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Sell Oppenheimer Funds on Puerto Rico Risk, Ameriprise Says

  • Oppenheimer held $3.5 billion of commonwealth debt in 19 funds
  • Mutual fund firm may have to cut dividend rates, analyst says
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Ameriprise Financial Inc., one of the world’s biggest asset managers and financial planning firms, is advising clients to sell OppenheimerFunds municipal-bond funds that hold Puerto Rico debt in the aftermath of the island’s record default.

Oppenheimer holds the most Puerto Rico debt among municipal mutual funds, according to Morningstar Inc. As the commonwealth works to reduce its $70 billion debt load through bondholder losses, Oppenheimer funds that hold commonwealth bonds may need to cut dividends or see changes in the value of their portfolios, Jeffrey Lindell, senior research analyst at Ameriprise, wrote in a Monday report.