@WSJ reporter covering municipal bonds and public finance. Former reporter at Bloomberg and The Times-Picayune. I like sailing and fishing.

Muni Investors Need More Information on Issuers’ Other Debts: Regulator

blogs.wsj.com — Cities and states should promptly disclose any loans they have taken from banks, the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board said Thursday in the latest regulatory effort to promote transparency for investors in the $3.6 trillion market. Such obligations "could impair the rights of the issuer's existing bondholders," the self-regulator said in a regulatory notice.

Regulators want data on bond-trade fees

marketwatch.com — As Sherry Dixon was researching her retirement in 2010, the 63-year-old home builder from Albuquerque, N.M., asked her broker to buy her municipal bonds for safety. Two years later, she was shocked to learn that fees she had paid on some trades were far larger than she expected.

Regulators Want Data on Bond-Trade Fees

wsj.com — As Sherry Dixon was researching her retirement in 2010, the 63-year-old home builder from Albuquerque, N.M., asked her broker to buy her municipal bonds for safety. Two years later, she was shocked to learn that fees she had paid on some trades were far larger than she expected.

Charter Schools Find Smarter Way to Borrow

wsj.com — An extended rally in municipal bonds is helping Gloria Bonilla-Santiago grow the Camden, N.J., charter-school network she founded in 1997. Although charter schools are among the riskiest municipal borrowers, and the city of Camden struggles with poverty and crime, Dr. Bonilla-Santiago was able to raise $10 million in a September bond sale.

U.S. Muni-Bond Market Is on a Tear

wsj.com — Municipal bonds are on a winning streak that many investors bet will run into the new year. The debt issued by U.S. cities, states and local entities such as sewer systems has posted its longest string of monthly gains in more than two decades in 2014, outpacing gains in corporate bonds and U.S.

Volvo Ocean Race: Sportsmanship on the High Seas

wsj.com — The 65-foot sailing vessel of Team Alvimedica was battling for fifth place as it raced north through an Indian Ocean storm in the second leg of the Volvo Ocean Race, a wild nine-month adventure that bestows team sailing's most prestigious offshore trophy.

Muni-Bond Buyers May Get More Data on Price Markups

blogs.wsj.com — Individuals who buy municipal bonds may get more information on what their securities firm paid for them under new requirements proposed by the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board.

Is It Too Late to Join the Muni Rally?

online.wsj.com — Investing in sewage-treatment plants and highway overpasses isn't always this consistently lucrative. Municipal bonds have posted gains for 10 consecutive months, the longest rally in state and local government debt since 1992, according to Barclays. Munis, which have a reputation for stability and safety, have returned 8.1% this year, through Thursday, including both price gains and interest payments.

SEC Fines Brokerages Over Sale of Puerto Rico Bonds

online.wsj.com — The Securities and Exchange Commission fined 13 brokerage firms, including some of the largest on Wall Street, for improperly selling risky municipal bonds to retail investors. The fines total $883,000, and range from $130,000 for Riedl First Securities of Wichita, Kan., to $54,000 for J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.'s brokerage unit, J.P.

Returns on Muni Bonds Soar

online.wsj.com — Investors seeking higher returns are finding them in an unexpected place: the market for debt sold by states, cities and government-related entities. Municipal bonds have posted their longest string of monthly gains in more than two decades, outpacing gains this year in blue-chip U.S. stocks and corporate debt.
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Jan 16, 2015

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Jan 16, 2015

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Jan 14, 2015

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Jan 13, 2015

RT @cate_long: SEC wants data on bond-trade fees. Asked for records from electronic trading retail platforms. on.wsj.com/1BYxq5p #muniland

Jan 07, 2015

RT @minzengwsj: The Fed minutes are as bland as it gets...just more details to explain the FOMC statement. Rate hike still looks set for middle of 2015.

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