It’s a bubble watch on bond yields Thursday, March 15 Julia Coronado Despite the recent increase in bond yields, we conclude somewhat surprisingly that the 10-year Treasury may not rise much above 3%. With continued back and forth between rising yields and valuations for riskier assets, along with an aging expansion, more investors with a longer horizon may value a little insurance. More...
Urban Revival
The first of three posts on the opportunities of regulatory reform Thursday, March 8 Stephen Malpezzi After addressing demand side issues in previous posts, today we’ll tackle the supply side, primarily by reviewing the regulatory environment land and real estate development, and its implication for housing and other real estate. Why regulate real estate markets? Why intervene at all? More...
Fears of rising inflation are rattling the markets. How real are they? Thursday, March 1 Julia Coronado Inflation hasn’t risen noticeably to date, a flexible oil industry is likely to keep a cap on energy prices, there are no evident signs of wage pressures despite a tight labor market, and technology will likely be an ongoing headwind to higher prices. So is the Great Inflation Scare of 2018 overrated? More...
Commercial Real Estate
Speculating with Steve Lang, head of the interior solutions firm Dancker Thursday, February 22 Kevin Riordan In this third post of our series exploring current issues with real estate industry professionals, Kevin Riordan, Executive Director of Rutgers Center for Real Estate, looks at the changing needs of today’s work environments and work force with an innovator in integrated solutions. More...
Markets grapple with the uncertainty of a deteriorating fiscal outlook Wednesday, February 14 Julia Coronado Recently we wondered how long the stock market could reach new highs with tightening monetary policy and increasing federal deficits likely to push up interest rates. Now we know. Rising rates have rattled equity markets supported in part by a fairytale scenario of strong growth and low interest rates. What’s next? More...

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