FIG Topics of Interest

 

05/23/17

Trump’s first complete budget proposal, released in part on Monday, would raise $500 million in fiscal year 2018 by draining the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, and as much $16.6 billion in oil sales over the next decade.

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05/22/17

Large Paper Positions in Eurodollar Options

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05/22/17

Over the weekend while President Donald Trump was in Saudi Arabia, Blackstone and the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia signed a memorandum of launching a new infrastructure investment vehicle. PIF will anchor the fund with a $20 billion investment. 

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05/19/17

With memories still fresh from the 2007 financial meltdown precipitated by unrestrained real estate borrowing, US bank lending officers are showing a reduced tolerance for risk and reporting tightened CRE lending policies - most notably on multifamily lending.

The reaction is in response to numerous factors, including ongoing concerns from federal regulators about an overheated CRE lending environment, a more uncertain outlook for CRE property prices, and the impact from rising vacancy rates in certain property types. 

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05/18/17

At a House Armed Services Committee hearing on Wednesday, a congressionally-mandated advisory panel looking into Pentagon acquisition reform presented an interim report calling for a shake-up in the Department of Defense's outmoded acquisition system. It said the reforms would save money and help the military stay on the cutting edge of technology.

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05/17/17

Another teen specialty apparel retailer, rue21 Inc., has filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization. 

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05/16/17

Ford Motor Co. plans to cut about 10 percent of staff worldwide as Chief Executive Officer Mark Fields faces escalating pressure to boost profit and a lagging stock price, the Wall Street Journal reported.

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05/12/17

The U.S. and China reached agreement to promote shipments of American natural gas and beef that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said was part of a broader effort to begin reshaping the trade relationship between the world’s two largest economies.

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