Bonds

Municipals were little changed Friday as U.S. Treasuries pared back losses to end the day mixed after the morning shock of the hotter-than-expected jobs report sent them selling off. Equities ended mixed. The three-year muni-UST ratio Wednesday was at 62%, the five-year at 69%, the 10-year at 74% and the 30-year at 97%, according to
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The new Congress should take action to restore advance refunding and ease liquidity issues in the municipal market by lifting the state and local tax deduction cap, the chair of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association’s board of directors said Thursday. The comments from James Reynolds, Jr.,who is also CEO of Loop Capital Markets,
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The municipal market strengthened throughout the session Wednesday as Federal Reserve Board ChairJerome Powell said smaller interest rate increases are likely ahead — and could start as early as next month. U.S. Treasuries and equities rallied following Powell’s comments. Triple-A yields fell by two to four basis points with the best performance on bonds 10
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Puerto Rico government agencies and authorities completed their approval of extending LUMA Energy’s operation of the island’s electrical transmission and distribution system Wednesday. LUMA took over the system in June 2021 based on a short-term supplementary agreement that was supposed to be replaced by a 15-year Operating and Maintenance agreement on Thursday. However, that agreement
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The Illinois Finance Authority signed off on $1.5 billion of borrowing led by two acquisition-related financings: City of Hope’s purchase of for-profit Cancer Treatment Centers of America and University of Chicago Medicine’s purchase of majority interest in four Illinois-based Adventist hospitals. The IFA board also signed off on transactions for the Shedd Aquarium, a Catholic
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The Rhode Island Health and Educational Building Corporation has sold $3.1 million of bonds on behalf of the Paul Cuffee School, a Providence-based, kindergarten through 12th-grade public charter school. “RIHEBC’s mission is to help Rhode Island’s health and educational institutions meet their facilities needs, and that’s exactly what this $3.1 million bond issue will do,” said
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House members led by Suzan Delbene, D-Wash., and Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio, are urging House leaders to extend the 12.5% low-income housing tax credit allocation increase and lower the private activity bond requirement to 25% from 50% in a bid that responds to inflation as well as the affordable housing shortage gripping cities. That ask was
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Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport Monday won final federal approval to launch construction on a global terminal project that is a centerpiece of the airport’s 10-year, $12.1 billion capital plan.   O’Hare is “an absolute powerhouse that in turn makes Chicago and Chicagoland a powerhouse for the American economy,” Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said Monday when
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Despite a negative return in the latest quarter, New York State’s retirement fund is “built to weather the ups and downs of the markets,” even with an investment environment termed “challenging,” according to New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. The New York State Common Retirement Fund’s estimated value at the end of the second quarter
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As revenue projections inch toward pre-pandemic norms, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey plans on more capital spending heading into new year, according to its recently proposed fiscal 2023 budget. “We are laser-focused on building a future that benefits all users of our facilities and supports the entire region’s economy,” Port Authority
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Municipals saw healthy secondary trading on the short-end of the yield curve Wednesday, while U.S. Treasuries saw larger gains out long and equities improved after the Federal Open Market Committee minutes showed an expectation of slowing rate hikes. The improved tone continued Wednesday, with triple-A muni yields falling up to nine basis points on the
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Municipals were firmer Tuesday on the short end, while U.S. Treasury yields saw larger gains five years and out. Equities closed in the black as the markets digested more Fedspeak. While Federal Reserve members have continued to emphasize the need to continue tightening, comments from San Francisco Fed President Mary Daly indicated a “pause is
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Municipals were little changed in light trading Monday as a holiday-shortened week with lackluster supply kept it steady for the asset class, while U.S. Treasuries were mixed and equities ended down. The three-year muni-UST ratio on Monday was at 64%, the five-year at 70%, the 10-year at 76% and the 30-year at 92%, according to
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PFM this week hired Nathaniel Singer, whose career spans nearly four decades in the municipal derivatives and advisory space, as a senior director and financial advisor. Singer, who started Wednesday, reports to Dan Hartman, chief executive officer of PFM. Singer will collaborate with professionals and practice groups across the firm and focus on all financial
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Robert Mujica Jr., budget director for New York State, was named executive director of the Puerto Rico Oversight Board, effective Jan. 1. Putting “Puerto Rico on the path towards economic progress” was Mujica’s motivation for taking the position, he said. “I support [the Oversight Board’s] mission to transform Puerto Rico’s recovery into prosperity.” Mujica “has
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Municipals improved again Thursday pushing the 10-year triple-A yield firmly below 3% while inflows into municipal bond mutual funds returned after 14 consecutive weeks of outflows. U.S. Treasuries saw losses and equities ended down after Federal Reserve officials tempered expectations of a slowdown in rate hikes. Triple-A yields fell by three to six basis points,
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Utah ended fiscal 2022 with a $1.365 billion revenue surplus and most of its budgetary reserve funds at their highest levels since at least fiscal 2013 as the state mulls safeguards in the event of a future decrease in federal funding. Gov. Spencer Cox and legislative leaders announced Tuesday the legislature will have an additional
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