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Robert Slavin

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Robert Slavin leads The Bond Buyer’s coverage of Puerto Rico, focusing on government finances and debt, and additionally contributes to the Markets team, covering stories of broad relevance to the municipal bond industry. He is an award-winning journalist with over eight years of experience covering local and state-level governments and government finance, and also has worked as a statistical analyst. He holds a bachelor’s degree in social studies from Harvard College, Harvard University, a master’s degree in social research from CUNY and a second master’s degree in modern European history from Rutgers University.

Recent Stories From this Author

Puerto Rico Governor's Allies Turn Against Approved Tax Changes
April 28, 2016 Allies of Puerto Rico Gov. Alexandro García Padilla have turned against an already approved increase in a business-to-business...

Puerto Rico GDB Seeks 47% Haircut for Bondholders
April 27, 2016 A haircut of up to 47% is being negotiated between the Government Development Bank for Puerto Rico and holders of some of its...

Puerto Rico GO, COFINA Exemption Isn’t Dead Yet
April 27, 2016 The Puerto Rico Senate may still vote to exempt guaranteed and trust debt from a debt payment moratorium.

P.R. Senate Won't Exempt Guaranteed, COFINA Debt from Moratorium
April 25, 2016 Puerto Rico's Senate is set to approve a bill Tuesday that would allow the governor to retain the right to declare debt...

Electrical Workers Union Sues to Overturn PREPA Reform Law
April 20, 2016 The primary union at the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority has sued to overturn the law that paved the way for its...

Puerto Rico Gov. Appoints Suárez Meléndez to Head Debt Restructuring
April 19, 2016 Puerto Rico Gov. Alejandro García Padilla appointed Víctor Suárez Meléndez to lead the commonwealth’s debt restructuring and...

Puerto Rico House Votes to Exempt Some Debt From Moratorium
April 19, 2016 The Puerto Rico House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to exempt certain debt from eligibility for a payment moratorium...

Puerto Rico Gov. Resists Bid to Water Down Debt Payment Freeze
April 18, 2016 Puerto Rico Gov. Alejandro García Padilla is pushing Puerto Rico legislators to let him retain the right to halt all debt...

Puerto Rico Gets a Mixed March Employment Report
April 15, 2016 Puerto Rico got a mixed March employment report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Friday.

Puerto Rico Economy Has Been Worse Than Reported
April 14, 2016 Puerto Rico’s economy has been worse that reported, according to the most widely cited measure of its economic activity.

Puerto Rico GDB Declared in 'Selective Default'
April 12, 2016 Standard & Poor's has declared the Government Development Bank for Puerto Rico in "selective default" because the governor has...

Puerto Rico Offers Bigger Payments, Longer Maturities
April 11, 2016 Puerto Rico offered a revised restructuring proposal to bondholders that includes paying more annually and extending the...

Puerto Rico May Exempt 46% of Debt From Payment Moratorium
April 8, 2016 Several prominent Puerto Rico politicians are working to exempt about 46% of the commonwealth’s debt from the debt payment...

PREPA Revitalization Corp. Applies for Securitization Charges
April 8, 2016 PREPA’s Revitalization Corp. submitted proposed securitization charge-setting mechanisms to the Puerto Rico Energy Commission.

PREPA Says Moratorium Law Won’t Derail Its Restructuring
April 7, 2016 The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority said that its restructuring agreements with its creditors still are on track after...

Revised Puerto Rico Bill to Be Released Monday
April 7, 2016 The House Natural Resources Committee is expected to release a revised version of its Puerto Rico bill on Monday, including a...

Puerto Rico, Bondholders Clash Over Moratorium
April 6, 2016 Puerto Rico officials clashed with investors Wednesday as the government enacted a moratorium on paying the territory’s $70...

Puerto Rico Debt Payment Moratorium Draws Fire
April 5, 2016 Bond holders and analysts criticized Puerto Rico’s proposed debt payment moratorium, saying it would bog down the territory in...

Investors Sue Puerto Rico GDB
April 4, 2016 A group of investors sued the Government Development Bank for Puerto Rico Monday to protect their interests after the governor...

Puerto Rico to Make All April 1 Payments, Except PFC
April 1, 2016 The Puerto Rico Public Finance Corp. is the only Puerto Rico public sector entity that will fail to make a bond or note...

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