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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. 


  • 25 Jun 2015
    • State debt medians show first decline in 28 years
      Our annual state debt medians show the first drop in absolute debt levels since we began compiling the data 28 years ago. Net tax-supported debt for US states declined by $900 million and 33 states experienced a decline in this metric. The 2014 drop follows three years of minimal growth in net tax-supported debt, as states remain cautious in issuing new debt…Press Release l Full Report
    • Consolidation to remain brisk as distressed NFP hospitals seek out large, flush capital partners
      Merger and acquisition strategies will continue apace for the next one to two years as smaller, fiscally distressed not-for-profit hospitals turn to larger for-profit entities to tackle industry challenges. The strategy greatly reduces default or bankruptcy risk for the smaller NFP, and is a credit positive to its bondholders. Smaller providers face mounting regulatory and fiscal challenges which could lead to a negative credit event…Press Release l Full Report
  • 24 Jun 2015
    • US not-for-profit, public hospitals’ profitability hurt by increasing pension liabilities from greater life expectancy
      The Society of Actuaries update of its mortality tables reflect the increasing longevity of retirees, a credit negative for healthcare systems providing defined pension benefit plans. As Americans live longer, the pension benefit obligations rise and widens the gap between the PBO and the value of the plan assets. The changes to the mortality tables are contributing to material actuarial losses... Full Report
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