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Financial Innovation Done Better

December 7, 2021

Financial December 7, 2021/Financial Tens years past the crisis, asset prices and the economy have recovered, but fear of Wall Street innovation has been more persistent. Yes, we want to avoid repeating the errors of the past. But the whole commercial real estate industry gains from smart financial innovation. Some people blame collateralized debt obligations…

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Turn Off the TV

December 7, 2021

Lifestyle December 7, 2021/Lifestyle Success comes from actively shaping your own destiny. Even downtime is an opportunity to engage in your life and invest in your future. The demands of work, family, and life can be draining, but that doesn’t mean we need to completely turn off to replenish. There are a lot of great…

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Protect Your Data

December 7, 2021

Lifestyle December 7, 2021/Lifestyle The value of data is rising, and so are major hacking incidents. We’ve seen a steady parade of data breaches, from Anthem to Yahoo and JP Morgan Chase to Target. Companies used take a reputation hit from data breaches, but they’re becoming so common that people are learning to take them…

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Ten Years After the Crisis

December 7, 2021

Financial December 7, 2021/Financial Last week marked ten years since the collapse of Lehman Brothers and the height of panic during the financial crisis. With those dark days behind us, it’s a good time to reflect on how far we’ve come. Our recovery has not been perfect, but it does show the remarkable resilience of…

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A New Chapter

December 7, 2021

Lifestyle December 7, 2021/Lifestyle It’s crazy how fast time flies by. My eldest son recently left to start college at the University of Southern California. I’m excited for him as he starts this new chapter of life. And reflective as it means, a new chapter in my life as well. These days, parenting continues well…

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Stay Open to Opportunity

December 7, 2021

Investment December 7, 2021/Investment My years in business have taught me that relationships pay. To reap those dividends, you first need to find the right people and invest in making connections. Daily life is full of opportunities to connect. It starts with taking out our earbuds and actually interacting with people. The formula for connection…

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Living Longer, Saving Less

December 7, 2021

Financial December 7, 2021/Financial The economic outlook in America looks good right now. The stock market is soaring, employment is strong, and our economy is diversified and resilient. It’s hard to fault people for feeling optimistic that the future will be good and things will work out. But there are still many long term trends…

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Private Ownership is Good for Risk Taking

December 7, 2021

Investment December 7, 2021/Investment People who know me know that I appreciate risk takers and entrepreneurs. Their willingness to dream big and go all-in on their beliefs drives us all forward. Elon Musk, CEO of several high profile companies, has been an interesting one to follow. Last week, Musk said he might take Tesla Motors…

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Insurance: A Key Part of Investing

December 7, 2021

Investment December 7, 2021/Investment Nobody likes thinking about bad scenarios. Illness, death, property destroyed by flooding – these are uncomfortable subjects. Many avoid planning for trouble because it seems remote. But my grandfather liked to say we should prepare for the worst, and the best will take care of itself. I think he was right,…

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Never Outsource Your Thinking

December 7, 2021

Lifestyle December 7, 2021/Lifestyle My grandfather used to say that opinions are like ***holes, everybody’s got one. Thanks to social media, anybody can broadcast their opinions wide and far, no matter how misinformed or unhelpful they may be. A lot of what we see on social media is total garbage, but that doesn’t mean we…

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Alliance Case Study: Unlocking Resale Value

December 7, 2021

Investment December 7, 2021/Investment Negotiation is at the heart of the real estate investing. Doing it well requires sound analysis and and an understanding of your counterparty’s motivations. Together, these elements bring out a calm, patient confidence that enables a company like Alliance out-maneuver, and find win-wins, with the other side in negotiations, even when…

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Picking Winners And Losers

December 7, 2021

Development December 7, 2021/Development   Governments around the world are intervening in the economy more than at any time in recent memory. It’s happening through tariffs, tax codes changes  and even Twitter. The more government is in the business of picking winners and losers, the more uncertainty investors generally feel, and that usually hurts investments.…

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If Admission Tests Aren’t Fair, Neither is Life

December 7, 2021

Lifestyle December 7, 2021/Lifestyle In recent years, I’ve seen a troubling trend toward protecting kids from unfairness and anything that might make them feel bad. I applaud the sentiment – we all want a just and happy world  – but I worry that we’re creating unrealistic expectations in our kids. Eventually, reality comes crashing in.…

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Better Relationships Beats More Relationships

December 7, 2021

Lifestyle December 7, 2021/Lifestyle   For cutting through all the digital noise, there’s still nothing like face-to-face interaction. Some people might call it wasteful to travel by for a conversation when video chat or even a phone call would do. But a video call isn’t the same, and I believe that meeting in person can…

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How Will Americans Ever Retire?

December 7, 2021

Financial December 7, 2021/Financial   I hate saying it, but Americans are financially illiterate, and that’s a real problem. Up and down the education and income scale, people don’t save enough to retire securely. They borrow heavily without understanding the costs, spend more than they can really afford, and they’re not prepared for an uncertain…

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