SOURCE: Zions Direct

Zions Direct

August 18, 2010 09:00 ET

Zions Direct Announces Auction Results

Auctions of Municipal and Corporate Bonds for Week of August 9, 2010

SALT LAKE CITY, UT--(Marketwire - August 18, 2010) -  Zions Direct (, the online broker-dealer that allows its customers to purchase municipal bonds and corporate bonds in its daily web-based auctions, announces their weekly auction results. In auctions closed from August 9, 2010 to August 13, 2010, investors purchasing municipal bonds in the auctions received average tax-exempt yields 0.64 percentage points, or 64 basis points, higher than similar bonds as reported by the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB). Customers that purchased corporate bonds in the auctions received average taxable yields 92 basis points higher than comparable bonds reported in FINRA's Trade Reporting and Compliance Engine (TRACE).

Zions Direct, in conjunction with BondDesk Group LLC, regularly publishes a Market Snapshot for investors to help understand the current bond market, summarizing current weighted-average yields of investment-grade municipal and corporate bonds. Findings are compared against similar securities auctioned at Zions Direct Auctions ( Since February 2007, Zions Direct has auctioned over 675 million dollars in more than 1,500 fixed-income auctions.

"This was another successful week for Zions Direct bidders," said W. David Hemingway, Chairman of Zions Direct. "The auction results prove that giving consumers the ability to set their bond yields reaps measurable benefits for all participants."


Municipal Bonds' Average Yields Trade Data (source: MSRB)
    2010 - 2011   2011   2012   2013   2015   2017   2020
Rating   < 9mo   1 yr   2 yr   3 yr   5 yr   7 yr   10 yr
AAA   0.36%   0.44%   0.63%   0.80%   1.38%   2.06%   2.58%
AA   0.39%   0.54%   0.68%   1.00%   1.58%   2.26%   2.79%
A   0.98%   0.77%   1.18%   1.66%   2.27%   2.93%   3.45%
BBB   2.13%   1.43%   2.10%   2.42%   2.98%   3.72%   4.49%
Insured AAA-AA   0.47%   0.51%   0.71%   1.08%   1.69%   2.28%   2.93%
Municipal Bond Auction Comparison Data (auction data from
Issuer   Term   Rating   Auction   MSRB   Difference
            Yield   Avg Yield   (basis pts)
Utah Water Finance, UT Rev   1 Year   A   1.50%   0.77%   73
Town of Topsham, ME GO   2 Months   Insured AAA   0.99%   0.47%   53
State of Connecticut, CT GO   1 Month   AA   1.00%   0.39%   61
Alpine School District, UT GO   7 Months   Insured AAA   1.18%   0.47%   71
Signal Hill, CA Rev   3 Months   A   1.75%   0.98%   77
City of Irving, TX GO   1 Month   AAA   0.89%   0.36%   53
Average Difference                   64
Corporate Bonds' Average Yields Trade Data (source: FINRA's TRACE)
    2010 - 2011   2011   2012   2013   2015   2017   2020
Rating   < 9mo   1 yr   2 yr   3 yr   5 yr   7 yr   10 yr
AAA   0.25%   0.43%   0.76%   1.28%   1.90%   2.76%   3.05%
AA   0.57%   0.70%   1.35%   1.62%   2.57%   3.53%   4.13%
A   0.59%   1.04%   1.82%   2.31%   3.23%   4.12%   4.69%
BBB   0.94%   1.35%   2.42%   2.70%   3.63%   5.10%   4.94%
Corporate Bond Auction Comparison Data (auction data from
Issuer   Term   Rating   Auction   TRACE   Difference
            Yield   Avg Yield   (basis pts)
General Electric Capital   18 Months   AA   2.42%   1.35%   107
Goldman Sachs Group   5 Months   A   1.20%   0.59%   61
Bank of America   3 Months   A   2.20%   0.59%   161
J.P. Morgan Chase   6 Months   A   1.40%   0.59%   81
HSBC Finance Corp   1 Month   A   1.10%   0.59%   51
Average Difference                   92

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About Zions Direct

Zions Direct is a broker-dealer that specializes in offering securities for self-directed and fixed income-focused investors. Zions Direct allows retail investors to buy FDIC-insured certificates of deposit and corporate and municipal bonds through their web-based Bond Store ( and auction platforms. In addition, clients can invest in stocks, mutual funds, and exchange-traded funds online or through a Zions Direct financial representative.

About BondDesk Group LLC

BondDesk Group LLC is a financial technology firm, providing enterprise-wide fixed income solutions to many of the top broker-dealers in North America. The BondDesk Alternative Trading System (ATS), run by BondDesk Trading LLC, connects broker-dealers through a centralized marketplace by offering a diverse pool of liquidity for odd-lot fixed income securities in multiple asset classes. The BondDesk ATS executes over 20,000 transactions per day by providing 2,000 broker-dealers access to 35,000 live and executable offerings from over 100 premier fixed income dealers. In addition, BondDesk Group is a leading provider of innovative fixed income wealth management solutions, advisor workstations and fixed income analytical tools and applications.

Market Snapshot Information Disclaimer

MSRB and TRACE bond trade data displayed as weighted average yield. Municipal bond information from MSRB as of August 13, 2010. The Trade Data was developed by BondDesk Group based on information from MSRB's Real-Time Transaction Reporting System, and excludes transactions in taxable bonds. Auction information from as of August 13, 2010.

Corporate bond information from FINRA's Trade Reporting and Compliance Engine (TRACE) as of August 13, 2010. The Trade Data was developed by BondDesk Group based on trade reporting information from TRACE, and excludes transactions in callable and floating-rate coupon bonds. The aggregate rating for each bond is based on average ratings from Moody's and S&P (when available).

Although information in this Market Snapshot is believed to be reliable, Zions Direct and BondDesk make no express or implied warranties of any kind regarding this information, including as to its accuracy or completeness. Auction data excludes bonds maturing less than 0.5 years from auction close and bonds in undersubscribed auctions.

The information in the Market Snapshot is not intended to serve as the basis for investment decisions. Past performance is not an indication of future results.

Terms are defined as follows: < 9 months = anything less than .75 years to maturity; 1 year = anything greater than 0.75 years and less than 1.5 years to maturity; 2 years = anything greater than 1.5 years and less than 2.5 years to maturity; 3 years = anything greater than 2.5 years and less than 4 years to maturity; 5 years = anything greater than 4 years and less than 6 years to maturity; 7 years = anything greater than 6 years and less than 8.5 years to maturity; 10 years = anything greater than 8.5 years and less than 11.5 years to maturity.

Investment products and services offered through Zions Direct, member of FINRA/SIPC, a non-bank subsidiary of Zions Bank are NOT insured by the FDIC or any federal or state governmental agency, are NOT deposits or other obligations of, or guaranteed by, Zions Bancorporation or its affiliates, and MAY be subject to investment risks, including the possible loss of principal value or amount invested. FDIC-insured CDs are insured up to $250,000 per individual account holder per bank.

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