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Treasuries and Mortgage Bonds Down Slightly As Demand For Safety of Government Debt Abates

Treasuries and Mortgage Bonds Down Slightly As Demand For Safety of Government Debt Abates

Treasuries and mortgage bonds are down slightly from yesterday’s close. The demand for the safety of government debt has abated as the Japanese nuclear situation seems to be improving. Investors will be keeping a close eye on Japan and Libya. For now, it seems that the events may not slow down the global economy as much as originally feared.

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G7 Intervenes to Slow Appreciation of Japan's Yen – Market Update

G7 Intervenes to Slow Appreciation of Japan's Yen – Market Update

Treasuries and mortgage bonds are currently lower from yesterday’s close. There are no economic releases today, so the market will be focused on headlines. The G7 has decided to intervene in the currency markets to slow appreciation of the Yen. The concern is that further appreciation would hamper Japan’s recovery effort by making Japanese exports less competitive.

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U.S. Federal Court Jury Rules Quicken Loans Followed All Federal Laws In Compensating Its Loan Officers

U.S. Federal Court Jury Rules Quicken Loans Followed All Federal Laws In Compensating Its Loan Officers

- All plaintiff overtime claims rejected by jury – Detroit, Mich. – March 17, 2011 – After seven years of litigation, Quicken Loans Inc. was vindicated today by a U.S. Federal Court jury who found the company fully complied with all labor laws in its loan officer compensation plan. The jury unanimously rejected all claims that the plaintiffs were entitled to receive overtime compensation in addition to the salaries and commissions they were paid. The case was brought by Nichols Kaster, a Minneapolis-based law firm that specializes in recruiting financial services professionals to sue their former employers for overtime claims. The firm unsuccessfully attempted to apply a 1930s wage law, originally enacted to protect hard working blue-collar workers, to highly compensated white collar professionals. In response to today’s ruling, the company issued the following statement: Quicken Loans is pleased with the jury’s verdict, which validates what we have always maintained: Quicken Loans treats its team members fairly and has always remained in full compliance with all federal labor laws. We could have settled this lawsuit and avoided an expensive, drawn-out legal battle, but we knew if we fought for what is right that justice would ultimately prevail. Our hope is that today’s victory inspires other job-creating companies to defend against meritless lawsuits which drain wealth and productivity from our society. Our commitment to treating – and compensating – our team members fairly is a major reason why Quicken Loans has ranked in the “top-30” of FORTUNE Magazine’s list of the…

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