Tax Exempt Municipal Bonds
There is no doubt that state and local governments powered through adversity the last two years, continuing to provide quality infrastructure, healthy communities and rally a strong bond market despite the crippling effects of the 2017 tax reform law.
Advance Refunding Issuance
Advance refundings represented 27% of municipal bond market activity in 2016 and 19% in 2017. Additionally, the TCJA decreased the overall corporate tax rate from 35% to 21% and eliminated other tax incentives that could impact overall demand for municipal bonds.
Bank Qualified Municipal Bonds
Bank-qualified bonds were created in 1986 to encourage banks to invest in tax-exempt bonds from smaller, less-frequent municipal bond issuers, and to provide municipalities with access to the lower cost borrowing that they need in order to provide services and invest in schools, roads, bridges and other projects.