Best of muniland tweets

By Cate Long
June 10, 2014

Here are the best tweets with the #muniland hashtag for June 10, 2014:

A visit with BlackRock’s muni managers

By Cate Long
June 9, 2014

BlackRock

The New York offices of BlackRock, the giant fund manager, crackle with the energy of money. BlackRock is the largest fund complex in muniland, with over $100 billion in municipal fund assets along with undisclosed amounts of separately-managed accounts that hold municipal bonds.

Best of muniland tweets

By Cate Long
June 9, 2014

Here are the best tweets with the #muniland hashtag for June 9, 2014:

Best of muniland tweets

By Cate Long
June 6, 2014

Here are some of the best tweets with the #muniland hashtag on June 6, 2014:

Best of muniland tweets

By Cate Long
June 5, 2014

Here are some of the best tweets from the #muniland hashtag on June 5, 2014:

Best of muniland tweets

By Cate Long
June 4, 2014

Here are some of the best tweets from the #muniland hashtag on June 4, 2014:

Kentucky’s big pension mess

By Cate Long
June 4, 2014

Kentucky

The Kentucky Employees Retirement System (KERS-Non-Hazardous), the nation’s most poorly-funded state pension with 23 percent of the assets needed to cover liabilities, suffered a legal blow last week. As of last June, KERS had only $3.1 billion of assets to cover the $11.3 billion in retirement commitments that it had made and $8.26 billion of unfunded liabilities.

Bond issuance is declining in muniland

By Cate Long
June 2, 2014

Thomson Reuters

There has been plenty of analysis about declining muniland bond issuance at the gross level, but very little diving down into more specific monthly data. MSRB’s EMMA platform provides the data for parsing.

Kevyn Orr’s misinformation campaign

By Cate Long
May 30, 2014

Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr appeared at Michigan’s annual Mackinac Conference, the gathering place for Michigan’s political elite. Orr (@MotownEM) had some stunning things to say:

Visualizing muniland

By Cate Long
May 29, 2014

If you are an investor, an analyst or a taxpayer, finding information about the outstanding debt for a state or a city is a mixed lot. Some issuers, like New York City and Connecticut, do an excellent job of providing information. Massachusetts remains the gold standard. Many other issuers though have out-of-date and incomplete information.