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December 20, 2012
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  • Campbell: REITs at "cruising altitude" with capital structure
    REITs have reached a cruising altitude in terms of their capital structures, said Beth Campbell, director with credit ratings agency Standard & Poor's, at REITWorld 2012: NAREIT's Annual Convention for All Things REIT. From a ratings perspective, she said, "we have seen companies deleverage through issuing equity and through refinancing debt. What that's also done is lowered their cost debt, so we've seen fixed charge coverage, debt service coverage and dividend coverage improve." (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CMBS to clock in at $45B for 2012
    Fitch Ratings anticipates commercial mortgage-backed securities will close the year with $45 billion in transactions. The prospects of a lot of downgrades are low, but the "fiscal cliff" does bear watching, the rating agency says. World Property Channel (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Fed will give up collective opinion on economic forecast
    The Federal Reserve said it will no longer try to forge a consensus opinion about a forecast of the U.S. economy. Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas President Richard Fisher suggested that Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke's news conferences can still be relied on to show the way. Reuters (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Memo: Libor fraud might have cost Fannie and Freddie $3B
    U.S.-controlled mortgage-finance companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac might have lost as much as $3 billion through manipulation of the London Interbank Offered Rate, according to a memo by the inspector general for the Federal Housing Finance Agency. The memo recommends that the agency consider taking banks involved in Libor manipulation to court. The Washington Post (12/19), Reuters (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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