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Zions Direct Municipal Bond Market Snapshot for Week Ending October 12, 2012

October 16, 2012

SALT LAKE CITY, Oct. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Zions Direct, the online broker-dealer that allows its customers to purchase municipal bonds in its daily web-based auctions, announces its weekly auction results. Since 2006, Zions Direct has auctioned over $2 billion in more than 7,000 fixed-income auctions.

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In auctions closed from October 8, 2012 to October 12, 2012, investors purchasing municipal bonds in the auctions received average tax-exempt yields 0.68 percentage points, or 68 basis points, higher than similar bonds as reported by the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB).

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

    Issuer       Term Rating Auction Yield       MSRB            Difference
    ------       ---- ------ -------------       ----            ----------
                                                 Avg Yield       (basis points)
                                                 ---------       -------------
    Texas Pub
     Fin Auth,
     TX Rev      2 Month  Insured AA       0.92%           0.35%                 57
    ----------   -------  ----------       ----            ----                 ---
    Salt Lake
     City, UT
     Rev         4 Month  AA               0.69%           0.32%                 37
    ---------    -------  ---              ----            ----                 ---
    Las Vegas
     Valley Wtr
     Dist, NV GO 8 Month  AA               0.94%           0.32%                 62
    ------------ -------  ---              ----            ----                 ---
    Weber Cnty,
     UT Rev      9 Month  AAA              0.94%           0.27%                 67
    -----------  -------  ---              ----            ----                 ---
    Coweta Cnty
     Wtr & Swr,
     GA Rev      2.5 Year Insured AA       1.25%           0.64%                 61
    -----------  -------- ----------       ----            ----                 ---
    Collin
     County, TX
     GO          4 Month  AAA              0.69%           0.27%                 42
    -----------  -------  ---              ----            ----                 ---
    State of New
     Mexico, Rev 9 Month  AA               1.15%           0.32%                 83
    ------------ -------  ---              ----            ----                 ---
    Hillsborough
     Cnty Sch
     Brd, FL Cop 9 Month  Insured AA       1.29%           0.35%                 94
    ------------ -------  ----------       ----            ----                 ---
    La Grange,
     IL GO       14 Month AA               1.08%           0.38%                 70
    ----------   -------- ---              ----            ----                 ---
    Miami-Dade
     Cnty Sch
     Dist, FL GO 22 Month Insured A        1.27%           0.51%                 76
    ------------ -------- ---------        ----            ----                 ---
    Charlotte,
     NC GO       4 Month  AAA              0.79%           0.27%                 52
    ----------   -------  ---              ----            ----                 ---
    Findlay, OH
     GO - ALL or
     NONE        9 Month  Insured AA       0.75%           0.35%                 40
    ------------ -------  ----------       ----            ----                 ---
    Dallas Ind
     Sch Dist,
     TX GO       4 Month  AA               0.88%           0.32%                 56
    ----------   -------  ---              ----            ----                 ---
    Pima Cnty
     Sch Dist
     #39, AZ GO  9 Month  Insured AA       1.29%           0.35%                 94
    -----------  -------  ----------       ----            ----                 ---
    Urbandale
     Comm Sch
     Dist, IA GO 8 Month  AA               1.20%           0.32%                 88
    ------------ -------  ---              ----            ----                 ---
    Plano, TX GO 23 Month AAA              1.23%           0.44%                 79
    ------------ -------- ---              ----            ----                 ---
    Westfield
     Sch Dist,
     NJ GO       4 Month  Insured AA       0.75%           0.35%                 40
    ----------   -------  ----------       ----            ----                 ---
    Monroe, LA
     Rev         8 Month  Insured AA       1.29%           0.35%                 94
    ----------   -------  ----------       ----            ----                 ---
    Allentown,
     PA Rev      11 Month A                1.49%           0.55%                 94
    ----------   -------- ---              ----            ----                 ---
    King Co, WA
     Rev         14 Month Insured AA       1.03%           0.42%                 61
    -----------  -------- ----------       ----            ----                 ---
    Wantage
     Township,
     NJ GO       2.5 Year AA               1.38%           0.61%                 77
    ----------   -------- ---              ----            ----                 ---
    Average
     Difference                                                                  68
    -----------                                                                 ---

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.

ZIONS DIRECT / BONDDESK® MARKET SNAPSHOT
Municipal Bonds’ Average Yields Trade Data* (source: MSRB)

                   2012 - 2013       2013  2014  2015  2017  2019  2022
                   -----------       ----  ----  ----  ----  ----  ----
    Rating         <9mo          1 yr  2 yr  3 yr  5 yr  7 yr  10 yr
    ------         ----          ----  ----  ----  ----  ----  -----
    AAA                        0.28% 0.35% 0.41% 0.52% 0.70% 1.05% 1.52%
    ---                        ----  ----  ----  ----  ----  ----  ----
    AA                         0.32% 0.41% 0.48% 0.63% 0.90% 1.41% 1.94%
    ---                        ----  ----  ----  ----  ----  ----  ----
    A                          0.49% 0.51% 0.70% 0.95% 1.31% 1.77% 2.47%
    ---                        ----  ----  ----  ----  ----  ----  ----
    BBB                        1.03% 1.67% 1.45% 1.77% 2.82% 3.01% 3.44%
    ---                        ----  ----  ----  ----  ----  ----  ----
    Insured AAA-AA             0.36% 0.44% 0.51% 0.70% 0.99% 1.53% 2.05%
    --------------             ----  ----  ----  ----  ----  ----  ----

*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.

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.

For more information about Zions Direct and to sign up to receive the free weekly e-newsletter, visit zionsdirect.com. This and past Market Snapshots can be found at think.zionsdirect.com.

Market Snapshot Information Disclaimer
MSRB bond trade data displayed as weighted average yield. Municipal bond information from MSRB as of October 12, 2012. 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 October 12, 2012. 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. Any specific weekly results may be heavily influenced by large, atypical volatility, trade volume, or other unusual investing events.

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.

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