Investors pull $8.6 billion from US bond funds
Investors pulled $8.6 billion from US bond funds in the last week, contributing to the worst four-week streak since the depths of the financial crisis. According to the Financial Times, the latest outflow takes the four week total for withdrawals to $23.7 billion and reflects the worst week since October 2008 when investors moved $44 billion from bond funds. Investment managers are worried about further outflow once investors receive their second quarter statements showing losses in most bond funds.
Corzine charged in MF Global collapse
On Thursday, federal regulators filed civil charges against MF Global Holdings Ltd Chief Executive Jon S. Corzine. According to the Wall Street Journal, the complaint charges Corzine with being actively involved in making decisions that put customer accounts at risk and allegedly moving money in violation of strict rules prohibiting such transfers. The CFTC also fined MF Global Inc., the parent company, $100 million, the largest fine ever assessed against a futures merchant. Corzine served as Governor of New Jersey, was a US Senator and a senior executive at Goldman Sachs. President Obama relied upon Corzine as an advisor early in his administration.
Trade Privileges to be suspended with Bangladesh
The Obama administration plans to suspend trade privileges with Bangladesh over concerns about safety problems and labor rights violations in the country’s garment industry. The New York Times indicates that the suspension is largely symbolic because it will affect less than 1 percent of America’s $4.9 billion in annual imports from Bangladesh.
Blackberry maker, RIM, sees shares plunge
Blackberry maker, Research in Motion, saw shares slide in premarket trading on Friday after the company posted a loss in the first quarter and failed to break out how many Blackberrys were sold. The Associated Press reports that analysts were waiting to see home many Blackberrys were sold in the first full quarter after a redesign of the product that included a touch screen. RIM indicated only 6.8 million phones were sold compared to 7.8 million last year. The new Blackberry 10 operating system is seen as critical to the company’s comeback.
Gold drops to 34 month low
Gold dropped to a 34 month low and headed for the worst quarter slump on record, as reported by Bloomberg. Buillion fell 28 percent this year, the biggest annual drop since 1981, after rallying for the last 12 years. About $62.5 billion was wiped from the value of precious metals this year. The bear market began in April, extending from the all-time high of $1,923.70 in September 2011.
Empire State building receiving bids
Malkin Holdings, the real estate firm that owns the Empire State building, indicates that it has received two bids, potentially three, to buy the 102 story building for over $2 billion. The building was set to become the centerpiece of a publicly traded real estate investment trust called Empire State Realty Trust. The Helmsley Trust, the majority owner of the company that owns the building’s sublease, would have to approve a sale. Its sublease expires in 2076. An appraisal conducted last summer valued the building at $2.33 billion after debt.
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