FIG Topics of Interest

 

06/01/17

U.S. employers hired significantly more people in May, making it the strongest month for hiring since June 2015, according to a LinkedIn study.

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05/31/17

“More subdued inflation will help Draghi make the case that the exit can be slow,” said Nick Kounis, an economist at ABN Amro Bank NV in Amsterdam. “At the same time, they need to keep the momentum in this discussion going without letting markets run ahead of themselves so it’s a very fine balancing act.”

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05/30/17

"Foreign investors are pouring more and more money into the U.S. real estate market, and yet the trail behind these transactions is often shrouded in secrecy," Sen. Wyden said. "It is critical that we have a better understanding of how U.S. agencies identify and address national security threats that may arise in connection with foreign real estate investments." 
"We know that real estate deals are one of the favored ways to launder illicit finances," Sen. Brown said. "But we don’t know if our oversight agencies have the resources and tools they need to vet Russian, Chinese, and other foreign investments in U.S. real estate for potential threats to our nation's security." 

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05/24/17

Check out your Muni v. the proposed MBIS/FIG Zero Duration Muni-Futures contract.  

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05/24/17

Moody’s Investors Service cut its rating on China’s debt for the first time since 1989, challenging the view that the nation’s leadership will be able to rein in leverage while maintaining the pace of economic growth.

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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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