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Research and analysis on 90% of public debt issued by state and local governments, hospitals, higher education institutions and other tax-exempt entities. 

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  • 1 May 2015
    • Regardless of legislative, legal changes, Chicago’s pension costs will grow for years
      Chicago's pension plans face an uncertain future. Statutes that govern Chicago's pension funding requirements have come under legal and political fire, particularly during the last year, as pensioners, politicians, taxpayers and investors have questioned the laws' constitutionality and affordability. If current laws stand, Chicago's annual pension contributions are projected to increase by 135% in 2016, and by an average annual rate of 8% in 2017-21… Press Release l Full Report
  • 28 Apr 2015
    • Panama Canal expansion benefits East Coast local governments near key ports, West Coast ports remain on top
      Large shifts in cargo from the West Coast to the East Coast resulting from the Panama Canal expansion in 2016 are unlikely. Local governments nearest to key East Coast ports in Norfolk, VA, Savannah, GA, and Charleston, SC, will nevertheless experience revenue increases owing to the expansion, even as cargo volume increases are modest. Additional traffic benefits the ports and new or relocated business increase tax revenues… Press Release l Full Report
  • 21 Apr 2015
    • Value of debt service reserve fund varies by sector and individual credit
      The credit impact of debt service reserve funds (DSRF) varies across credits and sectors in US public finance. For issuers with solid fundamentals and a low risk of default, a DSRF adds little to credit. DSRFs also have comparatively little value when liquidity stress is persistent and default is inevitable. However, for issuers which face temporary and correctable liquidity events, a DSRF can provide a valuable cushion and avoid a default... Full Report
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