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5 Interactive Maps and the Questions They Answer

by Mardee Handler Dating back to the early explorers, maps were tools used to help uncover buried treasures... Now, many maps have become treasures in their own right. If a picture is worth a thousand words, an interactive map can often encapsulate an entire story,...

Five Handy Online Calculators for Municipal Research

by Mardee Handler, managing editor We’ve come a long way from the abacus. The online world is not flat, which continues to increase the power of the Internet. Certainly, we can access vast amounts of information online. We can also, in a growing number of examples,...

Twitter: A Powerful Tool in Your Municipal Research Arsenal

by Mardee Handler, managing editor For those of you who say you don’t have time to add Twitter to your municipal research toolbox, I beg to differ: you’re the ones that can potentially benefit the most from it. For those of you who say you don’t know where to start,...

The Fed Tapers and Munis Waver

And so it begins. Taking a cue from the financial markets’ calmer behavior in recent weeks, the Federal Reserve Open Market Committee (FOMC) ended months of speculation by announcing it will start to reduce its bond purchase program to $75 billion from $85 billion a...

Six Reasons to Visit the New GASB Website

Until recently, the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) website was rather intimidating to anyone without a degree in finance or accounting. That is no longer the case, thanks to an impressive “new and improved” website that offers greater functionality and...

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