FIG Topics of Interest

 

10/11/17

"The dynamics associated with the pursuit of assets in secondary and tertiary markets have to do with the fact that a tremendous amount of equity and debt is looking for yield," said David Blatt, CEO of CapStack Partners, a New York-based investment bank and advisor focused on real estate and other asset classes. "While price in primary markets is a factor in terms of getting value for your dollars, yield is a stronger driver for many of these buyers." 

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10/06/17

The Trump administration is set to release its blueprint for overhauling regulation of U.S. markets, an expansive list of priorities that touches on the stock, bond and derivatives trading that fuels Walls Street profits.

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10/04/17

President Donald Trump’s tax plan would let U.S. companies take bigger, faster deductions on capital investments, a step some experts said would deplete Washington’s policy arsenal by using up a tax break normally reserved for fighting recessions.

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10/03/17

A general strike in Catalonia on Tuesday will likely bring much of the wealthy Spanish region to a standstill, a move bound to ratchet up tensions with the Spanish government following a fractious independence vote at the weekend.

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10/02/17

“We have always said that we would use all the force of the law and all the mechanisms that the constitution and laws grant to the government,” Rafael Catala told broadcaster TVE in an interview. While images of police violence provoked alarmed reactions from some European government officials, Catala praised the security force for their “measured” response.

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09/29/17

The real estate community has been on edge over rumors the tax plan advanced by Congressional leaders would do away with some of the industry's favored tax treatments. Different reports noted that discussions included possibly eliminating 1031 tax-free exchanges and reducing the deduction for interest on debt and reducing the tax rate for pass-through business income. 

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09/28/17

Only about one in 10 new cars sold in the U.S. is a midsize sedan, a sharp decline for the best-selling vehicle segment in 20 of the last 27 years, according to data from car-shopping website Edmunds. Models like the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord -- both of which were redesigned this year to counteract the slump -- have slipped to the fifth most popular segment, behind compact SUVs, large trucks, midsize SUVs and compact cars. The trend is unlikely to reverse even if gas prices rise, as nearly a quarter of midsize sedan owners are choosing small SUVs when trading in their wheels. “Once someone gets used to the higher ride, extra space and creature comforts they can get in an SUV, it’s almost a fool’s errand to convince them to go back to a sedan,” said Jessica Caldwell, Edmunds executive director of industry analysis.

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09/27/17

If you live in New York, New Jersey or California, President Donald Trump and Congress may not deliver quite as much of a tax cut for you.
That's because Trump's economic advisers have targeted the federal tax deduction individuals can claim for their state and local taxes. Abolishing that break would generate an estimated $1.3 trillion in revenue that Republican tax writers could use to help offset the steep corporate and individual rate cuts Trump has proposed.

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09/26/17

A Republican tax-cut plan due to be unveiled on Wednesday is expected to call for a new rate for "pass-through" businesses of about 25 percent, which would bring huge tax savings to millions of U.S. business owners, a lobbyist familiar with the negotiations said.

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09/25/17

The emerging framework includes a proposal to cut the corporate tax rate to 20 percent from 35 percent -- a costly move in revenue terms that Trump and Republicans say is necessary to create job growth. But its provisions for individual taxes may hit closer to home for many Americans.
Three tax lobbyists familiar with those changes said they include cutting the top individual tax rate to 35 percent and creating a 25 percent rate for certain “pass-through” business owners -- both down from the current top rate of 39.6 percent. Such changes would cut taxes substantially for the top 1 percent of earners, said Kyle Pomerleau, an expert with the Tax Foundation, a right-leaning Washington policy group.
An analysis by Washington’s Tax Policy Center last year found that half of the business income earned by all pass-through businesses, such as partnerships and limited liability companies, goes to those making $693,000 or more annually -- placing them well within the top 1 percent of taxpayers by income.

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