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- February 1, 2013: Vol. 7, Number 2

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On-Off, In-Out, Up-Down: It’s a Topsy-Turvy World, But Risk-Averse Investors Are Eyeing Bond-Like Returns

by Jennifer Bollen

Real estate may be facing some hefty challenges — the euro zone sovereign debt crisis, the likelihood that boom-era investments will fail to refinance, and expectations that valuations and rental growth will continue to disappoint. But real estate managers are hopeful that weak performance in other asset classes — namely government bonds — will entice increasingly cautious investors to property.

Paul Jayasingha, head of real estate at Towers Watson, says that while real estate has disappointed investors post-crisis — partly due to issues caused by leverage and the deferral of redemptions in real estate funds — low bond yields have led to a willingness to invest in property for lower expected returns than in the past.

Rob Martin, head of research at Legal & General Property, explains: “The valuation of fixed

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