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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomberg Press; 1 edition (January 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118006755
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118006757
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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    Title
Bloomberg Visual Guide
to Municipal Bonds
Encyclopedia
of Municipal Bonds
The Fundamentals
of Municipal Bonds
Investing in the High
Yield Municipal Market
 
Guide Type
Visual Tutorial
Encyclopedia
Comprehensive Text
Applied Investing Strategy
 
Audience Level
Intermediate
Intermediate/Advanced
Intermediate/Advanced
Advanced
 
Pages
208
215
297
272
 
List Price
$60.00
$95.00
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$95.00
 
Author(s)
Robert Doty
Joseph Mysak
SIFMA Association
Triet Nguyen
 
Publication Date
March 2012
January 2012
December 2011
July 2012
 
Imprint
Bloomberg Press
Bloomberg Press
Wiley
Bloomberg Press
 
Print Book
 
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Brief Description
Utilizes Bloomberg graphs & charts to visually teach municipal bonds market. For the savvy investor & intermediate professional.
Comprehensive, accessible reference by leading journalistic voice in the municipal industry. Covers the history & mechanics of the municipal market.
Full revision of the preeminent text in the field. Thorough survey of essential topics across the buy and sell side, supported by industry leader SIFMA.
Fills a void between general reference handbooks on municipal bonds by emphasizing actionable and practical trading applications.

From the Inside Flap

The world of municipal bonds is a vast market with enormous diversity. And while it's filled with some excellent opportunities, some people fail to take advantage of all it has to offer due to unfamiliarity with this arena or other factors.

Nobody understands "MuniLand" better than author Joe Mysak—an articulate and well-informed journalist, who's been covering this market for thirty years. And now, in the Encyclopedia of Municipal Bonds, he shares his extensive insights with you.

Engaging and objective, this groundbreaking volume examines the history—much of which has never been put between hard covers before in any kind of comprehensive way—and mechanics of the municipal market in clear and understandablelanguage. It also addresses numerous aspects of the market, including pricing, trading, taxationissues, and yields, as well as topical events such as the recent financial crisis, hysteria about defaults, and Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcy, fraud, and regulation. Along the way, Mysak skillfully defines terms and tells stories that may likely be unfamiliar to most people not in this market.

Encyclopedia of Municipal Bonds contains essential insights and provides much-needed context for this field. Topics touched upon throughout these pages include:

The 2008 Jefferson County, Alabama default, the 1994 Orange County, California bankruptcy, and the 1975 New York City crisis

How anyone who wants to find details ofprices and trades—as well as complete copiesof official statements—can now do so online, and in most cases for free

Why one of the most questionable of allmunicipal market behaviors, yield-burning, has been so hard to eliminateThe reasons municipal bonds don't react to bad news or tend to trade off

And much more

Encyclopedia of Municipal Bonds is an accessible guide for everyone from investors and financial professionals to regulators and insurers. Anyone involved in, or aspiring to enter, the municipal bond market needs to read this book.


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By David Merkel on February 13, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Joe Mysak is one of the true experts in the municipal bond markets, journalist or not. He has covered municipal bonds at Bloomberg since 1999, and has covered municipals since 1981. I have read his work for over 12 years, and I have been impressed.

So when he writes an encyclopedia of Municipal Bonds, it's gonna be dull, right? There are entries that are short to define simple but important concepts, but the glory of the book are the long articles, because they describe how the municipal market evolved its structure.

It's not a dull book, if you want to understand how the Muni market came into existence, and how it acts today.

The long articles are the best, and they include:

The Arkansas Default in 1933
Auction-rate securities
Bell California pay scandal
Chapter 9
Convention Centers (stop the madness)
Default (and why it is different for munis)
Escrowed to Maturity
Garbage bonds
The Implosion at Heartland
House Museums
How Initiatives and Referendums Could and Could not affect muni financing.
Muni bond insurance -- a topic I have often criticized.
Jefferson County, Alabama
Pension bonds, particularly those of New Jersey
Orange County's default
Pension obligations, and their effect on munis
Moody's changing their ratings for munis in 2010.
The effects of derivatives on naive municipal executives, who thought the got it.
Tobacco bonds.
Tourist attractions (bad bets for muni bond financing)
Yield-burning. (using the tax-exemption to earn arbitrage profits of some kind.
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This book should be used strictly for a general overview of the municipal market in alphabetical order. I think it should be forced upon every new employee in the municipal world. This is a book of definitions and collected stories; easily digestible to any reader at any level.

Joe Mysak works very hard to simplistically explain complex terminology; what really makes this book a keeper are the stories and examples provided and the sheer volume of material that is footnoted.

Joe doesn't tell you for example, that Orange County Defaulted or Jefferson County defaulted; he tells the story of how it occurred, the wrong steps made that took them to that path and the impending regulatory changes that followed.

At the end of the book I have a better knowledge of the muni market than was provided in SIFMA'sThe Fundamentals of Municipal Bonds (Wiley Finance) [Hardcover]2011 - I also have roughly 100 marked footnotes that I plan to 'expand out into'.

At first I had a hard time spending so much on this book; now i have his past books in my wish list and I pester him to publish more on twitter.
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I thought this was a good investment
the author did a good job of managing what can be complex terrain
Some parts were dry
Other parts were very well done
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By value economist on September 5, 2012
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Overpriced at $50+ and a significant misnomer in calling the book an encyclopedia. I am sure the author is brilliant, but at that price and with that lack of detail in highly brief entries - save your money for his next book.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A on April 17, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I'm not a bond buyer, and probably never will be. I don't understand them, and so I didn't get much out of this book.
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