US municipal woes

The struggling finances of US states have been thrust into the spotlight in recent years after tax revenues fell sharply as a result of the economic slump, leading to gaping budget deficits throughout the country, severe spending cuts and, in some cases, tax hikes

Puerto Rico to miss new year payments

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Island is struggling under a $72bn debt burden


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The decline of Motown’s home in charts
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Hope for a new city amid Detroit’s blight

Much remains to be done to revive Motor City after its bankruptcy

Republicans float Puerto Rico default plan

Lawmakers insist there will be no bailout as debt payment looms

Supreme Court to hear Puerto Rico appeal

Island seeks reinstatement of law for utilities to shake up debt

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Puerto Rico avoids defaulting on debt

Principal and interest payments due on certain notes paid

Puerto Rico utility finalises debt deal

Bondholders agree 15% haircut and receive newly securitised paper

Puerto Rico close to default precipice

Advisers see possible restructuring model in utility bond talks

Debt fight clouds Puerto Rico’s economy

Lengthy court battles expected as bondholders fight government and each other

Puerto Rico faces $28bn shortfall

Cash crunch looms on debt-ridden island, says report

Puerto Rico on brink of debt default

Territory fails to make $58m bonds payment, says governor

Puerto Rico bondholders present debt plan

Improving tax collection could help avoid default, says report

Doubt raised on Puerto Rico bond payment

Debt-issuing body fails to transfer funds to trustee

Puerto Rico urges creditors to co-operate

Officials say it is too early to say how bonds will be treated

Puerto Rico to meet creditors

Stricken island to set out argument for debt relief

Puerto Rico debt mess a boon for lawyers

Island’s tangle of debt obligations could mean years of litigation

Volcker warns on US state finances

Parts of the country remain under ‘heavy pressure’

Muni risk rises as pensions are put first

Parameters transformed by Chicago and Detroit rulings

Illinois bond yields jump sharply

Rejection of measures to tackle pension deficit pressures rating

Puerto Rico casts shadow over muni market

Island’s rating downgrade adds to pressure on debt investors

Reversal of fortunes as US munis surge

Returns attractive but investors in the asset class are easily rattled

Bitter history tempers hope in Detroit

Decades of inequality stand in the way of the city’s renewal

Judge approves Detroit bankruptcy plan

Proposal to slash $7bn in debt ruled ‘fair and equitable’

SEC fines 13 groups over Puerto Rico bonds

Rule to protect small investors violated

Detroit settles with holdout creditor

Deal with insurer is big step as city emerges from bankruptcy

Squeeze on US muni sales boosts prices

New issuance down 6% as cities and states cut spending