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August 14, 2023

Encouraging Signs in Fed’s Inflation Fight

  • US inflation is cooling rapidly. 
  • In fact, 90% of July CPI is attributed to the 7.7% yoy increase in reported shelter costs. 
  • But what Blackstone recognizes through its extensive real estate holdings is that the government data lags the market.  
  • Strip out that lagging shelter data and the extent of headline and core CPI inflation deceleration becomes much clearer… 
US headline and core CPI, ex-shelter (% yoy)

US Bureau of Labor Statistics, and Macrobond, as of July 31, 2023. 

July 31, 2023

Explosive Growth in Data 

  • Cloud computing, content creation and the AI revolution are driving rapid growth in data.
  • Between 2010 and 2022, data created, consumed and stored increased 49x.1
  • This is fueling demand for US data centers, with more leasing in the last 18 months than in the previous six years combined.2
Global data created, consumed and stored (zettabytes)
Explosive Growth in Data  Chart
  1. IDC, as of December 31, 2021. 2021 and 2022 represent year-end estimates. 
  2. datacenterHawk, as of December 31, 2022. Demand based on total gross absorption in megawatts (electricity consumption).

July 24, 2023

Not All Real Estate Is Created Equal

  • Concerns about commercial real estate overlook dramatic dispersion across subsectors. 
  • US public data center REITs are up 19.4% year-to-date, given accelerated fundamentals, with apartments and logistics also up strongly.1 
  • Conversely, US office is seeing all-time high national availability of 26%,2 reflected in office REITs down 16.2% year-to-date. 
US Public REIT performance year-to-date
  1. FTSE NAREIT, as of June 30, 2023. Reflects total return of publicly traded REITs by NAREIT subsector from December 30, 2022, to June 30, 2023.
  2. CoStar, as of March 31, 2023. Based on Class A buildings greater than 100,000 sf, excluding owner-occupied buildings.

July 17, 2023

An Attractive Environment for Private Credit

  • Higher base rates and wider spreads have been generating higher yields in non-investment grade private credit.​ 
  • Returns have increased from 7.2% to 12.5% since 2021.
Yields for non-investment grade direct loans

Blackstone Credit Private Credit data as of June 2023. Includes upfront fees/OID and assumes average hold of 3 years. Assumptions based on market terms.

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