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Aug072013

In Crushing Blow, NYC Campaign Finance Board Denies John Liu Millions For Mayor's Race








Colorado School Finance Overhaul Coalition Turn In Over 160,000 Signatures Calling For Nearly $1 Billion Tax Hike






The factions competed for prime camera position, blocking each others' signs as best they could. "We donated. It's not fair. We're not going to be denied our rights," said Thomas Lee, 71, a retired construction manager and Army vet from Queens whose parents immigrated from China. Lee, who gave $500, blamed "institutional racism" for the effort to deny Liu the funds.














George Clooney Ought To Stick To Filmmaking, And Leave Finance To Daniel Loeb






At this point no one, including Clooney, knows Loebs long-term plan for Sony, or the entertainment industry more broadly. Whatever it is, the artist in Clooney should welcome the arrival of the businessman in Loeb. Indeed, if the doings of Sony Pictures are placed under a brighter market microscope, that can only be a good thing. Thats the case because as Clooney surely knows, a good way to ensure a shallow pool for film finance is for the industry to suffer too many films like Heavens Gate, Ishtar, Waterworld, and The Postman. Public markets work best for discounting the future, and if theyre given greater sway over how capital is allocated to films, the frequency of box office bombs that scare away financiers have the potential to be reduced.










State Sen. Mike Johnston (D-Denver), who has been the primary force and a sponsor behind the effort told The Denver Post that the proposed initiative addressed questions that had weighed down past educational funding initiatives. "I've yet to find any voter, most liberal to most conservative, that said I would never, ever want to support an investment in K-12," Johnston told The Denver Post . "What they want to know is: What am I investing in, where will the dollars go, and how will I know what the results look like?




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Aug072013

Obama Targets Fannie, Freddie in Housing Finance Revamp








Bridging Finance And Innovation To Advance A Green Revolution in Africa






Fannie and Freddie collapsed in 2008, but were bailed out by the federal government with roughly $200 billion in taxpayer money. They had a model for getting loans to the American people that didnt work. It was basically, heads they win, tails taxpayers lose model and so what the president is going to say today is we need to end that model. And we need to have a housing financing system going forward that first makes sure private capital sits at the center of our housing financing system and second we cant put taxpayers on the hook in the way we did before, Housing Secretary Shaun Donovan told ABC News. Obama wants the government to play a more limited and targeted role in supporting the mortgage market, according to an administration official, one in which private capital must be wiped out before the federal government provides any catastrophic guarantee. The president is also expected to renew his call for Congress to make it easier for homeowners to refinance at lower rates and highlight his plan to make housing more affordable for the middle class. We have to make sure we have affordable housing across this country. You know one of the things that got us into this crisis is that we sort of had a policy that said everyone has to be a homeowner. And the truth is some families want to rent their housing. Some people cant afford to be homeowners.









Obama touts mortgage finance plan, highlights private sector role






Republican Senator Bob Corker, who co-authored the Senate measure, said the president had provided a boost to mortgage finance reform efforts. "There is real momentum growing to finally move a structural housing finance reform bill that ends the Fannie and Freddie model of private gains and public losses," the Tennessee lawmaker said in a statement. Edward Mills, an analyst at FBR Capital Markets, said Obama's proposals were well-timed. "There has been real concern about not doing something that disrupts the housing recovery.







Avidbank Corporate Finance Provides $1,750,000 Working Capital Line of Credit to Akademos






They have built a quality team with extensive experience and insight into this business, and have grown at an impressive rate. We appreciate the opportunity to contribute to their continued success. We are pleased to be working with Avidbank. They took the time to understand the nuances of our business and space to create financing that works for us, stated John Squires, CEO and President of Akademos. We are looking forward to a long-term relationship with them. About Avidbank Avidbank Holdings, Inc. (OTCBB: AVBH), headquartered in Palo Alto, California, offers innovative financial solutions and services.








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Africa is poised for the worlds next green revolution. Across the continent, there has been a renewed commitment from governments, non-governmental organisations and the private sector to move agriculture from a development challenge to a business opportunity. As a result, countries such as Nigeria are moving to once again become net exporters, rather than importers of agricultural commodities. Agriculture has become among the most powerful engines for Africas economies, many of which have experienced rapid growth over the last decade. Despite these developments, many smallholder farmers, who form the backbone of Africas agriculture sector, remain trapped in poverty without access to financing and other tools to increase their productivity and profitability.




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Aug052013

Creating A Line Of Credit With Friends: The New Trend In Finance









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He threatened that if the government does not tackle a number of key issues quickly, he will question the prime minister and other ministers in parliament. MP Maasouma al-Mubarak, normally close to the government, said she was shocked by the new cabinet line-up which indicates to new crises in the country after retaining ministers who could not perform. She did not name those ministers. The previous cabinet, also headed by Sheikh Jaber, resigned last week in a routine process following a general election. The July 27 vote was boycotted by the Islamist, nationalist and liberal opposition but saw turnout of 52.5 percent, sharply up on the record low of 40 percent in the previous election in December.










Today the root problem in the global financial system looks more structural than cyclicaland more endemic and dangerous than simple spring flu. People are tired of paying high interest rates for credit cards, banks and payday loans. Theyre tired of being classified with credit scores that do not necessarily represent their real credit capacity. Theyre tired of filing stacks of forms to qualify for small loans.




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Aug052013

Japan finance minister under fire for Nazi comment









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She did not name those ministers. The previous cabinet, also headed by Sheikh Jaber, resigned last week in a routine process following a general election. The July 27 vote was boycotted by the Islamist, nationalist and liberal opposition but saw turnout of 52.5 percent, sharply up on the record low of 40 percent in the previous election in December. The new cabinet is Kuwait's 12th since 2006. The emirate has been hit by a series of political crises that have forced 11 cabinets to resign and parliament to be dissolved on six occasions.










Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso is surrounded by reporters at the ministry in Tokyo Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013.

Japan's history of military aggression, which included colonizing the Korean Peninsula before the war, is the reason its current constitution limits the role of the military. According to a transcript of the speech published by the newspaper Asahi Shimbun, Aso decried the lack of support for revising Japan's pacifist constitution among older Japanese, saying the Liberal Democrats had held quiet, extensive discussions about its proposals. "I don't want to see this done in the midst of an uproar," Aso said, according to the transcript. Since revisions of the constitution may raise protests, "doing it quietly, just as in one day the Weimar constitution changed to the Nazi constitution, without anyone realizing it, why don't we learn from that sort of tactic?" Government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said the administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe "in no way looks positively at the Nazi regime.







RPT-Market Chatter-Corporate finance press digest






The fiscal deficit for April-June quarter was 48.4% of the budgeted amount compared with 37.1% in the same period last year, the ET reported Thursday. Chidambaram had unveiled a new fiscal consolidation road map soon after taking over as finance minister last year and managed to contain fiscal deficit at 4.9% of GDP by effecting aggressive expenditure cuts, joining countries around the world trying to streamline government. Investors have turned away from India this year, though. The Wisdom Tree India (EPI) exchange traded fund, one of the favorite ways into that market for the retail investor and day trader, is off 19.5% year to date, while the MSCI Emerging Markets Index is down 12.03%.







India's Finance Minister Vows Not To Overspend






* Management software company Compuware Corp has renewed efforts to sell itself, courting not just the buyers of rival BMC Software Inc but also CA Technologies Inc and other buyout firms, several people familiar with the matter said. * Sports nutrition drinks company CytoSport, the parent of Muscle Milk, is considering an initial public offering later this year, two sources with knowledge of the matter said on Friday. * Lukoil, Russia's second-biggest crude oil producer, has its sights set on Iraq's northern Kirkuk oilfield that straddles the border with the autonomous Kurdish region and is a flashpoint in relations between the two sides, an industry source said on Friday. * Gavilon, which earlier this year sold its grain-trading business, has retained Barclays to help it find a buyer for its remaining energy business in a deal that could fetch around $1 billion, according to two people familiar with the matter. * Private equity firm Odyssey Investment Partners LLC is exploring a sale of TNT Crane & Rigging Inc, one of the largest U.S.




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Aug052013

Premier car cos bet high on finance offers to push sales








7 Courses Finance Students Should Take






Talking to TOI, local dealer for Audi who has his showrooms in Indore and Bhopal cities, Gaurav Anand, said, "Rising interest cost is a concern. Nearly 95% of our customers opt for finance scheme", he said. We offer our customers facility to pay interest amount every month, while principle amount is to be paid by them at the year-end. Now, it is up to the customers to go for pre-determined tenure for payment of principle amount. Under this scheme, we are offering repayment tenure of 84 months, against the normal tenure of 36 months in normal finance cases, which allows a customer to pay merely Rs 999 per day, added Anand.







Finance disciplinary body delays first cases




David Ross was scheduled to appear before the Financial Advisers Disciplinary Committee, but this has been delayed until next year. Photo / Mark Mitchell

The fiscal deficit for April-June quarter was 48.4% of the budgeted amount compared with 37.1% in the same period last year, the ET reported Thursday. Chidambaram had unveiled a new fiscal consolidation road map soon after taking over as finance minister last year and managed to contain fiscal deficit at 4.9% of GDP by effecting aggressive expenditure cuts, joining countries around the world trying to streamline government. Investors have turned away from India this year, though. The Wisdom Tree India (EPI) exchange traded fund, one of the favorite ways into that market for the retail investor and day trader, is off 19.5% year to date, while the MSCI Emerging Markets Index is down 12.03%.










It also explains the movements of a company's stock. Accounting - Financial and managerial accounting courses teach finance students how to understand, record and report financial transactions, monitor the company's budgets and performance, and examine the costs of the organization's products and services. Economics - Economics looks at how scarce resources are allocated to achieve needs and wants. A course in macroeconomics will teach finance students to understand the impact of financial market activities on the overall economy.







India's Finance Minister Vows Not To Overspend






AFAs are licensed by the Financial Markets Authority, which refers cases about advisers allegedly in breach of the code to the FADC. Although the FADC was established more than two years ago, the FMA has referred only four advisers so far. Two of these advisers were due to appear before the committee today, including Ross - whom the Serious Fraud Office has accused of running a $400 million Ponzi scheme. However, Ross' hearing before the committee was adjourned until February next year, according to a FMA spokesman. Ross has not yet entered a plea to SFO charges of theft by a person in a special relationship, and false accounting, or to three FMA charges.




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