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UL Interview: Ngee Huat Seek

A renowned global investor and 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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In Print: Open for Business: Building the New Cuban Economy

Many observers are wondering how Cuba and its economy will react to the opening of relations with the United States, and Richard E. Feinberg, a senior fellow in the Latin America initiative at the Brookings Institution, explores the question in his book Open for Business: Building the New Cuban Economy.

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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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  • 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.

  • In Print: Door to Door: The Magnificent, Maddening, Mysterious World of Transportation

    September 12, 2016

    Journalist Edward Humes is a Pulitzer Prize winner and author of 14 books. In Door to Door he takes on another complex, resource-intensive topic: the mammoth transportation systems that make it possible (and often frighteningly impossible) for Americans to drive 344 million miles in an hour and move $55 billion worth of goods per day.

  • 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.

  • In Print: The Green and the Black: The Complete Story of the Shale Revolution, the Fight over Fracking, and the Future of Energy

    September 2, 2016

    Author Gary Sernovitz sees the American oil and gas renaissance as “the Internet of oil, a spark . . . that led to an industrial change of such scope and magnitude that we have woken up . . . in a once impossible world.” Yet public understanding of the shale revolution has lagged, leading to hype, scaremongering, and a failure to candidly discuss its urgent moral, technological, regulatory, and environmental challenges.

  • How to Best Use Zoning Policies to Spur Workforce Housing Development

    The potential and limitations associated with inclusionary zoning, a tool used by a growing number of U.S. cities to encourage or require workforce housing development, are explored in a new ULI report, The Economics of Inclusionary Development.

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