Searching for Municipal Securities
EMMA provides three powerful tools for finding information about specific municipal
securities: quick search, advanced search filters and 529 Plan search. Descriptions
of how to use each of these tools are provided below.
About Quick Search
A quick search (the equivalent of a “simple search” on many sites) can be conducted
from virtually any page on EMMA. Quick search allows searches by CUSIP number and
name of security issue.
- CUSIP Number
If you know the nine-character CUSIP number (CUSIP-9) of a security, enter it in
the quick search at the top of any page of EMMA to get direct access to security
details. Trade confirmations must, and most account statements do, include the CUSIP-9
for each security. Use the first six digits of a CUSIP number (CUSIP-6) if you prefer
to see a listing of issues of a particular issuer or a specific credit of an issuer.
A CUSIP is an identification number assigned to each maturity of an issue, similar
to a serial number. The acronym CUSIP refers to Committee on Uniform Security Identification
Procedures and nine-digit, alphanumeric CUSIP numbers that are used to identify
securities, including municipal bonds. The first six characters are known as the
base, or CUSIP-6, and uniquely identify the bond issuer. The seventh and eighth
digit identify the exact bond issue and the ninth digit is an automatically generated
Read more about CUSIP numbers
- Name of Security Issue
If you know the name of your security (which may be printed on your trade confirmation
or account statement), you can enter this text into the quick search. Entering text
in the quick search box will perform a word search of the security title consisting
of both the Issuer Name and Issue Description. Avoid using common terms, which can
bring back results numbering in the thousands.
About EMMA Search
Watch a tutorial about how to
search securities on EMMA.
EMMA search provides you with the broadest variety of search criteria, including:
Security Information Filters
A drop-down menu allows for the selection of the state in which the municipal issuer
of the securities is located.
- Issuer Name & Issue Description
- Standardized issuer names are used in connection with the assignment of CUSIP numbers.
These are the names upon which Issuer Name searches are based. These names include
a number of standardized or common abbreviations, and EMMA has incorporated into
its search functions a translation algorithm that should allow users to search on
many of the most often used standard abbreviations and their related plain English
equivalents interchangeably. Users are not required to enter the full name but can
search on specific words within a name.
- Standardized terminology is used for issue descriptions when CUSIP numbers are assigned.
These issue descriptions are used for purposes of Issue Description searches. Issue
descriptions include a number of standardized abbreviations, and EMMA has incorporated
into its search functions a translation algorithm that should allow users to search
on many of the most often used standard abbreviations and their related plain English
equivalents interchangeably. In many but not all cases, a borrower or obligor that
is the beneficiary of an issue may be named in the issue description. Currently,
the best way to search for an obligor in EMMA is through the Issue Description field,
but there is no assurance that obligors will always be identified in this way. Users
may search on a full or partial issue description.
If multiple terms are entered within a single field, EMMA will find matching records
containing all such terms in any order. If multiple terms are entered within quotation
marks (" "), then EMMA will find only exact matches for such multiple terms as entered.
- Closing Date
Closing date is the date on which the issuer delivered the securities to the underwriter
upon initial issuance.
- Dated Date
Dated date is the date from which interest on the securities begins to accrue.
- Interest Rate
This criteria searches on the interest rate, sometimes referred to as the "coupon
rate" of the bond or note, expressed as a percentage. This is different from yield,
which is the rate of return on an investment based on trade price and term of investment.
CUSIP-6s (the first six characters of a CUSIP-9) are a way to search for multiple
issues of an issuer. If the issuer has a single CUSIP-6, your search should return
all of the securities within that issuer’s bond issues. If the issuer has more than
one CUSIP-6, your search will only return securities in a subset of that issuer’s
issues (e.g., bonds secured by a particular credit, securities issued for a particular
purpose, bonds issued during a particular timeframe). Often, you can find other
issues of an issuer with multiple CUSIP-6s by conducting an Issuer Name search using
the exact name from the first CUSIP-6 search. Do not use Issuer Name or State when
conducting a CUSIP-6 search since these are already tied to the CUSIP-6.
- Maturity Date
This is the date on which a bond or note matures and the principal amount is repaid
to the investor.
A drop-down menu allows a search based on the issuer's intended use of the proceeds
of the offering. Options include:
- Source of Repayment
A drop-down menu allows a search on the source of funds pledged by the issuer for
repayment of the securities. Options include:
- General Obligation
- Double Barrel
- Rate Type
A drop-down menu allows a search on securities with different types of interest
rates/coupons. Options include:
A drop-down menu allows a search on whether a security has been guaranteed by a
bond insurer for the payment of the principal and interest should the issuer fail
to make the required payments.
- Current Long Term Ratings
Current long-term credit ratings assigned by Fitch and Standard and Poor’s are provided
on EMMA and may be included in a search. See Understanding Credit Ratings for more
- Security Type
More than 95 percent of all municipal securities are municipal bonds and notes that
are assigned a CUSIP-9. This is the default option for searches on EMMA. However,
the Security Type drop-down menu allows searches for other types of municipal securities.
Commercial paper consists of short-term, unsecured promissory notes assigned a CUSIP-6
identifier. Securities ineligible for CUSIP number assignment are securities that
do not have CUSIP numbers assigned due to unique characteristics of the security.
Municipal fund securities are securities with features similar to mutual funds such
as local government investment pools. Search for 529 college savings plans under
the 529 Plans tab.
Trade History Filters
- Trade Date
This is the date range on which a legally binding agreement was reached between
the buyer and seller. Trade data on EMMA dates to January 2005.
- Trade Price
This is the price at which the securities were transacted, expressed as a percentage
of the principal amount.
- Trade Yield
This is the yield, calculated on a "yield to worst" basis, using the trade price,
the interest rate on the bonds and the remaining period until maturity or earlier
- Trade Amount
This is the principal amount traded. An indicator of MM+ is shown for trades over
million dollars during the first week after the trade date. After a week has elapsed,
this indicator is replaced by the exact dollar amount. Enter "MM+" to search for
trade over $5
- Trade Type
Drop-down menu of whether a customer bought the security from a broker-dealer or
bank, a customer sold the security to a broker-dealer or bank, or the trade was
between a broker-dealer or bank and another broker-dealer or bank. Options include:
- Customer bought
- Inter-dealer Trade
- Customer sold
- Special Condition
A drop-down menu of special trading situations. Options include:
- List Offering Price/Takedown Trade (L) – indicates trades sold on first trading day at list price or at discount from list price to syndicate/selling dealer.
- When Issued Trade (W) – indicates trades in new issue security on or before final issuance and settlement of issue by issuer.
- Weighted Average Price Trade (P) – indicates price based on average price of multiple trades during day to acquire total amount of bonds.
- Broker’s Broker Trade (B) – indicates inter-dealer trades by broker's broker.
- Posting Date
This is the date on which a disclosure was made available on the EMMA website.
- Official Statements and Other Primary Market Documents
Official statements describe the essential terms of a bond, including whether and
on what terms a bond can be redeemed prior to maturity, the sources pledged to repay
the bond, the issuer's covenants for the benefit of investors, and much more. Selecting
this option will include securities for which primary market documents have been
posted on EMMA.
- Advance Refunding Documents
Advance refunding documents set out important terms of how and when a bond that
has been advance refunded ultimately will be paid. Selecting this option will include
securities for which advance refunding documents have been posted on EMMA.
- Variable Rate Security Documents
Variable rate security documents include liquidity facility documents for variable
rate demand obligations such as letters of credit and stand-by bond purchase agreements
as well as program documents for auction rate securities. Selecting this option
will include securities for which such documents have been posted on EMMA.
- Continuing Disclosure Documents
Continuing disclosure documents consist of important information about a bond that
arises after the initial issuance. Continuing disclosures include those identified
under Rule 15c2-12 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (Exchange Act) as well
as those made on a voluntary basis. Selecting a specific continuing disclosure document
type will include all securities for which this document type has been posted on
- Event Filings
Selecting this checkbox will include all securities that have had an event–based
continuing disclosure document posted on EMMA.
- Financial/Operating Filings
Selecting this checkbox will include all securities that have had a financial or
operating filing document posted on EMMA.
Saving Searches with MyEMMA
MyEMMA allows users to save and modify frequently used search criteria in EMMA Search.
Sign in to MyEMMA from the MyEMMA link in the upper right corner of any page of
the website. You can also sign in directly from the Search page by clicking "Access
MyEMMA Saved Searches" in the left menu. To save a new search, enter the search
criteria you wish to save. In the left menu, enter a name for the search and click
"Save Search". To view, load and delete your saved searches, click "Access MyEMMA
Saved Searches". Once a search is loaded, you can modify the criteria and re-save
to replace the existing saved search or save as a new search with a new search name.
About 529 Plan Search
Search for information on 529 college savings plans under the 529 Plans tab. Click a state in the
interactive map to find available information about the plan or plans offered in