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The 2020 Election & What’s Ahead for US Infrastructure: Bloomberg Radio Interview: BAM CEO Seán McCarthy

BAM CEO Seán McCarthy discussed the outlook for U.S. infrastructure finance and the implications for municipal bond investors in an interview with Bloomberg Radio host Carol Massar on November 4, 2020.

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Munis Q4 2020: Investor Outlook

Build America Mutual CEO Sean McCarthy and Bloomberg Radio’s Carol Massar discuss how municipal bond investors are responding to the risks posed by the COVID pandemic, as well as how the surge in taxable muni issuance is impacting the mix of buyers.

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How COVID Is Impacting Municipal Issuer Finances

Build America Mutual CEO Sean McCarthy spoke with Bloomberg Radio’s Carol Massar about the strength shown during the COVID pandemic by issuers of bonds for essential services like schools and water utilities.

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“Infrastructure Happens at the State and Local Level”

States and local governments pay for 70% of the infrastructure built in the US every year, and most of that funding comes from the sale of municipal bonds. Build America Mutual CEO Seán McCarthy spoke with Bloomberg Radio’s Carol Massar on November 4, 2020, about the implications of the election…

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The 2020 Election & What’s Ahead for US Infrastructure: Bloomberg Radio Interview: BAM CEO Seán McCarthy

BAM CEO Seán McCarthy discussed the outlook for U.S. infrastructure finance and the implications for municipal bond investors in an interview with Bloomberg Radio host Carol Massar on November 4, 2020.

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“Re-Training” a River to Protect a Texas Community

The Fort Bend County Levee Improvement District #7 is selling approximately $60 million of levee improvement revenue bonds to help restore and stabilize the badly eroded bank of the Brazos River bordering the District. BAM’s latest Credit Insights Video discusses the credit securing the bonds and how BAM verified that…

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Muni Yields Continue to Rally: July 31 Weekly Update

Lower interest rates globally and continuing strong technicals in the tax-exempt market drove municipal yields lower this week, setting the stage for more issuers to save money with tax-exempt and taxable refinancings. BAM insured $140 million this week, and is on tap for more than $300 million of sales in…

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BAM Sponsors New “Muni Money” Segment on CNBC

BAM is partnering with CNBC to raise awareness about the municipal bond market through a new regular “Muni Money” segment. For the first report, Tom Kozlik from Hilltop securities was interviewed by host Kelly Evans about the recent trend of strong inflows to municipal bond mutual funds, despite the ongoing…

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Municipal Bonds and COVID-19: Frequently Asked Questions

States and local governments across the U.S. are taking aggressive steps to limit spread of the novel coronavirus and curb cases of COVID-19. Build America Mutual Chief Credit Officer Suzanne Finnegan discusses the potential implications of these steps for municipal bond credit quality, and explains how BAM’s $62 billion insured…

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The CARES Act: Implications for Municipal Credit Analysis

Build America Mutual Chief Credit Officer Suzanne Finnegan discusses key provisions in the CARES Act that are likely to have an impact on credit quality in the municipal bond market, and also highlights the areas where additional Federal assistance is needed.

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How COVID-19 Impacts Public Pension Risks

Build America Mutual Pension Actuary Les Richmond explains how investment losses associated with the COVID-19 pandemic are likely to impact public pension funding ratios and why individual states and cities may see significantly different outcomes — forcing municipal bond investors to carefully consider the implications for their specific holdings.

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How an Arkansas City is Financing Sustainable Water and Sewer Improvements

Hot Springs, Ark., is selling $160 million of green bonds to finance improvements to its water and wastewater utilities that will improve water quality, and reduce waste and pollution. Learn more about the financial terms of the bonds from VP Alexis Platis in Build America Mutual’s latest Credit Insights Video.

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Understanding the Financial Strength of a Coastal California School District

The Pajaro Valley Unified School District is selling $50 million of taxable bonds to refinance existing debt sold to finance capital projects. Learn more about what BAM’s analysts looked for to determine the financial strength of the District.