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Federal Reserve Policy Changes

Bates Research  |  03-20-14

Federal Reserve Policy Changes

On Wednesday of this week, the Federal Reserve Open Market Committee released its latest forecasts for the U.S. economy.

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FTC Investigates Herbalife

Bates Research  |  03-14-14

FTC Investigates Herbalife

In May of 2012, Pershing Square Capital, a $12 billion hedge fund run by William Ackman, first began compiling a short position in Herbalife, a California-based nutrition company

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Puerto Rico Debt Issuance

Bates Research  |  03-07-14

Puerto Rico Debt Issuance

This week the Puerto Rico Legislature approved the proposed issuance of a $3.5 bln General Obligation Bond issue.  

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FINRA and Expungement

Bates Research  |  02-28-14

FINRA and Expungement

During its February 2014 Board Meeting, FINRA finalized a new proposed rule limiting the use of expungement in the arbitration process. 

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Municipal Defaults

Bates Research  |  02-21-14

Municipal Defaults

2013 was a challenging year for municipal markets, with the downgrades of Puerto Rico continuing that trend into 2014.

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Puerto Rico Downgrades Continue

Bates Research  |  02-13-14

Puerto Rico Downgrades Continue

After our post was published last Friday the 7th, Moody's joined S&P in downgrading Puerto Rico below investment grade.  On Tuesday of this week, Fitch joined the other two rating agencies, and moved Puerto Rico below investment grade.

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Puerto Rico Downgrade

Bates Research  |  02-07-14

Puerto Rico Downgrade

On Tuesday, S&P downgraded Puerto Rico below investment grade from BBB- to BB+.  The island had previously been placed on watch by S&P for a possible downgrade on January 24th. 

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A Minimum Wage Increase

Bates Research  |  01-31-14

A Minimum Wage Increase

On Tuesday evening President Obama used his State of the Union Address to outline key policy initiatives for the next year.  Included among them was an increase in the required minimum wage for some federal contractors to $10.10. 

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Accounting Fraud

Bates Research  |  01-24-14

Accounting Fraud

The SEC recently announced that it has reached a $5 million settlement related to earnings manipulation by Diamond Foods, Inc. 

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Google Acquires Nest

Bates Research  |  01-16-14

Google Acquires Nest

On January 14, Google continued its push into physical products and away from net-based ones with its acquisition of Nest for $3.2 billion.

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