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ACORE Capital Provides Mid-Year Business Update

SAN FRANCISCO---- ACORE Capital, LP is pleased to announce a strong first half of 2016, having signed up or closed 45 loans for $3.0 billion since the beginning of the year. $135 million first mortgage and mezzanine loans on a 413- room hotel located at East Cesar Chavez and Congress Avenue in downtown Austin, TX; $109 million first mortgage and mezzanine loans on a...

Source: Business Wire

Venezuela is on the brink, and the 'Maduro approach' is not working

Analysts discussed the outcomes they believe will result from Maduro's approach to dealing with the Venezuelan crisis.

Source: CNBC.com

INTERVIEW-U.S. says Venezuela guilty of oil sector 'malpractice'

BUENOS AIRES, June 21- Venezuela has badly mismanaged its vast oil resources, a senior U.S. diplomat told Reuters in an interview on Tuesday in which he said a change in government could quickly turn the OPEC member's fortunes around. Tensions have been high between Washington and Venezuela, where the president is facing a possible recall referendum amid...

Source: Reuters

Main Street's new online bank for the little guy, run by...Goldman Sachs?

While new accounts do not come with free toasters, GS Bank promises "peace-of-mind savings" and "no transaction fees," the NY Times reports.

Source: The New York Times

Weyerhaeuser to sell Liquid Packaging Board business to Nippon Paper Industries for $285 million in cash

FEDERAL WAY, Wash., June 15, 2016/ PRNewswire/-- Weyerhaeuser Company today announced an agreement to sell its liquid packaging board business to Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd. for $285 million in cash. Weyerhaeuser expects to use a substantial portion of the estimated $225 million after-tax proceeds for repayment of debt. Weyerhaeuser announced the planned...

Source: PR Newswire

UPDATE 1-EXCLUSIVE-Venezuela in talks with China for grace period in oil-for-loans deal -sources

CARACAS/ HOUSTON, June 14- Venezuela is in talks with China to obtain a grace period in its oil-for-loans deal that would improve the OPEC nation's capacity to make bond payments amid an economic crisis, sources briefed on the proposal have told Reuters. Venezuela has borrowed over $50 billion from China under the financing arrangement created by late...

Source: Reuters

EXCLUSIVE-Venezuela in talks with China for grace period in oil-for-loans deal -sources

CARACAS/ HOUSTON, June 14- Venezuela is in talks with China to obtain a grace period in its oil-for-loans deal that would improve the OPEC nation's capacity to make bond payments amid an economic crisis, sources briefed on the proposal have told Reuters. Venezuela has borrowed over $50 billion from China under the financing arrangement created by late...

Source: Reuters

REFILE-Shortage-plagued Venezuela puts socialist committees in charge of selling food

CARACAS, June 9- Venezuela is putting neighborhood committees linked to the ruling Socialist Party in charge of distributing basic foods amid increasingly violent unrest over chronic shortages that have battered the socialist government's popularity. But the country's opposition is slamming the plan as a discriminatory rationing system that will...

Source: Reuters

MEDIA ADVISORY: Ann Compton to Moderate WBA Presidential Appointments Panel Featuring Appointees from the Reagan, Clinton, Bush I & II, & Obama Administrations

WASHINGTON, June 8, 2016/ PRNewswire-USNewswire/-- Each Presidential election year, the WBA presents this Signature Program, featuring a bi-partisan panel of prominent Presidential appointees who share their experience with the appointment process and executive service. Linda Chavez, White House Director of Public Liaison; Staff Director, U.S. Commission...

Source: PR Newswire

ANALYSIS-Venezuela crisis is opportunity for foreign bond investors

The figure is nearly three times the $1.2 billion Venezuela plans to spend on imports of pharmaceuticals this year as dire shortages of medicines from anti-itch skin cream to chemotherapy drugs hit home. The crisis has forced Venezuela to sharply curtail such imports, adding to hardship for millions of people already struggling with triple-digit...

Source: Reuters