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October 4, 2012
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  • Australia's trade deficit surges
    Australia's trade deficit for August blew past economists' projection of $700.8 million, coming in at $2.08 billion on the back of a decline in coal exports. It was the widest gap since March 2008 and might increase pressure on the central bank to follow up on a surprise move to lower its key interest rate. The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)/Bloomberg (10/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Obama and Romney debate the economy and Dodd-Frank
    In the first presidential debate, President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney battled over financial regulation. Romney said regulation is necessary but criticized Obama's reform as excessive and damaging to the economy. Romney reiterated his stance that the Dodd-Frank Act should be repealed and replaced, but he didn't offer details for rules he deems necessary. Obama defended the law and increased oversight of Wall Street. Reuters (10/4), The Boston Globe/The Associated Press (tiered subscription model) (10/3), The Hill/On The Money blog (10/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CFTC faces deluge of requests to delay or ease rules
    Several derivatives rules are scheduled to go into effect next week, prompting trade groups to ask the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and other regulators to either delay or ease the measures. For example, market participants want regulators to determine whether currency derivatives are subject to the rules. Bloomberg Businessweek (10/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Greece reportedly expects more aid soon
    Greece expects to receive more bailout money by the end of this month, with the support of its lenders, known as the troika, Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras told the German newspaper Bild. "We are on a good path," he said. "I expect the troika report by mid-October. And I am very optimistic that Greece will get fresh money from the last package by the end of October." Reuters (10/3), Market News International (10/3), Google/Agence France-Presse (10/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Don't delay! Oct. 9 deadline for annual convention
    Oct. 9 is the last day to register for the ELFA 51st Annual Convention and still be included on the attendee roster distributed on-site. Registration will still be honored after this date, but the attendee's name will not be included in the printed roster. Register! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • What are the most leased asset types?
    Transportation, computer and agricultural equipment were the top three equipment types leased and financed in 2011, according to the 2012 Survey of Equipment Finance Activity. The top three equipment types made up more than 50% of transactions reported by ELFA members responding to the SEFA. See the full picture for more than 25 end-user industries and equipment types, and get comprehensive performance metrics for 109 equipment-leasing and -finance companies -- by volume size, organization type, market segment and business model -- in the SEFA. To download a free summary or order the full report, go to ELFAOnline.org/SEFA. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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