MSRB Provides Enhanced Search Capabilities on EMMA Website

Date: January 31, 2013

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


Alexandria, VA – The Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) is reminding municipal market participants today that it recently enhanced the search capabilities of its Electronic Municipal Market Access (EMMA®) website. EMMA website users can now more easily locate specific securities and related pricing information among the universe of 1.2 million outstanding municipal securities.

“The MSRB is continually improving the EMMA website to help users more quickly and easily access information about municipal bonds,” said MSRB Executive Director Lynnette Kelly. 

The MSRB incorporated feedback from users since launching the EMMA website in 2009 to make improvements to its initial search capabilities. The improvements were identified in the MSRB’s Long-Range Plan for Market Transparency Products and align with a July 2012 report from the Securities and Exchange Commission on the municipal securities markets suggesting that investor access to pricing information could be improved with more robust search tools on the EMMA website.

Overview of Recent Enhancements to EMMA Search

  • Combined Filters: Capability to search by a combination of security characteristics, trade details and types of continuing disclosures
  • Sortable Results: Interactive grid display and ability to search within results  
  • Saved Searches: Custom access to frequently used searches with MyEMMA
  • Quick Search: Simple text or CUSIP-based searches

Another recent enhancement to the EMMA website is the addition of MyEMMA, a tool launched in November 2012 to provide customized access to EMMA features. Signing up for MyEMMA gives users the ability to save frequently used sets of search criteria and receive alerts when new information about a security becomes available on EMMA.

Watch a tutorial on using EMMA search.

Read more about the recent search enhancements.

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.