FIG Topics of Interest

 

04/19/17

That other drama is in France. In the first round of its presidential election, to be held on Sunday, some three-quarters of the French electorate are expected to back candidates who stand variously for corruption, a 100 percent top tax rate, Islamophobia, Russophilia, Holocaust denial, the undermining of NATO and the traumatic breakup of Europe’s political and monetary union. France was once the cradle of the Western Enlightenment. Now it threatens to become a spectacle of decadent collapse.

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04/18/17

"We need a general election and we need one now," May said Tuesday at the announcement held outside 10 Downing Street. The early election is due to be held on June 8 but would a need a two-thirds majority by U.K. lawmakers before being made official.

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04/17/17

The IEA shows global inventories falling at a rate of 200,000 barrels a day during the first quarter of this year. But its analysis of observed stockpiles -- and there are plenty of places where volumes in storage are not easily counted -- suggests "global stocks might have marginally increased" over the period. Confused? You're not alone.

OPEC, which published its own monthly report a day before the IEA, paints a much less optimistic picture. It shows global oil inventories increasing by 430,000 barrels a day in the quarter just ended. No confusion there. The world is still over-supplied with oil, according to its biggest producer nations.

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04/13/17

The new REIT, to be called Safety, Income and Growth Inc., is believed to be the publicly-traded company formed primarily to acquire, own, manage, finance and capitalize ground net leases.

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04/12/17

Absent an agreement soon, a growing number of analysts say Puerto Rico will seek protection from creditors under PROMESA's court-sanctioned restructuring process, akin to U.S. bankruptcy. Forbearance deals could let negotiations continue past May 1, but a source directly involved in the talks said avoiding an eventual bankruptcy is "impossible."

 

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04/11/17

"“The Eris swap curve now provides users of corporate derivatives with a free streaming pricing service that is not only for Eris contracts but all Libor-based derivative instruments. Corporates can see a live streaming market in interest rate swaps,”

http://www.itreasurer.com/Swap-Curve-Product-Offers-Independent-Valuations.aspx

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04/11/17

"A number of nonresidential segments performed particularly well from the perspective of job creation. These included specialty trade contractors, who remained busy working on commercial construction projects, and heavy and civil engineering, which suggests a pickup in highway and street spending," Basu said. 

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04/10/17

Talking to reporters in Australia, St. Louis Federal Reserve President James Bullard said opinions differed within the Fed on ending its balance sheet reinvestment policy and it would take some time to agree on, but he felt it could start later in the year.
Bullard emphasized that the central bank would not be actively selling assets from its $4.5 trillion balance sheet, but rather not replacing them as they mature.

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04/07/17

The U.S. missile strikes Thursday on a Syrian air base were conducted without formal Congressional approval. Some questions and answers about how and why presidents can conduct military action without permission from the 535 representatives of the American people.

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04/05/17

Little more than 2 1/2 years from now, the global fleet of merchant ships will have to reduce drastically how much sulfur their engines belch into the atmosphere. While that will do good things -- like diminishing the threat of acid rain and helping asthma sufferers -- there’s a $60 billion sting in the tail. 

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