Puerto Rico in Distress

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The federally-appointed board overseeing Puerto Rico's $70 billion debt restructuring will appear in court next week to once again defend the validity of the process, which is now three and a half years old, Reuters reported.

Pedro Pierluisi vowed to achieve statehood for Puerto Rico and fight against poverty, corruption and COVID-19 after he was sworn in Saturday as the U.S. territory’s new governor, the Associated Press reported.

One of Puerto Rico’s most essential utilities company has returned to the capital markets for the first time in eight years, the Associated Press reported. The comeback took place on Thursday after government officials in the U.S. territory announced the issuance of $1.4 billion worth of bonds.

The U.S. government isn’t liable for losses on $3 billion in Puerto Rico pension bonds, a federal judge said yesterday, rejecting efforts to put U.S. taxpayers on the hook for compensating investors, the Wall Street Journal reported. Judge Richard A. Hertling of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims said bondholders can’t hold the U.S.

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The Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico was created under the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act of 2016. The Board consists of seven members appointed by the President of the United States and one ex officio member designated by the Governor of Puerto Rico. Access information on the Board, documents, videos of meetings, calendar of events and live webcasts by clicking here.