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The Boeing Company (Boeing) is an aerospace company. The Company operates in five segments: Commercial Airplanes, Boeing Military Aircraft (BMA), Network & Space Systems (N&SS), Global Services & Support (GS&S) and Boeing Capital Corporation (BCC).
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SWOT Analysis was originally developed as a strategic planning tool but is now also widely used for competitive intelligence and in the investment analysis process. By understanding the strengths (S), weaknesses (W), opportunities (O) and threats (T) facing an organization, resources can be better allocated, new markets can be discovered, and competitive dangers can better defended.
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American commercial investment to ramp up by 2016
More companies may be looking at the improving economy in the United States and considering getting more involved in commercial real estate investment, especially in the coming months and years. Commercial real estate industry members felt that transaction volume should jump to $430 billion in the next two years, a report completed jointly between EY and the Urban Land Institute showed. The high level would surpass a previous high recorded in 2006. There are a number of reasons for the continued improvement in the market. The report explained that real estate capital is ramping up, while overall commercial fundamentals are also expected to improve. "Although we've made significant improvement over the past year, the recovery has been uneven globally and many risks still exist, including high global unemployment, high government debt, deflationary pressure in advanced economies, weak domestic demand, capital flow volatility in emerging markets and the potential impact from Fed tapering in the US," said Howard Roth, global real estate leader at EY. "Still, all signs point to a continued gradual improvement in both the economy and real estate market fundamentals." The inflation level also may play a role in these economic and commercial changes. According to the report, there should be an inflation rise of 1.9 percent this year, while 2015 may see a jump of as much as 2.2 percent. By 2016, this should reach 2.5 percent. Mortgage originations spike in 2013 While there may be a boost in market interest on the way, many people are already involved in commercial real estate. According to a report from the Mortgage Bankers Association, originations jumped to $358.5 billion last year. "Improving property markets and a strong appetite among lenders led to a very active year in commercial real estate finance," said Jamie Woodwell, vice president of commercial real estate research. "Multifamily rental properties drew the most financing, and banks and thrifts were the largest source of commercial real estate lending.  Despite the fact there are fewer maturing loans in need of refinancing this year, originations should continue to be buoyed by higher property values, rising property incomes and still low interest rates." The most popular loan originators during the year were commercial banks and savings institutions, as these had $100.5 billion of the total level, the report added.