Pulling levers: In competitive real estate capital markets, investors face a challenge
Quantitative easing by the European Central Bank is likely to have global capital market implications, including real estate. We now are contemplating a period in which real estate yields/cap rates may well trend even lower in many markets in the short term. Important changes to the macroeconomic and financial outlooks have emerged over the past six months:
• The ECB’s quantitative easing program has changed the landscape of monetary policy worldwide, as other countries try to adapt to the weakening euro and the global influence of very low (in some cases, negative) interest rates in Europe.
• An accelerating U.S. private-sector economy has delivered more than 250,000 net new jobs per month over much of the past year and brought the U.S. unemployment rate down to 5.5 percent. This allows the Federal Reserve to contemplate the first steps toward normalization of policy interest rates at some stage in 2015.