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  • 20 May 2015
    • Port Authority of New York and New Jersey credit risks shift as toll collections take precedence to aviation revenue
      The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has exposed its credit profile to a different set of risks amid a gradual shift which finds the authority relying upon toll collections more so than aviation revenues. The authority finds itself limited in its ability to raise tolls amid seven years of traffic declines and high-profile governance issues. However, its large capital plan remains flexible...Full Report
  • 18 May 2015
    • FAQ explains how overturning pension reform is credit negative for Chicago
      The May 8 Illinois Supreme Court decision to overturn state pension reform was a significant negative credit development for the City of Chicago, which has $71 billion of debt and pension liabilities. The court decision, and other credit factors, led us to downgrade the city to Ba1 negative from Baa2 negative. Many related issuers were also affected. The ruling increases the risk that cutting benefits will not be an available option for reducing unfunded pension liabilities... Full Report
  • 7 May 2015
    • Upgrade trend continues in US public finance rating revisions in Q1 2015; downgraded debt grows
      In Q1, there were 148 upgrades across US public finance rating revisions compared to 115 downgrades. Upgrades as a percent of total rating revisions was the highest since Q3 2008 at 56.2%. Economic stability, stronger financials and balance sheets, along with solid managerial oversight supported the upgrades. However, downgraded debt increased to $89.1 billion in Q1, attributable mostly to downgrades of four obligors…Press Release l Full Report
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