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“Where are we in the cycle?” It’s a question that investors across a range of asset classes repeated over and over again in 2017, but those who raise and deploy capital in the commercial real estate industry arguably had the most pressing reasons for asking it. As Goodwin and Columbia Business School held their 11th Annual Real Estate Capital Markets Conference in January, the more than 500 participants had just left behind a year that saw transaction volumes decline and REITs significantly underperform for a second straight year. One of the more puzzling aspects of the contraction in 2017 was the fact that it occurred at a time when the economy and financial conditions remained incredibly supportive. Read the full recap.