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OTC Markets Group Inc., operator of financial markets for 10,000 US and global securities, has been recognized by 10 states for its "Blue Sky Manual Exemption" for secondary trading. The latest additions to this list of states include Alaska, Colorado, Mississippi, New Mexico and Rhode Island where securities regulators now recognize the OTCQX and OTCQB markets, as well as Kansas, which now recognizes the OTCQX market. This group joins the original four states to act: Iowa, Vermont,..."/>
OTCQX, OTCQB recognized for secondary trading in 10 US states
GWG Holdings, Inc., a specialty finance company in the life insurance secondary market, today announced it has closed the sale of its three- and five-year publicly registered L Bonds through the Depository Trust Company.. DTC manages electronic clearing and settlement for corporate and municipal securities. “The ability to close L Bonds through DTC accomplishes a strategic goal of GWG and marks another milestone for the company as we celebrate our 10-..."/>
GWG Announces DTC Eligibility for L Bond Offering
Triumph Bancorp, Inc., a holding company based in Dallas, Texas, with senior unsecured and subordinated debt ratings of BBB/BBB- and a short-term debt rating of K3. The outlook on the long-term ratings is stable. Triumph recently acquired ColoEast Bankshares, Inc., the holding company for Colorado East Bank& Trust."/>
Kroll Bond Rating Agency Comments on Triumph Bancorp, Inc.’s Acquisition of ColoEast Bankshares, Inc.
S&P Global Market Intelligence, a leading provider of multi-asset class research data and insights, released a new research report today which charts the performance of acquirer returns following large M&A transactions, uncovering the specific deal attributes that are most closely correlated with stock underperformance. The report, Mergers& Acquisitions: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly analyzes the stock market performance of Russell 3000..."/>
Big Stock-Based Mergers and Acquisitions Pose Risk to Stock Performance, S&P Global Market Intelligence Research Finds
Financial Engines, America’ s largest independent registered investment advisor, will visit the Nasdaq MarketSite in Times Square to celebrate Financial Engines’ 20 th anniversary. In honor of the occasion, Lawrence M. Raffone, President and CEO, will ring the Opening Bell. Where: Nasdaq MarketSite– 4 Times Square– 43 rd& Broadway– Broadcast Studio."/>
Financial Engines (NASDAQ: FNGN) to Ring The Nasdaq Stock Market Opening Bell
Nasdaq MarketSite in Times Square in recognition of its 2016 Distinguished Performance Awards Dinner. The Distinguished Performance Awards Dinner recognizes business leaders who have answered the call for leadership in their companies and the communities in which they operate. View this year’ s awardees here."/>
Committee for Economic Development to Ring The Nasdaq Stock Market Closing Bell
Mint, New Delhi, Monika Halan column [Mint, New Delhi]
Prosafe SE as announced on 7 July 2016, and the announcement of 5 September 2016 whereby it was reported that the approval of all stakeholders had been secured, and that the Company would proceed with completion of the refinancing. As set out in the release on 5 September 2016, the relevant bank and bond documentation has now been executed. In addition, the Company has today issued 4,376,600,000 new class..."/>
Prosafe SE: Issuance of shares in private placement and update on refinancing completion
Willis Towers Watson, a leading global advisory, broking and solutions company, has released a list of the top 10 questions to ask employers as they select and enroll in new health plans for 2017. The questions are based on employers’ expectations of an average 5.0%* increase in total health care costs in 2017, per survey data reported last month from the Willis Towers Watson..."/>
Willis Towers Watson offers 10 questions for employees choosing health plans for 2017
Willis Towers Watson and Connecture, Inc. to give cities more health care options to offer to their employees and retirees through the League of California Cities’ Health Benefits Marketplace SM. The HMB launched in August and is a consumer-driven platform that lets cities redesign their approach to medical insurance and gives retirees and active employees coverage choices that..."/>
League of California Cities Announces New Partners in Offering Improved Health Benefits Options to Local Cities
California Republic Bancorp, a bank holding company for California Republic Bank, announced that Moody’ s Investors Service has upgraded or affirmed six prime auto loan backed securities, or approximately $123 million, issued by California Republic Auto Receivables Trusts from 2012 and 2013.. For more information please see the full press release from Moody’ s Investor Service at:. California Republic Bancorp is the holding company for California Republic..."/>
Moody's Investors Service Upgrades Credit Ratings on California Republic Bancorp Prime Auto Loan Backed Securities from 2012 and 2013
Firsthand Technology Value Fund, Inc., a publicly traded venture capital fund that invests in technology and cleantech companies, disclosed today that its top five holdings as of August 31, 2016 were IntraOp Medical, Pivotal Systems, QMAT, Wrightspeed, and Turn.. IntraOp Medical Corp. is the manufacturer of the Mobetron, a medical device that is used to deliver intra-operative radiation to cancer patients. As of August 31, 2016, the Fund’ s investment in..."/>
Firsthand Technology Value Fund Discloses Top Portfolio Holdings
Presidio Bank, a Bay Area business bank, today announced that it has hired veteran peninsula banker, Michael Sinclair, as Senior Vice President/Relationship Manager in the San Mateo Regional Office. This Smart News Release features multimedia. View the full release here:"/>
Michael Sinclair Joins Presidio Bank San Mateo Team
Synchrony Financial launched its new Working Forward Small Business Awards contest today, which runs through October 20.. This Smart News Release features multimedia."/>
Synchrony Financial Working Forward Awards Recognize Big Impact of Small Businesses
TheStreet, Inc., a leading financial news and information company, today announced that Terri Smith has been named Chief Marketing Officer. Smith will lead the marketing organization and initiatives across TheStreet's portfolio of business and personal finance brands. Smith, an accomplished marketing leader, brings to the position more than 20 years of experience and a track record of driving visibility and revenue in competitive markets."/>
TheStreet, Inc. Appoints Terri Smith Chief Marketing Officer
TD Securities to Acquire Albert Fried & Company
Safeguard Scientifics and a group of angel investors. Proceeds will be used to conduct commercial pilots with leading medical device vendors. "The increased use of, and dependency on, connected devices at hospitals and health systems has revealed security risks and vulnerabilities,..."/>
MedCrypt Raises $750,000 Seed Round To Develop Medical Device Software Security Platform
TD Securities to Acquire Albert Fried & Company
Difference Capital Financial Inc. today announced that the Toronto Stock Exchange has accepted DCF's notice of intention to proceed with a normal course issuer bid through the facilities of the TSX. DCF intends to purchase for cancellation up to 1,555,661 of its common shares by way of a normal course issuer bid through the facilities of the TSX or alternative Canadian trading systems. The 1,555,661 common shares represent 10% of the Company's public float as of September 1,..."/>
Difference Capital Announces Normal Course Issuer Bid for Common Shares
Premier Farnell by a US rival has been backed by shareholders. Premier Farnell will be the second UK tech star to fall into foreign hands this summer, after Cambridge-based ARM Holdings was snapped up by Japan's SoftBank for pounds sterling 24 bn. American IT giant Avnet has agreed to pay 185 p per share for the Leeds-based firm after trumping an earlier offer of 165 p per share from Swiss firm Datwyler."/>
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