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March 19, 2013
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  • Economists expect Fed to keep rates low
    Ahead of the Federal Reserve's two-day meeting this week, economists expect the central bank to maintain historically low short-term interest rates, despite signs of a strengthening economy. Unemployment remains at 7.7%, and at previous meetings, the Fed has pledged to keep policies in place until unemployment drops to 6.5%, provided inflation remains mild. The Washington Post/The Associated Press (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • CMBS takes off in Chicago
    Commercial mortgage-backed securities loan volume could reach as high as $4 billion in Chicago this year, said Joe McBride, an analyst at Trepp. If so, it would be the most since 2007. CMBS demand has been up as investors seek higher-yielding investments amid persistently low interest rates. Crain's Chicago Business (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Milestone Apartment REIT secures almost $230M in IPO
    Milestone Apartments REIT has finalized its initial public offering and raised gross proceeds of close to $230 million. The REIT is using the funds to acquire a stake in in Milestone Multifamily Investors LP, which has a portfolio of 52 U.S. multifamily properties. CoStar Group (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Judge denies Countrywide request to dismiss FHFA claims
    Countrywide Financial, now part of Bank of America, failed to persuade a federal judge to dismiss claims brought by the Federal Housing Finance Agency on behalf of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Countrywide argued that FHFA did not provide enough information to prove that there were factual misrepresentations in mortgage-backed securities offering documents. "The mere expansion of underwriting guidelines does not support a claim under the securities laws, but failing to disclose that expansion to investors constitutes a viable misstatement," District Judge Mariana Pfaelzer said. Bloomberg (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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