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February 18, 2013
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  • Economic indicators are expected to point upward
    An indicator this week for the U.S. economy is expected to reveal continued strength in the housing market as measured by construction. Meanwhile, a business-outlook gauge is projected to turn modestly positive this month, from negative last month. MarketWatch (2/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Starwood Property Trust reportedly to issue $450M construction loan
    Starwood Property Trust is set to issue a $450 million construction loan for the Hudson Yards project in New York, according to sources. The REIT has stepped up lending in recent months, carving a competitive niche. "There's a very limited amount of people in the commercial real estate world today that can cut a $300 million, $400 million check," says Josh Barber, an analyst at Stifel, Nicolaus & Co. The Commercial Observer (New York City) (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Foreign demand rises for U.S. stocks, bonds, other assets
    The U.S. Treasury Department says international purchases of U.S. financial assets, including stocks and bonds, increased from November to December. "The significant increase in December is a reflection of the heightened concern among global investors about the U.S. economy being pushed into a recession by the 'fiscal cliff,' " said Millan Mulraine, senior U.S. strategist at TD Securities. "Investors who feared the adverse impact of a U.S. economic slowdown on global activity fled to the safe haven of Treasurys." Bloomberg (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Register today for REITWise
    More than 75 speakers and moderators are preparing their session materials to present at REITWise 2013®: NAREIT's Law, Accounting & Finance Conference® being held March 20 to 22, 2013. Join approximately 1,000 of your colleagues in La Quinta, Calif., to receive the latest and most relevant information on legislation, guidelines, recommendations and opinions surrounding law, finance, tax and accounting for REITs. Attendees earn up to 19.5 CPE or 17.75 CLE credits to help meet their mandatory educational requirements. Go to for more information. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • SEC anti-fraud software is expected to debut this year
    Securities and Exchange Commission software that will seek out accounting anomalies and hedge fund performances that don't line up with investment strategies is expected to launch this year. The software will analyze real-time data streamed to the agency from exchanges and will use a model that the SEC has been developing since 2011. "It is a model that allows us to discern whether a registrant's financial statements stick out from the pack," Chief Economist Craig Lewis said. The Washington Post (2/15), Financial Times (tiered subscription model) (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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