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A former broker and investment advisor has been suspended by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority for violating MSRB Rule G-8 on recordkeeping as a result of failing to identify the intended beneficiaries of multiple 529 or education expense plan accounts. Wayne Von Borstel has agreed to a deferred $5,000 civil and administrative fine and is
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The Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board announced Friday that Meredith Hathorn will be its next chair of the board on the same day that the Securities and Exchange Commission announced the withdrawal of the board’s controversial fee proposal and the MSRB submitted a new version. Hathorn is a managing partner at Foley & Judell in Baton
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Municipals were steady to firmer in spots to close out a week of lackluster supply, while U.S. Treasuries were mixed and equities rallied. Muni-UST ratios on Friday were at 67% in five years, 84% in 10 years and 98% in 30 years, according to Refinitiv MMD’s 3 p.m. read. ICE Data Services had the five
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The Puerto Rico Fiscal Agency and Financial Advisory Authority filed an objection to the Highways and Transportation Authority Plan of Adjustment Thursday, saying it is illegal. FAFAA, a government body, objected to the Puerto Rico Oversight Board’s HTA plan of adjustment submitted to bankruptcy Judge Laura Taylor Swain. While the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and
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Minnesota has a trio of triple-A general obligation ratings after Moody’s Investors Service upgraded the state to Aaa from Aa1 on Thursday. The rating agency cited the state’s financial condition, governance, and “high degree” of flexibility to raise revenue and adjust spending for the upgrade, which comes ahead of an approximately $591.5 million new money
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July municipal bond issuance dropped 32% year-over-year, with many issuers holding back as they awaited the Federal Reserve’s latest rate hike. The smaller figure was led once again by dramatic drops in taxable and refunding volumes. Total July volume was $25.598 billion in 520 deals versus $37.573 billion in 1,013 issues a year earlier, according
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As environmental disclosure becomes increasingly important to municipal investors, a new snapshot of U.S. cities sheds light on hundreds of infrastructure projects planned by the cities to mitigate climate exposure. The U.S. Infrastructure Snapshot Report is produced by nonprofit CDP, which runs an annual environmental disclosure platform for companies, cities, states and regions. The report
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Municipal credit quality has reached its peak and several sectors are vulnerable to stronger economic and political headwinds that are likely to impair credit and rating trends for the rest of 2022 and beyond. This is according to a report from Municipal Market Analytics, which revised down its credit outlook for several sectors including hospitals,
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West Virginia’s Treasurer Riley Moore on Thursday placed five companies on a state-mandated list of restricted financial institutions which he has deemed engage in a “boycott of energy companies.” The five financial firms which are now ineligible for state banking contacts are BlackRock Inc., Goldman Sachs Group Inc., J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., Morgan Stanley
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