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Author:
James I. Clark III
Posted:
09.16.2010

Financial Reform Forces Transformation on Alternative Investments

The alternative investment management business will undergo major changes, thanks to passage of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.  Although no specific rules have yet been written, the Wall Street reform law could impact investment returns, leverage and risk-taking, innovation and transparency of private equity, real estate and hedge fund managers. “This […]

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Author:
James I. Clark III
Posted:
03.04.2010

Cheap Money to Build Skyscrapers Has Gone Bust

The last 30 years have seen a boom for skyscraper construction because the cost of borrowing money had declined significantly. When investors borrow money to purchase assets, they send prices higher.  The problem is that this borrowing makes the markets susceptible to busts when investors sell assets to pay their debts.  The recent financial crisis […]

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Author:
Matt Ward
Posted:
08.13.2009

Boom Market for CRE Buyer-Users

In terms of commercial property investment, one positive sign is from firms buying properties to use for their own business operations.  Called user-buyers, these investors have proven they are able to get money from banks to spend on property acquisitions — a relative rarity nowadays.  Those who do not need a loan already have earmarked […]

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Author:
James I. Clark III
Posted:
06.15.2009

Local Banks Facing Significant CRE Losses

Toxic commercial real estate loans could create losses up to $100 billion for small and mid-size banks by the end of 2010 if the economy worsens.  According to a Wall Street Journal report – which applied the same criteria used by the federal government in its stress tests of 19 big banks — these institutions […]

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Author:
James I. Clark III
Posted:
06.03.2009

Back to the Futures? Not Just Yet. Investors Still Spooked by Derivatives

It’s no surprise that investors are still wary of investing in derivatives, given the financial devastation that these vehicles’ collapse caused last year.  Proof of the fact is that the IPO of a financial instrument designed to be on American home prices failed because its auction did not generate adequate investor interest. According to its […]

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Author:
James I. Clark III
Posted:
05.13.2009

Sovereign Wealth Funds Still Interested in U.S. Real Estate

Sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) have been closely watching the credit crisis evolve, according to a Deloitte LLP report.  The good news is that they haven’t entirely lost their taste for American commercial real estate.  Consider that two of 2008’s highest profile transactions were the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority’s $800 million acquisition of the iconic Chrysler […]

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Author:
James I. Clark III
Posted:
12.02.2008

Rising Inflation Rates Demand Caution When Investing

Inflation has returned with a vengeance, with a 1.1 percent increase reported during June – courtesy of soaring energy and food prices.  The Federal Reserve reacted to the warning signs on June 25, when it froze the Fed funds rate at two percent – ending nine months of rate cuts that it hoped would revive […]

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Author:
James I. Clark III
Posted:
09.11.2008

Fannie, Freddie and the American Taxpayer

As the United States government commits a bare minimum of $100 billion of taxpayer money to bail out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the final reckoning depends on how effectively Washington runs the mortgage powerhouses. According to the Christian Science Monitor, with the sheer magnitude of Fannie and Freddie – with $5 trillion in home […]

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