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Illinois chipped away at its long-term obligations in fiscal 2022 with healthy tax revenue growth and federal funds allowing the state to halt a decade long dive deep into negative territory, according to a recently published interim audit. The state’s net position of governmental activities, which covers government services and tax collections and provides a
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Municipals were firmer Thursday as municipal bond mutual fund outflows returned, while U.S. Treasuries were steady and equities ended mixed. The three-year muni-UST ratio was at 55%, the five-year at 57%, the 10-year at 63% and the 30-year at 88%, according to Refinitiv MMD’s 3 p.m. ET read. ICE Data Services had the three at
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Municipals were a little firmer in some spots while Treasuries rallied across the board, with yields falling double-digits following the Federal Reserve hiking rates 25 basis points. Equities ended up. “Investors are acknowledging that the Fed is nearing the end of its rate tightening cycle which is supporting a relief rally in stocks and lower
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Last year continued the exciting trend of Environment, Social, and Governance (ESG) discussions in the municipal marketplace. These discussions were more organized compared to prior years due to both the request for information that was released by the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board and updated best practices of the Government Finance Officers Association. 2022 was a
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The Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board wrapped up its quarterly meeting last week discussing several important topics, but ended without taking or announcing any concrete actions. The meeting was the first of calendar year 2023, but the second of the MSRB’s fiscal year, which began Oct. 1 2022. The agenda for the meeting, which ended Thursday,
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The city of Miami and the county of Miami-Dade continue to rebound from the pandemic with unprecedented economic growth coupled with record low unemployment rates. Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava unveiled plans to create an authority to fund innovation while Miami City Mayor Francis Suarez focused on the environment and housing affordability. “Companies will
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Republicans have finalized their roster of subcommittee chairs for the powerful House Ways and Means committee, one of the municipal market’s key panels. Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Mike Kelly will lead the newly-renamed tax subcommittee, formerly known as the Select Revenue Measures subcommittee, which writes tax policy and oversees tax collections. The position puts him in
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After five years of growth that followed a relaunch of its municipal business, UBS Financial Services cut from its banking ranks this week in the aftermath of a down year for issuance and headwinds for 2023. The firm slashed 20% of its overall municipal team — which includes banking, sales, trading and underwriting — with
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Municipals were steady Thursday in the secondary market while an $830 million deal from the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority took focus in the primary. U.S. Treasuries yields rose after the fourth-quarter gross domestic product report was better than expected and equities ended up. The three-year muni-UST ratio was at 54%, the five-year at 57%,
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Municipals were little changed Wednesday, while U.S. Treasuries were firmer and equities ended mixed. The three-year muni-UST ratio was at 55%, the five-year at 57%, the 10-year at 63% and the 30-year at 88%, according to Refinitiv MMD’s 3 p.m. ET read. ICE Data Services had the three at 54%, the five at 58%, the
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The U.S. Virgin Islands’ beleaguered Water and Power Authority blocks development of the island, according to Gov. Albert Bryan Jr., who committed to fixing the authority’s problems in his current term, which ends January 2027. The authority’s “ongoing financial and operational woes … are an impediment to any developmental progress we hope to make as
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