Tag Archive for Asia

Building, Storing, & Shipping Green

industrial smokestack

Many of us associate factories and other industrial facilities with environmental degradation and pollution. We’ve all seen the ubiquitous image of the smoke stack belching sooty clouds into the sky. It’s a pretty common conception of the industrial sector, one…

The Mensch & Schlemiel of the Week

Mensch  Noun, informal. A decent, upright, mature and responsible person.  Schlemiel  Noun, slang. An awkward, clumsy, or unlucky person whose endeavors tend to fail; a loser. * Mensch of the Week: Jonathan Gray, Global Head of Real Estate Blackstone Group (NYSE: BX)…

Finding Yield in Foreign Lands

Look on the bright side. Even though the Great Recession led to enormous bankruptcies, high unemployment, depressed asset values, an epidemic of foreclosures, the imminent threat of total financial collapse, and general misery–it  wasn’t all bad. I could have phrased…

Top 10 Tallest Buildings…of the Future!

Obsessively tracking and compiling lists of the world’s tallest skyscrapers, I’ve been told, is “such a guy thing.” Either way, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), an organization dedicated to such a guy thing, has lots of…

The Mensch & Schlemiel of the Week

Mensch:  Noun, informal. A decent, upright, mature and responsible person. Schlemiel:  Noun, slang. An awkward, clumsy, or unlucky person whose endeavors tend to fail; a loser.  Mensch of the Week: Nick Crockett, Jones Lang LaSalle As private real estate news source PERE pointed…

Unlikely?

  Some of the greatest moments in any Olympics, in any sporting event for that matter, tend to be when the underdog wins. Surprise successes make for good drama, good TV ratings, and decent Hollywood biopics down the road. So…

REITs of Nature – Part II

When it comes to the world’s largest asset class, the wide array of investment options aren’t the only challenge for a would-be investor. By far, the highest barrier to entry is simply the enormous amount of capital necessary to participate…

Istanbul (not Constantinople)

In a post about the nation of Turkey, I can’t resist a title from that catchy song we all learned as kids.  Indeed, Istanbul’s dual-personality is well expressed in the back-and-forth over its name. While the area is associated, geographically…

Real Estate, Take Two

These days, American International Group (AIG) is known for two things: insurance and a government bailout. The insurance and financial giant, teetering on the edge of complete collapse in 2008, was forced to accept a $182.3 billion  federal bailout as…