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October 18, 2012
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  • Housing starts in U.S. rise to highest level in 4 years
    U.S. builders started construction of homes at an annual rate of 872,000 in September, a 15% increase, the fastest expansion since July 2008, the Commerce Department said. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder-sentiment index rose to 41 this month, the most optimistic reading since June 2006. Bloomberg (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Capital Markets 
  • NAIC says CMBS is a riskier asset this year
    The National Association of Insurance Commissions warns in a report that commercial mortgage-backed securities are riskier this year than last because of maturing debt and elevated vacancies. The NAIC weighed in on the CMBS market because insurers like to hold these bonds. If they deem it necessary, state regulators could require insurance companies to hold more funds against CMBS. Bloomberg Businessweek (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Real Estate Marketplace 
  • O’Brien: Sustainability, technology drivers of REIT growth
    Technology and sustainability are two methods by which REITs are promoting top line growth, according to a report by Deloitte. Cloud computing, social media and dynamic pricing a few examples of the technologies being used. Sustainability is important not only to a REIT’s revenues but as to how the market perceives it, said Bob O’Brien, vice chairman and real estate sector leader for Deloitte. (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hotel development in China is up as demand tapers off
    Although the demand for international hotel companies in China is on the decline, that hasn't stopped companies from building. InterContinental Hotels Group will launch the first Hualuxe, its Chinese-only brand, as an upper-midmarket option in 2014. "There's a lot of supply growth, but demand will eventually catch up," InterContinental Hotels CEO Richard Solomons said. The Wall Street Journal (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • U.S. infrastructure projects see growing involvement of private sector
    The lack of funding sources for large infrastructure projects across the country has states turning to the private sector to help develop new and maintain existing infrastructure. In Virginia and Texas, P3 projects are becoming more the norm, and recently the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers revealed it is considering P3s as an option for the maintenance and repair of infrastructure handled by the Corps, according to a report from the National Research Council. CE News (10/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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    This year, conference sessions will connect macroeconomic data and views with the meaningful perspectives from four market segments: Health Care, Housing, Business-to-Business real estate, and Consumer-Oriented real estate. Attendees will gain understanding and insight into the opportunities, business models and economic drivers from the experienced leadership participating in the event. For more information, including the schedule and participants, visit LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch 
  • U.K. financial bill will include FSA's Libor recommendations
    Reform for calculation of the London Interbank Offered Rate published by the U.K. Financial Services Authority will be incorporated in a financial bill being formulated, the U.K. Treasury said. "The government's changes to legislation will ensure that those that attempt to manipulate Libor face the full force of the law," Financial Secretary Greg Clark said. "But this is just one part of the process; the banks and the British Bankers' Association will have to play their part." Reuters (10/17), Bloomberg (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sens. Brown and Vitter keep pressure on bank regulators
    Sens. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and David Vitter, R-La., are turning up the heat on banking regulators. In a letter Wednesday, the senators pushed for assurances that capital requirements would be strengthened and simplified to lessen the likelihood a lender becomes "too big to fail." They also wanted to emphasize that rules not become too mired in the face of Basel III. The Hill/On The Money blog (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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