Muni Seminar Co-Hosted by MSRB and BDA


Regulation, Transparency and Public Policy are Among Topics at May 13 Meeting

Alexandria, VA – The Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) and the Regional Bond Dealers Association (RBDA) are pleased to announce they will hold a municipal securities seminar on Wednesday, May 13, 2009 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Madison Hotel, 79 Madison Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee.  A cocktail reception will immediately follow the meeting.

This seminar will provide a sharp focus on the municipal securities market, covering such crucial areas as market regulation, MSRB’s transparency initiatives, market conditions and policy trends. It is also a unique opportunity to meet with MSRB and RBDA representatives in an informal setting.  The seminar is open to all members of the municipal securities community, including professionals at broker dealers and asset managers, municipal financial advisors, issuers and bond counsel.

“The MSRB is pleased to work with the RBDA to keep market participants informed about new and existing regulations at a time when compliance is vital to the dealer community,” said MSRB Executive Director Lynnette Kelly Hotchkiss.

Mike Nicholas, Co-CEO of the Regional Bond Dealers Association, said,  “In addition to discussions of the most pressing regulatory and compliance matters, the RBDA is happy to work with the MSRB on sessions addressing public policy and business matters directly impacting the municipal bond market.”

The panels will address regulatory issues in the municipal marketplace, MSRB transparency initiatives including its Electronic Municipal Market Access (EMMA) system and its Short-Term Obligation Rate Transparency (SHORT) system, public policy issues and current market conditions.

There is no charge for attending; however, pre-registration is required.  To register for the conference, please visit the RBDA website.

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The Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) was established in 1975 by Congress to develop rules regulating securities firms and banks involved in underwriting, trading, and selling municipal securities. The Board also operates information systems, including the Electronic Municipal Market Access (EMMA) system, designed to promote transparency and access to information. The MSRB also conducts extensive outreach and education. The Board is composed of members from the municipal securities dealer community and the public, and is charged with protecting investors and promoting a fair and efficient market. The Board is a self-regulatory organization that is subject to oversight by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The Regional Bond Dealers Association is the Washington, DC based organization that represents securities dealers active in the U.S. fixed income markets. The RBDA is the only organization representing the unique interests of U.S. focused dealers. In addition to federal advocacy, the RBDA hosts a series of meetings and conferences specific to domestic fixed income..

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