Market Commentary

15 Sep 2021
Shelby McQuay

Market is Eager for New Issues

Municipal yields remain stable while the demand for new issues increases. A sampling of economic data is released and in Washington, proposals on municipal bond law changes are introduced to assist with infrastructure financing to be included in the proposed reconciliation package.
2 Sep 2021
Greg Johnson

Federal Reserve’s Gradual, Measured Approach Continues

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell’s comments last week reiterated a consistent, gradual, and measured approach to achieve the Fed’s goals for inflation and full employment. In the municipal bond market, demand remains strong, and yields remain relatively stable.
18 Aug 2021
Jonathan Schatz

Shadow of 2013?

Fed keeps an eye on economic data and the Delta variant, dismisses 2013 comparisons. Relative stability remains the trend for municipal yields, even as volume slightly increases.
5 Aug 2021
Brian Reilly, CFA

Market Focus is on Washington D.C.

The Federal Open Market Committee concluded its policy meeting last week. The U.S. Treasury has taken “extraordinary measures” in response to the federal government reaching the debt ceiling. Meanwhile, trillions in spending are being debated in both chambers and the markets seem to have yawned at the prospect of higher inflation.

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.

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

June 23 - October 20, 2021
Virtual via Socialive

Leading Toward a Vibrant Future

Elected officials play a unique and important role in guiding their communities toward a vibrant and sustainable.  Understanding the primary financial tools for economic development, capital project planning and local government management – along with real-life examples of how to use them - can help you be most effective in your policymaking role.
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.