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February 19, 2013
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  • Obama works on backup plan for immigration reform
    President Barack Obama is drafting a backup proposal for U.S. immigration reform in case bipartisan negotiations in Congress over such a bill collapse, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough said. Under Obama's draft plan, it would take about eight years for an illegal immigrant to become a legal permanent resident of the U.S. Reuters (2/17), USA Today (2/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story to auction $110 MM in Commercial Properties, the Nation's Leading Online Real Estate Marketplace, are pleased to auction 105 commercial properties nationwide., LLC. 1 Mauchly, Irvine, CA 92618, (800) 499-6199. Visit our site for licensing information and to see more info about our auctions.
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  • UBS plans passive investments for U.K. retail market
    UBS Asset Management is looking to bring the first in a series of passive investment funds to the U.K. retail market. The company's first passively managed fund aimed at U.K. individual investors would be a fixed-income fund. The launch, pending regulatory approval, would be in the second quarter. (U.K.) (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Inland American markets SunTrust portfolio
    Inland American REIT is trying to sell a SunTrust portfolio with 143 retail bank branches in states throughout the Mid-Atlantic region and Southeast. It is valued at $280 million approximately. Jones Lang LaSalle is marketing it. (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ireland eyes REIT legal framework
    Ireland Finance Minister Michael Noonan plans to introduce legislation to establish REITs. Irish REITs would fall under the listing rules of the Irish Stock Exchange and be subject to rigorous governance. (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report: Europe's retail rents set to fall
    Retail landlords in Europe will likely need to cut rents in the next few years as tenants continue to cope with weaker spending and sales lost to online rivals, with Spain's property owners facing the biggest risk, according to AXA Real Estate. "For some retail units where profits are, in an economic sense, exceptional, rents will be maintained, but for others, affordable rents could drop close to zero," the report says. Reuters (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Manns: Competition needed in ratings industry
    The Securities and Exchange Commission needs to break the hold that Moody's, Standard & Poor's and Fitch have on the ratings industry, writes Jeffrey Manns, an associate professor of law at George Washington University. Steps by the SEC to create meaningful competition will do more to reform the industry than the Justice Department lawsuit that S&P currently faces, Manns writes. Bloomberg (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Europe's transaction tax could backfire
    A group of European nations is moving forward with a proposed tax on financial transactions, including stocks, bonds and derivatives. However, history shows that attempts to tax transactions have forced activity to different jurisdictions and failed to meet revenue expectations. Transaction taxes "stem from the desire of politicians to punish the markets," said Bill Blain, a fixed-income strategist at Mint Partners. "But markets can always vote with their feet." Bloomberg Businessweek (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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