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Remember Europe? Harshing My Mellow

Maybe it’s because I have been in Europe this past week (Munich at Octoberfest actually – Men in way-too-short leather shorts, dirndls, beer steins the size of a politician’s ego, the most astonishing amount of drinking, etc. Good heavens.) I have been wondering: Has anyone been paying attention to what’s happening in Europe lately? You’ve read … Continue Reading

A Trip Through the Labyrinth – The Regulatory Man in Full

And now to return to our commentary a few weeks back about the stultifying impact of ill-thought through rules and regulations (at best) (Brexit has intervened).  This is our Regulatory State which broadly attempted to pick winners and losers and modify market behavior, to get an engineered outcome by using the blunderbuss of proscriptive rules … Continue Reading

The Continuing EU Risk Retention Saga

On June 6, 2016, the Rapporteur of the European Parliament released a draft legislative resolution to modify EU Risk Retention.  The stated goal of this draft is to promote “Simple, Transparent and Standardized” (STS) securitization.  Since STS securitization assets must be fully self-liquidating, commercial real estate (CRE) is again left out in this proposal; not including … Continue Reading

Bail-In, or Just Bailing?

You know, there’s never a dull moment when one reports on the regulatory states’ endless and so often fruitless and wrong-headed tinkering with the global economy. So now… let’s talk bail-in. The bail-in regime, which was adopted by all European Union countries (other than Poland) and implemented on January 1, 2016 (European Economic Area (EEA) … Continue Reading

“Find Out Where the People Are Going and Buy the Land Before They Get There”*

I was in New York with colleagues recently, answering clients’ questions about investing in UK real estate. As in the US, we in the UK have ridden a sustained period of strong capital growth in real estate, which continued into 2015. However, growth has slowed recently in certain areas and former hot-spots can now only … Continue Reading

The Regulatory State: May We Have A Little Humility, Please?

The Great Equity Correction of 2015 that is now being enjoyed by all of us is a correction, and not the beginning, of the Great Bear Market of 2015 (from my lips to God’s ears). It reminds me of just how little we know about how all complex systems, like the global financial market (and … Continue Reading

A Guide to UK Real Estate and Real Estate Finance: Why Don’t You Speak Proper English?

This month’s decisive, if unexpected, victory for the Tories has given a boost to the UK’s real estate markets. Following an already strong 2014 and now with even higher expectations for continued growth in 2015, the UK is an interesting play.  In light of this amiable confluence of factors and the increasing difficulty of finding … Continue Reading
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