FIG Topics of Interest

 

09/08/17

The U.S. missile defense system is a global network with 24-hour surveillance by land-, sea- and space-based sensors, all of which are constantly looking for signs of anything amiss in North Korea. Regional missile interceptors are deployed in Japan, South Korea, Guam and on U.S. Navy ships, while military bases in Alaska and California are equipped to intercept a missile headed toward the United States. So what would that response look like? It’s impossible to say exactly, with so many variables in play and almost as many failures as successes in tests, but this is theoretically how the system should work.

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09/07/17

Hurricane Irma is threatening to wreak havoc on Florida farmlands, menacing $1.2 billion worth of production in the top U.S. grower of fresh tomatoes, oranges, green beans, cucumbers, squash and sugarcane.
Though its economy long ago diversified from its rural roots, Florida still has a huge influence on American grocery stores as the No. 2 U.S. produce grower, trailing only California. The state accounts for almost 10 percent of the nation’s land dedicated to fresh fruits and vegetables, according to government data.

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09/06/17

Leading U.S. lawmakers said on Tuesday they were preparing to swiftly approve disaster relief for victims of Hurricane Harvey and two other must-pass priorities: preventing a default on U.S. government debt and avoiding a government shutdown.

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09/05/17

Congress must also raise the federal debt ceiling by the end of September or early October to stave off an unprecedented U.S. government debt default, which would shake global markets.
The debt ceiling caps how much money the U.S. government can borrow, and some conservatives are loath to raise it without spending reforms. U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Sunday said Congress should act quickly to increase the debt limit, or else relief funding for hurricane-ravaged areas of Texas might be delayed."Without raising the debt limit, I am not comfortable that we will get money to Texas this month to rebuild," Mnuchin said on Fox News Sunday. 

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09/01/17

Companies are working to assess the safety and potential damage of assets they’re able to access, according to Christi Craddick, chair of the Railroad Commission of Texas, which has regulatory authority over the state’s oil and gas industry. But in the coastal areas where Harvey did its worst, flooding is preventing operators from even being able to inspect some sites, she said."Until the water goes down and we can really go in make an assessment, I don’t think anybody knows yet what assets look like" in the areas hardest hit by Harvey, Craddick said in a telephone interview. "We don’t have a time line at this point."

 

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08/29/17

Insurance experts say only a small fraction of homeowners in Harvey's path of destruction have flood insurance. That means families with flooded basements, soaked furniture and water-damaged walls will have to dig deep into their pockets or take on more debt to fix up their homes. Some may be forced to sell, if they can, and leave their communities. 
With Harvey, only two of 10 homeowners have coverage, Hunter estimates.

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08/28/17

Hurricane Harvey shut the second-largest U.S. port, Houston, and the sixth, Corpus Christi. Combined, they handled 319 million tons of goods, or about 14 percent of shipping that passed through the nation’s ports in 2014, according to data from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

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08/25/17

“We are expecting catastrophic, life-threatening flooding in Southeastern Texas,” said Carl Erickson, a senior meteorologist for AccuWeather. “The weather goes downhill as the day goes on Friday.”
Harvey may dump as much as 35 inches of rain on areas of Texas over the next week. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is sending staff and food and water supplies to the region.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott declared a state of disaster for 30 counties and evacuations have begun.

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08/18/17

Full-year 2016 cash flow numbers are in for about 75% of loans securitized in CMBS deals with most borrowers reporting higher than the historical growth average for most property types, however the pace of growth is down slightly from record growth in 2015. 

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08/17/17

The Las Vegas metropolitan area, which led the nation with the biggest share of seriously underwater homes after the housing crash, has been overtaken by Cleveland.

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