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In the U.S.: President Trump signed an executive order that began to unwind the Affordable Care Act. The President’s move allowed for the sale of less comprehensive plans than the law currently allows. On Friday, President Trump followed up his executive order by announcing that the S. Government would cut off payment to health insurers that offset consumer subsidies.
In the U.S.: September nonfarm payrolls showed a 33K contraction, the first drop in the metric since September 2010. Economists noted that the Impacts from hurricanes Irma and Harvey led to a sharp decline of employment in food services, drinking places, and other storm-impacted industries. The overall unemployment rate ticked down to 4.2%. REIT Focus: Switch, Inc. (SWCH), a
In the U.S.: The Senate’s third effort to repeal and replace Obamacare failed to garner the support needed to pass and would not be brought for a vote. The failure was yet another blow to senate majority leader Mitch McConnell and the Republican base. Republicans released a plan to overhaul the tax code that would cut the corporate tax
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With 2013 behind us, it is worth noting that Europe was the top performing global region within the FTSE EPRA/NAREIT Developed Index. Europe’s total return greatly exceeded those of Asia and North America, for dollar denominated investors, although Asia was the best performing region on a local currency basis. Europe’s strong performance comes on the heels of a good
We conducted three days of due diligence on the nascent REIT industry in Mexico (two days in Mexico City and one in Monterrey), our itinerary filled with back-to-back meeting with management teams of five of the seven exiting Mexican REITs, called Fideicomisos de Infrastructura y Bienes Raices or Fibras for short. Our discoveries: Mexico is experiencing a manufacturing renaissance.
A Greek Tragedy… or is it a Comedy? Clearly, it is a little of both. As the new Greek government fails to form a coalition, the entire “progress” of the Troika’s (IMF/ECB/EC – and Germany) negotiations reverts back to uncertainty and talk of a Greek exit from the Euro. It is comical that Greece can hold the entire Eurozone
Our European analyst recently attended the BAML UK Real Estate conference in London. One of the panel discussions involved five CEOs of prominent UK REITs talking about the state of the London real estate market. The panelists were John Burns (DerwentLondon), Chris Grigg (BritishLand), David Atkins (Hammerson), David Fischel (Capital Shopping Centers), and now retired Francis Salway (Land Securities).
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Amazon’s (AMZN) announcement on the morning of June 16, 2017 that it had entered into an agreement to acquire Whole Foods Market (WFM) for $42 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at $13.7 billion was positively received by shareholders of both companies. WFM shares ended the day up 29.1% (above the acquisition price in anticipation of a competing/higher
If the dual mandate of the FOMC is full employment and stable price (i.e. fighting inflation) and the FOMC’s preferred measure of inflation, the core personal consumption expenditures price index (“PCE”) is tipping downward by their own admission, why is the FOMC continuing on their tightening path? Well, the FOMC’s Philips Curve models say so. Named after a British
Politics provided plenty of entertainment during the quarter but looking back on the past three months, nothing much has really happened and the effect of politics on the financial markets have been ephemeral. President Trump firing FBI director Comey might have created a media firestorm and a sharp one-day drawdown in the equity markets but it may end up
Last Friday, e-commerce juggernaut Amazon announced an agreement to acquire Whole Foods Market in an all-cash transaction valued at $13.7 billion. Whole Foods Market generated sales of nearly $16 billion in 2016 across more than 460 stores in the U.S., Canada and the U.K., which represents an estimated 2.5% share of the entire grocery industry. Share prices of competing