Municipal bonds 101

  • Event: 2015 CAR Conference
  • Speaker: Cezary Podkul of The Wall Street Journal
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Mar. 7 at 10:10am
  • Location: M107
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Curious about covering your local and state and government borrowing but don't know how to get started? Join this hands-on session to get a technical overview of how to analyze bond offering statements: how to find them, what the numbers mean, how to identify the key terms and conditions and scale-up your reporting using public and private data sources. We will walk you through several offering statements and teach participants how to develop a basic framework for finding the data they need to track local borrowing. Topics covered will include: navigating the EMMA database, finding and reading official statements, using CUSIP identifiers to track debt, find credit ratings, ongoing disclosures, and calculating and benchmarking borrowing costs, and capital appreciation bonds (CABs).

Speaker Bios

  • Cezary is a reporter at ProPublica, where he specializes in telling data-driven news stories focusing on finance. Cezary earned a B.S. in economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and worked briefly on Wall Street before turning to financial journalism in 2008. He is a board member of the New York Financial Writers Association and a 2011 alumnus of the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism at Columbia Journalism School. @Cezary.

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