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- November 1, 2019: Vol. 31, Number 10

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Risk tolerance: Investors, managers and consultants take stock of the current real estate environment

by Loretta Clodfelter

The Editorial Advisory Board of Institutional Real Estate Americas convened in Cape Neddick, Maine, in September to take the temperature of the commercial real estate market. The board members include representatives from public and corporate pension funds, insurance companies, endowments, and family offices, which collectively control $988 billion in real estate assets under management. In addition, the board includes senior executives from investment managers with $1.34 trillion in real estate assets under management, fund-of-funds managers with $6.8 billion in real estate assets under management, and consultants who advise on $245 billion of client capital invested in real estate.

Risk was a focus at the meeting. What risks are increasing? What risks can be tolerated? What risks can be mitigated? Board members shared a number of views on the topic:

One consultant said it was important to be “thinking about risk, both qualitatively and quantitatively
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