Banking & Finance

In Blackstone’s Shadow

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Today we’re talking private equity. Specifically, we’re talking about two of the heavy hitters from the PE world: former number-one alternative asset investor Carlyle Group (NASDAQ: CG) and current number-one alternative investor Blackstone Group (NYSE: BX). On the surface, these…

CMBS Psychology

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Let’s talk about CMBS. A couple years ago, I published a ranking of the previous 10 years of annual CMBS activity. Each year was ranked according to the year’s total CMBS issued to investors. Here’s what the previous decade’s CMBS…

Guest Post from IRR on Real Estate

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Today we have a special news round-up courtesy of our friends at Integra Realty Resources and their blog, IRR on Real Estate. Enjoy! Savannah becomes America’s next great port city, and Boston tries to lure in manufacturers Here are the…

So Far, So Good?

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A couple years ago, in a post entitled “A Return to Luxury,” I reported that UBS was offering single-asset CMBS on the famous Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach. This was a significant move for the bank, and for the commercial…

Fannie and Freddie and Cat GIFs

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I don’t usually write about Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The GSEs are big and complex and heavily tied to both public and private sector interests. Their actions send ripple effects that can be felt throughout the nation’s economy, and…

Bad Bank, Better Real Estate: an Update on Ireland

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The acronym “NAMA” stands for a lot of things: Non-Agricultural Market Access, National Archaeological Museum – Athens, National Ayurvedic Medical Association, and the Swedish National Academy of Mime and Acting, according to Wikipedia’s disambiguation page. Today, I will be talking…

The Unaccredited

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Over the past 20 years or so, the internet has changed society in numerous ways. Perhaps more than anything else, the internet has created a new level of democracy in the flow of ideas and opportunities. Just look at how…

A Paradigm Shift for Private Capital?

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Last year, I did a post exploring what constitutes an “accredited investor,” a term denoting someone with the financial wherewithal to invest in sometimes-risky private investments, which aren’t required to maintain the same level of transparency as publicly offered securities.…