Default Research: US Municipal Bond Defaults and Recoveries, 1970-2016

U.S. PUBLIC FINANCE DATA REPORT 27 June 2017 TABLE OF CONTENTS Introduction 2 Municipal Defaults in 2016 3 Sector Overview 3 An Evolving Sector 6 Ratings Performance and Accuracy 13 Appendix A: Long-Term Municipal Defaults, in Chronological Order 36 Appendix B: Near Misses and Unrated Defaults 89 Appendix C: Individual Short-Term
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