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October 8, 2012
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  • Dodd-Frank stumbles in court challenges
    The Dodd-Frank regulatory legislation that was approved by Congress after much agonizing and opposition is being picked apart in successful court challenges. "The judges seem more than willing to say that the rules adopted in the aftermath of the financial crisis simply can't be enforced because of procedural defects," said Donald Langevoort, a professor of securities at Georgetown University. The Washington Post (10/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Fed's Beige Book is expected to tell tale of economy
    An upbeat tone generated by the latest U.S. jobs report might not last long. The Federal Reserve's Beige Book is expected to reflect continued skepticism about the employment situation, although there is evidence that consumers are spending again. MarketWatch (10/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Timber REITs have one distinct advantage over other REITs
    Timber REITs have a safeguard that most other REITs do not. When demand declines, they can simply defer from cutting down trees. Meanwhile, the timber continues to increase in value. For that reason, the four major timber REITs were able to pay dividends through the downturn. Seeking Alpha (10/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Hotels are expected to invest $5 billion on upgrades this year
    Hotels will spend $5 billion on improvements this year, up 33% over last year, says Bjorn Hanson, a dean at New York University's Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism and Sports Management. However, the predicted growth is less than was reported in 2008, when the industry shelled out $5.5 billion on upgrades to rooms and public spaces. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Settlement could set pattern for Lehman clients
    In a deal that could lead to 100% recovery of property for clients, the estate of Lehman Brothers Holdings settled $38 billion in claims with a London affiliate. "The agreement resolves tens of billions in claims from [Lehman Brothers Inc.'s] largest single customer claimant and will allow for customer and creditor distributions much sooner than if [Lehman Brothers International Europe's] claims involving hundreds of thousands of transactions were litigated," brokerage trustee James Giddens said. Financial Times (tiered subscription model) (10/5), Bloomberg Businessweek (10/6), Reuters (10/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • EU panel contemplates prison time for rate manipulation
    A prison term would be one possibility for anyone found guilty of manipulating benchmark interest rates under a measure expected to receive approval from the European Parliament's Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee. Sovereignty issues, however, could block ultimate passage. Reuters (10/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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