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Global economic uncertainty spurs bond buying


  • Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model), The

Doubts about global economic growth and debt troubles at Portugal's Banco Espirito Santo have caused a flurry of activity in sovereign bonds. "It's the contagion risk that has investors clamoring for … Read More

CommonWealth REIT sells stake in Select Income REIT


  • American City Business Journals

CommonWealth REIT sold its 22 million shares of Select Income REIT to Government Properties Income Trust and Reit Management & Research for $705 million. Read More

ESMA proposes mandatory clearing of some rate swaps, CDS


  • MLex (subscription required)

The European Securities and Markets Authority is seeking comments on a proposal to require central clearing for certain interest-rate swaps and credit default swaps on a couple of bond indexes. Read More

Fla. law frees fee-only planners to discuss insurance


  • InvestmentNews (free registration)

A new Florida law changes the state's past policy of requiring investment advisers to be associated with an insurance company to discuss insurance coverage. "This is a huge gain for fee-only planners … Read More

Expert: Organizations need to be educated on Big Data


  • Information Management

Organizations should be familiar with computer languages involved in Hadoop in order to reduce Big Data costs, consultant Joe Caserta says. "It's just very different. And I think that's kind of the 'g… Read More

Fed's Fischer supports stress tests, capital rules


  • Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model), The

The Federal Reserve's stress tests and stricter capital rules are appropriate responses to the financial crisis, Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer said in his first speech since taking the post. He also c… Read More