Market Commentary

14 Apr 2021
Jonathan Schatz

Higher Than Expected Inflation

This week’s commentary looks at the reactions to higher than expected inflation. Municipal yields have remained flat from March into April, and details about the President’s 2022 budget outline.
2 Apr 2021
Brian Reilly, CFA

Bond Market Calms and Federal Government Introduces Potential Stimulus and Tax Changes

While March was largely a difficult month for bonds, the fixed income markets have stabilized as we head into the second quarter. President Biden announces objectives for an additional large spending bill and introduces dramatic changes to federal tax law.
17 Mar 2021
Greg Johnson

Fiscal Policy Debates Loom, Municipal Bond Yields Decline, & Public Finance Proposals Resurface

With the passage of The American Rescue Plan, focus now shifts to future legislative proposals and the possibility of tax increases, in part to address the growing federal deficit. Municipal bond yields have declined modestly over the past two weeks, and several legislative proposals specific to municipal bonds are being supported by local government groups.
4 Mar 2021
Melissa Buck

Higher Inflation on the Horizon?

As the Senate prepares to move ahead this week with President Biden’s economic stimulus/coronavirus relief, anxieties about inflation prompted a bond sell off this past week bringing yields more or less back to where they were a year ago, prompting us to ask two questions: Is higher inflation on the horizon? And will we see more bond-market scares this year?

Press Releases

29 Jun 2020

Ehlers Named Top 150 Workplace

Ehlers was named to Minneapolis Star Tribune's list of Top 150 Workplaces for 2020. It was the first year the firm participated in the program.
13 Feb 2020

Ehlers Surpasses
$1 Billion in AUM

Late last week, Ehlers’ Investment Advisory service line surpassed $1 billion in assets under management (AUM), a major milestone for the company’s 13-year old business unit.
4 Oct 2019

Wilkie named to
Women in Public Finance
Board

Senior Disclosure Coordinator Emily Wilkie was named to serve a three-year term on the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Chapter of Women in Public Finance.

In the News

Minnesota Association of School Administrators (MASA)

Dr. Jeffrey Olson Receives MASA Polaris Leadership Award Sponsored by Ehlers

MASA is grateful to Ehlers for our ongoing support of the Polaris Award. Check out MASA's press release on this year's recipient.
The Municipality: Your Voice. Your Wisconsin

COVID-19 & Maintaining Fiscal Stability

Ehlers' Financial Specialist Jonathan Schatz discusses how Wisconsin Municipalities can maintain financial stability while facing the challenges posed by the COVID-19 Pandemic. Read the article on Page 8.
Country News Review

Ehlers’ Jessica Cook Updates North Branch City Council on Utility Rate Studies

Well managed utility funds were the topic of discussion during the city of North Branch’s work session on March 17, along with a presentation of the city’s Utility Fee Study by Ehlers. Jessica Cook, Economic Development Advisor with Ehlers Inc. provided council with the update. “I have the pleasure of sharing some good news with you this evening, especially in the difficult time it’s nice to have, as it relates to the storm water fund and the sewer fund,” Cook began.
Sun This Week

MN School District 196 Approves Financing Bids For New Artificial Turf Fields

Ehlers' client, the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan School District, approved financing and awarded bids April 13 for construction of artificial turf fields at Eagan and Rosemount high schools. Jodie Zesbaugh, Ehlers' Senior Municipal Advisor serving the district, detailed the positive sale results for the District's School Board.

Client Alerts

11 May 2020

SEC Guidance – Disclosures Regarding the Potential Financial Impacts of COVID-19

As your disclosure dissemination agent, we want to make you aware of an important public statement the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released last week. In it, SEC Chair Jay Clayton and Rebecca Olsen, Director of the Office of Municipal Securities, stressed the heightened importance of disseminating timely disclosures to investors due to the potential financial impacts of COVID-19, as well as encouraging municipal issuers to voluntarily provide meaningful forward-looking information with respect to both issuer and issue-specific implications of the pandemic.

Events

May 6-27, 2021
Virtual via Socialive

Fiscal Smarts. Financial Stability.

This informative and interactive series focuses on the building blocks of prudent financial management for local governments.
April 9 - April 21, 2021
Virtual via Socialive

Minnesota School Finance Virtual Seminar

Join Ehlers' advisors, industry professionals and education leaders as we explore topics ranging from Financial Management Best Practices to Credit Rating Methodology and Client Case Studies to Legislative and Accounting & Auditing Updates.