Real Assets Adviser

April 1, 2015: Vol. 2, Number 4

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From the Current Issue

New Frontiers: REITs are emerging in markets around the world, but the biggest opportunities may be yet to come.

Before the ink was even dry on the Indian government’s draft REIT-proposal legislation, Bangalore, India–based Embassy Group was planning a major offering. In partnership with The Blackstone Group, the Indian developer will launch a Rs 50 billion ($800 million) REIT, possibly by the end of 2015. The 27 million-square-foot portfolio of income-producing commercial real estate joint-owned by Blackstone and Embassy illustrates one of the roles REITs can play in new and emerging REIT markets — as an exit path for real estate private equity funds.

Spring Has Finally Sprung and Change Is in the Air: Q1 blew by like a northern cold front, but what we learned sets up the rest of 2015.

Done and dusted. Just like that, the first quarter of the New Year has come and gone. So what did we learn exactly?

That record-breaking low temperatures and snowfall totals got soooo old for about 90 percent of the country? That the bull stock market has further to run, setting new records on the NYSE, NASDAQ and S&P 500 Index? That oil prices seemed to stabilize at a new benchmark hovering around $50-$60, or will they instead dip down into the $30s?

Objectives, Benchmarks Key to Real Assets Investing: Growing interest in real assets investing requires keen understanding of risks and ultimate objectives.

Following the Great Financial Crisis in 2008, there has been a surge of interest in real assets. A survey undertaken by The Economist Intelligence Unit of over 200 institutional investors found that almost half of the respondents have increased their allocations to real assets over the past three years, and 60 percent of institutional investors plan to increase allocations in the near-term.

Four Trends Influencing Family Offices: Ultra-wealthy clients often turn to the family office as the first call in a time of crisis or opportunity.

Family offices, created to help ultra-wealthy families manage their wealth and preserve it from generation to generation, are changing the way they operate so they can continue to serve their clients. At the same time they are grappling with increased regulatory scrutiny, as well as dealing with demanding clients, the transfer of wealth from one generation to the next, a growing need for client security and a rising interest in direct real estate investments.

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