Market Commentary

16 Mar 2020
Greg Johnson, CIPMA

Accessing Capital Markets During
Periods of Uncertainty

The financial markets have experienced high levels of volatility these past few weeks due to the uncertainty and impacts surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) and its potential implications for the global economy. As municipal issuers begin to assess how to proceed with scheduled sales or planning for debt issuance in the near term, Ehlers offers general guidance.
5 Mar 2020
Joel Sutter, CIPMA

Coronavirus Fears Rock World Markets

Fears of the impact of the coronavirus have rocked world markets over the past two weeks, causing big declines in stock prices and bond yields, and lots of volatility and confusion. With interest rates at record lows, now is a good time for local governments to consider issuing debt for new projects or refunding of existing debt.
20 Feb 2020
Melissa Buck

U.S. Economic Growth Continues

The U.S. economy continues to grow, in part due to strong consumer sentiment, low unemployment, and very low interest rates. However, signs of a recession continue to linger.
6 Feb 2020
Jonathan Schatz

Global Events Push “Safe Haven” Flows

Global markets have been shaken up by global events. The spread of coronavirus, Brexit, and the impeachment trial have sent investors to the bond market to shed risk on potentially slower growth. Municipal yields reached all-time lows last week and have only slowly rallied this week on positive economic data.

Press Releases

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.
3 Jun 2019

Ehlers Welcomes
Jerry Dudzik

Ehlers announced today that Senior Municipal Advisor Jerry Dudzik joined the firm’s Education Finance Team.  Jerry brings more than 20 years’ experience as a Wisconsin school business official to his role with Ehlers.

In the News

Wisconsin Dells Events

Lake Delton village board votes in favor of $35 million in bonds

Sean Lentz, a senior municipal advisor from Ehlers, presented the bond proposal to the board, which was met with unanimous approval. According to Lentz, the final proposal pitched a total of $35,910,000 for the village’s bonds, with an expected closing date of April 29. Lentz will appear before the board again on April 13 to discuss awarding the sale of the bonds when bids are available to choose from.
Park Rapids Enterprise

Park Rapids Schools explore facility improvement options with help from Ehlers’ school finance team

Bringing Park Rapids school facilities up to snuff will come at a cost – but, according to a project development consultant, a cost that local taxpayers might deem reasonable.
Monticello Times

Big Lake School Board Approves $7 Million Maintenance Bond

The Big Lake School Board awarded the sale of $7.35 million in general obligation facilities maintenance bonds at its Thursday, Jan. 23 meeting. Senior Municipal Advisor Shelby McQuay of school district financial advisor Ehlers, Inc., enthusiastically presented the low bid, a savings of $760,000 in interest over the 15 years compared to the pre-bond estimate of 2.7 percent.
Aitkin Age

Matthew Hammer and Greg Crowe Discuss Aitkin Public Schools Renovation Plans

As the renovation project at Aitkin High School comes close to entering its final phase, one piece of the puzzle has yet to be sorted – the location of the school offices.

Client Alerts

16 Mar 2020

COVID-19 Update For Ehlers’ Clients & Business Partners

Protecting the safety and health of our employees, their families and our clients is our top priority. Ehlers has protocols in place to help us do just that.

Events

April 3, 2020
Doubletree by Hilton Minneapolis - University

Ehlers’ School Finance Seminar – Cancelled

Calling all Minnesota School Districts: It’s time to focus in on building outstanding learning communities across our great state. From referendum planning to business management best practices and financing capital projects, our Municipal Advisors and guest speakers will give you the tools you need to develop a clear vision for your district.
February 20-21, 2020
Kalahari Resort & Convention Center

WI Public Finance Seminar

Join public finance and community development professionals from across the state as we explore the fundamentals and nuances of Tax Increment Financing, Bond Issuance and Debt Management, and Economic Development & Redevelopment.