FIG Topics of Interest

 

07/05/17

"Over the past month we've seen continued uncertainty as it relates to legislative policies that stand to impact small businesses," said Martin Mucci, Paychex president and CEO. "The decline in this month's index and modest growth in wages seem to reflect an unclear regulatory picture combined with a narrowing labor market."

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07/03/17

"In the world of bank regulation there are still two parallel universes: one where bank bailouts are frowned upon as an abuse of taxpayers' money, and another where bank bailouts are considered as a politically more expedient and cheaper way of solving banking crisis," said Christian Stiefmueller, a senior policy analyst at the independent watchdog Finance Watch in Brussels. "These two sets of rules are not compatible."

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06/30/17

"The Fed can afford to wait and see what comes out of the political process," said Bullard, who admitted he has retreated from his formerly more hawkish stance.
"Some of (President Donald Trump's) policies can provide growth but they've got to get them through congress," he explained.

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06/29/17

If you apply the insights of the literature on disruptive innovation, last week’s fall in oil prices could well place members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries in a tough spot, and not just in the short term. Cost-cutting innovations in shale are weakening their grasp of energy market dynamics. Their prospects increasingly depend less on what they can do on the supply side and more on what they can hope for on the demand side.

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06/28/17

The cost of housing has gotten so expensive that Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) thinks that a monthly subsidy of $2,500 would help ease the burden — for members of Congress.

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06/27/17

The top four most-challenging places to add new apartments are all coastal markets: Honolulu, Boston, Baltimore and Miami. Somewhat surprisingly, Memphis was ranked as the fifth most challenging, according to the research conducted by Hoyt Advisory Services (HAS) and commissioned by the NAA and NMHC. Six California cities were also listed among the markets considered more challenging to construct new apartments. 

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06/26/17

A Republican senator is building support to change budget rules in order to make temporary tax cuts last for two decades or more, but he has yet to convince a critical figure -- House Speaker Paul Ryan.
Currently, reconciliation rules require that any changes that would add to the deficit outside a 10-year window must be set to expire.

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06/23/17

With nearly 39 million Americans now living in apartments, the industry has quickly exceeded capacity, with a record average of 1 million new renter households formed annually over the last four years, the study notes.

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06/20/17

House Speaker Paul Ryan is warning against watering down the sweeping overhaul of the nation's tax code he laid out a year ago and will call on Washington to enact permanent reforms this year.

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06/19/17

Expect more consolidation in agriculture, whether it’s family farms, big agribusinesses or food manufacturers and retailers. 
That’s according to speakers at a Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City forum Thursday, who said low commodity prices may persist, and businesses will respond by consolidating. Larger family-owned farms — those with more than $1 million in gross cash income — are better-positioned to be profitable through economies of scale. They also have the resources to invest in technology, better manage their finances and to develop relationships with customers who’ll pay more for specialty products, speakers said.
The Fed’s two-day 2017 Agricultural Symposium includes farmers, agribusiness lenders, bank regulators, university professors and agribusiness executives. They’re exploring what’s causing consolidation, and what it will mean for business, consumers and rural communities. 
Farm profits are in their fourth year of declines since peaking in 2013, and while worldwide demand for ag products is high, so is supply, keeping commodity prices low and income “subdued,” said Nathan Kauffman, Omaha branch executive.

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