What is a micro-grid and how does it work? What do micro-grids promise to do for commercial and residential energy systems? Are micro-grids a threat to power utilities? What are the opportunities for private investors? How will micro-grids be different in five or 10 years? Scott Kessler, an executive with LO3 Energy, illuminates. (08/2017)
Did you know that U.S. water consumption peaked in 1971 and has been declining for decades? Or that water purity used to be measured in parts-per-million and is now measured in parts-per-trillion? Don’t let the unsavory scent or discoloration fool you, our water quality is better than ever. So says, Chris Franklin, CEO of water utility Aqua America. He joins us to discuss that state of water quality and its future. (09/2017)
This is an edited version of a cover profile interview conducted by Real Assets Adviser editor Mike Consol with Michael Tiedemann, CEO of Tiedemann Wealth Management. Tiedemann’s cover profile appears in the August 2017 edition of Real Assets Adviser.
The escalation and application of computing power to real estate portfolios and their performance is promising a supercharged new era better decision making and high-speed transactions. Think in terms of daily — or even hourly — updates on net asset value of private equity real estate properties and portfolios. Think also in terms of institutional-grade real estate accessible to high-net-worth individuals, and even 401(k) plans. We get up to speed on things with Bob Courteau, CEO of Altus Group. (07/2017)
Globalization’s ship has sailed and the party is over. Emerging in its place is a new tri-polar economic order composed of major trading blocks in the Americas, Asia and Europe. So says Jay Pelosky of Pelosky Global Strategies. He joins us to discuss why globalization is waning, regionalism waxing, and what the consequences will be. (07/2017)
The so-called Trump Bump has done wonder for publicly traded stocks. For real estate securities, though, the environment has been more challenging. Prior to the election, REITs experienced a major headwind in the form of rising interest-rate expectations. That headwind has lost its velocity, and REITs might currently be acting as the proverbial canary in the coalmine. Loretta Clodfelter, editor of Institutional Real Estate Americas, discusses her reporting’s findings on the matter. (07/2017)
Tim Bellman, head of global research at Invesco Real Estate, joins us to discuss the "upswing with uncertainty," synchronized growth among nations, and the auspicious 30th anniversary of a landmark album from Ireland's greatest rock band. (07/2017)
Geoffrey Dohrmann, founder and CEO of Institutional Real Estate Inc. and Real Assets Adviser magazine, discusses the current marketing freeze in the institutional and private wealth markets, as organizations grapple with pending federal regulations and uncertainty about the staying power of the economic recovery. He reviews the miscalculations firms often make in these situations, as well as the principles behind successful branding campaigns. (07/2017)
The United States is the only country in the world that allows private citizens to own mineral rights, and this can be a boon for investors. While the 1031 exchange is well known by most investors and advisers, far fewer are familiar with the prospects of using that tax code provision to buy a stake in the natural resources marketplace. We are joined by Angus Baker, an executive with Montego Minerals, to explain how it works. (07/2017)
Hubert Aarts, co-portfolio manager for Impax Asset Management, a firm whose water investment strategy includes positions in about 250 companies with a combined market capitalization of more than $800 billion, comes on the program to discuss his perspectives on how investors can capitalize on the precious natural resource.