The Commercial Real Estate Industry is Positioned for Broad-Based Growth in 2015

Ken Ward Business Trends

The commercial real estate industry is poised for broad-based growth in the coming year as performance and profitability continue to improve across most property types and markets, according to projections from consulting firm Deloitte. The company’s 2015 outlook is supported by improving property fundamentals, a strengthening economy, easy financing, and increased domestic and international investment activity, according to Deloitte. Against …

United States Outsourcing

Ken Ward Business Trends

Outsourcing in the U.S. has obviously enriched the heads of massive corporations. But for workers and consumers, outsourcing creates a multitude of problems. It poses a whole host of problems for shipping, communication and culture – but the biggest setback might be the loss in quality. The capitalist market in the United States makes it nearly impossible for any successful …

What is Sale-Leaseback?

Ken Ward Business Trends

Corporate America owns an estimated $2.3 trillion of non-specialized “investable” real estate. Yet historical returns from equity investments have consistently exceeded those of real estate. As a general rule, any dollar that can be “monetized” or sourced from the sale of corporate real estate and reinvested in that company’s listed stock would create positive leverage. That’s why any CFO whose …

Big Data Payoff for Data Driven Leaders

Ken Ward Business Trends

Data analytics programs have come a long way in a short period of time. Over the last several years, the number and sophistication of data points a business has access to has increased dramatically — and leaders know their success rates can skyrocket when data is put to work. According to a 2013 study by Cisco, 60 percent of global …

2014 Second Quarter – Commercial Real Estate

Ken Ward Business Trends

After five years of economic recovery, the commercial real estate market appears to have finally found its footing. Much of the improvement in the commercial property market has been on the balance sheet, where lower interest rates have increased the value of rental income streams and pulled property prices steadily higher. Record low levels of commercial construction and the continuous …

For Strong Cash Flow, You Must Optimize Supply Chain Operations

Ken Ward Business Trends

For companies of all sizes and across all industries, cash is not only crucial—it’s king. It sounds simple: In order to survive, businesses must ensure that payments aren’t going out faster than resources are coming in. According to a recent study, however, not all businesses are following that formula: companies that do monthly cash flow planning have an 80% survival rate—more …

The Economy of The United States – 2014

Ken Ward Business Trends

Jobs are not enough American workers have had no news this good for years. In June employers added 288,000 jobs, bringing the total for the year to 1.4m, the best six-month stretch since 2006. Unemployment has sunk to 6.1%, the lowest rate in almost six years. It could hit levels long regarded as “full employment” within a year. Help-wanted signs …

All About Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE)

Ken Ward Business Trends

What is PACE? PACE is Property Assessed Clean Energy, a new and innovative way for commercial property owners to pay for energy efficiency upgrades, on-site renewable energy projects, and water conservation measures. PACE funding is provided or arranged by a local government for 100% of a project’s costs, and is repaid with an assessment over a term of up to …

United States Economy

Ken Ward Business Trends

U.S. economy stalls in first quarter, but fundamentals still sound The U.S. economy barely grew in the first quarter as the severe winter hampered exports and led businesses to curtail investment spending, but activity already appears to be bouncing back. Gross domestic product expanded at a 0.1 percent annual rate, the slowest since the fourth quarter of 2012, the Commerce Department said …

Current Business Trend: Companies Publishing Information on Their Environmental Impact to Attract Investors

Ken Ward Business Trends

ON MARCH 20th Exxon Mobil, surely the world’s least tree-hugging company, became the first oil giant to say it would publish details of its “stranded assets”—the value of oil and gas fields that it might not be able to exploit if there were a high carbon price or tough rules on greenhouse-gas emissions. Giant Exxon is not doing this because …