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Principles of Municipals

Education Program

Available Courses:
New York, NY - May 17-18, 2012

Chicago, IL - September 13-14, 2012

Duration: 2 days
Price: $2,400 ($1,900 if you register through April 20, 2012)
Audience: This course is defined for beginner-to intermediate-level analysts, credit risk managers, and other financial professionals who want to enhance their knowledge of municipal credit risk analysis.
Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of financial and business analysis and accounting. Zero to five years of experience in the financial services industry.
Pre-course work: To get the maximum benefits from this custom learning program, you will be required to complete pre-course reading from our credit analysis professionals.

CE Credits: 13
*Discount applies for CFA members – click here for details

Course Objectives
This course will help participants to be able to:

  • Identify the mechanics of how state and local governments raise capital
  • Describe the different types of issuers and investors in the municipal market
  • Compare and contrast the different types of short- and long-term municipal debt
  • Discuss the ratings process and the implication of ratings on the municipal debt market
  • Enumerate the economic and political factors that influence municipal issuers
  • Identify major warnings signals of deterioration in the municipal market
  • Analyze current developments in the municipal market in light of heightened fiscal problems

Course Overview: The course will be a combination of lecture, group and individual exercises and group discussion. Multiple case studies will be used throughout the course to highlight specific learning points. S & P Capital IQ’s products will be discussed when appropriate. This course does not teach Standard & Poor’s credit ratings criteria or methodologies.

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Course Agenda Overview

    Day 1
    Session 1: Overview of the Municipal Market
    Session 2: Types of Municipal Debt
    Session 3: Fundamental Analysis of the Municipal Market
    Session 4: Financial Analysis
    Day 2
    Session 5: Overview of Ratings and Their Implications
    Session 6: Early Warning Signs of Credit Distress
    Session 7: Market Trends and Outlook
    Session 8: Develop and Defend a Municipal Credit Rationale


If you have any questions about this course, please send an e-mail or call +212-438-4022.

Please Note: Course agenda is subject to change without notice. The course curriculum does not cover the ratings criteria, methodologies, or applications of Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services.

*Early registration discount is available through April 20, 2012.


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