Tag Archive for Wall Street Journal

Slightly Smaller Giants

Here’s the logic behind REITs, as far as I understand them: while conforming to the government’s regulations for pass-through entities, investors pool massive amounts of capital to acquire and profit from large amounts of real estate, controlling portfolios well beyond…

Real Value

In today’s often-desperate economic climate, incidents of corruption often appear to be the norm. This reality, coupled with the multitude of perceptions investors hold toward value, often lands the market in a very narrow gray area between greed and risk.…

Capital and Competence

The New York Times recently discussed some regulation changes coming out of the SEC. The revisions, mandated by the Dodd-Frank Act, seek to protect investors from the dangers of high-yield, high-risk investments. The regulations are being redesigned to provide more…

The Opportunists

The Wall Street Journal recently reported that private equity giant Blackstone (NYSE: BX) is preparing to buy an approximately $800 million portfolio of 16 office buildings from a Morgan Stanley real estate fund. The article goes on to say: The…

Thinking Outside the Big-Box

For years now, the U.S. economy has seen an ongoing struggle between traditional retail stores and their nimbler, lower-overhead online counterparts. Last week, retail property giant Simon Properties (NYSE: SPG) made news by suing the state of Indiana over a…

Buy in Bulk

Have you ever been told to buy in bulk? If not, I’m sure that you have at least heard the saying at some point in your life. Buying in bulk can be a great way to cut costs, especially if…

Preservation or Development

You know that old adage, “you can’t have your cake and eat it too?” Well, when it comes to historic preservation in cities this is very much the case. It is hard to preserve an area of a city and…

Double Bubble, Toil and Trouble

The title is not quite the┬áShakespearean quote that will be forever famous, but it’s definitely appropriate for the current economic climate. Large pension funds are beginning to become wary of a second bubble in the commercial real estate market, a…

The Case against LegalZoom

No, the title is not meant to suggest that I’m making a case against LegalZoom. In fact, despite the urge to act out of self-interest (which believe me, is difficult to do), I find myself supporting LegalZoom’s position. For those…

London Rocks

With the markets falling apart and the U.S. getting a credit downgrade, what are investors to do? It is a scary and unsettled time for most of us as we try to dimly peer into the ever-uncertain future. We all…