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Thu, Jul. 16, 3:39 PM
- "That's stunningly high," says Van Eck chief municipal strategist Jim Colby, after Chicago priced $1.1B in both taxable and tax-free bonds. The taxable issue maturing in 2042 priced to yield 7.98%, and the tax-free paper maturing in 2039 priced to yield 5.69% - a taxable equivalent yield of 9% (for the highest bracket).
- The debt has been rated BBB+ by Fitch.
- "Chicago is not Detroit," says Colby, who calls this new debt "far and away" the best value of similar credit quality in municipals. He notes the 30-day yield of his Market Vectors High Yield Municipal Index ETF (NYSEARCA:HYD) is just 4.61%.
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Wed, Jul. 1, 2:30 PM
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- Among the sizable municipal bond funds, the $6.1B Oppenheimer Rochester Fund (MUTF:RMUNX) has exposure to the Commonwealth of about 20%, according to S&P Capital IQ's Todd Rosenbluth, and the Oppenheimer Rochester New Jersey Municipal Fund (MUTF:ONJAX) has about 29% exposure.
- Looking at ETFs, the $391M SPDR Nuveen S&P High Yield Municipal Bond ETF (HYMB -0.9%) holds 14% of its assets in Puerto Rico paper. The $1.5B Market Vectors High Yield Municipal Bond ETF (HYD -1.4%) has roughly 3.2% exposure.
- Previously: Puerto Rico banks slide on default worry (June 29)
- Previously: Bond insurers tumble as Puerto Rico heads to default (June 29)
Mon, Jun. 1, 2:47 PM
Fri, May 1, 2:12 PM
Fri, Apr. 17, 1:54 AM
- In a change of heart, the Federal Reserve will allow big U.S. banks to use some types of municipal bonds to meet new rules that ensure they have enough cash during a market meltdown, WSJ reports.
- At issue is the treatment of municipal debt under new liquidity requirements, which call for large banks to hold enough "high-quality liquid assets" to fund their operations for 30 days.
- Other regulators, including the OCC and FDIC, do not plan to follow the Fed's new criteria.
- ETFs: MUB, HYD, BAB, PZA, MUNI, HYMB, TFI, XMPT, ITM, MLN, BABS, SHM, CMF, SHYD, PRB, NYF, PZT, SUB, SMB, PWZ, CXA, IBMF, PVI, RVNU, INY, SMMU, IBMG, IBME, IBMD, GMMB, FMB, IBMI, IBMH, MEAR
Wed, Apr. 1, 12:48 PM
Mon, Mar. 2, 1:41 PM
Sat, Feb. 28, 7:45 AM
- Chicago's credit rating was downgraded Friday by Moody's to Baa2, two notches above junk, with a negative outlook on the “expectation that the city’s credit quality could weaken as unfunded pension liabilities grow and exert increased pressure on the city’s operating budget."
- Chicago's four pension funds have ~$20B in unfunded debt, and without further action the city would need to increase its payments to those accounts by $600M next year and even more after that.
- The rating includes the city’s $8.3B billion of outstanding GO debt, $542M of outstanding sales tax revenue debt, and $268M of outstanding or authorized motor fuel tax revenue debt.
- The downgrade could immediately terminate four interest rate swap agreements, costing the city ~$58M, and potentially lead to terminations of 11 more swaps deals that could cost another $133M.
- Also yesterday, S&P warned it could slap its own multi-notch downgrade on Chicago in the absence of a plan this year to deal with the pension crisis.
- It's all another big headache for Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who is facing a surprise run-off in his bid for re-election.
- Muni ETFs: MUB, HYD, BAB, PZA, MUNI, TFI, ITM, HYMB, MLN, CMF, SHM, BABS, XMPT
Mon, Feb. 2, 3:38 PM
Dec. 29, 2014, 1:55 PM
Dec. 1, 2014, 12:01 PM
Oct. 17, 2014, 4:10 AM
- Detroit has taken a major step towards exiting bankruptcy protection after agreeing to a deal with with its largest holdout creditor, Financial Guaranty Insurance Company, which is owed $1B.
- Under the settlement, Financial Guaranty will have the rights to develop a hotel, retail and condominium complex on the site of the Joe Louis Arena, the soon-to-be-vacant home the Detroit Red Wings hockey team.
- The dispute between Detroit and Financial Guaranty had threatened other important deals that the city had forged with thousands of creditors.
- ETFS: MUB, HYD, BAB, PZA, MUNI, TFI, ITM, HYMB, MLN, CMF, SHM, BABS, XMPT, PRB, SUB, PZT, SMB, NYF, SHYD, CXA, PWZ, PVI, SMMU, INY, VRD, GMMB, RVNU
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