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House may vote on estate tax repeal


  • Financial Advisor online

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., says lawmakers are considering whether to vote on a bill to repeal the estate tax. The measure would likely pass the Republican-controlled H… Read More

Commentary: Windstream REIT plan won't work for all telecom


  • Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model), The

Windstream's plan to spin its network assets into a REIT could work for peers like Frontier Communications and CenturyLink, but it would likely create challenges for bigger telecommunications companie… Read More

French commercial real estate sees investor flood


  • Reuters

Yield-driven investors are pouring money into commercial property in France at the fastest pace since the financial crisis, despite signs that French economic growth has almost ground to a halt. Durin… Read More

Big Data reshapes many sectors


  • BetaNews

Corporate giants and government agencies aren't the only entities embracing Big Data. Practically every sector of the economy, including farming, health care, management of small cities, education and… Read More

Mudslide results from storm that helped fight Utah wildfire


  • Deseret News (Salt Lake City), The
  • Salt Lake Tribune (Utah), The

A thunderstorm that helped crews contain a wildfire in Juab County, Utah, led to a mudslide that affected properties including farmland. The fire has burned more than 4,300 acres since last week and h… Read More

Lawmakers focus on CFPB actions before Cordray confirmation


  • Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model), The

Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, and Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, are asking the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for a list of regulatory actions taken before the Senate confirmed Richard Cordray as di… Read More