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February 21, 2013
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  • House Republicans reject tax increases as sequester nears
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    Republican leaders in the House of Representatives have dismissed President Barack Obama's call to avert $85 billion of spending cuts set to take effect March 1. The president's plan includes a mix of tax increases and reduced spending. The House is working on a legislative agenda that assumes the deep spending cuts will take effect and will remain unchanged through the end of 2013. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story to auction $110 MM in Commercial Properties, the Nation's Leading Online Real Estate Marketplace, are pleased to auction 105 commercial properties nationwide., LLC. 1 Mauchly, Irvine, CA 92618, (800) 499-6199. Visit our site for licensing information and to see more info about our auctions.
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  • REITs' fiscal discipline will benefit bondholders, Fitch says
    Equity REITs for the most part avoided the general rush to issue special dividends at the end of last year in anticipation of tax increases, writes Reinor Bazarewski of Fitch Ratings. This will benefit bondholders in the long run, Bazarewski writes. "Fitch expects REITs to continue maintaining prudent financial policies and mostly conservative views on leverage over the near-term." Commercial Property Executive (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Hidden opportunities for REIT yields
    Large inflows into REIT ETFs may be distorting valuations of these holdings, which primarily consist of large-cap REITs, according to Horizon Kinetics. REITs not typically included in the ETFs may be a good place to search for yield, the researchers say. The Wall Street Journal (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Private-equity real estate commitments on the rise
    Some 49% of investors made new commitments in 2012 for private real estate funds and 53% expect they will make new commitments this year, according to Preqin. Improved returns have fueled investor interest in this asset class. CoStar Group (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • FDIC's Hoenig seeks greater transparency on banks' risk exposure
    U.S. accounting laws, which allow banks to account for less of their derivative portfolio than their European peers, mask the big banks' true size, according to Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Vice Chairman Thomas Hoenig. "Derivatives, like loans, carry risk," Hoenig said. "To recognize those bets on the balance sheet would give a better picture of the risk exposures that are there." Bloomberg (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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