Institutional Real Estate Americas
July/August 2012: Vol. 24 No. 7Buy For $250.00 Add to Cart
Women's Work: Real Estate Investment Management Continues to Be a Male-Dominated Field
The real estate fund management business is dominated by men, especially as you look at the more senior ranks. Reasons for this disparity include latent sexism, women’s higher responsibility for childrearing and a lack of supportive mentors. Diversity is good for business, and increased scrutiny by institutional investors could push general partners to be more supportive of women’s careers.
Much Ado About Nothing: The Tale of the Scorpion and the Turtle
There seems to be a debate raging amongst investors today about the optimal way in which to access the markets — through allocators, who partner with operating partners to produce the desired results, or by partnering directly with the operating companies themselves, eliminating the so-called middle man.
Brookfield closes Strategic Real Estate Partners Fund
Toronto-based Brookfield Asset Management has surpassed its fundraising target for Brookfield Strategic Real Estate Partners, raising $4.4 billion in a final close.
Parades and Charades
Starting this issue, the Market Perspective column will be authored by a rotating panel of four industry experts — Ted Leary, president of Crosswater Realty Advisors; Nori Gerardo Lietz, founding partner of Areté Capital; Randy Zisler, CEO of Zisler Capital Associates; and Stephen Roulac, founder of Roulac Global Places. We trust that you will find these articles to be insightful and thought-provoking. As always, your comments and feedback are encouraged. Send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We kick things off with Ted Leary. Enjoy the read. — Ed.
Vermont seeks new noncore real estate manager
The Vermont Pension Investment Committee (VPIC) is currently accepting proposals from investment firms to manage a noncore real estate mandate (value-add, opportunistic and/or real estate debt) for the system.
Global Warming: Investment Sentiment May Have Been Weakened by Recent Events, but Real Estate Investors Know Where the Opportunities Are
After fears heightened following the sovereign debt events in Europe and the United States during the summer of 2011, economic sentiment has since shifted in different ways across the major global regions. Economic growth for the United States has gradually improved, yet remains mild. Asia Pacific has entered a period of weaker growth, and monetary loosening is expected to put a floor under economic growth levels there. In Europe, continued debt issues and political uncertainty are driving a weaker short-term outlook.
Opportunities Found: Favorable Demographics and a Healing Economy and Job Market Are Fueling Modest Growth and Better Prospects
Shaken by stock market volatility and low bond yields, investors have been gravitating toward equity real estate but have become concerned about what appears to be limited property availability. Despite these concerns, significant opportunities do exist and can be identified by considering demographic, economic and real estate market trends.
A Higher Standard
The Employee Benefits Security Administration issued a final regulation requiring compensation and fee arrangement disclosures by service providers of pension plans and entities holding plan assets that are governed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).
- Blackstone takes over Eagle portfolio
Shop Talk: A Conversation with Richard Barkham
Dr. Richard Barkham, group research director at Grosvenor, is the author of a book titled Real Estate and Globalisation.Richard Fleming,editor of The Institutional Real Estate Letter – Europe, spoke recently with Barkham about the reasoning behind his new book, how and why investors should consider real estate investment in the wider context, and the role of real estate in the investment world of the moment.
REITs post impressive returns in 2012
Despite economic uncertainties characterized by a fiscal cliff and shaky global economy, REITs recorded a strong return of 19.7 percent in 2012, making it the fourth consecutive year that equity REITs have outperformed other asset classes, according to the FTSE NAREIT Equity REIT Index.
APFC commits $100 million to U.S. industrial
The board of trustees of the $47.4 billion Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. (APFC) has approved a $100 million commitment to U.S. industrial real estate during its July 18 meeting.