Puerto Rico in Distress

ABI Analysis

The judge overseeing the bankruptcy of Puerto Rico’s power utility granted it an additional week — for the second time in the past 10 days — to reach a deal with bondholders as talks are progressing, Bloomberg News reported.

U.S. prosecutors and IRS agents are deploying undercover agents and closely examining records to build criminal and civil cases against wealthy individuals suspected of illegally taking advantage of tax breaks offered by Puerto Rico, Bloomberg News reported. The cash-strapped island used eye-popping incentives to lure hedge fund managers, cryptocurrency traders and other Americans to the U.S.

A federal control board that oversees Puerto Rico’s finances on Friday approved a $12.7 billion general fund budget that contains increases for teachers, judicial employees and the U.S. territory’s public university, the Associated Press reported. It is the largest budget approved in the island’s history.

Puerto Rico’s financial oversight board is considering slashing — by about half — the amount of new bonds it claims the island’s bankrupt power utility can repay, a potential offering that bondholders will most likely reject, Bloomberg News reported.