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Build America Bonds may be the new sovereign debt

WASHINGTON/CHICAGO - Some investors in Europe and Asia are discovering the Build America Bond program created in the U.S. economic stimulus plan last year offers attractive yields and stability, and are finding the bonds more appealing than sovereign debt, two Citigroup directors said on Thursday.

Politics, regulation vex property chiefs

LONDON - Europe and U.S. property investors have cast their nets far and wide to dodge weak values and low returns on their home soil for the more risky potential of emerging Asia, Latin America and former Soviet states.

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Investors stick with property, infrastructure

LONDON - Institutional investors are sticking with their allocations in real estate and infrastructure despite the financial downturn that has seen valuations drop in the last three years, industry heads said.

Balfour targets Parsons margin boost

LONDON - The head of Britain's largest infrastructure group, Balfour Beatty , said it would raise margins at its U.S. unit Parsons Brinckerhoff, and strip out overall costs to help offset severe public spending cuts.

PIK eyes mortgage ventures with Sberbank, VTB

LONDON/MOSCOW - Russian developer PIK is in talks with state-backed lenders Sberbank and VTB Bank to supply affordable mortgages to its customers as housing demand rallies, a senior executive told Reuters.

Atlantia sees 2010 traffic boost

LONDON - Italy's biggest toll-road operator, Atlantia , expects traffic levels to rise 1 percent this year, boosted by a strong rebound in the heavy vehicles segment after last year's recession, its CEO said.

Westfield slows Europe goal, eyes organic growth

SYDNEY - Australia's Westfield Group plans to focus on organic growth through redevelopment, as sovereign debt-fueled risk hampers expansion into Europe and developing Asian markets remain too immature.

Henderson confident on Hong Kong sales

BEIJING/HONG KONG - Henderson Land expects no more cancellations of sales in Hong Kong in the near term, a senior executive said on Thursday, after some buyers canceled their purchases, denting its share price.

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HSBC sees active Asia REIT market

HONG KONG - HSBC expects the number of real estate investment trusts in Asia to surge over the next 3 to 4 years due to demand for more risk-averse property investments, a senior executive said on Thursday.

Capital markets remain hostile to property investors

LONDON - Deal-hungry property investors will need to forage hard in all four quadrants of the capital market if they are to survive an extended mortgage famine that may permanently alter the way many buyers structure deals.

Pru sees no property fallout from BP share dive

LONDON - BP's share price collapse is unlikely to spark an exodus of pension fund money from UK property, the head of Prudential's PRUPIM said, quelling fears of fire sales to fix asset allocation imbalances.

Speakers

Summit Date Category
Africa Investment 2015 Mar 2 - 6 Financial Services/Exchanges
Financial Regulation 2015 May 11 - 15 Financial Services/Exchanges
Global Wealth Management 2015 Jun 8 - 12 Financial Services/Exchanges
Eastern Europe Investment 2015 Sep 21 - 25 Financial Services/Exchanges
Middle East Investment 2015 Nov 2 - 6 Financial Services/Exchanges
Global Investment Outlook 2016 Nov 16 - 20 Financial Services/Exchanges

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