" This is simply the most comprehensive, useful look-it-up book on municipal bonds I’ ve ever read (said with all due respect to The ABC of Municipal Bonds my dad wrote in 1937 when I was nine). Read Fundamentals cover to cover. I’ m keeping mine in my briefcase, under my arm, at my fingertips. No accountant, financial advisor, attorney, new bond salesman, reporter, regulator, test-writer, cautious, suspicious first-time investor in municipal bonds, or dinner guest is ever going to catch me again with a question about municipal bonds I can’ t answer." – Jim Lebenthal, Chairman, Lebenthal & Co.
" Judy Wesalo Temel gives us the Rosetta stone of the municipal bond market, the key to unraveling the many mysteries of ‘ muni’ s.’ Her book, a fresh take on the old standard Fundamentals of Municipal Bonds, updates chapter and verse on everything from investing to underwriting, from over-the-counter to over-the-Internet. The style is clean, crisp, and as simple as this complex subject can be. Are you a novice who wonders how to invest in bonds? She lays out the basics. Examples are easy to follow– even the mathematical ones that are critical to explaining how municipal bonds work. At the same time, there is plenty of meat for the pros. Whether you need to start from square one and learn all about municipal bonds and how they work, or need a ready reference for specific technical questions you run across as a market professional, this book is for you." – Kathleen Hays, Economics Editor, Credit Markets Reporter, and " Bond Belle" CNBC
" This is a must-read for everyscholar, banker, and public official concerned with local government finance in the United States. Judy Wesalo Temel has done the impossible: she has clearly and insightfully explained how we finance the development of the nation's vital public infrastructure. This is an important book, one that will be required reading for professionals responsible for planning, designing, and evaluating publicly financed projects– the health care, transportation, and educational facilities that all citizens rely upon. The bond market is an essential element in the life of local and state government, and this book makes it understandable to all Americans." – Mitchell Moss, Henry Hart Rice Professor of Urban Planning and Director, Taub Urban Research Center, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University
Preface. Acknowledgments. Writer's Acknowledgments. Overview of the Municipal Bond Market. The Basics of Municipal Securities. The Issuers. The Primary Market. The Secondary Market. Investing in Bonds. Credit Analysis. Understanding Interest Rates. Regulatory and Disclosure Requirements. Financial Products. Appendix A. Appendix B. Glossary. Bibliography. Index. About the Writer.
THE BOND MARKET ASSOCIATION is the trade association representing securities firms and banks that underwrite, trade, and sell debt securities, both domestically and internationally. The Bond Market Association actively speaks for the bond industry, advocating its position and representing its interests in Washington, D.C., New York, Europe, and Asia. The Association's membership collectively accounted for over 97 per cent of the nation's bond underwriting activity in 1999. For more information about the Association, visit www bondmarkets.com. JUDY WESALO TEMEL has spent her career in the municipal bond business, on both the broker-dealer and issuer sides. She worked for seventeen years at Goldman, Sachs & Co., following employment at Lehman Brothers, and the Office of the Comptroller of the City of New York. She serves on the boards of several large not-for-profit agencies and speaks and writes widely about many aspects of the business. Temel is a graduate of Cornell University and holds an MPA from New York University.