Late Cycle Behavior of NNN Investors

Contributing Author: Sean O’Shea

Here we find ourselves almost nine and one-half years from the impact of the Great Recession of 2008-09. While the market conditions that led up to the public acknowledgement of the financial crisis, were years in the making, many observers could have foreseen the Storm Warnings.  I remember having my NNN Advisory Team in tow at the annual ICSC Regional event in San Diego in the spring of 2008.  As we wandered through the various vendors’ booths and exhibits, we passed the Lehman Brothers booth.  Displayed were the usual swag items that populate these kinds of industry events.  Sitting on a display table, I spied a pile of very well designed and finely detailed ‘Baseball-type caps’ with LEHMAN BROTHERS, emblazoned on the crown of the caps.  I suggested to my Team, that they may wish to grab one of them, as a souvenir of a “Soon-to be Bygone Era,’”; since these guys at legendary Lehman are going down, based on the structure of interest only loans and other deals that we had tracked in the prior few go-go years.  They all looked at me, as if, I was ‘nuts’; but, nonetheless, each grabbed their souvenir hats.  Now, a keepsake of lending period that contributed, mightily, to the Financial Crisis as it unfolded. Continue reading Late Cycle Behavior of NNN Investors

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