MSRB to Provide New Historical Products for Municipal Securities Disclosure Documents and Data

Date: April 30, 2012

Contact: Jennifer A. Galloway, Chief Communications Officer
             (703) 797-6600 


Alexandria, VA – The Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) announced today that it will provide new information products for historical documents and certain related data housed on the MSRB’s Electronic Municipal Market Access (EMMA®) website. The new products, available June 2012, provide information vendors and others with convenient access to official statements, continuing disclosure and municipal variable rate securities data and documents dating to 2009.

“The MSRB is providing these historical information products so that complete sets of municipal market documents and data are available in a consolidated way,” said MSRB Executive Director Lynnette Kelly. “All the information in the historical products is available on the EMMA website, however these new products deliver all such documents and data through an electronic feed to provide users with maximum flexibility in their use of these critical resources.”

The MSRB’s EMMA website is a centralized online database that provides free public access to official disclosure documents and trade data associated with municipal bonds issued in the United States. The EMMA website makes available real-time trade prices, primary market and continuing disclosure documents and current credit ratings for more than one million outstanding securities, as well as current interest rate information, liquidity documents and other information for most variable rate municipal securities.

The MSRB provides these historical products and other real-time automated subscription feeds to data and documents posted on EMMA for a fee. Read more here.

The MSRB protects investors, state and local governments and other municipal entities, and the public interest by promoting a fair and efficient municipal securities market. The MSRB fulfills this mission by regulating the municipal securities firms, banks and municipal advisors that engage in municipal securities and advisory activities. To further protect market participants, the MSRB provides market transparency through its Electronic Municipal Market Access (EMMA®) website, the official repository for information on all municipal bonds. The MSRB also serves as an objective resource on the municipal market, conducts extensive education and outreach to market stakeholders, and provides market leadership on key issues. The MSRB is a self-regulatory organization governed by a 21-member board of directors that has a majority of public members, in addition to representatives of regulated entities. The MSRB is overseen by the Securities and Exchange Commission and Congress.