Research - MARCH 31, 2016

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Global property fund returns hit four-year high

by Andrea Waitrovich

The total return in global property funds reached 13.5 percent in 2015, marking the highest return in four years, according to MSCI’s IPD Global Quarterly Property Fund Index. The strong performance was an increase from the 12 percent total return in 2014.

“This is a result of uncertainty with economic conditions in many parts of the world, which impacted the equities markets, and monetary policies that have reduced returns in monetary instruments,” said Ken Greguski, executive director, MSCI, in a statement.

North America was a particularly resilient market, delivering 14 percent return. This was largely a result of capital value growth in the U.S. market. The strong capital value growth in the United States, and across North America, contributed to a strong capital value growth in the IPD Global Property Fund Index.

Greguski said, “In North America, we saw the post–financial crisis factors playing out as good performanc

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