Retailers Will be Disappointed with 2011 Sales — Big Picture Pressures the 4% Forecast

The National Retail Federation optimistically forecasted a 4% increase in sales for 2011, which would be the largest gain in five years. Are you willing to bet your company on it this holiday season? CRG Partners’ Gary Lembo doesn’t think that’s a good idea.

Tomorrow Will Look A Lot Like Today

As we begin a new year, Stevan Buxbaum urges secured lenders to take advantage of the great opportunities that exist in tumultuous times. But, he advises, such opportunities will only pan out if approached with discipline, diligence and perhaps most importantly, the realism that was lacking in the days of irrational exuberance.