Muni sweeps: Muniland hits the airwaves

By Cate Long
June 10, 2011

Change can be glacial, but it happens

Bloomberg digs a little deeper into the story of pension-fund woes and finds California municipalities are already adopting changes, with more to come:

Datapooloza

By Cate Long
June 8, 2011

The thing I hear most often about muniland is how murky the market is. It is rather astounding that the municipal market is so little understood given its size and its effects on state and local governments and tax rates. To help shake the market up and create more transparency, I thought it would be helpful to start gathering muniland data sets for people to start playing with. Have at it, friends. Please send over any interesting findings.

Muni sweeps: How does $775 billion of bonds go missing?

By Cate Long
June 7, 2011

How does $775 billion of bonds go missing?

There is a sleeper story in muniland about a big pile of just-discovered municipal bonds. The story has some odd twists and turns. John McDermott of FT Alphaville scooped the details yesterday:

Tri-level sunshine

By Cate Long
June 2, 2011

Centers of power, by their nature, seek to control and hide information, but civil societies and stable governments require transparency to create the bedrock of confidence among their citizens. Every government must commit itself to open dealings and renew that commitment on an ongoing basis. We have good news from the state of Vermont that this commitment has spread to the state and local level.

Muni sweeps: The Chairman’s presser

By Cate Long
April 27, 2011


It’s an historic day for the bond markets as the Chairman of the Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke, will conduct a live press conference following the conclusion of the Federal Open Market Committee’s two-day meeting.