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New Oak Appoints COO

Donald McGuire will be pulling double duty at NewOak as COO and head of investment banking, the company announced. McGuire comes to NewOak with more than 27 years of experience in finance and operations, having worked in the major investment banking, pharmaceutical, and technological industries.

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The Aftermath of the Barclays Scandal

Barclays was rocked when it was found that the bank's agents had manipulated the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) starting as early as 2007. The bank was fined hundreds of millions by British and U.S. authorities. As a result, a number of key figures have stepped down while Barclays prepares to launch a third party-led investigation into its practices. The news gets worse for the bank, however.

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Robo-Signing Settlement Update: Friday is Cutoff for States to Join

State attorneys general have until Friday to sign on to a settlement that would resolve claims against the nation's top five mortgage servicers surrounding documentation errors in foreclosure processing, according to a widely circulated media report. The year-long back-and-forth between state counsels and the largest servicers may be in its final days ... possibly. Attorneys general in Delaware and California have already rejected the proposal, and some say without California, in particular, the settlement may not be of interest to the banks.

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Pending Home Sales Highest in Over a Year-and-a-Half

Pending home sales continued to rise in November, reaching their highest level in 19 months, the National Association of Realtors reported. The trade group's index of signed sales contracts jumped 7.3 percent between October and November and is 5.9 percent above its level a year earlier. The last time the index was higher was in April 2010 as buyers rushed to beat the deadline for the homebuyer tax credit. Analysts say the results are likely to feed the view that there is a recovery going on in the housing market.

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Debt Ceiling Threatens ‘Economic Pain’ and High Foreclosure Rates

The U.S. housing market could experience a severe double-dip contraction marked by lower home sales and depressed house prices if Congress fails to raise the federal debt ceiling, according to the Center for American Progress, a nonprofit research group. The Center says inaction to raise the debt limit would spark a return of the economic pain of the past few years as foreclosures would remain at record highs for an even longer stretch. Not raising the limit by early August threatens to put the U.S. itself on the verge of default.

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CoreLogic Data Illustrates Impact of Distressed Sales on Home Prices

CoreLogic says its home price index has posted year-over-year declines for eight months in a row now. The company's latest reading shows home prices nationally fell 7.5 percent in March 2011 compared to March 2010 when distressed sales - including REO and short sale transactions - are factored into the equation. The data clearly demonstrates the extent to which pre- and post-foreclosure sales are weighing down overall market assessments. CoreLogic says if you take out the distressed factor, home prices are down just 0.96 percent from a year ago.

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Servicers Release a Proposal in Response to Robo-Signing Settlement

Perhaps in preparation for the meeting between bank representatives and lawmakers scheduled for Wednesday, servicers have drafted their own proposal in response to the robo-signing settlement they were given earlier this month. Though specific details of the servicers' version are not yet available, the draft reportedly features some of the same guidelines as the 27-page term sheet sent by state attorneys general and federal regulators, although servicers made no mention of principal write-downs.

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NewOak Capital Names New Head of Commercial Real Estate

NewOak Capital, a New York-based advisory, asset management, and capital markets firm, recently hired David Eyzenberg as managing director and head of the commercial real estate division. Concurrently with his new position, Eyzenberg will continue to serve as an adjunct professor in the NYU masters of science in real estate program.

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