Institutional Real Estate Europe

October 1, 2019: Vol. 13, Number 9

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From the Current Issue


Following the money: Europe has been the biggest beneficiary of an increase in global capital diversification

Of the almost $1 trillion (€901 billion) spent on commercial real estate around the globe in the 12 months between the start of April 2018 and the end of March 2019, one-third involved capital from cross-border investors. In its Active Capital report for 2019, Knight Frank puts this large proportion of globe-trotting capital down to a need for large investors to both diversify risk and chase enhanced returns.


Storing value: European self-storage can deliver resilient cash-rich returns

The European self-storage sector is at an earlier stage of development compared to its US counterpart. Institutional investment in the sector has yet to take off in a meaningful way, despite strong underlying fundamentals and attractive investment performance. Between 2015 and 2018, just €1.2 billion was invested in the sector, less than a tenth of the amount channeled into US self-storage over the same period.


What is risk?

Risk. It’s been defined by some as the fact that more things can happen than will happen. It’s also been equated to degrees of uncertainty, although some would argue that uncertainty and risk are not the same thing.

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