MSRB Produces Short Video about the Municipal Market

Date: May 20, 2013

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


Alexandria, VA – The  Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) today released a short video that tells the story of the organization and explains the MSRB’s role in the $3.7 trillion municipal securities market. The MSRB plays a unique role in the financial market that raises capital for state and local governments to build roads, schools, bridges, hospitals and other public purpose facilities. 

Using motion graphics to illustrate the market’s participants and operations, The Municipal Bond Market and the MSRB explains the development of the municipal finance market and how the MSRB was created by Congress to protect investors and state and local governments and other municipal entities.

The video is the first in a series of educational videos the MSRB plans to make available as part of its digital strategy to promote municipal market education. Future videos will highlight how investors can prepare to invest in municipal securities and use the MSRB’s Electronic Municipal Market Access (EMMA®) website, among other topics.

The MSRB currently provides free online toolkits for investors and for state and local governments to help them navigate the process of purchasing and issuing municipal securities. An education center on the EMMA website provides additional resources for anyone interested in the municipal securities market. All of the MSRB educational materials provide objective and independent information for municipal market participants.

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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.