Foreclosures, tight financing and high office vacancy rates haven't slowed the recovery of the share prices of publicly traded REITs. REITs' stock prices have nearly doubled since March. REITs are the healthiest part of the commercial real estate market in part because of their access to capital, said NAREIT Vice President of Research and Industry Information Brad Case.
The Federal Reserve's policy on interest rates threatens to encourage speculative capital, which could inflate the price of assets and derail recovery of the global economy, said financial officials in China. Liu Mingkang, the top banking regulator in China, said an extended period of low rates and depreciation of the dollar present "new, real and insurmountable risks to the recovery of the global economy."
Teens enamored of the "Twilight" series of vampire books and the movies based on the stories are clamoring for T-shirts, jewelry and other accessories bearing the brand. The trend is especially hot for retailers including Nordstrom and Hot Topic, which sell licensed "Twilight"-branded apparel and accessories.
Shoppers are demanding deals this year, and retailers are employing a combination of strategies including early discounting of key items, keeping inventories leaner to avoid deep post-holiday price slashing, and stocking more practical products. Consumers focused on finding specific items may do well to shop early for those, experts say.