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Many investment managers and wannabe investment advisors now put together funds to take advantage of the market distress. There's plenty of talk of mountains of equity capital on the sidelines ready to pounce on deals once there are deals to pounce on. We've heard this talk for several years now and its difficult, no impossible, to quantify just how much money there is. The stock market has already siphoned off capital in its run up this year. Other countries' economies have recovered more quickly than ours—Brazil garners ample attention and capital flows. China rebounds. Investors still like India. Even Europe looks better positioned right now. In short, U.S. commercial real estate is far from the only game in town. Investment managers count on pension funds to be active players, and they will be, but plan sponsors never ramp up in the vanguard–they'll be careful and follow the leaders. And meanwhile U.S. commercial markets list in a suspended animation, offering little action.

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