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- September 1, 2011: Vol. 5, Number 8

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Get Real! Why It’s Time to Invest in Global Real Estate. Timing Is Everything

by David Paine

In the current environment of relatively modest yields from most asset classes and with interest rates generally anticipated to be lower for longer, now is the time for investors to consider how global real estate could benefit their multi-asset portfolios. Real estate’s relatively secure and sustainable yield, underpinned by ongoing economic recovery and improvements in business and occupier confidence and generally constrained supply globally, emphasises the asset class’s attractiveness at this stage of the economic cycle.

The key drivers for real estate are favourable at present, and investors can reasonably expect total returns close to double digits each year over the near term if global economic momentum continues to improve. However, investors need to be discerning. Within each global region there is a degree of polarisation, and the fundamentals of demand and supply vary markedly within the submarkets that make up each global

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