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Jackson Hsieh of UBS on Government Rescue Programs

Jackson Hsieh looks at why government stimulus programs have not had a dramatic impact on CRE as of yet.

Mark Van Deusen Suggests How IRS Could Assist REITs

Mark Van Deusen of Hunton & Williams discusses how requested IRS guidance could assist REITs in working out and acquiring distressed CRE debt.

Lenders Still Tightening CRE Credit Standards, Survey Shows
Banks are still ratcheting up standards for commercial real estate loans, according to the Federal Reserve's quarterly survey of lending institutions.
Rubin: Government Impact on REITs

Moelis & Company Managing Director Alex Rubin looks at the impact of government initiatives on REITs.

Fed, Treasury Announce TALF Extension
The Federal Reserve and Treasury Department announced August 17 that the Term Asset-Backed Securities Loan Facility (TALF) would be extended beyond the end of 2009.
New Legislation Could Affect REITs' Risk Management
Congress currently is considering legislative measures to regulate financial derivatives that could significantly impact how REITs hedge risk.
Regulating Financial Derivatives

Chatham Financial executives explore issues surrounding plans to regulate financial derivatives.

Legacy TALF Program Recevies Nearly $670 Million in Applications

The latest round of applications for financing under the government's Term Asset-Backed Securities Loan Facility (TALF) produced the first investor applications for loans to purchase legacy commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS). The loan applications totaled $668.94 million.

CRE Markets Yet to Hit Bottom, Analyst Tells Congressional Panel

Appearing before the Congressional Joint Economic Committee (JEC) on July 9, Richard Parkus, head of commercial mortgage-backed securities and asset-backed securities for Deutsche Bank, said that despite the substantial losses investors have incurred in the CMBS market during the past two years as a result of the defaults of the loans underlying the securities, still more pain lies ahead.

REITs Could be Added to Government Retirement Plan

New legislation signed into law by President Barack Obama on June 23 authorizes the administrators of the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP), the federal government's defined contribution retirement program, to expand participants' investment options, potentially including distinct REIT funds.

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