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New Offering: The Trustees of the California State University ("the Board") Systemwide Revenue Bonds

We are pleased to announce that Fidelity Capital Markets has been chosen as a co-senior manager for the Board's upcoming $1.1 billion1 Systemwide Revenue Bonds offering.

What is the opportunity?

The Board is expected to come to market with $1.07 billion1 in tax-exempt Series 2015A and $30 million1 in taxable Series 2015B Systemwide Revenue Bonds. Proceeds from the sale will be used to finance approved capital projects at California State University facilities and to refund outstanding bonds to help lower borrowing costs. The bonds are rated Aa2 by Moody's and AA- by S&P2. They are secured by pledged and gross revenues, with gross revenues derived from housing, parking, student unions, student centers, and student health and continuing educations facilities on the 23 CSU campuses. Tuition and state appropriations are excluded from the pledged revenues designated for the repayment of the bonds. Please note the Board has no taxing power and the bonds are not a debt of the state of California.

Key benefits

The bond sale offers several attractive benefits for individual investors who are residents of California, including federal- and state-level tax-exemption on the Series 2015A Bonds, prices and yields that match those available to institutional investors, and the potential for stable income.

How to place an order

The offering is expected to be priced the week of July 131, although market conditions or the discretion of the issuer may affect this timeline or the amount of bonds offered. Individual investors can place orders online lock or by calling a Fidelity representative at 800-460-5848. To stay up to date on pricing, credit rating changes, and more, please sign up for Fidelity alerts or visit our municipal bond new issue offerings page.

Additional resources

Municipal Bonds
Review the risks and benefits of investing in municipal bonds.

California State Treasurer
Learn more about California bonds and notes and about how to become an investor.

Municipal Bonds: Understanding Credit Risk (PDF)
Learn more about assessing credit risks when purchasing municipal bonds in this SEC investor bulletin.

Investing in a volatile bond market
Get the latest insights on the bond market, outlook for future rates, and investment strategies from Fidelity Viewpoints.

This information does not constitute an offer of any securities for sale.
1. Preliminary, subject to change
2. As of July 7, 2015. Ratings are subject to change or withdrawal by rating agencies at any time.
Interest income earned from tax-exempt municipal securities generally is exempt from federal income tax, and may also be exempt from state and local income taxes if you are a resident in the state of issuance. A portion of the income you receive may be subject to federal and state income taxes, including the federal alternative minimum tax. Before making any investment, you should review the official statement for the relevant offering for additional tax and other considerations.
The municipal market can be adversely affected by tax, legislative, or political changes and the financial condition of the issuers of municipal securities. Investing in municipal bonds for the purpose of generating tax-exempt income may not be appropriate for investors in all tax brackets or for all account types. Tax laws are subject to change and the preferential tax treatment of municipal bond interest income may be revoked or phased out for investors at certain income levels. You should consult your tax adviser regarding your specific situation.
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the percentage of return an investor receives based on the amount invested or on the current market value of holdings; it is expressed as an annual percentage rate; yield stated is the yield to worst — the yield if the worst possible bond repayment takes place, reflecting the lower of the yield to maturity or the yield to call based on the previous close