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Supplier finance a growing option for strapped companies


  • Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model), The

About 80 companies in the Standard & Poor's 500 index are acting as lenders, providing financing for suppliers that cannot secure loans from conventional channels. While such alternative loans carry r… Read More

Orange Capital wants Pinnacle Entertainment to form a REIT


  • Las Vegas Review-Journal

Orange Capital, a New York-based investment fund, wants Pinnacle Entertainment to spin off its casinos into a REIT to increase value, according to a regulatory filing. The company owns 4.4% of the gam… Read More

OCC's "heightened expectations" proposal being modified


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Some adjustments are underway to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency's "heightened expectations" proposal for the nation's biggest banks. Observers expect the regulator to relax some provisi… Read More

Clients should compare different types of annuities


  • MarketWatch

Before buying, people should compare various annuities, particularly fixed-rate, indexed and multi-year guarantee annuities, writes annuity expert Stan Haithcock. "Simplicity and efficiency are always… Read More

Square struggles to make payment business pay off


  • New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Square, a payments startup company that struck a high-profile relationship with Starbucks in 2012, reportedly is losing money. "It's just a stark reminder that in payments, you really have to have eve… Read More