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February 2008: Volume 20, Number 2

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  • Something Old, Something New: Green Trend Impacts Existing Buildings

    Much of the emphasis and news coverage for the industry’s growing “green” trend has focused on the development of new buildings. In fact, there’s hardly a new class A commercial office building these days that isn’t labeled “green.”

  • Deriving Fair Value: New Accounting Measures Establish a Revised Definition

    In September 2006, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued FASB Statement No. 157, Fair Value Measurements. Statement 157 establishes a framework for measuring fair value in generally accepted accounting principals (GAAP), clarifies the definition of fair value within that framework and expands disclosures about the use of fair value measurements.

  • Real Estate Funds: Challenges of a Growing Opportunity Set

    The noncore real estate fund universe is now truly a global universe, with only 41 percent of offerings in 2007 focused on the United States. This is welcome news for many investors who, for almost a decade now, have recognized that developed markets around the world can attractively increase the opportunity set and that emerging markets offer an attractive risk premium in some cases.

  • Shop Talk: A Conversation with Yariv Itah

    Management consulting firm Casey, Quirk & Associates and Merrill Lynch’s Financial Institutions Group recently published an insightful report, The Brave New World: Winning Product Strategies for a Changing Global Market.Geoffrey Dohrmann, editor-in-chief of The Institutional Real Estate Letter, spoke with Yariv Itah, a partner at Casey Quirk and one of the report’s co-authors, to learn more about the report’s findings and their implications for investment managers.