Municipal Securities (Bonds) are debt obligations issued by
states, cities, counties, and other governmental entities to raise money to
build schools, highways, hospitals, other not-for-profit entities, and many
other projects for the public good.
You can also purchase Insured Municipal
Bonds. Bond insurance protects your investment by assuring the timely payment
of principal and interest on a bond in the event the borrower is unable to meet
their debt service obligations. Although bond insurance does not protect the
market value of a security, insured bonds have historically retained more of
their value than their uninsured counterparts during periods of financial
stress. (Legg Mason)
Guide: Municipal Bonds and
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- Municipal Securities
Rulemaking Board (MSRB)
The MSRB makes rules regulating dealers who
deal in municipal bonds, municipal notes, and other municipal securities. This
web site contains useful information for municipal securities investors,
dealers and the general public.
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- Municipal Bond
Municipal bond trades, as reported to the MSRB*, on the
prior trading day are included in each Daily Report. The Daily Report will
typically include about 11,000 issues out of the 1.4 million issues which are
outstanding. The History contains trades executed since June, 2000.
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- The California
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California's leading underwriter of municipal securities.