MSRB Monthly Update - April 2012

MSRB Monthly Update - April 2012
Upcoming Event
The MSRB and the Bond Dealers of America are co-hosting a municipal securities regulation seminar for municipal market participants on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri.
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Highlight of the Month

Last week, the MSRB encouraged state and local governments that issue municipal securities to make information about their bank loan financings publicly available on the MSRB’s Electronic Municipal Market Access (EMMA®) website. In doing so, they can provide timely access for investors and other market participants to key information useful in making informed investment decisions.
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New and Noteworthy

MSRB Issuer Protection Initiatives

The MSRB recently requested comment on two proposals aimed at increasing issuer protection. One proposal would prohibit brokers, dealers and municipal securities dealers from using the term “not reoffered” or “NRO” in any written communication unless it also included the initial offering price or yield information about the applicable new issue of municipal securities. Read more
The other proposal includes amendments to MSRB rules that govern the responsibilities of dealers in the conduct of retail order periods. The proposed rule changes seek to address how dealers fulfill the terms and conditions established by issuers of municipal securities in connection with bond sales, among other practices. Read more

EMMA® Market Statistics

New Issuance Picks Up While Trading Activity Slows in the First Quarter* 


Issuance of municipal securities surged in the first quarter of 2012 to $78.2 billion, after only $46.9 billion in the same period in 2011. However, trading activity slowed nearly 7 percent in the first quarter of 2012 with $680.6 billion traded, compared to $729.4 billion traded in the first three months of 2011.
For more information or other statistics on municipal trading activity, continuing disclosures or variable rate resets, visit the MSRB’s EMMA website.
* all data reflect changes through April 11, 2012

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