- October 1, 2013: Vol. 25, Number 9

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A shift in sentiment: Investors leave their angst behind and focus on the future

by Geoffrey Dohrmann


In September, we conducted our fall Editorial Advisory Board meeting for The Institutional Real Estate Letter – Americas. The year’s fall meeting was held at The Montage resort and spa in Laguna Beach, Calif., with 37 investor types (including representatives from corporate, public and Taft-Hartley pension funds, endowments, foundations, family offices, fund of funds managers, and insurance companies), plus 16 consultants and 44 investment managers in attendance.

The investors presenting at this particular meeting collectively control more than $1.07 trillion in total investment capital and more than $143.3 billion in real estate capital with, on average, an 8.2 percent allocation to real estate. More specifically, these investors included seven of the 20 largest investment institutions on the North American continent, including three of the top 10 largest public pension plan sponsors, two of the top 10 largest corporate pension plans, and three of

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