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March 8, 2013
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  • Fed's stress tests may understate derivatives exposure
    Federal Reserve stress tests of the nation's financial institutions highlight the problems with the more lenient U.S. method of derivatives accounting, which might make banks look stronger than they would under the corresponding European method, writes Stephen Gandel. The U.S. method may disguise the true state of banks' exposure to derivatives and their overall balance sheet health, some analysts say. CNNMoney/Fortune/Term Sheet blog (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • China developer eyes GM building in Manhattan
    Soho China Ltd., a top developer in China, is reportedly in talks to buy a 40% stake in the 1.8 million-square-foot General Motors building in Manhattan. The deal, if it goes through, would be among the largest purchases of a U.S. building by a foreign investor. The sellers are a group of Middle Eastern sovereign-wealth funds. Boston Properties is not selling its 60% stake in the building. The Wall Street Journal (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hines Global REIT buys 2 office buildings for $215M
    Hines Global REIT has acquired two office properties, in London and Sydney, paying $215 million in total for the two transactions. An affiliate of TIAA-CREF sold the London building, 1 Westferry Circus, on the western edge of Canary Wharf for $124 million. Hines acquired 465 Victoria, in Sydney, from FKP Property Group. Commercial Property Executive (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Rise in U.S. household debt may point to spending trend
    A 2.5% rate of increase in U.S. household debt in the fourth quarter may mark an end to the deleveraging that has been weighing on the economy since 2008. The Federal Reserve's Flow of Funds report also showed substantial growth in the net worth of U.S. households during the period, with a gain of $1.1 trillion to $66 trillion. Reuters (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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