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Retail Isn’t Dead: Navigating the Overhyped Retail Armageddon (Part II)

December 6, 2018
Despite the dire warnings and recent failures of notable name brand retailers, many signs point to a surge in next generation retailers that have the capability and vision to successfully navigate retail’s rapid evolution and transformation.
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Brazil at a Crossroads: Transformation Through Recession and Beyond

November 30, 2018
Brazil’s economy is slowly recovering from its deepest ever recession. Its gross domestic product (GDP) shrank by 10 percent between late 2013 and the middle of 2017, hit by the fall in commodity prices and corruption scandals linked to the government that undermined the confidence of both foreign investors and Brazilians.
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Stepping Up the Fight Against Corporate Cartels

November 29, 2018
Corporate cartel detection and conviction rates have been growing significantly across the globe as authorities continue to develop and implement new tools and tactics. The U.K. regulator’s recent campaign shows that employing even relatively simple new approaches can be highly effective when it comes to fighting price-fixing agreements.
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Here’s Hoping Congress Comes Up with a New Infrastructure Plan

November 27, 2018
“I believe there will be more infrastructure projects in 2019 than in 2018, particularly for social infrastructure due to the significant need for capital improvements in this asset class and the significant momentum that is building in the municipal and higher education Public Private Partnership (P3) spaces.”
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Proactive Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) Activities

November 27, 2018
SCRA protections and benefits remain high risk areas for financial services companies. Regulators continue to enforce the rights of servicemembers through informal and formal enforcement actions, civil money penalties, remediation for customer harm, credit repair of affected servicemembers, and necessary enhanced risk and control measures.
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The Chief Risk Officer - An Impossible Job?

November 27, 2018
Maybe there never was a golden age when it was easy (and perhaps even fun!) to be the chief risk officer (CRO) of a bank. But if there ever was, then today’s CRO must feel that it was a long, long time ago. How did it get to be so tough? We explore.
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The Great Recession and Real Estate Cycles – Challenges, Opportunities and Lessons Learned

November 26, 2018
In a recent chapter of the Journal of Property Investment & Finance (Vol. 35 Issue 3 pp. 321- 340), A&M Senior Adviser Steven Laposa introduces several new models that examine the ability of historical macroeconomic indicators to provide early warning signals and identify turning points in real estate valuations, specifically negative office appreciation rates caused by the Great Recession.