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2010 Silicon Valley Index Released

February 17, 2010

Tweet Joint Venture Silicon Valley Network has released its comprehensive Silicon Valley Index for 2010. The 76-page report covers everything Silicon Valley, from governance, to economy and society. The full report can be downloaded from here. We’ll also link to it from our link bar. [via Joint Venture]

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Congressional Oversight Panel Issues Report on CRE

February 11, 2010

Tweet The Congressional Oversight Panel, chaired by Elizabeth Warren has issued its February report, and it’s focus is on “Commercial Real Estate Losses and the Risk to Financial Stability”. It’s a long read (189 pages), but from the executive summary here are some key points: Between 2010 and 2014, about $1.4 trillion in commercial real […]

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Surprise Surprise: More Store Closings

February 4, 2010

Tweet More store closings are expected. This doesn’t come as much of a surprise. Given the percentage of sales retailers ring up during the holiday season, it was obvious it would have been wise to get through the holiday season and then put the wheels of closure back in action. Bloomberg has a pretty cool […]

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The Irony of Silicon Valley

January 29, 2010

Tweet This is a post I’ve been wanting to write for a while, but until now I was not sure how or what to write exactly. It’s a bit long, but I think it is important. Silicon Valley is the center of innovation and home to giants of industry. It’s the place companies like Cisco, […]

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Layoffs Back: Verizon 13K, Sam’s Club 11K

January 27, 2010

Tweet The other day Wal-Mart announced 11-12K layoffs at its Sam’s Club unit. Yesterday we got word that Verizon is planning on laying off roughly 13,000 employees in 2010. This comes on the back of some pretty significant cuts it made in 2009. And today Home Depot is announcing 1,000 layoffs. …and there will be […]

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Bruce Mosler of C&W Optimistic

January 26, 2010

Tweet Bruce Mosler, co-chairman of Cushman & Wakefield believes that the activity at the end of 2009 will continue. There is no doubt about that; companies as we type are negotiating large deals (there are numerous 200K+ SF deals in the works) in the valley. The question is not absorption so much as it should […]

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Howard Marks of Oaktree on the Economy

January 26, 2010

Tweet Hedge Fund Manager Howard Marks of Oaktree Capital put out a client memo discussing the economy. The 12-page letter is interesting, but the underlying theme is uncertainty. The document can be found on the below linked site. [via Business Insider]

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Moody’s: CRE Prices Will Continue To Fall

January 26, 2010

Tweet Despite seeing a 1% uptick in November prices, Moody’s is indicating that it is very likely that commercial real estate prices will continue to fall. “We anticipate further deterioration in property fundamentals and increases in cap rates,” he suggested, acknowledging that “the worst of the value declines is likely over.” This goes to the […]

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CRE Values At Bottom?

January 25, 2010

Tweet There’s been increasing confidence among some industry players to come out and indicate that we are at or near a bottom in prices. We’re not willing to make a call at this point, but our general feeling is that the bottom will form when we see that property which otherwise would have likely never […]

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Receivers In Demand

January 25, 2010

Tweet About a week ago, we posted an article about receivership. The LA Times today has an article out about the hot receivership market and the upswing in activity as projects falter (like this one). It’s not a particularly captivating read, but if you’re interested, here is a link to the article.

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