MSRB Releases "What to Expect" Videos for Municipal Bond Investors

Date: June 19, 2013

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


Alexandria, VA – The Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) today released new educational videos for municipal securities investors about what they should expect from their brokers when investing in the municipal securities market. Designed to easily communicate important concepts, the videos focus on the key obligations of brokers when engaging in municipal securities transactions. The videos are a key addition to the MSRB’s Investor Toolkit, an online resource to equip investors with basic information to successfully navigate the municipal securities market.

Investors should also always understand the costs and risks associated with investing in municipal securities. The Investor Toolkit also includes Evaluating a Municipal Bond’s Interest Rate Risk, which addresses how a municipal bond’s value can fluctuate due to changes in interest rates and What to Know When Selling a Municipal Bond Prior to Maturity which reminds investors what they should consider when selling their municipal securities.

“The MSRB is committed to continually providing investors with access to objective resources to help them understand how the municipal market works,” said MSRB Executive Director Lynnette Kelly. “We hope the additions to the Investor Toolkit will provide investors with information that previously was difficult to obtain in one place.”

Highlights of the MSRB’s Investor Toolkit include:

  • Getting started when investing in municipal securities
  • Learning more about the municipal securities market
  • Using the EMMA® website

Access the MSRB’s Investor Toolkit. The MSRB also provides educational resources for state and local governments that issue municipal securities in its State and Local Government Toolkit.

Learn more about the MSRB.

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.