Glossary of Municipal Securities Terms

BANK QUALIFIED (BQ)

Designation given to a public purpose bond offering by the issuer if it reasonably expects to issue in the calendar year of such offering no more than $10 million ($30 million for bonds issued in 2009-2010) of bonds of the type required to be included in making such calculation under the Internal Revenue Code. When purchased by a commercial bank for its portfolio, the bank may deduct a portion of the interest cost of carry for the position. A bond that is bank qualified is also known as a “qualified tax-exempt obligation.”

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