Real Assets Adviser

October 1, 2014: Vol. 1, Number 1

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From the Current Issue

Dynegy in $6.25b Power Deal

Dynegy is buying 10 power plants and a retail sales company owned by Duke Energy Corp. for $2.8 billion, and another nine power plants. 

Farmland Returns Track Lower in Second Quarter

Farmland returns in the second quarter of 2014, at 1.73 percent, were the lowest since 2011, according to the NCREIF Farmland Index, released by the National Council of Real Estate Investment Fiduciaries. 

The Fix Is in - Silver Pricing Gets an Overhaul

The silver market entered the 21st century on Aug. 15, with the introduction of the London Bullion Market Association Silver Price, an electronic auction that is expected to bring new transparency to the industry. 

Metals Price Assumptions Receive S&P Updates

Standard & Poor's recently updated its pricing assumptions for key metals. According to the credit rating firm, the biggest change is a decrease of $10 per metric ton in the forecast price of iron ore. 

Atlantic Wind & Solar Doubles Sales in Q2

Second quarter sales at Atlantic Wind & Solar, a Toronto-based renewable energy producer, jumped 231 percent year-over-year, marking the 18th straight quarter of sales growth. 

Texas Surpasses European Continent in Oil Production

Oil production in Texas has surged through 2014, and at 2.9 million barrels a day, the state now produces more oil than the entire continent of Europe, according to the Energy Information Administration and JLL Research. 

U.S. Regulated Utilities Boost Investments to Meet Challenges

Regulated utilities in the United States are facing a myriad of challenges that require intensive capital investments, from updating and replacing aging infrastructure to adopting smart-grid technologies to investing to meet new environmental standards. 

Rhode Island to Invest up to $380m in Real Estate

The $8.2 billion Employees’ Retirement System of Rhode Island is looking to invest $100 million into core real estate in each of the next two years and $180 million into noncore real estate during the next two years. 

Recovering Real Estate Market Boosts REIT Sector

Balanced demand and supply are driving the real estate investment trust market. Stock exchange-listed U.S. equity REIT prices were up 16.25 percent, with a dividend yield of 3.52 percent in the first half of 2014. 

New York REIT Acquires Twitter HQ for $335m

New York REIT has closed on its acquisition of Twitter’s headquarters in Manhattan located at 245–249 W. 17th St. in the Chelsea neighborhood. The sales price was approximately $335 million or $1,191 per square foot. 

Where Did the Year Go?

Yes, it’s time for year-end planning already, and here are a few solid tips for taking control of the process to grow your business and client relationships.

Power Shift

Master limited partnership investing was once considered to be in the alternative investing realm, but now has become mainstream as there is increasing demand for assets offering stable income and growth potential.

Gold Standard

Gold bugs have been touting the precious metal’s bear-market advantages forever, but here is why investors might want to consider it as a long-term hold. 

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