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Middle market leaders confident in their own companies – but not the larger economy

In its second quarter 2022 survey, KeyBank asked 400 owners and executives of middle market businesses – defined as those in the $10 million to $2 billion range – about their outlooks on inflation, supply chain and talent recruitment and retention. In addition to revealing the overarching mood of middle market businesses, the survey uncovered some interesting contrasts when comparing different industry sectors.

A true relationship story

WideOpenWest CFO John Rego shares his career insights on the importance of bankers - not banks - and the true meaning of relationship.

Surging demand is reinvigorating Los Angeles multifamily

The COVID-19 pandemic forced Americans—including Angelenos—to reevaluate the way they think about their living space. Residents of urban multifamily buildings across the country suddenly found their cozy apartments ill-suited for working remotely, facilitating social distancing and enduring lockdowns. 

From data lake to data lakehouse

For decades, data analysts have struggled to consolidate structured and unstructured data for analysis by machine learning (ML) and business intelligence (BI) tools. Now, the emerging concept of the “data lakehouse” is bringing new possibilities for data science applications.

Making ends meet: an M&A banker’s notes from the trenches

Every M&A transaction involves running a gauntlet, and each deal presents unique challenges. However, there are common issues that make concluding a deal more difficult. 

From the great resignation to HR transformation: navigating the new landscape of work

After workers voluntarily quit their jobs in 2021, business owners are working harder than ever to recruit and retain top talent to keep businesses running. Learn how to navigate the new workplace landscape from leading experts.

Focusing on small populations may yield large returns

The transition to value-based care has been on the top of mind to healthcare providers for many years, but the evolution has been slow.

The pulse on emerging technology: Key themes and outlooks for 2022

The technology evolution continues to fuel unprecedented change across all sectors. To help clients and investors unlock competitive advantages from seismic shifts, senior analysts from KeyBanc Capital Markets (KBCM) convened to review the near-term landscape of solutions in software, internet, and fintech.

Seniors housing fundamentals bring positivity despite economic hurdles

As the operational challenges caused by the pandemic ease, interest in moving increases and occupancy rates rise, the mood in the seniors housing industry is trending positively as well. Lana Peck, senior principal with National Investment Center for Seniors Housing and Care (NIC) moderated an insightful discussion with KeyBank Real Estate Capital (KBREC) Senior Vice Presidents Brian Heagler and Morgin Morris. 

Investing Tribal Nation assets in an uncertain market

Investment returns over the past three calendar years (2019–2021) have been among some of the strongest on record. However, as we turned the page to 2022, many headwinds became apparent such as increasing geopolitical tensions, rising interest rates, and historically high equity valuations. This has led to large gyrations in investment markets that tend to unnerve market participants.

In 2022, middle market businesses are cautiously optimistic

As middle market businesses settled into the first quarter of 2022, COVID-19 seemed to be loosening its grip across the country. But shortly after KeyBank surveyed 400 owners and executives of middle market businesses (in the $10 million to $2 billion range) about their outlook for the coming months, Russia invaded Ukraine – setting off a geopolitical conflict that introduces new layers of economic uncertainty for businesses of all shapes and sizes.

Five market forces shaping the affordable housing crisis

Low-income renters are desperate to find affordable rental units. It's an uphill battle, but experts believe the landscape is rich with opportunity for practical innovation.

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