New & Noteworthy
The new issue of the Municipal Analysts Bulletin, Vol. 26, No. 2, is posted. Catch up on committee and society news, plus see photos from last month's Annual Conference in Chicago. Find this and back issues of the newsletter under Publications/Newsletters.
Worth a read: MSRB’s op-ed on May 13 in Governing magazine warning about the risks of inadequate bank loan disclosure by municipal securities issuers. The MSRB is very concerned that municipal bondholders do not have access to information about the amount and terms of bank loans. Today’s op-ed by Executive Director Lynnette Kelly follows the MSRB’s recent concept proposal on improving bank loan disclosure and a joint regulatory notice with FINRA addressing when a bank loan may in fact be a security. The MSRB intends to continue advocating for enhanced transparency of bank loans and private placements.
The NFMA presented awards to seven at its Annual Conference in Chicago on May 4. To view the press release, click here: Press Release
The NFMA's 33rd Annual Conference took place in Chicago at the Westin Michigan Avenue on May 3-6. To view the program and handouts, log into the Member Center and open Meeting Handouts.
The February 2016 Municipal Analysts Bulletin is now available online. Click here to read it.
NFMA members are being asked to participate in a survey on the current state of municipal disclosure. Members may access this survey by clicking on the following link: NFMA Disclosure Survey
Fugiel Scholars Announced - The NFMA is pleased to announce that two students have been awarded the Fugiel Scholarship for 2015. Susanne Siebel (SUNY Albany) and Allison LeMay (Indiana - Bloomington) were selected for this scholarship, and both students attended the NFMA's Introduction to Municipal Bond Credit Analysis in Philadelphia on November 12 & 13. Click here to read the press release: Press Release
The NFMA's Education Committee will hold the Advanced Seminar on Higher Education on January 14 & 15 at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix. An exciting slate of experts has been assembled. The Keynote Speaker will be Michael M. Crow, 16th president of Arizona State University.
To view the program, please click here.
To register for this event, please go to Online Registration.
The Board of Governors of the NFMA announced on October 21, 2015 that it had approved the application of the Philadelphia Area Municipal Analyst Society (PhAMAS) as its seventh constituent society, effective January 1, 2016. Members of PhAMAS, currently thirty in number, will automatically become members of the NFMA on that date. Click here to read the press release.
Meeting handouts from last week's Advanced Seminar in Nashville, Understanding The New Paradigm Of Municipal Pension Liabilities, are posted in the Member Center under Meeting Handouts.