Robert Slavin


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

P.R. Board Suggests 79% Cut in Fiscal 2019 Bond Payments
January 19, 2017 The Puerto Rico Oversight Board said a 79% reduction in payments may be in store for bondholders in fiscal 2019.

Puerto Rico Oversight Board Says Much More Austerity is Needed
January 18, 2017 The Puerto Rico Oversight Board told Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló to make $4.5 billion of spending cuts and revenue...

Puerto Rico POB Holders Win a Round in Court
January 18, 2017 A federal court handed a victory to holders of Puerto Rico Employment Retirement System bonds Tuesday, one of bondholders’...

U.S. Virgin Islands Pulls Bond Sale
January 17, 2017 The U.S. Virgin Islands withdrew a $219 million bond sale, raising the specter of tax increases and government services cuts...

FINRA Orders UBS to Pay $18.2M in Puerto Rico Bonds Case
January 13, 2017 The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority ordered UBS to hand over $18.2 million for misleading a family of investors in...

PRASA Lenders Extend Forbearance
January 12, 2017 Puerto Rico government and federal lenders to the Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority have extended their forbearance...

P.R. Panel Approves Lower Rate for PREPA
January 11, 2017 The Puerto Rico Energy Commission announced approval of a final electrical rate increase 21% lower than the provisional rate...

UN Expert Says Puerto Rico Social Needs Should Come Before Debt Payment
January 11, 2017 A UN expert said the social and economic needs of Puerto Ricans should take precedence over the island’s debt payments.

Puerto Rico's Rosselló Proposes New Labor Law to Improve Economy
January 10, 2017 Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló proposed new labor laws to improve the commonwealth’s employment and economy.

Virgin Islands Selling $219M Wednesday After Downgrades
January 9, 2017 The United States Virgin Islands is selling two speculative-grade bonds totaling $219 million on Wednesday.

Puerto Rico Gov. Rosselló Asks for Extensions on Lawsuit Stay and Plan Deadline
January 5, 2017 Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló asked the Oversight Board to extend the stay on debt-litigation and the deadline for...

Puerto Rico Creditors Appeal Debt Litigation Stay
January 4, 2017 Puerto Rico creditors presented arguments in federal court in Boston as they asked a judge to lift a stay on litigation over...

New Puerto Rico Governor Prepares Cuts to Spending and Revenues
January 3, 2017 New Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló is taking steps to immediately cut the government’s spending and revenues.

Puerto Rico's Gonzalez Colón Says Report Supports Statehood Argument
December 30, 2016 A U.S. Congressional Research Service report may undermine the position on Puerto Rico’s status held by one of the island’s...

Rosselló Seeks to Improve Puerto Rico Government Technology
December 29, 2016 Puerto Rico Governor-Elect Ricardo Rosselló announced an initiative to improve technology to make the government cheaper and...

Rosselló Signals GDB's Bank May Shut Down
December 28, 2016 Shutting down the operations could put the GDB's payment of $3.8 billion of debt into question and hurt the finances of Puerto...

PREPA Announces that January Payment Has Been Handed Over
December 28, 2016 The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority announced that it had given the money for its January payment to its bond trustee.

Puerto Rico's Rosselló Appoints Marrero Rosado to Oversee Budget
December 27, 2016 Puerto Rico Governor–Elect Ricardo Rosselló named Jose Marrero Rosado to oversee the government's Office of Management and...

PRASA Board Fires the Authority's President
December 23, 2016 The board of the Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority fired the authority’s president Alberto Lázaro Castro on Friday.

PREPA Wins Legal Case; Will Make Jan. 3 Payment
December 23, 2016 The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority won a legal case challenging its consensual debt restructuring agreement and said it...

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