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Economy Watch: Industrial Sector on Top in 2017

The industrial sector has emerged as the growth leader in commercial real estate, according to a new report by Morningstar, a notion that’s in agreement with the wider consensus about industrial now leading income-generating real estate. As a darling among owners and investors, apartments may still be strong, but the industrial sector is the rising star.

That’s thanks to Amazon and e-commerce as a whole. Industrial logistics space outperformed office, retail, apartment and even light industrial space in terms of supply, demand, occupancy and rent growth in the first half of 2017, noted the report.

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Trump picks Jerome Powell to succeed Yellen as Fed chair

President Donald Trump nominated Jerome Powell to run the Federal Reserve once current Chair Janet Yellen’s term expires, in a move widely expected and one unlikely to disturb the roaring stock market.

Trump made the announcement during a Thursday afternoon ceremony in the Rose Garden.

The move follows an extended period of speculation over who would be named to head the central bank, whose aggressive policies have been considered crucial to a climate of low-interest rates, surging job creation, and booming asset prices.

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What Do NAFTA Negotiations Mean for Industrial Real Estate?

President Donald Trump recently called the North American Trade Agreement (NAFTA) the “worst trade deal in history” and said he would renegotiate or dissolve it. He also discussed the possibility of slapping a 35 percent tariff on Mexican-made products imported to the United States.

NAFTA logistics activity has generated tremendous capital investment in U.S. industrial real estate over the last 20 years.

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Real Estate Economists Staying Positive but Reining in Optimism

After predicting an uptick in U.S. economic growth and interest rates six months ago, real estate economists have tempered their forecasts, moving closer to the predictions of one year ago. While the April 2017 optimism could be attributed to proposals to reform the tax code, reduce regulatory burdens, and invest in infrastructure, little progress has been made on tax reform and infrastructure and the economy seems to be back to business as usual after the global financial crisis.

As a result, real estate economists now have lower expectations about economic growth, employment growth, and interest rates than they had in the spring. Key real estate metrics, such as NCREIF Property Index (NPI) returns and transaction volumes, which showed little change six months ago, have moved slightly lower in this survey. While expectations have moderated, forecasters predict that the current expansion is poised to set an all-time longevity record and real estate will clearly benefit.

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