MuniLand Snaps: February 9, 2012

By Cate Long
February 9, 2012

Municipal Market Advisor’s Matt Fabian explains the basic equation of muniland: State and local governments are issuing fewer bonds for new projects, which constrains supply. Demand is extremely strong, and the combination is keeping municipal bond yields at historical lows.

Good Links

Tax Policy Institute:  What tax reform would mean for the states

USA Today:  Momentum growing for sales taxes on online purchases

Economics Intelligence: Are credit ratings massively overrated?

Van Eck Global’s MuniNation: Perspectives on municipal bonds

Bloomberg: Pennsylvania lawmakers pass fracking bill allowing county fees

Unfair Park: Are conduit bonds being used as a land grab on public education?

@Twitter Talk

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Pension Dialog @PensionDialog Pension Dialog  Kansas finds that switching to 401k-type plan doesn’t save money but may cost $10.9 billion more
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