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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

Ariz. retail centers focus on sustainability


  • Arizona Republic (Phoenix) (tiered subscription model), The

Retailers and centers in Arizona are embracing sustainability as well as lower energy costs by installing solar shades over parking lots and panels on roofs -- a move that can create a sense of commun… Read More

Blackstone acquires global wealth-management units


  • Reuters
  • Bloomberg
  • New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

The Blackstone Group is purchasing two wealth-management subsidiaries from Friends Life Group for as much as £356 million. The deal gives Blackstone access to estate and succession planning for indiv… 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