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Government Bankruptcies: Needs of Citizens Take Priority Over Creditor Claims (Assured Guaranty v. Puerto Rico) — MEDIATBANKRY

By: Donald L Swanson Puerto Rico’s long-standing financial straits, rendered more dire by Hurricane Maria, create an issue of bankruptcy priority: should available funds be used to, (i) address hurricane devastation and daily citizen needs, or (ii) pay creditor claims when due? –The answer to this priority is simple and easy in Puerto Rico: citizen needs […]

via Government Bankruptcies: Needs of Citizens Take Priority Over Creditor Claims (Assured Guaranty v. Puerto Rico) — MEDIATBANKRY

I agree that the needs of the citizens should come first.  I would not be surprised if there is more litigation in the bankruptcy courts regarding this issue.

How to Wipe Out Puerto Rico’s Debt Without Hurting Bondholders — WEB OF DEBT BLOG

During his visit to hurricane-stricken Puerto Rico, President Donald Trump shocked the bond market when he told Geraldo Rivera of Fox News that he was going to wipe out the island’s bond debt. He said on October 3rd: You know they owe a lot of money to your friends on Wall Street. We’re gonna have […]

via How to Wipe Out Puerto Rico’s Debt Without Hurting Bondholders — WEB OF DEBT BLOG

I would support this strategy on the condition that any Puerto Rico bond debt that is held by the big banks or hedge funds not be included.

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