Institutional Real Estate Americas

September 1, 2016: Vol. 28, Number 8

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So long, Alvin Toffler (So long, so long)

Earlier this year, on June 27, Alvin Toffler died. For those few of you who’ve never heard of him, Toffler released a seminal and oddly prophetic tome called Future Shock in 1970. In that work, he coined the term “information overload” — an experience with which we’ve all become intimately familiar today, 46 years later.


Study finds REIT allocations outperform

Listed equity REITs had the highest net total returns between 1988 and 2014, but levels were low during the survey period, according to a study by CEM Benchmarking, an independent provider of benchmarking information for institutional investors, sponsored by NAREIT.


CMBS issuance hits four-year low

CMBS issuance at the end of the second quarter is at its lowest level in four years. Furthermore, the CMBS delinquency rate rose for the fifth consecutive month in July, this time by 16 basis points, to 4.76 percent.


Industrial property performs robustly in Q2 2016

Strength in industrial and logistics markets throughout the Americas continued during second quarter 2016, according to CBRE. The U.S. vacancy rate and availability rate both dropped by 20 basis points to 5.2 percent and 8.7 percent, respectively.


Mega-funds' dominance is slipping

The fundraising market may be slowing after a 2015 total in excess of $100 billion. And it appears it might be slowing more dramatically for mega-funds — those funds holding a final closing after raising $1 billion or more in commitments — than for smaller funds


Shop talk: A conversation with Bryan Esterly

The Sustainability Accounting Standards Board, or SASB, is an independent organization focused on developing and disseminating sustainability accounting standards. Bryan Esterly, who leads standards development for the infrastructure sector, was recently interviewed.

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