Saturday, June 27, 2009

Pension funds and real estate

Pension funds have long been recognized as a major potential source of real estate equity capital. Moreover, real estate markets are often characterized by a lack of information necessary for performing the quantitative investment analysis that pension funds or their advisors generally undertake. The value of real estate owned by pension funds is estimated to be $149 billion. . Pension funds must decide whether to make their real estate investment directly or to pursue their investment strategy by investing REITs or commingled real estate funds.

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