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Health insurers in some states want to hike premiums


  • The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model)

Health insurance providers are seeking significant increases in premiums in several states in a move they say is necessary to cover the medical costs of individuals who have newly enrolled as part of … Read More

Investment managers urge REIT investors to stay the course


  • CNNMoney

REITs have been one of the best-performing asset classes for the last several years, with the S&P Global REIT posting nearly 140% in returns since March 2009. However, there are fears that the expecte… Read More

Mining financier reportedly to launch metals fund


  • Reuters

Oskar Lewnowski, co-founder of trading and investment firm Red Kite, is planning to roll out a base and precious metals fund, according to sources. The fund is part of Lewnowski's growth plan for Orio… Read More

NVCA's Callaghan: Closer ties between Silicon Valley and Washington



The Pentagon's move to open an office in Silicon Valley comes as tech firms begin to understand that Washington isn't necessarily an adversary, said Jon Callaghan, chairman of the National Venture Cap… Read More

Fla. bill on flood insurance, risk gains governor's approval


  • SaintPetersBlog (St. Petersburg, Fla.)

Legislation signed by Florida Gov. Rick Scott allows property owners to work directly with insurance underwriters for greater flexibility and customization in deductibles and reimbursement. The measur… Read More

Lawsky's BitLicense program may set standard on bitcoin


  • The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model)

Benjamin Lawsky, New York's chief financial regulator, will soon release licensing rules for bitcoin and other virtual currencies. The BitLicense program could be used as a template for other states' … Read More