Among the U.S. Virgin Islands government’s many problems is an economy that shrunk 24% in real terms from 2009 to 2019. The territory’s economy has continued to struggle in the past two years, with the islands’ employment down 9.5% through from February 2020 to October 2021, according to New York Federal Reserve Bank Early Benchmarked
Municipal triple-A benchmark yields rose as much as eight basis points on the short end on certain scales Thursday as U.S. Treasury yields remained elevated and equities see-sawed as more hawkish Fed speak continued. The Federal Reserve expects Omicron to fizzle in weeks, and while pandemic-related risks remain, the economy is strong and the Fed
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s long-planned, costly and complex rail line that would mark a number of firsts for a transit public private partnership is picking up speed. The Sepulveda Transit Corridor is a proposed rail line connecting the San Fernando Valley with LA’s Westside across the Santa Monica Mountains and eventually Los
Securities Industry And Financial Markets Association executive vice president and general counsel Ira D. Hammerman will be leaving the agency at the end of 2022 after more than 18 years with the group. A participant in key muni discussions over the years, Hammerman was involved in lawsuits and key meetings with regulators on behalf of
Selling pressure picked up and municipals showed some weakness for the first time since November on Tuesday following two days of rising U.S. Treasuries, but the asset class still outperformed that market’s double-digit moves to higher yields. Triple-A benchmark yield curves saw two to three basis point cuts, the largest one-day move in either direction
FactSet has reached a deal with S&P Global to buy CUSIP Global Services for $1.925 billion in cash, helping expand its role in the global capital markets and advancing its open data strategy. FactSet, a global provider of integrated financial information and analytical solutions located in Norwalk, Connecticut, will become the CUSIP system’s second operator
Following a year of robust enforcement in the public finance sector, the Securities and Exchange Commission will focus on municipal issuer disclosure and municipal advisor misconduct in 2022. LeeAnn Gaunt, chief of the SEC Enforcement Division’s Public Finance Abuse Unit, said that includes breaches of fiduciary duty and unregistered municipal advisor activity. “We continue to
Buffalo has spent generations trying to beat back its bad weather reputation. A hotel guidebook in the western New York city shows sailboats out on the water on a sunny day, with a headline that reads: “This is the Buffalo you don’t see on the Weather Channel.” But that is not the image people generally
Gaming revenues, a major economic driver for Nevada and Clark County, are exceeding expectations. The Gaming Control Board said Wednesday that statewide gaming revenue in November was $1.32 billion, just shy of the single-month record of $1.36 billion reported in July. If the state surpasses $500 million in December, it will exceed its greatest single-year
December municipal bond issuance was up nearly 10% year-over-year at $38.2 billion, but total volume in 2021 fell just shy of last year’s record. The muni market saw $475.3 billion of debt in 2021, down 1.9% from $484.6 billion in 2020. Despite this, the total issuance for 2021 still bested the previous record of $448.6
Municipals saw some pressure on long rates as U.S. Treasuries sold off and equities made gains. Triple-A benchmarks saw a basis point cut on bonds outside of 2035 but were largely unchanged otherwise. Ratios fell on the moves in UST. The five-year was at 46%, 67% in 10 and 76% in 30, according to Refinitiv
Interest rates are low. The yields aren’t exactly jaw-dropping. Legislative and regulatory back-and-forths in Washington have injected increased volatility into what is traditionally considered a safe, stable asset class — municipal bonds. But still, Texas-based advisor Jordan Benold has seen strong demand for munis throughout 2021. He also expects munis to remain a valuable tool
The year winds down with another day of an unchanged muni market and slightly weaker U.S. Treasury market while equities were mixed. Triple-A benchmarks were left unchanged and ratios were also little changed. The five-year was at 47%, 70% in 10 and 78% in 30, according to Refinitiv MMD’s 3 p.m. read. ICE Data Services
Several Puerto Rico bankruptcy parties objected to the Oversight Board’s proposed bankruptcy deal documents, saying they were discriminatory, did not respond to the judge’s directions, and attempted to breach applicable bankruptcy law. Among the objecting parties filing objections to revised documents the board filed with the bankruptcy court were Puerto Rico’s Fiscal Agency and Financial