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Chicago Tribune (May 15)

2020/ 05/ 16 by jd in Global News

The Coronavirus presents major challenges—a “wrecked economy, less office space demand, scarce financing”—to Chicago’s megadevelopments, calling in question whether many “can continue, if they’ll be pushed into the next construction cycle, or worse, go the way of the never-built Chicago Spire and Miglin-Beitler Skyneedle.”

 

Reuters (December 24)

2018/ 12/ 25 by jd in Global News

“A financing drought may crack farmers’ loyalty to Donald Trump. The U.S. president’s trade war has evaporated export markets for a number of crops, leaving growers struggling even more than before.”

 

Institutional Investor (November 23)

2016/ 11/ 24 by jd in Global News

“After the global financial crisis of 2008-’09, a burgeoning gap in financing for long-term investments pushed many governments to take matters into their own hands. In fact, 17 new strategic investment funds have launched since 2008.” So far, these funds have received little scrutiny, but a recent World Bank study now suggests that these SIF’s “can promote economic growth” while delivering viable commercial returns: fulfilling their so called double-bottom-line mandate.

 

Financial Times (May 23)

2012/ 05/ 26 by jd in Global News

Bonds are in. Stocks are out. “Institutional investors, from pension funds to mutual funds sold directly to the public, have slashed holdings in the past decade. Stocks have not been so far out of favour for half a century.” The penchant for bonds could reverse. Or “the end of a six-decade passion for equities could lead to a less flexible, more conservative model of corporate financing.”

 

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