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3 Ways Marketing Organizations Must Integrate to Successfully Reach Customers

Marketing today is more than advertising, drip email campaigns, website pop-up ads, social media and point-of-purchase displays. It’s all about long-term relationships between a brand and a consumer. It’s about


News Posted Tue, Mar 19th, 2019 By Mark J.Miller

The Markets

March 18, 2019

The Markets

Stock and bond markets rallied.

Last week, major U.S. stock indices finished higher for the 10th time in 12 weeks. Bond markets moved higher, too,


News Posted Tue, Mar 19th, 2019 By Michael Maglio

The Markets

January 28, 2019 The Markets

Like competitors who’ve completed a difficult section in an endurance race, U.S. stock investors took a breather last week.

The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index,


News Posted Wed, Jan 30th, 2019 By Michael Maglio

Quick Market Update...

Stock Market

What Happened in the Markets?

US stocks declined Thursday, with the S&P 500 closing around its session lows. The S&P 500 fell 2.5%, the tech-heavy NASDAQ lost 3.0%, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average shed 650+ points, or 2.8
 

The primary drivers for the day’s down move centered on concerns that US corporate earnings growth may slow more than was previously expected. A major US tech firm issued a sharp downward revision to its revenue guidance for Q4 2018 after the close on Wednesday. The firm’s CEO blamed the reduction in sales primarily on economic weakness in emerging markets such as China, stoking fears of a global growth slowdown led by the world’s second-largest economy. Adding to the concerns, a December reading of an index tracking US manufacturing activity fell to its lowest level in two years, further suggesting that US corporate profits are not immune to slowing global economic growth and the uncertainty caused by global trade disruptions.
 

Nine out of 11 S&P sectors finished Thursday in the red. Real Estate (+0.5%), Utilities (+0.1%), and Staples (-0.7%) relatively outperformed, while Tech (-5.1%), Industrials (-3.0%), and Materials (-2.8%) saw the steepest losses.
 

Outside of equities, Treasuries sharply rallied across the curve with 10-year rates falling to 2.56% and 2-year rates settling around 2.38% as of the 4pm equity market close. The price of Gold gained modestly alongside Treasuries given the day’s risk-off tenor. Oil prices also rose, extending a modest string of gains stretching back to last week. Meanwhile, the US dollar declined more than 0.5% against its major peers as measured by the US Dollar Index.
 

Catalysts for the Market Move

Equities declined sharply around the globe on Thursday as concerns of slowing economic and earnings growth spooked investors. The

S&P 500 fell 2.5%, giving back some of the ground gained during the previous five sessions, which saw the index rise nearly 7%. The

Dow Jones also fell 650+ points, or 2.8%, on the day. The NASDAQ posted the worst performance of the major US indices, dropping

3.0%, as investors fled from Tech stocks and piled into defensive sectors and haven assets such as Treasuries. In terms of style

performance, defensive stocks led cyclicals by 2.0% and value outpaced growth by 1.4%, as measured by the Russell 1000 Value and

Growth Indices.

 

The sell-off in US stocks appeared to be driven in large part by concerns that US corporate earnings growth may slow more than

previously expected in 2019. The sudden reduction in the Q4 sales forecast by a major US tech firm triggered an acute sell-off across

the sector, and contributed to the day’s decidedly risk-off sentiment. In a letter to investors, the firm’s CEO blamed the lower sales

forecast primarily on economic weakness in China, which had a “significantly greater impact” than had been expected when it issued

guidance just two months ago. Heightening investor concerns, White House economic adviser Kevin Hassett warned in an interview

Thursday that he expects there will be additional US companies with sales in China that will be forced to lower their earnings

expectations until there is a resolution in the ongoing trade dispute. Also in focus, the ISM Manufacturing Index in December posted its

largest monthly decline since 2008, and fell well short of economist estimates. The disappointing reading provided further evidence that

the US economy may be cooling, and that the uncertainty stemming from the trade tensions with China may be having a larger impact

than previously predicted.

 

The 2.5% decline in the S&P 500 on Thursday marked the first 1%+ move of 2019, following 2018 during which there were 64 moves

greater than 1%, and 20 moves greater than 2%. While we expect volatility to remain elevated, and there may be further downside in

stocks as we believe consensus 2019 earnings estimates remain too optimistic, importantly, markets are now pricing in much more of

the risks that concerned our Global Investment Committee last year. The S&P 500 is currently trading around 14x consensus forward

P/E, its cheapest valuation in more than five years. With the S&P 500 at the low end of the range called for by the MS & Co. Equity

Strategy Team (2,400 bear-case target; 2,750 base-case target; 3000 bull-case target for the S&P 500 year-end 2019), value may be

emerging, particularly in the areas of the market favored by the firm’s Equity Strategists – US value stocks and international/emerging

market equities.

 


News Posted Thu, Jan 3rd, 2019 By Amber Bautz

10TIPS FOR REDEVELOPMENT SUCCESS

Grid Real Estate

TODAY, ALL DEVELOPMENT IS NEGOTIATED.
It’s been a fact of life for developers since Jane
Jacobs and a coalition of community groups
defeated the ultimate power broker Robert
Moses and his dream of building Lower
Manhattan expressway in 1968.
Ever since the 1961 publication of The Death and
Life of Great American Cities, the development
process has become series of complicated negotiations
with both community groups and government
officials. How you approach this process is
critical to the success of winning approval for
your project -- or watching your hard work go
down in defeat by a planning board or other
governmental entity.
The reality is that even if the project is “as of right,”
you will still need to engage in tri-party
negotiations between the private sector, the
public sector and the community. And they are
not equal partners. These suggestions will give
your project the best chance of moving forward
and winning approval in the entitlement process.


News Posted Tue, Oct 30th, 2018 By Grid Real Estate Brokers Advisors

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News Posted Mon, Oct 22nd, 2018 By MRA Advisory Group
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