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MuniNet provides commentary and analysis relating to municipal bonds and their fundamental credit issues. From an investor perspective, we provide you with daily AAA yield levels on tax-exempt municipal bonds courtesy of Standard & Poor’s Securities Evaluations, Inc….


Daily Municipal Bonds Yields February 24th, 2020



    Tax-Exempt AAA Non-callable S&P Yield Curve Recap (based on representative indices) at the close of day on February 24th 2020, compared to the previous market day.
    • Municipal bond yields continued to fall across the board to start the week.
    • Bonds maturing between 6 months and 5 years dropped by 4 basis points.
    • Bonds maturing at 7 years fell by 6 points and 10 year bond fell by 7 points.
    • 10 and 15 year bonds declined by 4 points, while 20 year bonds were down 5 points.
    • Longer range bonds maturing at 20 and 25 years declined 9 points, while 15 and 30 year bonds were down by 8 points.
    • Non-callable municipal bonds, particularly those maturing in ten years or longer, normally carry lower yields than callable bonds reflecting the likelihood that investors anticipate principal repayment on the called bonds prior to the stated maturity. (Optional redemptions usually apply to municipal bonds with maturities of ten years or more).

 


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Regents of The University of California; $1.5 billion in Pooled Hospital Revenue Bonds

UC San Diego Medical Center (source: wikimedia)

The Regents of The University of California (the Regents) are scheduled to issue $1.5 billion in Medical Center Pooled Revenue Bonds this week. The negotiated sale is planned for February 26th with Barclays and J.P. Morgan as joint senior managers. Proceeds from the sale of the Bonds will be used to finance or refinance improvements to medical centers owned by the University of California.

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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.

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The following featured links are approved by MuniNet as exceptional online resources offering up-to-date information on topics that matter
  • 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.

  • MuniOS.com

    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?