FIG Topics of Interest

 

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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08/16/17

More than 900,000 jobs have been certified by the U.S. government as lost to trade with Mexico and Canada since Nafta came into effect, according to Public Citizen, an advocacy group that tracks an adjustment program for workers hurt by trade. The total job losses are probably several times larger, since that figure only covers jobs reported to the government, said Lori Wallach, global trade watch director at Public Citizen.
“The biggest losers are U.S. workers without a college degree,” she said. “Who have been the winners? The executives and owners of really big multinational companies.”

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08/14/17

The National Association of Realtors issued an "August Recess Talking Points" circular imploring members to remind lawmakers that "Homeowners must be treated fairly in tax reform" to avoid "another housing crash."
The group cited a report it commissioned from PwC that estimated home values could quickly dive more than 10 percent if the tax plan becomes law.
To simplify the tax code, Republicans have proposed eliminating nearly all tax write-offs including those for state and local taxes, then doubling the standard deduction. This would eliminate the incentive to itemize and should drastically reduce the number of taxpayers who do so.

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08/11/17

The White House plans to release a brief document in early- to mid-September outlining a framework for overhauling the U.S. tax code, according to three sources familiar with the matter.

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08/08/17

The share of U.S. small business owners with plans to add to payrolls in July exceeded those planning to cut jobs by 19 percentage points on a seasonally adjusted basis, NFIB data showed. That is a 4-point increase from June and the strongest reading since December 1999.
Moreover, 60 percent of owners said they were hiring or trying to hire, a 6-point increase from June.

 

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08/07/17

In most Manhattan neighborhoods, at least 25 percent of homes on the market in the second quarter had their prices cut. The share was smaller only at the borough’s northernmost tip, in Inwood and Marble Hill. In prime areas such as the West Village and Chelsea, about half of listings had their prices trimmed.

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08/04/17

The vast majority of S&P 500 companies don’t have enough money set aside to meet all their obligations to current and future retirees. There’s a total gap of at least $375 billion for the 200 largest plans. This is how they got here.

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08/03/17

The CoStar Commercial Repeat-Sale Index (CCRSI) reached midyear 2017 with pricing trends continuing to rise steadily across all U.S. regions and types of properties. The equal-weighted U.S. Composite Index rose by 1.4% in June, contributing to a second-quarter gain of 5%, while the value-weighted U.S. Composite Index advanced by a similar 1.3% for the month and by 4.1% for the quarter. 

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