $600 million in bonds and the insurer expects the sale to close Thursday, the company said Monday. ... more info

19 May 2008: AQUILA INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT PRAISES SUPREME COURT RULING ON MUNICIPAL BONDS AS VICTORY FOR STATES AND SHAREHOLDERS
NEW YORK----Aquila Investment Management LLC, adviser to a family of seven single-state tax-free municipal bond funds, today applauded the United States Supreme Court's ruling in Kentucky v. ... more info

19 May 2008: FITCH RATES IOWA FINANCE AUTH $150MM 2008A VRDBS (IOWA HEALTH SYS) 'AAA/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AAA/F1+' to the $150,000,000 Iowa Finance Authority, variable rate demand health facilities revenue bonds, series 2008A consisting of: $75,000,000 subseries 2008A-1; and $75,000,000 subseries 2008A-2. ... more info

19 May 2008: FITCH REVISES IOWA FINANCE AUTH VRDBS (IOWA HEALTH SYS), SER 2005A RTG TO 'AAA/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings raises the long-term rating assigned to the $204,375,000 Iowa Finance Authority, variable rate demand health facilities revenue bonds, series 2005A , consisting of: $68,125,000 subseries 2005A-1; $68,125,000 Subseries 2005A-2; and $68,125,000 subseries 2005A-3 to AAA' from the current 'AA-' rating, which had been based on the higher of the rating assigned to Iowa Health and the rating assigned to Financial Guaranty Insurance Corporation , the original issuer of the bond insurance policy supporting the bonds. ... more info

19 May 2008: STAPLES LAUNCHES TENDER OFFER
Staples officially launched a public offer for any and all ordinary shares -- including preferred shares and convertible bonds -- to acquire Corporate Express. ... more info

19 May 2008: SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS MUNICIPAL BOND EXEMPTION
The Supreme Court on Monday upheld long-standing state tax exemptions for municipal bonds. In a 7-2 ruling in a case from Kentucky, the justices permitted states to exempt interest on their own bonds from taxation while taxing residents for interest on bonds issued by other states. ... more info

19 May 2008: FITCH RATES MANHATTAN, KANSAS' GOS 'AA+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA+' rating to Manhattan, Kansas's $15,385,000 general obligation bonds series 2008-A and $2,525,000 GO Refunding Bonds series 2008-B . The bonds will sell by competitive bid on May 20, 2008 and are secured by unlimited ad valorem taxes. ... more info

19 May 2008: COURT BACKS MUNI EXEMPTION
The Supreme Court, in a 7-2 ruling, upheld longstanding in-state tax exemptions for municipal bonds. The court also upheld part of a federal child pornography law and rejected an appeal from the former Cendant chairman convicted in an accounting scandal. ... more info

19 May 2008: BRITAIN TO PRESS AHEAD WITH ISLAMIC BOND
Britain will announce its determination to launch the first Islamic bonds by a western government ... more info

18 May 2008: HOW TO STOP INFLATION FROM DEVOURING A PORTFOLIO
Weighting the pros and cons of inflation-protected bonds, commodities, and stocks as a way to protect or diminish the impact of inflation on a portfolio. ... more info

16 May 2008: FITCH RATES SMUD'S $510MM SERIES U ELEC REFG REVS 'A'; OUTLOOK TO STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch assigns an underlying 'A' rating to Sacramento Municipal Utility District's approximately $510 million, 2008 series U electric revenue refunding bonds . Fitch also affirms SMUD's $1.5 billion parity electric revenue bonds and $431.4 million subordinated electric revenue bonds at 'A'. ... more info

16 May 2008: FITCH RATES ROMEOVILLE, ILLINOIS $46.9MM GOS 'A+'
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A+' rating to the following Village of Romeoville, Illinois' general obligation bonds: ... more info

16 May 2008: S&P ASSIGNS "A" RATING TO JUNIOR AIG DEBT
Standard & Poor's Ratings Services assigned an "A" rating to roughly $2.5 billion in bonds American International Group Inc. is selling as part of a plan to raise more cash. ... more info

16 May 2008: BONDS.COM GROUP, INC. REPORTS FIRST QUARTER 2008 OPERATING RESULTS
BOCA RATON, Fla.----Bonds.com Group, Inc. , operating through its subsidiary Bonds.com, Inc., provider of an innovative comprehensive online trading platform providing execution, liquidity and competitive pricing to the fragmented fixed income marketplace, announced operating results for the quarter ended March 31, 2008. ... more info

16 May 2008: FITCH RATES STERLING HEIGHTS, MICHIGAN $5MM GOS 'AA+'
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA+' rating to Sterling Heights, Michigan's $5 million unlimited general obligation bonds, series 2008. The bonds are scheduled for competitive sale on May 20, 2008. ... more info

16 May 2008: FITCH RATES NEW JERSEY EDA'S $200MM SCHOOL FACILITIES CONSTRUCTION BONDS 'A+; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns underlying 'A+' ratings on $200 million of New Jersey Economic Development Authority school facilities construction refunding bonds, 2008 series Y. ... more info

16 May 2008: FITCH TAKES VARIOUS ACTIONS ON 5 INDYMAC ALT-A DEALS
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has taken the following rating actions on the mezzanine/subordinate bonds on the IndyMac MBS, Inc. transactions listed below: ... more info

16 May 2008: FITCH RATES ARLINGTON COUNTY, VIRGINIA GOS 'AAA'; STABLE OUTLOOK
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to Arlington County, Virginia's $111.2 million general obligation public improvement bonds, series 2008. The bonds are scheduled to sell competitively on June 3, with proceeds funding various public improvement projects. ... more info

16 May 2008: FITCH RATES VIRGINIA COLLEGE BUILDING AUTHORITY $143.6MM ED FAC REV BONDS 'AA+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA+' rating to Virginia College Building Authority's $143.6 million educational facilities revenue bonds , series 2008A, scheduled for competitive sale on May 20, 2008. ... more info

16 May 2008: FITCH UPGRADES FLORIDA GAS UTILITY'S PROJECT NO. 2 TO 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has upgraded the long-term debt rating for the Florida Gas Utility's Gas Supply Acquisition Project No. 2 revenue bonds to 'AA' from 'AA-'. The Rating Outlook is Stable. ... more info

16 May 2008: FITCH RATES WILLIAM PATERSON UNIVERSITY (NEW JERSEY) REVS 'A+'
NEW YORK----Fitch assigns an 'A+' rating to approximately $88.7 million of fixed rate series 2008C revenue bonds issued by the New Jersey Educational Facilities Authority on behalf of William Paterson University . ... more info

16 May 2008: FITCH RATES MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA'S $50.4MM GOS 'AAA'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AAA' rating to the City of Minneapolis, Minnesota's following series 2008 general obligation bonds: ... more info

16 May 2008: FITCH RATES SMUD'S $510MM SERIES U ELEC REFG REVS 'A'; OUTLOOK TO STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch assigns an underlying 'A' rating to Sacramento Municipal Utility District's approximately $510 million, 2008 series U electric revenue refunding bonds . Fitch also affirms SMUD's $1.5 billion parity electric revenue bonds and $431.4 million subordinated electric revenue bonds at 'A'. ... more info

16 May 2008: FITCH RATES ROMEOVILLE, ILLINOIS $46.9MM GOS 'A+'
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A+' rating to the following Village of Romeoville, Illinois' general obligation bonds: ... more info

16 May 2008: S&P ASSIGNS "A" RATING TO JUNIOR AIG DEBT
Standard & Poor's Ratings Services assigned an "A" rating to roughly $2.5 billion in bonds American International Group Inc. is selling as part of a plan to raise more cash. ... more info

16 May 2008: BONDS.COM GROUP, INC. REPORTS FIRST QUARTER 2008 OPERATING RESULTS
BOCA RATON, Fla.----Bonds.com Group, Inc. , operating through its subsidiary Bonds.com, Inc., provider of an innovative comprehensive online trading platform providing execution, liquidity and competitive pricing to the fragmented fixed income marketplace, announced operating results for the quarter ended March 31, 2008. ... more info

16 May 2008: FITCH RATES STERLING HEIGHTS, MICHIGAN $5MM GOS 'AA+'
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA+' rating to Sterling Heights, Michigan's $5 million unlimited general obligation bonds, series 2008. The bonds are scheduled for competitive sale on May 20, 2008. ... more info

16 May 2008: FITCH RATES NEW JERSEY EDA'S $200MM SCHOOL FACILITIES CONSTRUCTION BONDS 'A+; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns underlying 'A+' ratings on $200 million of New Jersey Economic Development Authority school facilities construction refunding bonds, 2008 series Y. ... more info

16 May 2008: FITCH TAKES VARIOUS ACTIONS ON 5 INDYMAC ALT-A DEALS
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has taken the following rating actions on the mezzanine/subordinate bonds on the IndyMac MBS, Inc. transactions listed below: ... more info

16 May 2008: FITCH RATES ARLINGTON COUNTY, VIRGINIA GOS 'AAA'; STABLE OUTLOOK
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to Arlington County, Virginia's $111.2 million general obligation public improvement bonds, series 2008. The bonds are scheduled to sell competitively on June 3, with proceeds funding various public improvement projects. ... more info

16 May 2008: FITCH RATES VIRGINIA COLLEGE BUILDING AUTHORITY $143.6MM ED FAC REV BONDS 'AA+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA+' rating to Virginia College Building Authority's $143.6 million educational facilities revenue bonds , series 2008A, scheduled for competitive sale on May 20, 2008. ... more info

16 May 2008: FITCH UPGRADES FLORIDA GAS UTILITY'S PROJECT NO. 2 TO 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has upgraded the long-term debt rating for the Florida Gas Utility's Gas Supply Acquisition Project No. 2 revenue bonds to 'AA' from 'AA-'. The Rating Outlook is Stable. ... more info

16 May 2008: FITCH RATES WILLIAM PATERSON UNIVERSITY (NEW JERSEY) REVS 'A+'
NEW YORK----Fitch assigns an 'A+' rating to approximately $88.7 million of fixed rate series 2008C revenue bonds issued by the New Jersey Educational Facilities Authority on behalf of William Paterson University . ... more info

16 May 2008: FITCH RATES MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA'S $50.4MM GOS 'AAA'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AAA' rating to the City of Minneapolis, Minnesota's following series 2008 general obligation bonds: ... more info

16 May 2008: FITCH RATES EMPIRE DISTRICT ELECTRIC CO.'S $90MM 6.375% FMBS 'BBB+'; OUTLOOK NEGATIVE
NEW YORK----Fitch assigns a rating of 'BBB+' to Empire District Electric Co.'s issuance of $90 million 6.375% first mortgage bonds, due May 2018. The new bonds rank equally with other secured debt of EDE. ... more info

16 May 2008: SUMITOMO MITSUI UP 4.6 PCT ON LENDING, BONDS
Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group Inc. said Friday its profit rose 4.6 percent in the fiscal year through March, buoyed by improved lending, government bond sales and consolidation of a leasing unit. ... more info

15 May 2008: FITCH RATES MASSACHUSETTS HFA $11MM HOUSING BONDS 2008A BLOCK III 'AA-'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA-' rating to Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency's $11.01 million housing bonds, 2008 series A - Block III . The 2008 series A Block III bonds are expected to be privately placed with one investor this week. ... more info

15 May 2008: FITCH RATES SANTA CLARA (CALIFORNIA) VRD SUBORDINATED ELECTRIC REVS 'AAA/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AAA/F1+' to the $86,815,000 City of Santa Clara, CA, variable rate demand subordinated electric revenue bonds, series 2008B. Currently, the City of Santa Clara has no bonds or other obligations which are senior to the 2008 B Bonds. ... more info

15 May 2008: FITCH TAKES VARIOUS ACTIONS ON 9 GREENWICH ALT-A TRANSACTIONS
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has taken the following rating actions on the mezzanine/subordinate bonds on the Greenwich Alt-A transactions listed below: ... more info

15 May 2008: FITCH TAKES VARIOUS ACTIONS ON 7 DEUTSCHE ALT-A SECURITIES INC. 2006-2007 ALT-A DEALS
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has taken the following rating actions on the mezzanine/subordinate bonds on the Deutsche Alt-A Securities Inc. transactions listed below: ... more info

15 May 2008: FITCH TAKES VARIOUS RATING ACTIONS ON 7 BEAR STEARNS ALT-A TRANSACTIONS
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has taken various rating actions on the following mezzanine/subordinate bonds on the Bear Stearns Alt-A transactions listed below: ... more info

15 May 2008: FITCH RATES $280MM MARYLAND HHEFA REV BONDS UMMS SER 2008
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns the following ratings to the $280,000,000 Maryland Health and Higher Educational Facilities Authority revenue bonds, University of Maryland Medical System Issue, series 2008 : ... more info

15 May 2008: TIME TO BAIL ON BONDS
Long-term bond yields are edging close to 4%, a level they haven't touched since the end of last year. And some experts believe yields will only head higher in the coming months. ... more info

15 May 2008: FITCH RTS $89.895MM CITY & COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO (CA) AIRPT COMM VRDBS RFDG ISSUE 37C 'AAA/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AAA/F1+' to the $89,895,000 Airport Commission of the City and County of San Francisco, California, San Francisco International Airport, second series variable rate revenue refunding bonds , Issue 37C. ... more info

15 May 2008: FITCH RATES BAY AREA TOLL AUTHORITY (CALIFORNIA) $500M REVS 'AA-'; STABLE OUTLOOK
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' rating to $500 million Bay Area Toll Authority, California San Francisco Bay Area Toll Bridge revenue bonds 2008 series A-1 through E-1, and G-1 variable rate demand bonds . ... more info

14 Mar 2008: : BEAR STEARNS BAILOUT SHOULD NOT SPOOK AVERAGE INVESTORS
The financial crisis that struck Bear Stearns Cos. Inc. on Friday is no reason for investors to dump stocks and hide out in cash or Treasury bonds. ... more info

14 May 2008: FITCH U.S. MUNI SURVEILLANCE: VARIOUS CAPE CORAL, FLORIDA CREDITS AFFIRMED; OUTLOOK TO NEGATIVE
NEW YORK----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings affirms the 'A+' rating on the city of Cape Coral, Florida's approximately $3.0 million in outstanding general obligation bonds, series 2003A, the 'A' rating on the approximately $200 million in outstanding water and sewer revenue bonds, and the 'A-' rating on the approximately $167.4M in outstanding wastewater and irrigation water assessment bonds. ... more info

14 May 2008: FITCH RATES ELMHURST MEMORIAL HEALTHCARE (ILLINOIS) $250MM SERIES 2008B-E VRDBS 'AA-/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-/F1+'rating to the Illinois Finance Authority variable rate demand revenue bonds as follows: ... more info

14 May 2008: FITCH RATES CALALLEN ISD, TEXAS $48MM GOS 'AAA' PSF/'A+' UNDERLYING
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to the Calallen Independent School District, Texas' approximately $43.7 million unlimited tax school building bonds, series 2008, and $4.4 million unlimited tax refunding bonds, series 2008. ... more info

14 Mar 2008: : BEAR STEARNS BAILOUT SHOULD NOT SPOOK AVERAGE INVESTORS
The financial crisis that struck Bear Stearns Cos. Inc. on Friday is no reason for investors to dump stocks and hide out in cash or Treasury bonds. ... more info

14 May 2008: FITCH RATES STATE OF MAINE $102.7MM GOS 'AA'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AA' to approximately $102,700,000 State of Maine general obligation bonds expected by negotiation the week of May 19. The bonds are due May 15, 2009-2018. ... more info

14 May 2008: FITCH TAKES VARIOUS ACTIONS ON 4 LUMINENT, NOMURA & TERWIN 2005-2006 ALT-A DEALS
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has taken the following rating actions on the mezzanine/subordinate bonds on the Structured Asset Mortgage Investments, Inc. transactions listed below: ... more info

14 May 2008: FITCH TAKES VARIOUS ACTIONS ON 26 FIRST HORIZON 2005-2007 ALT-A DEALS
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has taken the following rating actions on the mezzanine/subordinate bonds on the First Horizon Alternative Mortgage Securities Trust transactions listed below: ... more info

14 May 2008: FITCH TAKES VARIOUS ACTIONS ON 50 RALI 2005-2007 ALT-A DEALS
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has taken the following rating actions on the mezzanine/subordinate bonds on the Residential Accredit Loans, Inc. transactions listed below: ... more info

14 May 2008: FITCH RATES MAINE HHEFA $107MM REV BONDS, SERIES 2008 A 'AA/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA/F1+' rating to the $107,125,000 Maine Health & Higher Educational Facilities Authority revenue bonds, series 2008 A. The long-term 'AA' rating is based on the higher of the 'AA-' rating assigned by Fitch to KBC Bank, NV, which provides a direct-pay letter of credit securing the bonds, and the 'AA' underlying rating assigned by Fitch to the bonds on May 7, 2008. ... more info

14 May 2008: FITCH TAKES VARIOUS ACTIONS ON 2 PHH 2007 ALT-A DEALS
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has taken the following rating actions on the mezzanine/subordinate bonds on the PHH Mortgage Corp. transactions listed below: ... more info

14 May 2008: AIG'S CEO SAYS STOCK, BOND SALE GOING WELL
American International Group Inc.'s chief executive said Wednesday the insurer's bid to bolster its balance sheet through the sale of stock and bonds is going better than expected. ... more info

14 May 2008: FITCH CONFIRMS E-470 PUBLIC HIGHWAY AUTH (COLORADO) $423.2MM REVS 'BBB-'; AFFS OUTSTANDING
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has confirmed the 'BBB-' rating on the E-470 Public Highway Authority, CO's senior revenue bonds, consisting of the following: ... more info

14 May 2008: FITCH REVISES RATING ON SSM HEALTH CARE (MISSOURI) SERIES 2005 A-1 & C-2 TO 'AAA/F1+'
NEW YORK----Effective May 15, 2008, Fitch Ratings will raise to 'AAA' the current 'AA-' long-term rating assigned to the $113,000,000 Health and Educational Facilities Authority of the State of Missouri health facilities revenue bonds , consisting of $64,600,000 series 2005A-1 and $48,400,000 series 2005C-2. ... more info

14 May 2008: FITCH RTS $172.58M AUSTIN (TX) WATER & WASTEWATER VRBS SERIES 2008 'AAA/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AAA/F1+' to the $170,605,000 City of Austin water and wastewater system variable rate revenue refunding bonds series 2008. The long-term 'AAA' rating is based jointly on the long-term 'AA-' rating assigned by Fitch to the Austin, TX Combined Utility System (ACU and the support provided by an irrevocable, direct-pay letter of credit issued by Dexia Credit Local, acting through its New York Branch , currently rated 'AA+/F1+, securing the bonds. ... more info

14 May 2008: FITCH RATES FORNEY ISD, TEXAS' ULT BONDS 'AAA' PSF
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' to Forney Independent School District, Texas' $40 million unlimited tax school building bonds, series 2008. The rating is based on a guaranty provided by the Texas Permanent School Fund , whose Insurer Financial Strength is rated 'AAA' by Fitch. ... more info

14 May 2008: FITCH AFFIRMS RUSH UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER (ILLINOIS) REVS AT 'A-'/UNDERLYING; OUTLOOK STABLE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings affirms the 'A-' underlying ratings on approximately $312.7 million of outstanding Rush University Medical Center Obligated Group revenue bonds issued through the Illinois Finance and Health Facilities Authorities . ... more info

14 May 2008: FITCH RATES IDAHO HOUSING & FINANCE ASSOCIATION'S $60MM 2008A BONDS
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned the following ratings to Idaho Housing and Finance Association's single-family mortgage bonds, 2008 series A: ... more info

13 May 2008: FITCH RATES LAREDO, TEXAS' INTERNATIONAL TOLL BRIDGE SYSTEM REV BONDS 'A+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an underlying 'A+' rating to Laredo, Texas' $3.47 million international toll bridge system revenue bonds, series 2008. Fitch also affirms the 'A+' rating on the city's approximately $63 million outstanding international toll bridge system revenue bonds. ... more info

13 May 2008: FITCH RATES METROPOLITAN WATER DIST. OF SALT LAKE & SANDY, UTAH, $135MM WATER REVS 'AA'
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch assigns an 'AA' rating to $135.5 million Utah Water Finance Agency Series B program revenue bonds , series B-3 to be issued on behalf of the Metropolitan Water District of Salt Lake and Sandy . ... more info

13 May 2008: FITCH RATES CLARK CNTY, NV (MCCARRAN INTL AIRPORT) $62MM SR SERIES REVS 'AA-'
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch assigns an 'AA-' rating on $62 million Clark County, Nevada, airport system revenue bonds, senior series 2008E . The current issue represents an adjustment to the series 2008E bonds which are now expected to be issued on the senior lien, instead of the subordinate lien. ... more info

13 May 2008: FITCH RATES FLETCHER ALLEN HEALTH CARE (VT) 54.705MM REVS SER 2008A 'AA-/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AA-/F1+' to $54,705,000 Vermont Educational and Health Buildings Financing Agency, variable rate hospital revenue refunding bonds , series 2008A. ... more info

13 May 2008: FITCH RATES WASHINGTON SCHOOL DISTRICT CREDIT ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM 'AA'; OUTLOOK POSITIVE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings affirms the 'AA' rating on the Washington School District Credit Enhancement Program. The Rating Outlook is Positive. Upon request, Fitch will assign its 'AA' rating to general obligation bonds of eligible Washington school districts based on a 1999 constitutional amendment that permits the state to guarantee school district general obligation debt. ... more info

13 May 2008: STERNE AGEE SERVES AS SOLE UNDERWRITER FOR THE CITY OF JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI'S BOND ISSUE
Sterne, Agee & Leach, Inc. served as underwriter for the City of Jackson, Mississippi's recent $5,155,000 bond issue. The Series 2008 Special Obligation Bonds were issued through the Mississippi Development Bank and security for the bonds is a general obligation and a City ad valorem tax. ... more info

13 May 2008: FITCH REVISES RATING ON WASHINGTON, DC MULTIMODAL GO VRDOS, SER 2001C & 2001D TO 'AA+/F1+'
NEW YORK----On the effective date of May 14, 2008, Fitch Ratings will raise the current 'A+' long-term ratings assigned to the District of Columbia $252,480,000 multimodal general obligation bonds , consisting of the $184,490,000 series 2001C and $67,990,000 series 2001D to 'AA-'and 'AA+', respectively, and also confirm the short-term 'F1+' ratings assigned to each series of bonds. ... more info

13 May 2008: H.R.HARMER AND ARCHIVES INTERNATIONAL AUCTION HISTORIC AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY ARCHIVE OF BANKNOTES, STOCKS, BONDS AND SECURITY PRINTING EPHEMERA
NEW YORK----H.R.Harmer, Inc. and Archives International, LLC announce the auction of historic worldwide banknotes, stocks and bonds, unique essay banknotes, U.S. Treasury Bonds and security printing ephemera from the American Bank Note Company archives. ... more info

13 May 2008: SEC NOTIFIES JPMORGAN OF POSSIBLE CHARGES
JPMorgan Chase & Co. says the Securities and Exchange Commission may bring civil charges against the bank related to the bidding of instruments tied to municipal bonds. ... more info

13 May 2008: FITCH RATES CLARK COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT'S (NEVADA) $675MM GOS 'AA'
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to Clark County School District, Nevada, $675 million general obligation building bonds series 2008A. Fitch also affirms the 'AA' rating on Clark County School District's $4.5 billion outstanding GO bonds. ... more info

13 May 2008: MARKETAXESS & DOW JONES PARTNER TO CREATE TIMELY AXESSDAILY ELECTRONIC NEWSLETTERS
MarketAxess, the operator of a leading electronic trading platform for U.S. and European high-grade corporate bonds, emerging markets bonds and other types of fixed-income securities, has partnered with Dow Jones & Co. to create AxessDaily, a daily newsletter to be delivered via e-mail to users of the MarketAxess trading platform or Corporate BondTicker service. ... more info

12 May 2008: FITCH RATES FLORIDA'S $42.4MM CAPITAL OUTLAY 2008A BONDS 'AA+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA+' rating to approximately $42.4 million State of Florida full faith and credit state board of education capital outlay bonds, 2008 series A. ... more info

12 May 2008: MBIA POSTS HUGE LOSS ON CREDIT DERIVATIVES
MBIA Inc , the world's largest bond insurer, posted a quarterly loss of $2.4 billion on Monday as it took charges on billions of dollars of exposure to bonds linked to subprime mortgages. ... more info

12 May 2008: FITCH RATES BOONE HOSPITAL CENTER (MISSOURI) $100MM REVS 'A'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'A' to approximately $100 million Boone County, Missouri hospital revenue bonds, series 2008 issued on behalf of Boone Hospital Center . ... more info

12 May 2008: FITCH REVISES DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA REVS (MEDLANTIC/HELIX) ISSUE 1998A RATINGS
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings downgrades the long-term 'AAA' rating currently assigned to the $150,000,000 District of Columbia Multimodal revenue bonds Medlantic/Helix Issue series 1998A consisting of Tranche I, Tranche II and Tranche III , each in the amount of $47,225.000 to 'AA-', 'AA' and 'AA' respectively. ... more info

12 May 2008: FITCH CONFIRMS SSM HEALTH CARE (MISSOURI) AT 'AA-'; ASSIGNS 'F1+' SHORT-TERM RATING
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings confirms the long-term 'AA-' rating and assigns a short-term rating of 'F1+' to the $222,225,000 Health and Educational Facilities Authority of the State of Missouri health facilities revenue bonds , consisting of $86,100,000 Series C-3, $60,000,000 Series C-5 and $76,125,000 Series D-4. ... more info

12 May 2008: FITCH RATES TEMPE, ARIZONA $66MM GOS 'AAA'
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch has assigned a 'AAA' rating to the $66.365 million general obligation bonds, series 2008A of Tempe, Arizona. In addition, Fitch affirms the 'AAA' rating on the city's $359.8 million in GO bonds outstanding. ... more info