Bonds

Municipals were steady on Wednesday as the focus remained on the primary with secondary trading light and high-grade municipal scales and U.S. Treasury yields both unchanged while investors again poured in billions into municipal bond mutual funds. “Munis continue to rest comfortably in their range as bulge bracket deals hit the primary,” Jeffrey Lipton, head
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More states need to engage in long-term budgeting in order to prudently use the windfall of federal aid they are receiving from the American Rescue Plan. That’s among the recommendations of budget experts who recently discussed a newly published Volcker Alliance study on Truth and Integrity in State Budgeting. Gabriel Petek, a legislative analyst for
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Indiana expects about a $2.4 billion bounce in revenue through 2023, joining the parade of states with healthier-than-expected revenue projections, which along with new COVID-19 pandemic-related federal relief is fueling debate on spending priorities. Indiana raised its current year, fiscal 2021 general fund tax revenue projection by 2.6%, or $463 million to about $18.2 billion
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Municipals were firmer in spots in secondary trading but benchmark curves mostly held steady after a strong week that moved yields by as much as 10 basis points lower. U.S. Treasury weakness early Friday morning hit the breaks for munis, which will see an elevated bond volume next week with some marquee names that may
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Federal statistics show Puerto Rico’s employment increased in recent months. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics household survey, Puerto Rico’s number of employed increased 0.7% in March from February. According to BLS’s survey of non-farm establishments, employment went up 0.3% in the period. Though the household survey only shows a single month of
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Georgia’s unemployment rate dropped 0.3% to 4.5% in March, the state Department of Labor said Friday, which is far below the national average of 6.0%. “Georgia’s economy is firing on all cylinders as a result of our balanced approach in protecting both lives and livelihoods during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Gov. Brian Kemp. “While we
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Puerto Rico’s path to statehood remains muddled because of differences among key members of Congress on how to resolve the territory’s political status. That was highlighted at a Wednesday afternoon hearing by the House Natural Resources Committee that didn’t resolve the conflict between two competing bills that lay out different paths to follow. Chairman Raul
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The municipal market rallied Thursday with robust secondary activity, primary deals repricing lower, following better-than-expected economic data, a much stronger U.S. Treasury market, and high-yield municipal bond mutual funds reporting a record $1.28 billion of inflows. Municipals were stronger as the reality of an improved credit outlook, and strong demand buoyed by fund flows and
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Municipals firmed across the yield curve after a strongly bid deal from gilt-edge Delaware and active secondary activity moved levels lower by two to four basis points while nearly $2 billion more inflows were reported into municipal bond mutual funds. The Investment Company Institute Wednesday reported another week of inflows with $1.995 billion coming into
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