Commercial Real Estate

The Lowest Common Denominator

More debt and less discipline is not the solution to a pre-existing condition characterized by the same. The price tag for failing to acknowledge and address that reality rises exponentially over time.

Fed Loan Officers Survey Shows Demand Is Tumbling

If ever there was proof that 'hope' is not a strategy, it is the 2017 Q1 Fed Senior Loan Officer Survey. Despite soaring confidence, spiking optimism, and striking gains in financial assets, demand for loans (from credit cards to autos to residential and commercial) have all plunged in the last 3 months... and lending standards are expected to tighten.

Key Events In The Coming Week

It is a relatively light week in the US, with mainly trade balance, JOLTS and consumer credit data out. The key economic release this week is University of Michigan consumer sentiment on Friday. In addition, there are a few scheduled speaking engagements from Fed officials this week. 86 S&P 500 companies reporting, representing 11% of the index market cap

Beige Book Notes Minimum Wage Increases, Warns Of Building Margin Pressures

The Fed's latest beige book, perhaps the most boring report released by the Federal Reserve, found 10 of the 12 Fed districts growing at the now ubiquitous "modest or moderate pace" with Cleveland growing only slightly and New York reporting little change for the fourth period in a row.  However, despite stagnant growth, margin pressures are building as input prices are rising faster than final goods prices.

Why Morgan Stanley Thinks Stocks "Will Do Worse Under The New Administration"

"Returns will likely do worse under the new administration than under the departing one, and where exceptions to this may be. That statement is linked to a simple idea. Good market environments often involve a shift from economic despair to optimism, and a shift in psychology from ‘fear’ to ‘greed’. Both occurred over the last eight years, producing returns well above the long-run average."

Frontrunning: January 9

  • European shares dip, sterling falls on Brexit comments (Reuters)
  • Pound Falls to 10-Week Low as May Hints at Single-Market Exit (BBG)
  • Offshore Yuan Falls for Second Day as Bears Reload After Squeeze (BBG)
  • Trump's choices for top Cabinet posts face big tests this week (Reuters)
  • Nine Trump Nominees Who’ll Face Extreme Vetting by Democrats (BBG)
  • Meet the Mercers: New Power Brokers in Trump’s Washington (WSJ)

What Keeps Goldman Up At Night About 2017

Between China, credit markets, financial conditions, political uncertainty, the consequences of Brexit, the presidential elections, global trade, the risk of sharp reflation, and the impotence of central banking, here are the top things that keep Goldman Sachs up at night about 2017.

Inflation 101: Prep School For Preppers

In the blink of an election, the two worlds of Preppy and Prepper have collided. Rather than the possibilities being remote as doomsday scenarios suggest, potential outcomes are conspicuous in their size, abundance and mystery. What if, after 35 long years, the inflation genie really has been let out of its bottle? Well then, you’d best take cover. Which brings us back to those smartly dressed preppies, who will inevitably go all in on gold.