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UL Interview: Ngee Huat Seek

A renowned global investor and the chairman of ULI Asia Pacific reflects on opportunity and risk in a low-interest-rate environment.

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REIT IPOs: Time for a Comeback?

Ongoing uncertainty about the timing of a Federal Reserve interest rate hike and its impact on REITs has kept potential IPOs on the sidelines. In addition, the Internal Revenue Service issued regulations in June that clamped down on tax-free REIT spin-offs that were a significant source of growth for specialty REITs. Plus, interest rate survey data from Trepp.

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Brexit: As the Dust Settles

For the United Kingdom, a long, slow, and sometimes painful process of adjustment to a new world is only beginning.

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U.S. Retail Sector Already Gearing Up for Holiday Season

Brick-and-mortar stores will benefit from holiday spending, but robust growth is not expected at those outlets. Instead, warehouses and call centers will be bigger beneficiaries of holiday spending this year, with the recent RetailNext forecast calling for a 14.9 percent growth in online sales. Plus, interest rate survey data from Trepp.

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Recent Articles

  • Flooding in Louisiana Creates Uncertainty for Roughly $1.1 Billion in CMBS Loans

    September 15, 2016

    According to analysis by Morningstar Credit Ratings, 302 properties, with an allocated property balance of $1.1 billion, may be at elevated risk because of major flooding in Louisiana last month.

  • Capital, Shipping Flows Likely to Buoy Development in U.S. Southeast

    September 12, 2016

    Many macroeconomic trends continue to favor U.S. commercial real estate as an asset class, Jimmy Hinton, a managing director of research at HFF, told attendees at a ULI South Carolina capital markets conference in early September.

  • Which U.S. Commercial Real Estate Sectors Might Be Nearing Oversupply?

    Construction during the current real estate cycle has generally stayed below historical trends, but deliveries have increased as the cycle matures. For example, real estate investment trusts like Avalon Bay and Equity Residential with significant investments in apartment markets like Manhattan and San Francisco have already cut their revenue forecasts several times this year. Plus, interest rate survey data from Trepp.

  • With Potential Rate Hike Looming, REITs Pull Back in August

    September 6, 2016

    Encouraging economic news released in August heightened the potential that the Fed will increase interest rates. But this good news proved to be a bit too positive, as it may have contributed to a withdrawal in the real estate investment trust sector. Plus, interest rate survey data from Trepp.

  • Could U.S. Bureau of Prisons Ruling Further Affect Private Prison REITs?

    August 29, 2016

    Prison real estate investment trusts have been volatile during recent weeks in the aftermath of the Bureau of Prisons’ announcement that it would not extend or renew its contracts with private prisons. Declining prison populations also factored into the decision. Plus, interest rate survey data from Trepp.

  • Which REITs Could Benefit from Back-to-School Shopping?

    August 22, 2016

    Back-to-school is the second biggest shopping season for U.S. retailers. But shoppers are favoring discounters more, including off-price chains, dollar stores, and lines like Macy’s Backstage and Nordstrom Rack. Plus, interest rate survey data from Trepp.

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