Economy

Foreign Investment in North America

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Sorry for the uninspiring title. I normally try to come up with something more clever–a pun or pop culture reference that relates to the topic I’m discussing. Today, though, my creative juices aren’t flowing so much as oozing, a fact…

Lesson Learned?

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After almost six years, what lessons can we take away from the Great Recession? And when I say “we” I mean everybody–investment bankers, home buyers, CRE professionals, and everyone in between. The Recession was big and complex and affected many people…

New Rules, Same Game

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Fact: interest rates will rise this year.  If that proves untrue, we will all be wrong in our projections.  I literally have not heard an opposing viewpoint, so please contact me if you have.   And also feel free to call…

The Transit Transition

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The inaugural City Climate Leadership awards, recognizing international cities for their sustainability-focused innovations, recently recognized Bogota, Colombia as a leading metropolis for its sophisticated and vast public transit system. An article on FastCoExist.com explains, This city took the Urban Transportation…

Manufacturing Prosperity

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We’ve all gotten to the point that we’re used to seeing “Made in China,” “Made in Malaysia,” or “Made in…” some other distant country. Walk through your favorite department store: one sentence that rarely appears on products’ packaging is “Made…

Land Demand in Singapore

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When it comes to real estate–investment, development, leasing–limitations are both a blessing and a curse. Limitations on supply, land, and interested tenants are, or course, what determines values and rental rates. Constraints both create value and limit the creation of…

If Only It Wasn’t in Oklahoma…

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Here is everything I know about the state of Oklahoma: It has an impressive panhandle  It’s out West The state lies between Texas and Kansas Oklahoma farmers were featured, not in the most flattering way, in Steinbeck’s The Grapes of…

QE3: An International Perspective

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The Fed recently announced–well, re-announced–its intention to wind down its “quantitative easing” (QE3) policy, and the investment and finance industries have reacted as expected: company shares dropped, the dollar declined. This is the sort of thing that happens whenever Bernanke…