Market Commentary

10 Jun 2022
Jonathan Schatz

Updates on Inflation, Municipal Yields and GFOA Talks About Amending its Debt Policies and Challenges of Public Sector Recruiting/Retention

The U.S. Treasury Secretary and World Bank spoke on inflation expectations, municipal yields drop, and bond funds see first inflows of the year, breaking a long streak of outflows. GFOA talks about revising best practices on debt and the challenge of hiring at the municipal level.
12 May 2022
Greg Johnson

Markets Remain Volatile as Observers Assess if Recent Action by the Fed Can Curb Inflation

Financial markets have remained volatile as investors take stock of the Federal Reserve’s efforts to tame inflation. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell has stated that officials broadly agreed that additional 50-basis point (1 basis point = 0.01%) increases could be warranted in June and July given current economic conditions, but others have stated a 75-basis point increase cannot be ruled out.
28 Apr 2022
Shelby McQuay

Markets Growing Anxious About May’s Federal Open Market Committee Meeting As We All Digest Federal Reserve Chair Powell’s Comments Regarding a Half-Point Rate Increase.

Equity markets declined significantly following Fed Chair Powell’s recent public remarks as we proceed toward the May FOMC meeting. Municipal Bond yields follow in line with U.S Treasuries.
14 Apr 2022
Jonathan Schatz

Difficult First Quarter of 2022 for the Municipal Market & Some Inflation Insights

March’s inflation data brought more bad news, but there were some potential bright spots. A historic first quarter in the muni market and recent trends look like they will continue.

Press Releases

17 Nov 2021

Ehlers Names Next President

Ehlers' Board of Directors appointed Senior Municipal Advisor and firm Principal Greg Crowe as its next President.
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.

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

Wednesdays April 13th - May 20th, 2022
Virtual via Cvent Studios

Wisconsin Virtual Core Curriculum Series

Six one-hour virtual core curriculum sessions designed specifically for those new to government finance. Also a great refresher for all local government finance professionals.
Fridays, April 1 - May 13, 2022
Virtuall via Cvent Studios

Fiscal Smarts. Financial Stability.

Our Virtual Core Curriculum is a six part virtual series for MN local government finance professionals.