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FINRA: Calling All Arbitrators

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), the nation’s largest independent regulator for all securities firms doing business in the U.S., operates the largest forum of dispute resolution for the securities industry in the country. This forum facilitates the resolution of monetary, business and employment disputes between investors, securities firms and employees of securities firms, and seeks to deliver fairness, integrity and trust to the industry and investors.

FINRA is now recruiting fair-minded professionals, such as attorneys, accountants, business professionals and others, to serve as arbitrators in their forum.

If you would like to become a FINRA arbitrator, and have at least five years of professional experience in your field, you may be eligible to apply. For more information, call 212/858-4106, or go to www.finra.org/ArbitrationMediation on the Internet. Please note that a fee is required to apply.

Source: Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.

Confidence Numbers

13%

Percentage of workers who say they are very confident about having enough money for a comfortable retirement this year (the lowest level on record).

20%

Percentage of retirees confident about having a financially secure retirement (down from 41% in 2007).

28%

Percentage of workers who say the age at which they expect to retire has changed in the past year.

72%

Percentage of workers planning to work after they retire (up from 66% in 2007).

75%

Percentage of workers who say they or their spouse have saved money for retirement (one of the highest levels ever measured).

Source: Employee Benefit Research Institute 2009 Retirement Confidence Survey.

REIT.com for “All Things REIT”

The National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT) has launched REIT.com (www.reit.com), a Web site for “All Things REIT.”

Site highlights include:

  • A news tab leads visitors to a daily menu of news items of interest to real estate investors. The news tab also takes users to RealEstatePortfolio.com, the on-line edition of the REIT industry’s flagship magazine. Redesigned, RealEstatePortfolio.com is a real-time hub for company coverage, analysis and one-on-one interviews with leading industry professionals, portfolio managers and investment analysts.
  • The data section provides investors and real estate professionals with a library of current and historical data, including performance returns for the U.S. and global markets, dividend yields, market capitalizations, leverage ratios, and much more.
  • Under the events tab, users can stay abreast of upcoming NAREIT meetings, real estate companies’ conference calls and meetings, and other important industry events.
  • The investors section provides individual investors with resources from NAREIT and other organizations to help them make effective investment decisions about REITs and real estate investment.
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NAREIT is the representative voice for U.S. REITs and publicly traded real estate companies worldwide.

Source: The National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT).


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