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Health-Care Reform: The SCOTUS Ruling’s Impact on Providers
8/5/2012

Health-Care Reform: The SCOTUS Ruling’s Impact on Providers

In late June, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) narrowly ruled that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as the Affordable Care Act or ACA, was for the most part constitutional. Now that the high court has green lighted this major reform of the nation’s health-care system, we have some answers but just as many questions regarding its impact on providers.

Health Information Technology: Planning and Financing Upgrades
8/4/2012

Health Information Technology: Planning and Financing Upgrades

In health care, technology is critical to ensuring patient safety and clinical quality as well as attracting and retaining qualified professionals. With the industry constantly changing, particularly with the enactment of health-care reform, hospitals and health systems must strategically plan for and finance health information technology (HIT).

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Defeasance: Know Your Options
8/3/2012

Defeasance: Know Your Options

As interest rates remain at historically low levels, more borrowers are looking for long-term fixed-rate refinance opportunities to take advantage of significant present value savings. However, for borrowers with fixed-rate conduit loans, such as commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) and real estate mortgage investment conduits (REMIC), determining whether or not to “prepay” can be a nuanced process. This is where defeasance comes into play.

From Model T Factory to Mixed-Use Standout: How a Historic Building Became the Hippest Place to Live in Omaha
8/2/2012

From Model T Factory to Mixed-Use Standout: How a Historic Building Became the Hippest Place to Live in Omaha

The residents at Tip Top Apartments in Omaha, Neb., have two unique and historic claims. Ford Model T automobiles were built in their living room and bobby pins and hair curlers were invented in their kitchen.

Active Versus Passive Investing: Redefining Alpha and Beta
8/1/2012

Active Versus Passive Investing: Redefining Alpha and Beta

Active versus passive investing is a topic that institutional investors have fiercely debated for many years. While many institutions are focused on whether active or passive management is the optimal solution for the entire portfolio, a more sophisticated approach is appropriate.