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					MSRB to Make Municipal Securities Credit
Ratings from Fitch Ratings and Standard &
Poor’s Available on Its EMMA Website
November 14, 2011 08:03 AM Eastern Time 

ALEXANDRIA, Va.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--The Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB)
announced today that investors and others will have free access to current municipal credit ratings on its EMMA® 
website beginning on November 21, 2011. The ratings, provided by Fitch Ratings and Standard & Poor’s, will be
displayed on EMMA for all individual municipal securities that have ratings assigned by the two agencies.

“The MSRB appreciates the leadership of Fitch Ratings and S&P for their participation in this important project,
which is consistent with the MSRB’s goal of supporting individual investors’ free access to information,” said MSRB
Executive Director Lynnette Kelly Hotchkiss. “Displaying current ratings for municipal securities on EMMA will put
additional information in the hands of investors to help them review the features and merits of individual bonds.” 

The EMMA website is a centralized online database operated by the MSRB that provides free public access to
official disclosure documents and trade data associated with municipal bonds issued in the United States.

“Fitch Ratings has long supported the MSRB's goal of making municipal bond ratings free and available to the public
through EMMA,” said Dan Champeau, Group Head of U.S. Public Finance and Global Infrastructure & Project
Finance, Fitch Ratings. “We are pleased Fitch’s municipal ratings will shortly be available via EMMA and we
appreciate the constructive work the MSRB has undertaken to bring this important project to its completion.

"We understand the importance of providing transparency to the marketplace by making our rating opinions easily
accessible to the public,” said Bill Montrone, Managing Director and Head of U.S. Public Finance Ratings, Standard
& Poor's Ratings Services. “We are particularly delighted to work with the MSRB in placing our U.S. municipal
ratings on the EMMA website, a well-recognized and important resource for investors and other market
participants."

A municipal security’s credit rating represents the rating agency’s opinion of the creditworthiness of an obligor. Fitch
Ratings and S&P are among rating agencies registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as
Nationally Recognized Statistical Rating Organizations (NRSROs). In order to provide investors with additional
information about municipal securities, the MSRB encourages other NRSROs to join the initiative’s next phase.
“Fitch and S&P are leaders in this project and we certainly hope that other rating agencies will follow suit,” 
Hotchkiss said.

In addition to credit rating information, the EMMA website also makes available real-time trade data and primary
market and continuing disclosure documents for approximately 1.5 million outstanding municipal bonds, as well as
current interest rate information and related documentation for most variable rate municipal securities. The EMMA
website provides transparency of information for investors in this important financial market and makes it easy —
and free — for them to access bond disclosures and pricing data that can inform investment decisions. Information
available on EMMA includes snapshots of daily trade data based on security size, sector, maturity and source of
repayment, educational material about bonds and their associated documents, and a comprehensive glossary of
municipal bond terms.
The Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) protects investors, issuers of municipal securities and
entities whose credit stands behind municipal securities, and public pension plans by promoting a fair and
efficient municipal market. The MSRB fulfills this mission by regulating securities firms, banks and municipal
advisors that engage in municipal securities and advisory activities. To further protect market participants,
the MSRB promotes disclosure and market transparency through its Electronic Municipal Market Access
(EMMA) website, provides education and conducts extensive outreach. The MSRB has operated under
Congressional mandate with oversight by the Securities and Exchange Commission since 1975.

Contacts
Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board
Jennifer A. Galloway, Chief Communications Officer
703-797-6600
jgalloway@msrb.org

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