WASHINGTON, Aug 1- Issuance of U.S. municipal bonds fell steeply in July, with sales for the first seven months of 2014 running 15.4 percent below the same period last year, according to Thomson Reuters data released on Friday. Total sales in July were $25.6 billion, 23.8 percent below June and 10 percent below the $28.4 billion sold in July 2013.» Read More
April 17- The U.S. Treasury Department is forming a new unit to monitor the municipal bond market, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing a Treasury official.
The city of Detroit has reached a deal with retired police officers and firefighters that would preserve current pensions.
April 14- TIAA-CREF, a retirement services provider to non-profit organizations such as universities and hospitals, said it would acquire asset manager Nuveen Investments for $6.25 billion, seeking to expand its mutual fund and municipal bond offerings. Lazard Ltd and J.P. Morgan Securities LLC advised TIAA-CREF.
A federal judge's approval of Detroit's settlement with two banks marks a turning point in the city's reorganization.
WASHINGTON, April 9- The city of Detroit on Wednesday struck a deal with bond insurers over a key class of debt in its landmark bankruptcy case that significantly reduces bondholder losses and could pave the way for agreements with other creditors.
Kevyn Orr, City of Detroit emergency manager, discusses the deal reached this morning with bond insurers over the treatment of some bonds. Some municipal bondholders will get back as much as 74 cents on the dollar.
April 9- Detroit has reached a settlement with bond insurers over the treatment of some bonds in the city's bankruptcy, and a court-appointed mediator is expected to announce the details later on Wednesday, a spokesman for the city said.
April 7- Creditor objections flowed into a U.S. bankruptcy court on Monday, claiming a document supporting Detroit's plan to deal with $18 billion of debt and other obligations is missing crucial details.
Puerto Rico's finance arm recently hired lawyers at Cleary Gottlieb as the island struggles with a weakened economy, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday.
Prime Minister Antonis Samaras told Reuters the worst of the crisis was behind Greece and it was considering issuing new bonds within the next three months. The chairman of euro zone finance ministers Jeroen Dijsselbloem said on Tuesday that Greece was fully funded for the next 12 months and hoped to finance itself on the market afterwards.
Muni investors are still worried about the outcomes of the financial struggles of Detroit and Puerto Rico. Reuters asked a number of 2014 U.S. Lipper Fund Awards' winners for answers.
NEW YORK, March 18- Standard& Poor's upgraded bond insurer MBIA Inc on Tuesday, saying it expects the company to gain market share and resume its prior role as a strong player in guaranteeing U.S. municipal debt.
Few who have followed the Caribbean island's financial troubles doubt that a massive restructuring is in its future.
March 14- Puerto Rico pulled off a blockbuster of a bond sale this week, sparing it from the threat of imminent default, but few who have followed the Caribbean island's financial troubles doubt that a massive restructuring is in its future.
NEW YORK, March 12- Puerto Rico's newly issued bonds rallied on Wednesday, a day after investors flocked to the high returns offered by the cash-strapped U.S. territory's $3.5 billion debt sale.
Investors who claim they were burned by investments in closed-end Puerto Rico bond funds will have to wait for any resolution.
The U.S. Commonwealth borrowed $3.5 billion in one of the largest junk-rated municipal bond offerings ever. Treasury Secretary of Puerto Rico Melba Acosta, and Puerto Rico Government Development Bank Chair David Chafey, discusses the bigger offering than expected.
Detroit looks to emerge as at least a survivor if not a winner from its bankruptcy, with bondholders and municipal borrowers the biggest losers.
Discussing Puerto Rico's municipal bond troubles, with Robert DiMella, MacKay Municipal Managers.
"We encourage eligible parties to take advantage of the favorable terms we are offering under this initiative," Andrew Ceresney, director of the Securities and Exchange Commission's Enforcement Division, said in a statement.