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Zions Direct Announces Municipal Bond Auction Results

SALT LAKE CITY, UT--(Marketwire - 07/19/11) - Zions Direct (www.zionsdirect.com), the online broker-dealer that allows its customers to purchase municipal bonds in its daily web-based auctions, announces their weekly auction results. In auctions closed from July 11, 2011 to July 15, 2011, investors purchasing municipal bonds in the auctions received average tax-exempt yields 0.88 percentage points, or 88 basis points, higher than similar bonds as reported by the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB).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 (www.auctions.zionsdirect.com). Since February 2007, Zions Direct has auctioned over 850 million dollars in more than 3,000 fixed-income auctions.ZIONS DIRECT / BONDDESK® MARKET SNAPSHOTMunicipal Bonds' Average Yields Trade Data (source: MSRB)

2011 - 2012 2012 2013 2014 2016 2018 2021
Rating < 9mo 1 yr 2 yr 3 yr 5 yr 7 yr 10 yr
AAA 0.31% 0.38% 0.55% 0.87% 1.36% 2.10% 2.67%
AA 0.42% 0.46% 0.72% 1.06% 1.68% 2.39% 2.96%
A 0.47% 1.04% 1.00% 1.64% 2.24% 2.99% 3.67%
BBB 1.36% 1.07% 2.13% 2.47% 3.43% 4.13% 4.76%
Insured AAA-AA 0.45% 0.49% 0.73% 1.21% 1.79% 2.48% 2.80%

Municipal Bond Auction Comparison Data (auction data from auctions.zionsdirect.com)

Issuer Term Rating Auction MSRB Difference
Yield Avg (basis
Yield points)
New York City, NY GO 4 Month AA 0.79% 0.42% 37
New Mexico Financial Authority 11 Month AA 1.29% 0.46% 83
Massachusetts St GO 2 Year AA 1.75% 0.72% 103
Black Horse Pike Reg Sch Dist,
Camden, NJ 5 Month AA 1.49% 0.42% 107
Flower Mound, TX GO 8 Month AA 1.20% 0.42% 78
Mesa USD Maricopa Cnty, AZ GO 2 Year AA 1.99% 0.72% 127
Alamo Community College
District, Texas 4 Month AA 1.15% 0.42% 73
Florida, State Board of
Education 11 Month AA 1.18% 0.46% 72
Skagit Country, WA - Public
Hospital District No.2 2.5 Year A 2.08% 1.00% 108
Seattle, Washington 5 Month AAA 1.10% 0.31% 79
Municipal Electric Authority of
Georgia 6 Month A 1.85% 0.47% 138
Gilbert USD No.41, Maricopa
Cnty, AZ 1 Year AA 1.30% 0.46% 84
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina 5 Month AA 1.16% 0.42% 74
Lexington County School
District No.4, South Carolina 8 Month AA 1.10% 0.42% 68
Average Difference 88

For more information on Zions Direct and the BondDesk Market Snapshot go to www.zionsdirect.com to sign up to receive the free weekly newsletter or visit www.think.zionsdirect.com to view a Market Snapshot archive.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.About Zions DirectZions 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 its web-based Bond Store (www.bondstore.com) 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 LLCBondDesk 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 DisclaimerMSRB bond trade data displayed as weighted average yield. Municipal bond information from MSRB as of July 15, 2011. 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 auctions.zionsdirect.com as of July 15, 2011. 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 in undersubscribed auctions.Municipal bonds are exempt from federal tax and may or may not be tax-exempt in individual states. The inclusion of municipal bonds selected by tax-exempt status is generated from pertinent federal tax attributes as populated from Muller, IDC, and/or BD ATS data sources.Terms are defined as follows: < 9 months = anything up to .75 years to maturity; 1 year = anything greater than 0.75 years up to 1.5 years to maturity; 2 years = anything greater than 1.5 years up to 2.5 years to maturity; 3 years = anything greater than 2.5 years up to 4 years to maturity; 5 years = anything greater than 4 years up to 6 years to maturity; 7 years = anything greater than 6 years up to 8.5 years to maturity; 10 years = anything greater than 8.5 years up to 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.