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March 1, 2013
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  • Credit Suisse tries something new with $425.7M mortgage bond deal
    Credit Suisse Group has issued securities worth $425.7 million that are backed by new jumbo U.S. home loans issued by the private sector and not backed by the government -- a new type of debt sale for the company. Fitch Ratings said the structure allowed for weaker representations and warranties. Bloomberg (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Malaysia's KLCC close to listing stapled REIT
    KLCC Property Holdings Bhd plans to list as a REIT in April, according to sources. It is following the plan unveiled in November in which it said it would create a stapled REIT that bundled existing shares of its operations. The stapled REIT will not raise new money. It will be the largest REIT in Malaysia. (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • How retail REITs can expand this year
    Regional retail REITs will likely be facing limited acquisition and development opportunities in 2013. However, as retailers move into expansion mode, retail REITs will have greater opportunity to raise rents. (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • FHA plans to propose "qualified mortgage" rule
    The Dodd-Frank Act allows the Federal Housing Administration to propose its own "qualified mortgage" rule, which governs lenders and ensures they establish a borrower's ability to pay back the mortgage. The rule also protects borrowers against predatory lending. "We're undertaking that process and will publish a proposed rule for comment in the near future," an FHA spokesman said. Bloomberg (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Revision shows U.S. GDP expanded 0.1% in Q4
    The Commerce Department has revised gross domestic product for the fourth quarter from 0.1% contraction to 0.1% expansion. Government spending declined 15% during the quarter, and investment in inventory was lower than forecast. Despite uncertainty about the "fiscal cliff," consumer spending held up better than expected. Forbes (2/28), MarketWatch/The Tell blog (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • SEC updates FSOC on money-fund rules
    The Securities and Exchange Commission has updated the Financial Stability Oversight Council on possible changes to rules for money market mutual funds. Jack Lew, sworn in as U.S. Treasury secretary Thursday, leads the FSOC. The risk council also discussed the designation of nonbank financial companies as systemically important. Meanwhile, Sheila Bair, former head of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., has criticized regulators' process of determining whether a company is systemically important. Bloomberg (2/28), Bloomberg (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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