Sometimes investors ask me whether secular stagnation is bad for Alliance’s investments.  In short, the answer is no. The longer answer is that secular stagnation is a macro trend where […]

Supply-and-Demand is a key factor in real estate investing.  When we look at Supply, we ask ourselves: How much developed land is there, how is it zoned, and how is […]

Most people are really bad at thinking clearly and rationally about (uncertain) future events.  No surprise — our brains evolved to make snap judgements in very uncertain and potentially very […]

Some places care a lot about getting things done, other places are tied up in knots of red tape. Since Alliance invests in commercial real estate across the US, we […]

People often forget that the world is complex, and outcomes are hard to predict.  Simple explanations for cause-and-effect can be tools in helping us understand the world. But very often […]

I saw recently that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are exploring potential IPOs — again.  These government backed real estate giants failed spectacularly in the last financial crisis. There is […]

I’m always watching demographic and economic trends. It’s one way we unearth high value deals from across the US. A very interesting trend that continues to pick up steam is […]

Nobody wins in a trade war.  For the last few years, I’ve been keeping my eye on the trade situation, looking for signs of how it might affect the economy. […]

If you take the financial news media too seriously, you might think we were on the edge of economic catastrophe. With unemployment at record lows and consumer confidence high, I’d […]

Is real estate a simple fixed asset, or can it be something more like a service? That is the fundamental question WeWork is asking with their upcoming IPO. This New […]

Jack Welch once said that whichever team sees the world more clearly, wins. In today’s rapidly changing environment, our broad, nuanced, and detailed understanding of risk profiles is a key […]

The recent controversy over Nike’s Betsy Ross-flag sneaker surprised me. Not very long ago, it would have been pretty strange to imagine that an American flag shoe would be withdrawn […]

  All of today’s amazing technology was supposed to make us all smarter, healthier, and more productive. What happened? Compared to what I grew up with, the tech in our […]

Culture is super important for building high performing teams. It’s also widely misunderstood. Most organizations try to shape culture through policy. On paper, a company might claim to value feedback […]

Like pretty much everything these days, views on the economy are polarized. Are we living in an unprecedented economic boom, or a long and painful stagnation? You can cherry pick […]

How much work do you put into hiring a new team member at work? A typical company might review stacks of resumes, conduct hours of phone screeners, and then invest […]

It’s not easy to raise and educate a kid these days. The world is getting more complex, and we all have to get more sophisticated just to keep up. Unfortunately, […]

  Too many people believe in one-size-fits-all solutions to complex problems. With another election cycle spinning up, leaders and pundits are trying to sell us on solutions. I’m looking for […]

Social engineering in housing is a failure. America’s top tier cities are increasingly unaffordable for middle class renters. Ironically, the problem seems to be worst in the country’s most famously […]

Oversight is supposed to be the primary purpose of a board of directors, but I don’t know if that’s really what they’re doing. From Boeing’s terrible blunder with their new […]

These days, it can feel like everybody is trying to sell something. Usually that’s no problem, but a magnetic salesman can tempt people into making bad decisions. Over the years, […]

I would never want to work as a ‘Regulator’. You oversee companies that you do not work for. Getting only the data and access that the companies agree to share […]

Long term investing is all about risk assessment. Many companies, particularly public ones, are overlooking something important. Risks of a changing climate may be altering the risk profiles of companies […]

Berkshire Hathaway is taking a multibillion dollar write-down on Kraft Heinz, a recent major acquisition. This is surprising for fans of Berkshire’s legendary leader, Warren Buffett. Known as the Oracle […]

I’m concerned that whole generations of Americans aren’t preparing for retirement. Defined contribution plans like 401ks and IRAs provide tax incentives to save, but our national savings rate is still […]

Alliance has had a lot of success over the years by finding undervalued properties. In my experience, great assets are sometimes underpriced because they have an issue that scares away […]

Alliance recently closed out another great deal: $2 million profit and 25% IRR for our investors. This deal highlights some of our team’s great strengths, and I am proud to […]

Over the last few weeks and months, economic anxiety seems to be in fashion. Stock market volatility is up significantly since November. But is short term market volatility really a […]

At the start of every new year, I like to reflect on the state of the economy and general business climate. Looking back on 2018, and the last several years, […]

America remains the most productive, innovative, and wealthy country on Earth. We’re home to world leading industries, with global talent and capital. What’s our secret? One simple factor that distinguishes […]

As a parent with one kid in college and two more approaching college-age, the quality of their education is always on my mind. As an investor, I also see that […]

As an investor, I’m always looking for new ways to enhance the long-term value of Alliance’s properties. In commercial real estate, that generally means making properties more attractive to  lease, […]

In the business world, it’s widely accepted that maximizing value for shareholders is the ultimate measure of success. But in recent years, more voices have been calling for emphasis on […]

Transparency into good deal structures is essential for making smart investments. The alleged crimes of Carlos Ghosn, who led the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance, demonstrate the tremendous destructive value that happens when […]

A lot of people are worried about the US trade deficit recently. The US sends billions of dollars abroad every year to import foreign goods. Intuitively this seems bad. But […]

Interest rates are expected to continue rising through the end of 2018. This is a classic Fed move in a strong economy, but some worry that it’s premature and threatens […]

To succeed in business, strong teams are essential. There is no recipe for building a common culture and shared sense of purpose. Companies try all kinds of strategies. When running […]

In today’s world, we’re bombarded with information from every direction. With more books, articles, studies, and datasets that ever, we should be getting wiser. Unfortunately, things don’t really work that […]

Amazon is hunting for a new headquarters site and offering a huge boost to their eventual host. Wherever they go, Amazon would immediately become one of the top local employers, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Years in business have taught me that few things are as critical to success as building a great team. High performing organizations have some common traits. Everybody needs to have […]

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 […]

Alliance focuses on investing in properties with strong fundamentals and then adding value to the properties we manage. But it’s impossible to eliminate all risks or surprises in an investment. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Should we be worried that this latest Italian bond crisis is going to have a major economic impact here in the US? In my opinion, no. For the umpteenth time, […]

When it comes to “investing” in Bitcoin, I say buyer beware. In just the last 5 years, we’ve seen Bitcoin rise from a few hundred dollars per coin, up to […]

A new breed of technology investors is rising in the modern economy. Rather than aiming for short or medium term profits, these techno utopians are chasing after radical technological improvements […]

We’ve now seen a full decade of very low interest rates, thanks to the financial crisis and the great recession that followed. That inexpensive money has fueled a boom across […]

Severe floods are happening more often and real estate investors need to pay attention. The United States has a heck of a lot of heavily populated coastline that is exposed […]

In the world of net lease real estate, tenant quality can be the difference between mediocre and high-performing investments. Great tenants offer stable occupancy, high credit worthiness, and cash flow […]

Anybody who has worked with me knows how much I care about Alliance’s brand. I’m proud of building a business that earns consistent returns for our investors, treats everybody with […]

The business world is buzzing since the White House imposed tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum last week. I’m not sure what this means for America as a whole — […]

My long-time readers already know that single tenant net-lease medical facilities are our bread-and-butter. Here’s the story of one of my favorite deals. In 2011, we found a specialty medical […]

Successful people are used to being in control and taking care of business. Like the old saying goes, if you want something done right, do it yourself. There’s truth in […]

The NBA trade deadline just passed. The hot takes on who “won” and “lost” have me thinking about the parallels between building a winning basketball team and a winning business. […]

There’s an old saying in economics, a rising tide lifts all boats. Stocks, bonds, homes, commercial real estate — all are way up since the financial crisis. To make money, […]

The recent government shutdown inspired a lot of hyperventilating. While it ended quickly, the underlying political fight has not been resolved, so we could see another government closure soon. But […]

I’m always on the lookout for new risks to Alliance’s business. Usually, they’re deal-specific, but recently I’ve been looking at something bigger. An important piece of the financial world is […]

Commercial real estate investing isn’t hard to understand. Find a property; pay an agreeable price; manage it competently. But to beat the market, it takes something more. See the unmet […]

Anybody can buy market exposure and rise with the tide. But the best investors make a heck of a lot more money, and they do it by being consistent over […]

  When I was a kid, my uncle joked that there are only two certain things in life. Death and taxes. He wasn’t wrong, but now that I have my […]

  Good investors are also storytellers. An investment is a bet that we see potential others have missed (or undervalued). We buy when we have a theory of how and […]

  How much should you save? The retirement planning advice industry will give you precise answers, based on your age, earning power, lifestyle, etc. More generally, conventional wisdom says you […]

  The more things change, the more they stay the same. From the dawn of humanity, we have been social creatures who achieve great things through collective effort. Whether the […]

  I want to continue the story we started last week about the property we just sold at a whopping 34% IRR. We didn’t just buy a great property at […]

  After receiving a great response to earlier stories about real Alliance deals, I’d like to share another high level picture of one of Alliance’s great recent investments. Background For […]

  Alliance invests heavily in the South — areas that have just been battered by back-to-back major hurricanes. As the affected communities work to put their lives back together, they’re […]

  There has never been a better time for getting things done. With new tools, a savvy businessman can do more work, better, faster, and cheaper than ever before. In […]

  There’s no avoiding it — we’ve live in a volatile time in American politics. Despite the polarization and frustration, there is still at least one key area where Americans […]

  I recently discussed how Alliance seals some great deals by acting quickly and decisively. As the old saying goes, the early bird gets the worm. But it’s not enough […]

  Whether it’s legal issues, zoning surprises, lease negotiations, tax surprises or something else, real estate deals always come with unexpected challenges. The endless problems can cause endless headaches, but […]

  In the real estate game as in life, the spoils go to those who move on an opportunity quickly and decisively. A friend from my youth dated the same […]

  Thank you to all the readers who wrote in last week after we published our story about the hospital investment that turned into a big win. Since we received […]

  Recently, I’ve received messages from our readers asking for more details on how our ideas translate into real returns for investors. To illustrate how Alliance converts expertise into profits, […]

  When I was young, my brother taught me that you get what you pay for. Whether it’s a sofa, a suit, a bottle of Scotch, or an attorney, there’s […]

  Everybody knows the old saying in real estate: location location location. In my deal-making part of the industry, there’s another version: reputation reputation reputation.   Being known for good […]

  We’ve all heard the saying – A good team is greater than the sum of its parts. I totally agree — teamwork is indispensable. Not all teams work well […]

  As a real estate professional, younger friends and acquaintances often ask me for advice on home buying. When is the right time to buy? Am I making a good […]

  When I hear friends talking up the wonders of index funds, I have conflicted feelings. On one hand, it’s great that they want to invest. On the other hand, […]

  College is supposed to educate our kids and make them ready for a competitive world, but is the system working? I’m shocked by the lack of basic skills in […]

  I love the saying no risk, no reward. It’s equally true for investing and for a life well lived. If you’re not in the game, you can’t win anything, […]

  There are many paths to a great investment. The key is finding a place where you understand the upside and risks better than your competition. At Alliance, our specialty […]

  When you’re ready to make a real estate investment, there are a lot of bases you need to cover, but none is more important than financing. You can get […]

  There’s an old saying that says trust is earned in drops and lost in buckets. In life and in business, every single encounter or transaction is an opportunity to […]

  One of the fundamental errors in real estate investing is to ignore the risk of long term vacancy. Everybody knows to look at zoning, property prices, rents per square […]

  Business today is more demanding than ever. Information is king, and everybody wants quick responses. Long hours, instant responsiveness, and lots of coffee can help close more deals, but […]

I’m excited that some environmental deregulation seems to be on the way. Lighter regulation means easier development, greater deal flow, and higher profit. As a real estate investor, I’m optimistic […]

One of the things I love most about America is that people are rewarded for solving problems. Finding unmet needs before the rest of the world catches on isn’t easy. […]

People talk a lot about government spending, and it’s easy to understand why. Too little spending and government can’t function, and too much spending is like a sugar high that’s […]

The intelligent investor is prepared for problems. We don’t know when disaster might strike, but eventually, the world will sling bad news in our direction. It’s doubly important to be […]

It’s official, we have a new president in the United States. I want to take a high-level look at where the economy might be headed for the next four years. […]

We live in a time of great uncertainty, and smart people are wondering where they should put their money to weather any coming storms. More on that later. First, interest […]

Never have I seen this country so divided. You’re probably already aware of the many ways that Americans disagree, so I’ll spare you a recitation of the issues. What concerns […]

Over the course of your career, you’ll have to work for some bad bosses, because, well, human nature. Some people are selfish or shortsighted, and others just aren’t aware of […]