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Plummeting Inflation Raises New Risk for Fed: Rising Real Interest Rates

By Nick Timiraos Federal Reserve officials start the year with a problem they would ordinarily love to have: Inflation has fallen much faster than expected. It does, nonetheless, pose a conundrum. The reason: If inflation has sustainably returned to the Fed’s 2% target, then real rates—nominal rates adjusted for inflation—have risen and might be restricting economic activity too […]

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PODCAST: Ben Van Leeuwen Gives The Scoop On His Ice Cream Shop’s Global Expansion

https://www.bisnow.com/author/miriam-hall-128140 Van Leeuwen Ice Cream co-founder Ben Van Leeuwen joins us for a candid episode, discussing the New York City-based chain’s expansion, how it has handled inflation, and why American consumer habits are perfectly aligned with expensive, high-end ice cream. “In 1980, the average food spend out of home in the U.S. was 20 cents on the dollar. In 2020, […]

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As rent control falters on Beacon Hill, advocates mull taking the matter to the ballot box

By Andrew Brinker A high-profile push by Boston Mayor Michelle Wu and some housing advocates to end the state’s three-decade-old ban on rent control has gained little traction with state lawmakers this year. So now supporters are considering another approach: taking the matter to the voters. Cambridge StateRepresentative Mike Connolly — “acting in my personal […]

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BUILDING BIO

By Rowan Walrath  Massachusetts leaders want to make the commonwealth a hub for not just the research of drugs, but for the manufacturing of drugs. It’s a goal that’s seen progress in stops and starts before. The Genetics Institute Inc., the legendary Cambridge company that pioneered biomedical research in the early 1980s, set up shop in […]

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These retailers will take over Bed Bath & Beyond’s ‘top-notch’ store leases

Bed Bath & Beyond locations across America will soon be replaced by Burlington Stores outposts and a range of other businesses, after the failed home goods retailer auctioned off its leases as part of its bankruptcy proceedings, court records show.  The doomed big-box store selected bidders for 109 of its leases after a Monday auction. Off-price giant Burlington agreed […]

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