Iran's strong headline economic figures are out of kilter with the weakness of its private sector and feeble foreign direct investment flows.
Real estate investment trusts have taken off dramatically in Japan, providing a new way to invest in the property market and an attractive rate of return compared to other investment products.
With Greece continuing to run budget deficits that are unpalatable to credit rating agencies and breach EU guidelines, the government must look beyond tax increases to deal with the problem.
The rapid pace of development in issuance and investment techniques means that the progression of real estate to become a global asset class in its own right is not far away.
Government-guaranteed issuers have long been a mainstay of the Japanese bond markets.
China's domestic stock markets are a mess, riddled with inefficient companies, gerrymandered by a meddling government and hamstrung by a vast share overhang.
The New York Stock Exchange's historic deal with electronic rival Archipelago and Nasdaq's acquisition of rival I-Net dramatically reshape US cash equities trading.
With banks more cautious about straight lending and bond spreads tight, real estate securitization through commercial mortgage backed securities is becoming increasingly popular, with conduit issuance taking a growing share of the market.
Since the adoption of an enabling law in 1999, Portugal's securitization market has grown rapidly, embracing many of the innovative techniques and influences seen elsewhere in Europe.
State banks are geared to an economy that is mainly state controlled and they dominate much of Iran's financial sector.
As investment banks try to cut the cost of research for clients, outsourcing is taking on an ever-increasing and ever more important role in keeping costs under control.
Real estate investment trusts have helped to drive development of the asset class in countries such as the US and Japan.