Bonds

Municipals sold off double-digit basis points Tuesday following continued market volatility and a rapidly rising U.S. Treasury market. Triple-A benchmark yields were cut up to 12 basis points, with the asset class unable to ignore the ongoing pressure from U.S. Treasuries, which saw yields rise another basis points . The Refinitiv MMD 10-year spot has
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The U.S. Virgin Islands is extending its tender offer to holders of some of its outstanding matching fund bonds to Friday, in advance of an expected refunding of nearly $1 billion of the remaining bonds next week. The Virgin Islands Public Finance Authority and Matching Fund Special Purpose Securitization Corporation originally solicited bondholders to participate
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The United States Environmental Protection Agency formally invited the Sites Reservoir Authority to apply for a $2.2 billion loan, energizing the long-delayed massive storage project in northern California. The Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act loan announcement last week comes on top of word from the California Department of Water Resources on Wednesday that the
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Municipals were steady to weaker in spots Monday, while U.S. Treasuries sold off amid Federal Reserve Board Chairman Jerome Powell warning about widespread inflation and talks over hiking interest rates quicker than the Fed initially planned last week. As a result, muni-to-UST ratios fell. The five-year was at 72%, 85% in 10-years and 92% in
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Investors in municipal bonds should take into account that rising interest rates this year could lead bonds trading at a discount to be less liquid than those trading at par value, the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board warned Friday. Investors should also monitor their portfolios for bonds falling to a significant discount price, according to the
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California’s revenues for the first eight months of the fiscal year are $17.53 billion above projections included in the governor’s proposed budget in January, according to the Department of Finance. The state won’t know until May when Gov. Gavin Newsom releases his revised budget proposal if that alters the amount of the massive $45.7 billion
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Municipals were steady to firmer in spots Friday with decent two-way flow in the secondary but a quieter session overall after weeks of major volatility led by geopolitical turmoil and central bank policy uncertainty. Markets were generally calmer in a post-rate hike environment with clearer signals from the Fed for its plans going forward. Short
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A restructuring deal for the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority will not include any mediators who participated in the central government’s plan of adjustment while the Oversight Board doubled-down on excluding the local legislature in negotiating a new PREPA restructuring plan. Puerto Rico bankruptcy Judge Laura Taylor Swain said in a court filing on Thursday
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Municipal yields fell on Thursday for the first time since March 1 as buyers emerged, while U.S. Treasuries rose out longer and equities improved again a day after the Fed’s first rate hike. Trading was stronger out of the gates, with large blocks of high-grades changing hands at stronger levels. Triple-A benchmark yields were bumped
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The Government Finance Officers Association has issued a warning urging government finance officers to abstain from using and investing in cryptocurrencies for government operations. “GFOA advises governments to abstain from accepting cryptocurrency for receivables, using cryptocurrency for payables, and investing in these products,” the GFOA advisory notice issued this week says. The group starkly warns
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Political corruption taints the reputations of Chicago and Illinois and may influence decisions by businesses and voters at the polls, but it’s harder to measure the indirect toll on ratings, borrowing costs, and population trends. While federal authorities in recent decades have nabbed several dozen city and state officials including two past governors, the high
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California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation Monday that averts a court order requiring the University of California-Berkeley to slash fall enrollment by 3,050 students. The lawsuit was brought by a group of Berkeley residents, who claim the university hasn’t built student housing commensurate with enrollment growth as outlined in its long-range development plan. Residents sued
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Lawmakers approved a Washington state bill last week that would supplement existing highway bond authorizations with an additional pledge of vehicle-related fees. Gov. Jay Inslee has 20 days from the Legislature’s approval to sign or veto the bill. “The Legislature recognizes the importance of transportation electrification and the need to maintain stable funding for highway
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Municipal analysts expect high-yield investors to welcome Tuesday’s restructuring of Puerto Rico’s central government bonds as the commonwealth begins repaying bondholders since it defaulted on its debt in 2016, marking an official end to a years-long, contentious bankruptcy process. The restructuring will affect $33.2 billion of bonds, making it the largest municipal restructuring in U.S.
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