Real Estate:  flat to slightly down for the quarter.

The world is currently undergoing a global and domestic transition from highly artificial financial policy to a more stable financial environment, that will provide a clearer correlation of asset classes.  This transition will dramatically reduce risk as well as increase opportunities and the likelihood of positions in the above asset classes.

A flat-to-down environment is normal during a transition period of this magnitude.  We expect volatility to continue to increase in 2014; that should allow for more entry/exit points.

In layman’s terms the financial world is currently still be held together by Duct-Tape.  This jerry-rigged process is beneath the surface and has not been addressed by the mainstream media or the financial world.  This does not mean it does not exist.  Just as in Washington State, what lies beneath the surface was not visible to most people; thus loss of life and property came swift and suddenly and was devastating.

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This article was written by Metropolitan Capital Strategies CEO Sharon Snow and Chief Investment Officer David Schombert.