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Using Your Own Liquidity for Variable Rate Debt Liquidity Support: What Municipal Issuers Need to Know Nov 01
Standard & Poors, November 2001
Standard & Poor's is receiving an increasing number of inquiries from issuers--including states, housing agencies, local governments, and not-for-for profit corporations--regarding the use of assets to provide liquidity support for variable-rate debt. Creditworthy issuers have expressed a desire to use internal assets as liquidity support for variable-rate debt (defined here as variable-rate demand obligations (VRDOs) and commercial paper (CP)) as a substitute for traditional bank liquidity facilities. These traditional facilities include bank lines and letters of credit (LOCs), and standby bond purchase agreements (SBPAs). Issuers have indicated to Standard & Poor's that bank liquidity facilities are often expensive and can be cumbersome to administer. In short, issuers are seeking cost-effective liquidity support alternatives to bank liquidity facilities. Can an issuer...
Companies mentioned in this report are: Massachusetts Inst of Tech,Merrill Lynch & Co. Inc.
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Massachusetts Inst of Tech,Merrill Lynch & Co. Inc.