Reading the numbers

Newman, Emily
January 2005
Bond Buyer;1/3/2005, Vol. 351 Issue 32041, p1
Trade Publication
The article presents views of economists on the rising rates and fewer municipal bonds. Higher productivity, a lower unemployment rate, and some payroll gains all helped boost the U.S. economy in 2004, and most economists are predicting only a slight dip in municipal bond volume in 2005. Continuing last year's trend, economists predict an increase in new-money municipal bond issuance, which will be offset somewhat by a decline in refundings. Most predict a flattening of the Treasury yield curve, the difference between the 10-year Treasury note and the 91-day rate.


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