Institutional Real Estate Europe

December 1, 2011: Vol. 5, Number 11

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From the Current Issue


MGPA Plans Asian Property Fund

MGPA intends to launch a core/core-plus Spezialfonds under German investment law that will target commercial property in established Asian markets such as Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan.


Certain Uncertainty : Volatility in the Markets Is Hurting Investor Sentiment, But You’ve Still Got to Plan for the Future

The uncertainty that is an endemic part of the subdued investment market activity at present — in all asset classes, even those regarded as relative safe havens — is due almost entirely to the euro zone sovereign debt crisis that is now also playing out into a banking crisis, a leadership crisis, a political crisis for the European Union and an economic crisis for the world.


After the Storm: The Hotel Market in Germany Has Rebounded Strongly Over the Past Three Years and Now Awaits Investment Decisions

The German hotel market has always differed from other markets in Europe, such as those in France and the United Kingdom, because room rates are relatively low in comparison. Many countries began to feel the effects of the economic downturn by the end of 2008; however, in 2010 the German market showed signs of brisk recovery and proved to be a star performer as the country’s strong manufacturing industry and continued demand for exports helped Germany’s economy and hotel sector to recover faster than those of other European cities.


Facing Up to Ageing: How Will Economic Restructuring in Developed Countries Affect Inflation in Emerging Markets?

The central thesis put forward in Economic Observer, the Chinese book that I co-wrote with Arthur Shek, is that the current debt crisis is part of a long-term economic restructuring in the advanced economies as they face various issues –– an expansion of entitlement programmes, a growing balance of government debt and the increasingly significant effects of an ageing society. The issue of the ageing population has dragged down Japan, and it is also a pressing question that the United States is facing.

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