State of California; $2.2 billion in General Obligation Bonds
The State of California is expected to issue $2.2 billion in General Obligation Bonds this week. The negotiated sale is scheduled for March 10th with an amortization schedule between 2021 and 2050 and Citigroup and RBC and joint senior managers. Proceeds from the sale of the Bonds will be used to finance voter approved capital projects in the State and refund certain outstanding general obligation debt of the State.
Chronically Late Municipal Bond Audits Further Delayed in FY 2018
By Richard Ciccarone
January 13th, 2020
Every year since 2007, Merritt Research Services1 (Merritt Research) reports the time it takes for municipal bond borrowers to complete their annual financial audits. The results of the study consistently show slower reporting relative to industry standards of the securities markets. By now, it has been well documented that most municipal audits lag the corporate standard of 60 days by a range of three to six more months.
EMMA – Electronic Municipal Market Access
Official online MRSB repository providing free public access to official disclosures, trade data and other information on the municipal securities market.
Merritt Research Services: Benchmark Central
Merritt Research Services provides benchmark median values for municipal credit analysis across 13 different sectors. Freely available and updated regularly.
Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB)
Independent organization that establishes and improves standards of accounting and financial reporting for U.S. state and local government.
The Bond Buyer
Established in 1891, an independent paid-subscription information resource of news, analysis and data serving 40,000+ in the municipal finance community.
A municipal bond new issue official statement (prospectus) service. MuniOS, a division of ImageMaster Inc, makes available preliminary and final documents. Official statements are provided by region and state.
IRS Tax-Exempt Bond Statistics
Includes data on tax-exempt "public purpose" (Governmental) and "private-activity" bonds, with statistical tables and Statistics of Income Bulletins.
What Are Municipal Bonds? - Investor.gov
What Are Municipal Bonds?What are municipal bonds? Municipal bonds (or “munis” for short) are debt securities issued by states, cities, counties and other governmental entities to fund day-to-day obligations and to finance capital projects such as building schools, highways or sewer systems. By purchasing municipal bonds, you are in effect lending money to the bond issuer in exchange for a promise of regular interest payments, usually semi-annually, and the return of the original investment, or “principal". An excellent primer on municipal bonds, particularly from an investors perspective. Answering these questions: Where Can Investors Find Information About Municipal Bonds? What Are Some Of The Risks Of Investing In Municipal Bonds? In Addition To The Risks, What Other Factors Should You Consider When Investing In Municipal Bonds?