Real Assets Adviser

November 1, 2019: Vol. 6, Number 10

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Austin named No. 1 city for real estate

Austin is the top city for real estate investment, rising from sixth place a year ago to first in overall real estate prospects and from fourth to first place in local expectation of investor demand in 2020, according to the Emerging Trends in Real Estate report by PwC and the Urban Land Institute.

An investor by nature: A profile of Discipline Advisors’ founder and president Joseph Michaletz

The first major investing lesson learned by Joseph Michaletz occurred during the stock market crash of October 1987 when the value of his personal portfolio shrank 34 percent in just two days. Like millions of other investors, Michaletz panicked and unloaded his shares thinking it was the prudent thing to do under the dire circumstances triggered by what is known to this day as Black Monday. Ten weeks later he realized that, if he had not lost his nerve and sold his holdings, the full value of his pre-crash stock portfolio would have been restored by a market rally.

5 Questions: Revisiting solutions for affordable housing crisis

Affordable housing remains a huge and growing problem in the United States, despite significant efforts to alleviate the situation. Inna Khidekel, a partner in capital markets at Bridge Investment Group, points out the lack of affordable housing, which now affects more than 60 percent of the population, is turning out to be a major investment opportunity, provided investors move beyond traditional approaches.

Housing trends toward ‘Hipsturbia’

One of the most spirited debates in commercial real estate relates to the housing choices of the millennial generation: will they generally remain in cities that cater to their lifestyle preferences as they hit their mid-30s, or will they settle down, raise children and move to the suburbs like their parents?

A compelling case for real estate development

Investors have historically thought about development mainly as an offensive strategy, enhancing returns in up-market environments. But selective development can also serve an important defensive role as we move later into the economic cycle when core asset prices are arguably where significant risks lie.

Gimme access, gimme tech, gimme alternatives

Technology is now so much a part of our everyday lives that it is sometimes hard to remember when that was not so. But it was not that long ago that no one knew they needed a cell phone, a desktop computer or Facebook.

Breaking the bank with digital currencies

Ever heard of “flying cash”? No, it’s not an over-marketed form of frequent flyer miles, but one of the oldest recorded uses of paper money, introduced along the Silk Road around 800 CE. True to its airborne moniker, “flying cash” took off among Chinese merchants because it made transacting, especially over long distances, much easier than with cumbersome government-issued metal coins. The name came from the paper notes’ tendency to blow away in the wind, but could have also referred to the Chinese government’s repeated attempts to blow it out of popular use. Despite its efforts, the utility of the revolutionary technology proved too great, and eventually the Song Dynasty capitulated, issuing its own paper notes in 1024 CE.

Technology’s banner harvest: Farmers facing major challenges, but innovations might be up to the task

The fourth industrial revolution is starting to change how every agricultural player, from a family farmer to a global conglomerate, produces food and related products, says a strategy + business blog report. It cites the spread of the so-called essential eight technologies (including artificial intelligence, blockchain, drones and the internet of things) to agriculture is leading to increased yields, lower costs and reduced environmental degradation. The technologies are also empowering farms to unlock plant-based innovations and increase their resilience to extreme weather events and climate change.

A conversation with Andreas Calianos on the outlook for real estate investors

Andreas Calianos has been in the real estate industry for nearly 30 years and serves as an outsourced CIO. Ten years ago, in the wake of the financial crisis, Institutional Real Estate, Inc., parent company of this magazine, sat down with Calianos to discuss the long-term implications of the crisis. Recently, Calianos spoke with Institutional Real Estate Americas editor Loretta Clodfelter to revisit his calls from that time and update his views on current opportunities within the market and how the latest cycle might unfold.

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