How to Find Ratings for Municipal Bonds

by Contributor ; Updated July 27, 2017

There are many sources you can use to find municipal bond ratings. Many of them are online. Use these steps to find the best ones.

Step 1

Create a list of municipal bonds you're interested in. This list may be generated from local sources, suggestions made to you by friends, or research you do online for information.

Step 2

Search an online database that contains municipal bond information and ratings. Several of these databases are, Global Financial Data, and Mergent Online.

Step 3

Search web resources that offer municipal bond and other investment ratings information. These resources can be found with a keyword search for "web resources municipal bond ratings." You can also check out these web resources for bond ratings: Bond Market Association; Bond Market Commentary; Bonds Online; BradyNet; Buying Bills, Notes, Bonds and Savings Bonds; Corporate Finance Live; Encyclopedia of Finance; Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis; Kiplinger Online; NASD BondInfo and Yahoo! Bond Center.

Step 4

Visit your local public or university library. Research municipal bond ratings with a financial reference book or collection such as "Dictionary of Finance and Investment Terms," "Standard & Poor's Guide to Personal Finance," or "Business Rankings Annual." You could also search for information with "Bond Tables," "Bond Tables of Probably Future Yields," or the "Bond Guide."

Step 5

Contact a bond rating agency such as Standard & Poor's, Fitch Bond Rating Agency, or Long Term Bond Ratings.

Step 6

Conduct your research using the list of municipal bonds you made earlier.


  • There are a lot of free bond rating sites online. Use the Internet for your research. Use the reference materials at your local public or university library to find municipal bond rating information.


  • All investments have some risk involved. Ratings don't guarantee a return.

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