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Commentary: What Market Professionals Think of Bond Insurance

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rockfleet Financial Services Inc Feb 17, 2013. 1 Reply

The Bond Buyer published a commentary written by employees…Continue

Tags: survey, insurance

Take Our Poll: Should Governments Use Eminent Domain to Seize Homes of Underwater Borrowers?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rockfleet Financial Services Inc Sep 29, 2013. 1 Reply

At a meeting with the San Bernardino County Joint Powers Authority set up to identify ways to solve the negative equity crisis in the county,…Continue

Is Higher Education the Next Bubble to Burst?

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What do you think?   Read the story at…Continue

Tags: higher education

Tax Credit Bonds: A Niche Market?

Started Apr 27, 2011 0 Replies

Investors may have heard of tax credit bonds from the Stimulus Act, also known as the American Recovery and Re-investment Act of 2009 (ARRA). Instead of interest, tax credit bond investors receive…Continue

Tags: stimulus, tax, credit, Build America Bonds, BABs


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w/i Mar 17, 2014 Trading

Posted on March 24, 2014 at 12:31am 0 Comments

Janet Yellen’s comments regarding the timing of increasing the Federal Funds rate as about six months after the conclusion of QE3 resulted in municipal benchmark yields increasing, particularly across the front end of the curve.

w/o Mar 10, 2014 Trading

Posted on March 16, 2014 at 7:56pm 0 Comments

Last week, demand remained strong and the market absorbed the $11.4 billion new issue calendar. The $3.5 billion Puerto Rico transaction was well-received and traded well in the secondary market. Most transactions were bumped at final pricing and some were upsized (e.g., California GO, Chicago GO, and Connecticut GO fixed rate), as investors continue to seek tax-exempt paper. Rate rallied and moved well with Treasurys. 2-, 10-, and 30-year Treasurys ended the week at 0.355%, 2.65%, and…


w/o Mar 3, 2014 Trading

Posted on March 16, 2014 at 7:30pm 0 Comments

Yields on 10-year Treasury notes climbed to the highest levels since September, rising 14 bps to 2.79%, as the number of new jobs added in February, 175,000, surpassed expectations. The economy added the most jobs since November, although unemployment rose to 6.7% from 6.6%. Bill Gross of PIMCO tweeted that investors should “sell what the Fed has been buying because they won't be buying them when Taper ends in Oct.” There is approximately $11 billion in new issuance expected to price this…


w/o Feb 17, 2014 Trading

Posted on February 23, 2014 at 8:14pm 0 Comments

Last Week’s Trading

The trend of low issuance and light trading continued last week, as the market saw municipals outperforming Treasurys. From the previous Friday, the 2-year, 10-year and 30-year Treasury yields gained 1, 3, and 0 bps, respectively.

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Last week, Rockfleet was selling group member in the $400mm NYC MTA transaction. Yields offered during institutional pricing were two to three bps lower than in the retail order period. The 5% and 5.25%…


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