Muni Commentary

April 2017 Geo Scores: Top and Bottom Movers

Posted by Gregg Bienstock on May 3, 2017 2:38:00 PM

This week we bring you the April 2017 DIVER Geo Scores and takea look at our top and bottom movers in Geo Scores and how these locations have fared over the past two years. Depending on your feedback, this may become part of our monthly review.

DIVER Geo Scores are designed to quickly communicate the overall economic health of a selected geographic area on a scale of 0 to 10. The Geo Score reflects the relative economic well-being of the location and is available for all States, counties, and approximately 350 of the largest cities. Calculations are released monthly and are based on multiple, meaningful economic and demographic data from the employment, income and housing categories.

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Topics: Geo Scores: The Changing Economic Health of US Mun, Commentary

March 2017 Geo Scores and a Closer Look at Housing Prices

Posted by Gregg Bienstock on Apr 3, 2017 5:06:00 PM

This week we bring you the March 2017 DIVER Geo Scores and take a look at housing at the State level. Given some of what we articulate below, expect to see a bit more on housing in the coming month.

 DIVER Geo Scores are designed to quickly communicate the overall economic health of a selected geographic area on a scale of 0 to 10. The Geo Score reflects the relative economic well-being of the location and is available for all States, counties, and approximately 350 of the largest cities. Calculations are released monthly and are based on multiple, meaningful economic and demographic data from the employment, income and housing categories.

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Topics: Financial and Demographic Trends Affecting the Mun, Geo Scores: The Changing Economic Health of US Mun, Commentary

A Terrible, Horrible, No Good Rule? And, States On The Move

Posted by Gregg Bienstock on Mar 6, 2017 5:44:00 PM

 This week we bring you the February 2017 DIVER Geo Scores and, in case you missed it, some interesting news and a quote around the Labor Department’s Fiduciary Rule. Last month, a reader requested that we provide, in addition to the locations with the greatest moves, the top and bottom States, counties and cities. Given our limited space, we refer you to our website for that data.

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Topics: Geo Scores: The Changing Economic Health of US Mun, Legislation, Politics and the Bond Market, Government and Industry Regulatory News, Commentary

January 2017 Geo Scores

Posted by Gregg Bienstock on Feb 6, 2017 5:49:00 PM

 This week we bring you the January 2017 DIVER Geo Scores. DIVER Geo Scores are designed to quickly communicate the overall economic health of a selected geographic area on a scale of 0 to 10. The Geo Score reflects the relative economic well-being of the location and is available for all States, counties, and approximately 350 of the largest cities. Calculations are released monthly and are based on multiple, meaningful economic and demographic data from the employment, income and housing categories.

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Topics: Geo Scores: The Changing Economic Health of US Mun, Commentary

MCDC Initiative Ends (But Focus on Underwriters and Issuers Does Not) and December Geo Scores

Posted by Gregg Bienstock on Jan 3, 2017 5:33:00 PM

 This week we start with a review of the SEC’s announcement ending the MCDC initiative, a possible SEC focal point for 2017, and bring you the December 2016 DIVER Geo Scores.  DIVER Geo Scores are designed to quickly communicate the overall economic health of a selected geographic area on a scale of 0 to 10 and reflect the relative economic well-being of all States, counties, and approximately 350 of the largest cities.  Calculations are released monthly and are based on multiple, meaningful economic and demographic data from the employment, income and housing categories.

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Topics: Geo Scores: The Changing Economic Health of US Mun, Government and Industry Regulatory News, Commentary