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Housing Crisis? What Housing Crisis?

The effects of the Great recession are still being felt in the U.S. housing market. How will this impact future consumer spending?

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All Eyes on Interest Rates

Yesterday, Bates Research Group launched "Fixed Income Month," the details of which appear below. As we noted in an announcement to our clients, the Federal Reserve meeting this month may usher in a new cycle of rising interest rates.

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Mixed Signals for the U.S. Economy

In a recent speech, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen expressed her view that interest rates would likely rise later in the year. However, economic signals have been mixed, and that could potentially push any rate increase into 2016.

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Chicago Debt Downgraded

Moody's took the city of Chicago's debt rating below investment-grade on Tuesday, marking the first time since Detroit that a city has fallen below that line.

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Google Bigtable in Financial Markets

This week Google entered the financial software market. Capitalizing on its deep experience with ”Big Data,” the company will provide SunGard Data Systems with new software that will help to process over 6 billion trades an hour.

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HFTs Create New Risks for BDs

Last week, we discussed the new allegations brought by the DOJ and CFTC against a UK trader for alleged market manipulation. This week, we've invited one of our experts to discuss the issues raised for Broker-Dealers and exchanges who now regularly deal with clients who are high frequency traders.

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UK Trader Charged in Flash Crash

On Tuesday, a single trader was arrested at his home in the United Kingdom, accused of market manipulation over the course of the last five years, and of playing a role in the Flash Crash of May 2010.

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DOL Proposes New Fiduciary Standard

On Tuesday the Department of Labor released its second proposal for new fiduciary standards that would apply to anyone providing advice to retirees.

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New Money Market Rules Prompt Changes

This week major fund providers in the $2.7 trillion money market space took steps in anticipation of new regulations governing how money market funds are priced.

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Regulating Shadow Banks

Stone Mountain, Georgia played host to a meeting of prominent U.S. policy-makers and economists earlier this week. The event, held by the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, met to discuss "shadow banking" and its implications for monetary policy and stability.

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