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The Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board is seeking comment on draft amendments to Rules G-47 on time of trade disclosures and D-15, which defines the sophisticated municipal market professional. The draft amendments to Rule G-47 codifies existing guidance, adds additional disclosures that may be material, retires and consolidates certain elements of interpretive guidance and makes other
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Municipals extended their sell-off Thursday, as the front end of the curve was hit the hardest. U.S. Treasuries were weaker, and equities ended in the red. Triple-A benchmarks were cut 13 to 17 basis points at the one-year, depending on the scale, pushing it to around 3%. Muni-UST ratios rose on the short end. The
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Puerto Rico’s economy grew in the fourth quarter of 2022, but an economist called it “non-organic economic recovery” and questioned whether it will continue. Puerto Rico’s preliminary Economic Activity Index rose 1.6% in December after a flat November and 0.4% growth in October on a month-to-month basis, the Economic Development Bank for Puerto Rico announced.
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Most state officials are upbeat about the economy despite the apparent thinning out of the fat surpluses sitting in general funds and reserves, though the looming debt ceiling and prospect of a U.S. default is casting a pall over some of that optimism. That was a major theme struck by analysts and other stakeholders during
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Municipals sold off Wednesday in secondary trading, with the short end seeing the largest cuts, as several large deals priced in the primary. U.S. Treasuries were weaker and equities ended mixed after a strong retail sales report. Triple-A benchmark yields were cut six to 16 basis points, depending on the scale, pushing the one-year muni
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Puerto Rico Oversight Board member Justin Peterson and other observers of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority bankruptcy criticized what they said was the board’s attack on U.S. revenue bonds in the lien adversary proceeding and called for state attorneys general to intervene. “The board’s actions and arguments in the PREPA lien adversary proceeding are
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Municipal issuers in the Southeast sold $69.5 million of bonds in 2022, a 13.1% year-over-year decline as governments across the region decreased capital spending and braced for a potential recession, according to industry experts. After starting 2022 with volume up 35% year-over-year in the first quarter, third and fourth quarter volume dropped substantially, according to
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President Biden on Tuesday urged county officials to put federal stimulus dollars to work investing in affordable housing among other things, while also touting his tax policy and infrastructure accomplishments.  Biden made his comments at the National Association of Counties conference in Washington. Biden is fresh off a well-received State of the Union Address in
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The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority has fined Quint Capital Corporation $35,000 and its chief executive officer Alexander Quint $10,000 for their role in allowing a broker banned by regulators to work for the firm on 25 municipal securities transactions. Without admitting or denying the findings, QCC agreed to the fine and a censure and Quint
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Spline Data, a quantitative municipal bond data provider, has launched a product to give the muni market data-driven, actionable yield curves. The company’s investment-grade, fixed coupon municipal bond curves aim to use every trade, in contrast to the current municipal market pricing tools, which often reflect only round lots— about 5% of trades — according
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Former Pittsburgh-based banker Maurice “Mossie” Murphy Jr. moved on from the public finance business more than decade ago but he left his mark on colleagues who said his big personality, camaraderie, and support stood out in their competitive field. Murphy died in December after a three-year battle with cancer. He was 58. Murphy joined the
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Detroit revenues remain on an upward trajectory thanks to healthier income and utility tax prospects, but clouds loom over the toll of a potential recession and longer-term pressures lie ahead as pension contributions resume. Revenue and economic projections offered good near-term news, leading the city’s revenue estimating conference to raise recurring revenues expected in the
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