Vanderbilt Law Review

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The municipal securities industry, an important segment of the national capital markets, directly affects both the quality of life and the pace of community development throughout the nation. Municipal securities, broadly defined to include all debt securities issued or guaranteed by the states and their political subdivisions,' are the vehicle by which states, their agencies, and local governments finance both long- and short-term debt requirements. In calendar 1975, for example, the municipal securities industry raised approximately 29.2 billion dollars in long-term issues. In 1973, 8,147 long- and short-term issues raised almost 48 billion dollars, or approximately one-quarter of all direct expenditures of state and local governments for that year. Aid from the federal government for the same year was 39 billion dollars.