Online Resource Database
Most resources in the ORD are available to CDFA members only. CDFA members should login with their CDFA Account at the top of the page to access the full set of resources. Non-members are encouraged to join CDFA today
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Assessing Green Bonds
In response to the expansive growth in U.S. Public Finance green bond issuance, Moody’s has recently launched its Green Bond Assessment (GBA) service. Henry Shilling will explain green bonds and how a GBA will provide green bond issuers an...
Financing Education Projects in Rural AmericaMembers only Login
Bob Pennington and Chuck Ellingsworth with Raymond James gave an overview of a market update, the higher education sector, public universities, private college credit analysis, and the Raymond James USDA Team. Various case studies were presented as...
Accessing the U.S. Capital MarketsMembers only Login
Sidley Austin produced this excellent primer for entities interested in accessing the U.S. capital markets. This resource provides an overview of securities regulations and laws, the offering process, compliance obligations, exempt offerings, a...
The Partners Involved: Rating AgenciesMembers only Login
John DeLuca from Fitch Ratings discusses the important role a rating agencies has in a bond transaction. John details what a rating is and why it is important, key rating factors, the rating process, and impact of regulatory changes on issuers.
Understanding TIF Bond FinancingMembers only Login
Laura Radcliff from Stifel Nicolaus & Company gives this presentation outlining the basics of TIF bonds. She reviews credit analysis, the process for issuing bonds, offering documents, the ratings process, and continuing disclosure.
CDFA Bond Finance Resource Center
The CDFA Bond Finance Resource Center is a one-stop hub for all of the resources, reports, headlines, and projects that CDFA collects and publishes related to bond finance. Find links to resource tags, market reports, original research, upcoming...
The Role of the Rating AgenciesMembers only Login
Chris Valtin of Fitch Ratings gives this presentation outlining the basic role of the rating agencies in the bond financing process. He also discusses the rating process and the meaning behind the variety of ratings that exist.
Engaging the Rating Agencies
Questions relating to the role of the rating agencies have become more common do to economic conditions as many local governments and authorities struggle to understand the process of issuing a rating and its meaning. This article summarizes the...
Revenue-Supported Rating Criteria
This report presents Fitch Ratings’ criteria for assigning credit ratings to revenue-supported obligations and entities in the public finance sector and discusses the key qualitative and quantitative factors that influence a borrower’s expected...
The Rating AgenciesMembers only Login
This presentation by Chris Valtin of Fitch Ratings explains the role of the rating agency in the bond finance process, including what a rating means and how it is calculated.
Toward a Global Regulatory Framework for Credit Ratings
Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services (S&P) recently released this white paper examining the recent changes to the markets and the roles of credit agencies under these new global conditions. It concludes with a series of recommendation that credit...
Standard & Poor's Municipal Bond Index: Index Methodology
The S&P National Municipal Bond Index is a broad, comprehensive, market-value-weighted index designed to measure the performance of the investment-grade U.S. municipal bond market. The publication explains the eligibility criteria, index...
The Rating Agencies
Peter McGinnis, from Standard & Poors discusses the role the rating agencies play in the bond financing process and how the ratings are determined.