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Fed expected to reduce bond buying to $45B


  • Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model), The

Federal Reserve officials are expected to lower monthly bond buying to $45 billion when they meet next week. They are not expected to give investors a firm timeline for when they will increase short-t… 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

CDS covering CoCos desired by market participants


  • Bloomberg

Market participants are welcoming the possible creation of credit default swaps that cover contingent-capital securities. "CDS changes everything because it allows you to short CoCos in a very efficie… Read More

Tax-deferred annuities offer protection from rising U.S. tax rates


  • Forbes

Tax-deferred annuities might be a useful tool for investors looking for protection from rising U.S. federal tax rates, writes John Rafal, founder of Essex Financial Services. Gains are not taxed until… Read More