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October 3, 2012
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  • Stock-trading revenue is projected to be the lowest since 2006
    Though the market is rallying, equities-trading divisions of banks are not reaping huge profit from it because of smaller margins and reduced volume. Third-quarter revenue from stock trading likely dipped 14% from a year earlier, making it the fifth consecutive decline of more than 8% and the lowest since 2006, said JPMorgan Chase analyst Kian Abouhossein. Bloomberg (10/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Market complexity is major concern voiced at SEC round table
    Wall Street executives, regulators and other experts met to discuss recent technology glitches that roiled the market. A common concern is the complexity of the market, which includes stock exchanges and private trading venues. However, any additional change comes with risk. "The more change you introduce into the environment, the more opportunity there is for something to go wrong," said Lou Pastina, executive vice president of NYSE Euronext. "At some point, there has to be a deep breath in terms of how much change is introduced." Reuters (10/2), Financial Times (tiered subscription model) (10/2), The Wall Street Journal (10/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Analysis: Timber REITs are paying off for investors
    The housing recovery is boosting the stock prices of REITs related to home building, especially in the timber sector such as those of Plum Creek Timber, Potatch and Weyerhaeuser, this analysis notes. "The REITs that outperformed were the most direct pure play for the housing market," said Jay Leupp, a portfolio manager with Lazard Asset Management. The Wall Street Journal (10/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Asia Pacific properties are attractive; don't expect cheap prices
    Asian commercial property represents a hot market at the moment, according to this CNBC interview. Buyers shouldn't be looking for "cheap" properties, but there are still good values to be found in China, says Carlo Sant'Albano, chairman of Cushman & Wakefield. CNBC (10/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Real Estate Marketplace 
  • Apartment vacancy rate slumps due to sluggish U.S. economy
    With the national vacancy rate hitting 4.6% in the third quarter, compared with 4.7% in the prior quarter, the apartment market might be feeling the effect of a sluggish U.S. economy, according to the Reis real estate research firm. The average asking rent in the third quarter was $1,090 a month, up 0.8%, Reis reported. Reuters (10/3) 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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