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Author:
James I. Clark III
Posted:
06.12.2013

S&P Gives US a Thumbs UP

The S&P has upped the US.  It has raised the outlook for US debt from “negative” to “stable” which some take as an indication that we are unlikely to see a ratings slide like the one in 2011 that took us from AAA to AA+ anytime soon. The agency cited a lower federal deficit, the […]

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Author:
Kurt Rosene
Posted:
05.16.2013

Big Data to the Rescue

We’ve all been inundated with talk about the era of Big Data. But these last few weeks, we felt its impact in dramatic fashion. Just hours after the explosions at the April 15 Boston Marathon, the FBI had amassed10 terabytes of data that four days later led them to the two suspects. Big Data is […]

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Author:
Richard Gatto
Posted:
05.06.2013

Home Prices Spike, But Is This the Real Deal?

Economists tell us that the reason the US is doing better than Europe is because of two things: our equity markets and our housing sector.  And now comes the news that housing is posting its best home prices since 2006.  The widely followed Case-Shiller indexes showed the home prices of single-family homes across 20 of […]

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Author:
Richard Gatto
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Home Prices Spike But Is It Real?

Economists tell us that the reason the US is doing better than Europe is because of two things: our equity markets and our housing sector.  And now comes the news that housing is posting its best numbers since 2006.  The widely followed Case-Shiller indexes showed the price of single-family homes across 20 of the most […]

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Author:
Richard Gatto
Posted:
04.22.2013

The IMF is Saying Less Austerity, More Spending

For those who have stressed the need for austerity and deficit reduction, who think that fiscal cliffs and sequestration are a good corrective to reckless spending, it may be helpful to consider what the IMF is saying. Lowering the outlook for U.S. growth to 1.9% from 2%, IMF Economic Counselor Olivier Blanchard called the U.S. […]

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Author:
Richard Gatto
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IMF Says Less Austerity, More Spending

For those who have stressed the need for austerity and deficit reduction, who think that fiscal cliffs and sequestration are a good corrective to reckless spending, it may be helpful to consider what the IMF is saying. Lowering the outlook for U.S. growth to 1.9% from 2%, IMF Economic Counselor Olivier Blanchard called the U.S. […]

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Author:
Tom Silva
Posted:
04.08.2013

Charles Krawitz on The Banking Comeback

On the latest episode of The Alter Group Podcast on Real Estate, Charles Krawitz used his 25 years of experience in financing of thousands of transactions, and the sale of highly distressed loans and REO assets to give us an inside look at the recovery of the banking sector.  Banks now hold 49% of all […]

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Author:
Tom Silva
Posted:
02.25.2013

Would You Give Away Half of Everything?

You’ve heard about  Warren Buffett and Bill Gates trying to get their fellow billionaires to give away half their money to charity? Well, now their challenge is resonating outside the United States. Twelve new magnates have joined the Buffett-Gates “Giving Pledge” bringing the total to 102. Who are they? Richard Branson, the Virgin Airlines eccentric; […]

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Author:
Tom Silva
Posted:
01.23.2013

Obama Inaugurated

President Obama was inaugurated for his second term — the 44th president — a day after he took his oath on the constitutionally required date at the White House.  The crowd was smaller, the weather throughout most of the nation was biting cold, and the message was hope chilled with the experience and weariness of […]

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Author:
Tom Silva
Posted:
01.16.2013

The Next Facebook? Pek Pongpaet on Creating a Successful Startup

When he was a kid, Silicon Valley entrepreneur Pek Pongpaet bounced around the world, living in Asia, Europe and finally ending up in San Francisco. Along the way, he became a martial arts instructor and even played one of the characters in the Mortal Kombat video game. But the reason Forbes and Wired Magazine wrote […]

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