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Municipal Commentary

The municipal bond market enables more than 50,000 state and local governments, agencies, and authorities to fund a variety of public works projects. However, the breadth of the market and its tax advantages leave it subject to the mandates of regulatory agencies and legislators. Our municipal commentary helps you stay up to date on the latest market headlines and trends.

Tom Kozlik is the Head of Municipal Research and Analytics for HilltopSecurities. He distributes widely read municipal commentary and frequently contributes to national media outlets. With over two decades of experience in the fixed income industry, Kozlik is a nationally recognized strategist who brings unique insight and perspectives to his commentary and analysis of municipal market trends, opportunities, and challenges. For 2018-2021, Smith’s Research and Gradings included him on the first team in the generalist category of its Municipal All-Star Team, in addition to the third team in the sellside director of research category for 2020 and 2021.

He was voted to Institutional Investor’s All-America Fixed-Income Research Team and Greenwich Associates named him one of the Most Helpful Analysts in Municipal Bonds in 2015. In addition, Kozlik has taught graduate-level public finance courses at the University of Pennsylvania’s Fels Institute of Government, where he earned a Masters of Government Administration.
March 01 , 2021

Brazos Electric Power Files Ch. 11, S&P Places Six Texas Utilities on CreditWatch with Negative Implications

This morning, the Brazos Electric Power Cooperative filed a Chapter 11 Petition in U.S. Bankruptcy Court.
Brazos Electric reports it has $2...

February 26 , 2021

February Housing Finance Agency Prepayment Report, Delinquency Trends, and Outlook

HFA MBS February prepayments slowed in line with the broader Agency MBS universe, leaving the HFA/Generic ratios mostly stable. In the GinnieMae...

February 26 , 2021

Winter Storm Uri Costs Slowly Reported by Texas Local Governments

“Texans are angry,” said State Representative Ana Hernandez, who is the Vice-Chair of the Texas State Affairs Committee to begin yesterday’s hearings...

February 24 , 2021

Pension Funding Not Improving From Stabilizing Fiscal Conditions, NJ Proposing Full Payment to Avoid Asset Depletion

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy proposed his state should spend big for its fiscal year 2022 budget. In the governor’s recent budget proposal...

February 24 , 2021

Texas’ ERCOT-Area Public Power Utilities on ‘Rating Watch Negative,’ Per Today’s Fitch Rating Action

Fitch Ratings placed all public power and electric utilities and electric cooperatives within the ERCOT’s footprint on Rating Watch Negative today....

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