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Commentary: Proactive Corporate Governance
Commentary: Proactive Corporate Governance

In the fall of 2008, RiskMetrics (RMG) updated its corporate governance guidelines for 2009. These guidelines are critical for public real estate companies to understand as they suggest best practices on a variety issues that companies should address going forward.

Study: Troubled Assets Have Doubled in '09
Study: Troubled Assets Have Doubled in '09

The value of commercial real estate properties in default, foreclosure or bankruptcy has more than doubled already this year, according to a report from research firm Real Capital Analytics (RCA).

CRE Markets Yet to Hit Bottom, Analyst Tells Congressional Panel
CRE Markets Yet to Hit Bottom, Analyst Tells Congressional Panel

Appearing before the Congressional Joint Economic Committee (JEC) on July 9, Richard Parkus, head of commercial mortgage-backed securities and asset-backed securities for Deutsche Bank, said that despite the substantial losses investors have incurred in the CMBS market during the past two years as a result of the defaults of the loans underlying the securities, still more pain lies ahead.

PE Real Estate Fundraising Hits 5-Year Low
PE Real Estate Fundraising Hits 5-Year Low
Global private equity fundraising for real estate investment sunk to a five-year low in the second quarter of 2009, according to a new report from alternative asset research firm Preqin.
Trading Places
Trading Places

In February, Extra Space Storage Inc.  announced that Kenneth M. Woolley, the company's chairman and CEO, would be taking a three-year leave of absence to serve a mission in Moscow for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Second Quarter Best in REITs' History
Second Quarter Best in REITs' History

The U.S. REIT market completed its best quarter ever in June, as the FTSE NAREIT Equity REIT Index gained 28.9 percent in the second quarter of 2009. The index's performance marked its highest quarterly gain since its inception in 1972.

Fitch Ratings: Liquidity Concerns Remain for REITs
Fitch Ratings: Liquidity Concerns Remain for REITs
Even though a number of REITs have taken steps this year to address potential liquidity issues, concerns about the industry's access to capital remain as debt maturities begin to approach, according to Fitch Ratings.
Gale Taking Over J.E. Robert Companies
Gale Taking Over J.E. Robert Companies

Commercial real estate investment group J.E. Robert Companies has tapped industry veteran Barden Gale as its new CEO, the firm announced June 29.

REITs Could be Added to Government Retirement Plan
REITs Could be Added to Government Retirement Plan

New legislation signed into law by President Barack Obama on June 23 authorizes the administrators of the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP), the federal government's defined contribution retirement program, to expand participants' investment options, potentially including distinct REIT funds.

LEED Certification to Require Periodic Reporting
LEED Certification to Require Periodic Reporting

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced June 25 that it will require recurring performance reports for buildings to receive LEED certification, a benchmark for sustainability in the commercial real estate industry.

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