Although the economic fallout from the "great recession" would have been much higher without the steadying hand of government, its activity also has other consequences, including a potential downside for the commercial real estate sector.

At the Sept. 24 International Council of Shopping Centers' capital marketplace conference in New York, two speakers voiced concern about the potential for inflationary pressure down the road from Federal Reserve activity in buying up Treasury bonds. This year, the U.S. Central Bank has committed to purchasing up to $300 billion in Treasury securities.

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