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Institutional Real Estate Europe

May 1, 2010: Vol. 4 No. 5

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  • From Sky High to Bargain Basement: On the Way Up from Down in the Dumps - But Only to the Lower Floors

    It should have come as no surprise to anyone that when INREV, the European Association for Investors in Non-Listed Real Estate Vehicles, released the results of its 2010 investor intentions survey, good ol’ safe core was the strategy favoured by an overwhelming majority of investors (78 percent in 2010 compared with 38 percent in 2009).

  • Historical Fund Performance: How Leverage, Size and Vintage Impact Returns

    The massive real estate correction that began in 2008 is causing investors to rethink how they design, implement and monitor their investment programmes. In the new investment climate, new questions have arisen. Did the use of leverage improve risk-adjusted performance or was it simply a tool to amplify returns? Did the early success of some funds breed ever-larger funds that were doomed to fail? What is the relationship between investment vintage period and the economic cycle?

  • Shop Talk: A Conversation with Michael Lewis

    Geoffrey Dohrmann, publisher and editor-in-chief of The Letter – Europe and president and CEO of Institutional Real Estate, Inc, recently sat down with one-time bond trader, now full-time author Michael Lewis to talk about the collapse of the financial market, Wall Street’s day of reckoning and Lewis’s new book, The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine,which takes a look at the few investors who bet against subprime loans in 2005, predicted the financial meltdown and made money in the process.

  • Shop Talk: A Conversation with Stefan Hepp

    The real estate and private equity investment consulting firm SCM Strategic Capital Management AG, headquartered in Zurich and with offices in London and Hong Kong, recently published its first annual review of private equity real estate terms and conditions. The main findings are detailed in the box story on page 26. The past couple of years have not been good ones for investors in unlisted real estate funds. Questions have been asked, the answers to those questions have not always been what people wanted to hear or receive, and relationships between investors and fund managers have come under strain. Editor Richard Fleming spoke recently with SCM’s founder and CEO Stefan Hepp about the review’s findings and the wider implications for real estate investors and fund managers.