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MSRB CREATES ONLINE EDUCATION CENTER TO HOUSE DIGITAL RESOURCES ABOUT THE MUNICIPAL MARKET
Alexandria, VA – To facilitate access by municipal securities investors, state and local governments and others interested in the municipal market to free, objective educational resources, the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) today unveiled an online education center on its website at msrb.org. The new MSRB Education Center consolidates videos, fact sheets and a significant library of educational resources previously available elsewhere on the MSRB website and on the Electronic Municipal Market Access (EMMA®) website.
“Education and outreach are fundamental elements of our mission to protect investors and state and local governments,” said MSRB Executive Director Lynnette Kelly. “Centralizing all of the MSRB’s valuable educational content in a single location will support our efforts to ensure investors and issuers have access to free and objective information they need to make informed decisions in the municipal market.”
The MSRB Education Center organizes resources by topic and target audience. It features content about the following topics, among others:
Features and risks of municipal securities
Lifecycle of a municipal bond
529 college savings plans
Preparing to invest in bonds
Buying and selling municipal bonds
Monitoring municipal securities
The process of issuing municipal securities
Issuer disclosure to investors
Quick links to the MSRB Glossary of Municipal Securities Terms and past educational webinars are included in the MSRB Education Center. The MSRB also has added a video library and a fact sheet library to allow users to find all available educational material in a particular format.
In a related enhancement, resources to assist users with navigating the EMMA website and utilizing EMMA tools are now consolidated in a section called EMMA Help at emma.msrb.org. Both EMMA Help and the EMMA homepage offer direct links to the MSRB Education Center for users seeking municipal market education.
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 Congressionally-chartered, 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 subject to oversight by the Securities and Exchange Commission.