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What Does Harrisburg Bankruptcy Mean For Bond Holders?

With Pennsylvania's capital seeking Chapter 9 bankruptcy, citing overwhelming debt, you’ve got to wonder what happens to people who hold the city's bonds.

The petition, docketed by U.S. Middle District bankruptcy court Wednesday, listed about $458 million in creditors and claims, and said the city faced "imminent jeopardy" from six pending legal actions by creditors related to a debt-saddled trash incinerator.

"The city of Harrisburg does not have the ability to pay those money judgments or any significant portion thereof and still provide health and safety services to its citizens and other essential government services," wrote attorney Mark D. Schwartz, who did not immediately return messages seeking comment.

The filing was signed by Councilwoman Susan Wilson after a 4-3 vote by the council in favor of a resolution to authorize it late Tuesday.

In the wake of these developments, what happens to the general obligation bonds issued by the city of Harrisburg? Should you worry about getting paid?

Find out from Alexandra Lebenthal of Lebenthal and Company. Watch the video now!




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