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Financial Reporting and Municipal Bond Rating Changes

K. K. Raman
The Accounting Review
Vol. 56, No. 4 (Oct., 1981), pp. 910-926
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/247209
Page Count: 17
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Financial Reporting and Municipal Bond Rating Changes
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Abstract

Municipal bond rating changes can have significant consequences for both borrowers and investors. Multivariate discriminant analysis (MDA) was used to examine whether financial ratios could discriminate between cities that had their ratings upgraded or downgraded from an A rating. In addition, both the upgraded and the downgraded groups of cities were matched, using a paired sample design with a control group to examine the predictive ability of fiscal information. Fiscal variables do appear to be associated with rating revisions. In addition, it appears that rating revisions are more closely associated with operating working capital flow than the "total flow of resources" statement generated by current generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).

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