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What Experts Are Saying About The $73 Billion Puerto Rico Plan

Ryan September 9th, 2015
What Experts Are Saying About The $73 Billion Puerto Rico Plan


Puerto Rico said it faces a $13 billion funding shortfall for debt payments over the next five years.

Even after taking into account proposed spending cuts and revenue enhancement measures outlined in a long awaited fiscal and economic growth plan.

The report by Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla's administration said Puerto Rico will seek to restructure its debt in talks with creditors to avoid a legal chaos that could further weaken the economy.

No estimates were provided of potential losses for the owners of Puerto Rico's $72 billion in debt.

The firm manages more than $3 billion of municipal securities, including Puerto Rico debt.

A Puerto Rico restructuring would be the largest ever in the $3.6 trillion municipal-bond market, surpassing Detroit's record bankruptcy filing in July 2013, which involved about $8 billion of bonded debt.

Hedge funds hold as much as 30 percent of Puerto Rico's debt, Barclays Plc municipal debt strategist Mikhail Foux estimates.

The debt adjustment proposal follows a Sept. 1 tentative agreement between Puerto Rico's main electric utility and some of its bondholders that would offer investors 85 percent of the value of the bonds they hold through a debt exchange.



Over to you

Is Puerto Rico taking the right course of action to improve its economy over the next five years? What are the consequences of Puerto Rico defaulting on its debt? How will this affect travel and tourism on the island? Share your opinion and thoughts in the comments below. 

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