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Reading the Financial Tea Leaves: CREFC Market Outlook Survey 2017

CREFC has surveyed some of its attendees—all major participants in the commercial real estate finance industry—at the 2017 CRE Finance Council January Conference in Miami. CREFC’s 2017 market outlook survey confirmed what we...more

European Central Bank Launches Sensitivity Analysis on Effects of Interest Rate Changes

The European Central Bank launched a sensitivity analysis of the banking books of directly supervised banks with a focus on interest rate changes. The analysis will be used to inform the ECB’s annual Supervisory Review and...more

IRS Releases April 2017 Federal Interest Rates

The 7520 rate for April 2017 has increased to 2.6%. The April 2017 Applicable Federal Interest Rates can be found here. Please see full Table below for more information....more

More on Comptroller Curry’s remarks at LendIt USA conference

In a recent blog post, Alan Kaplinsky and Scott Pearson wrote about the remarks made by CFPB Director Richard Cordray and Comptroller of the Currency Thomas Curry at the LendIt USA conference in New York City earlier this...more

Consumer Lending Industry Targeted by the Alabama Legislature

Last month, a group of 45 members of Alabama’s House of Representatives introduced a proposed amendment to the Alabama Constitution that would cap the interest rate a lender may charge an individual on a “consumer loan, line...more

Janet Yellen And The Fed Make It Happen – Interest Rate Hike – US Stock Markets Like It

As expected and reported on the blog last week, Fed Chair Janet Yellen and her team raised the Fed’s key interest rate by 0.25 percentage point today. While it’s the third time that the Fed has increased rates since the...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

Financial transaction provider Euronet Worldwide’s made an unsolicited bid to acquire MoneyGram for about $1 billion in cash, throwing a wrench into Ant Financial’s plan to use MG as a way to break into the US market and...more

How the Trump Presidency May Affect Commercial Real Estate Investment in Mexico

As the United States’ neighbor and second-largest trading partner, no country has followed President Trump’s rhetoric quite like Mexico. While sometimes it seems that even soothsayers cannot predict what the President will...more

Remand Decision in Madden v. Midland Funding Raises Questions Regarding Choice of Law Clauses in Consumer Loan Agreements

A careful parsing of state laws should be done if a lender is relying on a choice of law to avoid states that have criminal usury statutes. On February 27, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York...more

The Madden Saga Continues: On Remand, Madden Survives Summary Judgment and District Court Certifies Class

On February 27, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York in part denied a renewed motion by Midland Funding, LLC (“Midland”) to dispose of claims brought by Saliha Madden (“Madden”) under the Fair...more

High Court upholds rejection of argument 2% default interest is a penalty - At the end of November 2016, in a good news story for...

At the end of November 2016, in a good news story for lenders, we reported on a victory in the NSW Court of Appeal where the court held the application of a 2% default interest margin under a loan contract was not a penalty....more

Here We Go – Fed Likely to Raise the Discount Rate at Month End

In remarks to The Executives Club in Chicago this morning, Fed Chair Janet Yellen signaled the next interest rate increase. “At our meeting [of the Open Market Committee] later this month, the committee will evaluate whether...more

Faster Pace of Interest Rate Hikes

As we indicated on February 16, 2017 the Federal Reserve is looking at interest rate hikes for 2017. At a speech in Chicago today Chairwoman Janet Yellen said it is likely the Federal Reserve will increase the federal funds...more

Multijurisdictional Securitization in the Age of Risk Retention

The challenges of complying with both the US rules and the EU rules. Both United States and European Union laws now require 5 percent credit risk retention for securitization transactions. While the jurisdictional scope...more

Tax Reform Considerations for REITs

Various components of the tax reform proposals that have been put forth by the Congress as well as the President could have significant impacts on REITs. In 2016, the Republican leadership and Republicans on the House...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

A review of the Fed minutes released yesterday shows the willingness of some Fed Governors to start rate raising again sooner rather than later....more

IRS Releases March 2017 Federal Interest Rates

The 7520 rate for March 2017 has decreased to 2.4%. The March 2017 Applicable Federal Interest Rates can be found here. Please see full Schedule below for more information....more

Bankruptcy Is Not A Borrower Antidote For Loan “Default Interest”

Defaulting on a loan typically triggers a higher interest rate — “default interest” — as one of many consequences for the borrower. (Other consequences include acceleration of the maturity, late fees and penalties, and...more

Federal Reserve Reports Moderate Pace Growth, Rising of Inflation, and Potential Increase in Federal Funds Rate

Chairwoman Janet Yellen presented her semi-annual report to the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs on February 15th where she testified that she expects the economy to continue to expand at a moderate pace...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

Japan’s SoftBank hasn’t been shy about bold moves, but its most recent one—the decision to buy American PE giant Fortress Investment Group—is an especially big one. The deal is seen as bolstering SoftBank’s recently announced...more

CFPB and VA AG Take Action Against Pawnbroker

On February 2, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Virginia (Virginia AG) announced the filing of a complaint and a stipulated consent order in the United...more

The Lehman Administration Surplus and the High Court Ruling in Waterfall IIC

A recent UK High Court ruling in Lehman Brothers International (Europe) (In Administration) ("Lehman Waterfall IIC") considers the application of statutory interests on proven debts in an administration and in particular the...more

Wealth Management Update - February 2017

February Interest Rates for GRATs, Sales to Defective Grantor Trusts, Intra-Family Loans and Split Interest Charitable Trusts - The February § 7520 rate for use with estate planning techniques such as CRTs, CLTs, QPRTs...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

Snap Inc. filed its first public prospectus yesterday in advance of its fast-approaching offering date, playing up the strength of its ad revenue in just two short years as part of its pitch for big-time value....more

The future of European leveraged debt: While fears of another downturn loom, the European financial markets have innovated,...

Leveraged debt markets in Europe have shown resilience this year. However, with so many factors up in the air in 2017—from politics to interest rates, regulations and investor sentiment—the question remains whether this will...more

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