Bond Cap Abandonment, Carryforward Loss Trends Track with Recession, Recovery

Published by Peter Lawrence on Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 12:00am

The Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA) bond data from 2000-2016 and the recent trends in private activity bond (PAB) markets provides useful insight into bond issuance and use trends.

In 2000, few states had accumulated significant carryover, and as such, 45 states had no carry-forward abandoned. Prior to the passage of the Community Renewal Tax Relief Act of 2000, which enacted a one-time 40 percent increase in per-capita allocations and established inflation adjustments, PAB volume cap was not adjusted for inflation, and thus as the cost of PAB projects grew, less and less cap went unused. The financial crisis and the collapse of the housing market in 2008 significantly reduced states’ abilities to issue PABs. The number of states with no carry-forward abandoned in 2008 was 33; in 2009 it was 23. The trend bottomed out in 2011 with only 11 states reporting no carry-forward abandoned. Since then the number of states reporting no abandoned carry-forward has increased to 20 in 2016.


Blog Graph Number of States With No Carryforward Abandoned Has Dropped Since 2000
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Blog Graph Private Activity Bond Carryforward Abandoned Grew Significantly from 2000 to 2014
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