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Muni Bonds

Men of Steel: How Retail Investors Saved the Muni Market

John Bagley | Posted 09.22.2013 | Business
John Bagley

Everyone knows that retail investors play a major role in the municipal bond market. But the power of retail investors to turn the tide in munis was never before as evident as it was last month.

The Bond Peril

James Berman | Posted 03.09.2013 | Business
James Berman

People often think of bonds as being low risk. They are lower risk than stocks, but they are still subject to all sorts of different potential problems.

Bankers' Rigging Cost Desperate Cities, States BILLIONS

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 10.09.2012 | Business

If you think Libor fraud is a victimless crime, the muni-bond market has 6 billion reasons it begs to differ. States, cities and other municipal bo...

SEC Probing Mutual Funds Over Muni Bonds

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

U.S. securities regulators are probing whether some mutual funds have overstated the value of thinly traded risky municipal bonds at a time when ...

Crank Up the Casino! Hedge Funds to Short American States and Cities

Lynn Parramore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lynn Parramore

JPMorgan feeds on our hunger with its lucrative food stamp card business. And AIG gets into the game of letting strangers bet on your life. Why shouldn't hedge funds make a little extra dough from the collapse of your hometown?

Muni Bonds: Matt Taibbi's* Antidote to Meredith Whitney

Janet Tavakoli | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Janet Tavakoli

Meredith Whitney's unsupported claim on 60 Minutes gives muni-problem-deniers ammunition to claim there is no substance to the argument that there are serious problems with certain muni bonds.

The Other Debt Problem

AP | BERNARD CONDON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

NEW YORK — It's the other U.S. debt problem. States are scrambling to close $114 billion in budget shortfalls over the next year and a half. Fo...

William Alden

California's Town Bankruptcy Means Huge Sacrifices For Ordinary Workers

HuffingtonPost.com | William Alden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The American real estate boom turned Vallejo, California -- previously known for little more than the freeway that runs through it -- into a hot p...

The Approaching Muni Bond Collapse

Garrett Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Garrett Johnson

Monoline insurance companies got greedy and wanted a piece of the sub-prime action. They started backing sub-prime mortgage-backed securities. Soon the mortgages blew up.