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Move by CalPERS to Shun REITs Is Ill-Advised, Says Trade Association
Several major pension funds have announced cutbacks in their investment in the stocks of publicly traded real estate investment trusts, even though REIT stocks outperformed many market indices in 2010.
Pension Funds Learn A Tough Lesson
When the California Public Employees’ Retirement System — America’s largest public pension fund — announced in February that it would radically change the way it invests in real estate, the news sent shock waves through the institutional investing community.
Marc Nemer Wants to Change the Non-traded REIT Game
If Marc Nemer has his way, 2011 will be the year the non-traded real estate investment trust (REIT) industry is changed forever. As the president of Phoenix-based
FDIC Closing Temporary Offices
And now for a bit of good news… the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC) is closing a temporary office it set up nearly three years ago to deal with problem banks on the West Coast.
Rising Economic Tide Lifts Returns on Investment Portfolios
If a rising tide lifts all boats, then surely the nation’s institutional investors are happy to see the latest wave of good economic news for a change.
Private Equity Real Estate Hits Bottom
2010 was not a kind year when it came to raising money for private equity real estate players.
C&W Forms Global Broker Team
In a move that is expected to further strengthen one of the industry’s leading brokerage services platforms in New York, Cushman & Wakefield today announced the appointment of Bruce Mosler, former President and CEO, as Chairman of Global Brokerage.
CalPERS Realigns Its Real Estate Managers Following Downturn
The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) is in the midst of restructuring its $15 billion real estate investment portfolio
New REIT Will Specialize in Triple Net Lease Properties
Free and Clear Equity, Inc. (FACE) recently filed an S-11 registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission for an all-cash real estate investment trust (REIT).
Flush With Cash
When Cole Real Estate Investments bought a trophy tower housing Microsoft's Bing division in downtown Bellevue, Wash., in July 2010, the commercial real
Hyatt Center Trades for $625 Million
My good friends over at Crain’s Chicago Business have broken some big news when it comes to office building sales. The Hyatt Center, a 49-story tower in downtown Chicago owned by the Pritzker family, has sold to Irvine Cos. for $625 million.
$2.1 Billion Power Play: Consortium Launches Two Infrastructure REITs
An international consortium of institutional investors is starting up two real estate investment trusts (REITs) targeting the electricity and gas transmission and distribution sector.
Chicago W to Fetch $138 Million?
How do you know when a recovery in the hotel market is near at hand? When Starwood Hotels & Resorts, one of the largest owners in the country, says it hopes to get $138 million for a downtown Chicago W Hotel.
Retail Space Demand Turning Positive in 2011
As the specter of Black Friday and now Cyber Monday kick off the formal 2011 holiday shopping season, a new report suggests that retail real estate has a fairly bright future in the months and years ahead.
Investors Plunge Into the Heartland
For much of 2010, investors have been fixated on prime coastal or so-called gateway cities, snatching up trophy office towers in their quest for quality
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