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The Jobs Recession is Finally Over

Bates Research  |  06-30-14

The Jobs Recession is Finally Over

Six-and-a-half years after the onset of the recession, the total number of people employed has finally risen above pre-recession levels, marking the jobs recession as finally over.

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Fannie, Freddie and Housing

Bates Research  |  06-20-14

Fannie, Freddie and Housing

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac had stellar results in 2013, which have continued into 2014.

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FINRA Warns on HY CDs

Bates Research  |  06-13-14

FINRA Warns on HY CDs

FINRA issued a new investor alert recently warning against potential scams involving high-yield CDs.

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Puerto Rico Faces Unified Strike

Bates Research  |  06-06-14

Puerto Rico Faces Unified Strike

Bates Group, via our strong connections to the island, has been hearing rumors of a government strike for the last several weeks.  Since May 21, more than 20 leaders of various workers’ syndicates representing government employees have made it known that they are planning an island-wide work stoppage to protest the government's proposed Fiscal Sustainability Law.

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A Shrinking Economy in the First Quarter

Bates Research  |  05-30-14

A Shrinking Economy in the First Quarter

The second estimate of U.S. GDP showed the economy contracting in the first quarter for the first time in three years. In the quarter, gross domestic product declined at a 1.0% annual rate.

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CLOs – The Quest for Yield

Bates Research  |  05-23-14

CLOs – The Quest for Yield

As we enter the summer months of 2014, following a five year bull market in equities, the quest by professional investment managers and individual investors for yield and returns continues...

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SEC - Investment Fund Fraud

Bates Research  |  05-16-14

SEC - Investment Fund Fraud

In the last month, the SEC's Enforcement division had substantial activity on seven civil actions and one criminal action related to investment fund fraud.

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FINRA fines IPO Process

Bates Research  |  05-09-14

FINRA fines IPO Process

FINRA announced a $5 million fine against Morgan Stanley Smith Barney this week related to its retail IPO sales practices.  The internal issues arose as a result of Morgan Stanley's completion of its $9.4 billion acquisition of Smith Barney from Citigroup last year, after a four-year buyout process.

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Puerto Rico Announces 2014 Budget

Bates Research  |  05-02-14

Puerto Rico Announces 2014 Budget

This week,  Puerto Rico unveiled its first budget in twenty years that did not include borrowing.  The balanced budget was announced by Governor Padilla in conjunction with a roadmap for Puerto Rico's future through 2018. 

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Litigation Trends

Bates Research  |  04-25-14

Litigation Trends

Law firm Norton Rose Fulbright recently released their 10th annual survey of corporate litigation trends. 

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