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2010 trend: the owner-occupier (Inside Business)
An expert on trends in commercial real estate said 2010 is the year of the user. In real estate jargon, a user is anyone who rents or buys a property and moves in, taking over all of the space.

A Place to Bet Real Money on Movies (NY Times)
Cantor Futures Exchange, a subsidiary of Cantor Fitzgerald, expects to open an online futures market next month that will allow studios, institutions and moviegoers to place bets on the box-office revenue of Hollywood’s biggest releases. Last week, the company learned from regulators that customers could start putting money into their accounts on March 15.

Green homes face a red light (CNN)
Appraisals for newly built green homes do not fully reflect the cost of green technology, and the lower appraisal values mean buyers often cannot get the full financing they need from banks. That discourages developers from using green technology, in turn diminishing the market for more green products.

Gloom at Small Firms Clouds Outlook for Strong Recovery (WSJ)
A yawning gap has opened in the early stages of the economic recovery between big companies and small businesses, with the former enjoying access to credit and growing global markets and the latter hurting badly on both fronts. This dichotomy will likely slow the recovery, since smaller firms are typically quick to hire and invest in an upturn.

Coping With Fury at a Price Hike (Inc.)
When eMusic raised prices, customers grumbled and threatened to leave. Was it too late to go back?

2010 trend: the owner-occupier (Inside Business)
An expert on trends in commercial real estate said 2010 is the year of the user. In real estate jargon, a user is anyone who rents or buys a property and moves in, taking over all of the space.

A Place to Bet Real Money on Movies (NY Times)
Cantor Futures Exchange, a subsidiary of Cantor Fitzgerald, expects to open an online futures market next month that will allow studios, institutions and moviegoers to place bets on the box-office revenue of Hollywood’s biggest releases. Last week, the company learned from regulators that customers could start putting money into their accounts on March 15.

Green homes face a red light (CNN)
Appraisals for newly built green homes do not fully reflect the cost of green technology, and the lower appraisal values mean buyers often cannot get the full financing they need from banks. That discourages developers from using green technology, in turn diminishing the market for more green products.

Gloom at Small Firms Clouds Outlook for Strong Recovery (WSJ)
A yawning gap has opened in the early stages of the economic recovery between big companies and small businesses, with the former enjoying access to credit and growing global markets and the latter hurting badly on both fronts. This dichotomy will likely slow the recovery, since smaller firms are typically quick to hire and invest in an upturn.

Coping With Fury at a Price Hike (Inc.)
When eMusic raised prices, customers grumbled and threatened to leave. Was it too late to go back?

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