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10/4/14: Tracking Trends in Commercial Real Estate and the Broader Economy

10/4/14: Tracking Trends in Commercial Real Estate and the Broader Economy

Commercial real estate can be a leading indicator of broader economic trends…especially employment, which is very important to real estate investors.  Because when businesses are optimistic, they lease space to house more people and accommodate growth. Likewise, when businesses are pessimistic, they don’t add space, renew leases or accept rental increases (important if you’re the …

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11/24/13: Follow the Money – Clues Where the Economy is Headed

11/24/13: Follow the Money – Clues Where the Economy is Headed

John Denver once sang, “Life on the road is kinda laid back.” Not for us.  But thank God we’re real estate guys.  For you youngsters, this is a reference to a classic John Denver tune, Thank God I’m a Country Boy.   You know…John Denver?  Rocky Mountain High?  Blond hair, little boy haircut, high voice?  No?  …

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10/20/13: Real Asset Investing – Using Hard Assets to Hedge Against a Falling Dollar

10/20/13: Real Asset Investing – Using Hard Assets to Hedge Against a Falling Dollar

The dollar has been on a steady decline since Nixon took it off the gold standard in 1971.  Since then, the dollar has lost a staggering 80% of its purchasing power.  Ouch. The flip side of a falling dollar is that it takes more of them to buy anything that’s real.  That’s why that gallon …

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7/7/13: Moving Market Metrics and What They Mean to Real Estate Investors

7/7/13: Moving Market Metrics and What They Mean to Real Estate Investors

Gold, oil, interest rates, the dollar and the Dow.  These are just a few of the many market indicators captains of investment funds watch.  But what, if any, importance do these items have for real estate investors? In the studio to muse on the meaning of moving market metrics: Your captain of conversation, Robert Helms …

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2/20/11: The Coming Wave of Inflation – Profiting When the Levee Breaks

2/20/11: The Coming Wave of Inflation – Profiting When the Levee Breaks

Central banks around the world have been pumping “liquidity” into their respective economies since 2008. In the USA, the Fed has gone through two rounds of “Quantitative Easing” (QE1 and QE2) and has been talking about a third.  Meanwhile, the government is piling up debt at a record pace. What does it all mean?  And …

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