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European Green Deal: Towards a Zero-Carbon Urban Environment (Part 3)

Nov 5th, 2020 | Filed under: Real Estate, Newly Added, Alternative energy, ESG, Climate change, Real Estate Equity Investments, Real Assets, SRI and Clean Energy

Part 3: Real Estate Tenants: Free Riders or Simply Uninformed? CHRISTOS ANGELIS, CAIA – Director at Masterdam This is the third article in this series. Please read Part 1 & Part 2.  BLAME GAME BETWEEN TENANTS & LANDLORDS The European Green Deal (EGD)[i] is expected to be a catalyst forRead More


Assessing the Impact of COVID-19 Across Real Estate Sectors

Nov 1st, 2020 | Filed under: Real Estate, Liquid and Fixed Income Real Estate, Newly Added, Real Estate Equity Investments, Real Assets

By Wu Guowei Jack, CFA – Director of Content, APAC at CAIA Association The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devasting toll on human life, and has impacted economies and industries globally. The effect on real estate is significant, as real estate can be considered a service sector that fulfills end-userRead More


European Green Deal: Towards a Zero-carbon Urban Environment

Oct 8th, 2020 | Filed under: Real Estate, Liquid and Fixed Income Real Estate, Newly Added, Natural Resources and Land, Other Issues in Private Investments, Alternative Investments in Context, Real Estate Equity Investments, Private Investments, Real Assets

Part 2: Real Estate Owners: Moral Obligation versus Economic Benefit CHRISTOS ANGELIS, CAIA – Director at Masterdam This is the second article in this series. For Part 1, please click here. EUROPEAN RENOVATION WAVE The European Green Deal (EGD)[i] is paving the way for stricter regulations and more applied measuresRead More


India: An Alternative Investment Industry Growth Story

Sep 27th, 2020 | Filed under: Real Estate, Industry Size & Managers, Newly Added, CAIA Alternative Viewpoints, Alternative Investments in Context, Hedge Funds, Private Investments

By Shreekant Daga, CAIA, CFA, FRM – Associate Director of Industry Relations, India at CAIA Association & Guowei Jack Wu, CFA – Director of Content, APAC at CAIA Association Through August-September 2020, CAIA Association hosted a 10-part educational webinar series titled 10 Lessons in Finance. The event brought together academics fromRead More


Missed Rents’ Impact on Real Estate

Sep 24th, 2020 | Filed under: Real Estate, Newly Added, Real Estate Equity Investments, Real Assets

By Niel Harmse & Bryan Reid of MSCI Real Estate Lockdowns and social distancing have impacted many tenant businesses, resulting in an unprecedented number of requests for rental relief, stressing real estate rental income streams. For equity investors, income returns have weakened, despite softening asset values. Recent income returns mayRead More


Real Estate and COVID-19: The Devil Is in the Dispersion

Jul 22nd, 2020 | Filed under: Real Estate, Newly Added, Real Estate Equity Investments

By Fritz Louw and Niel Harmse The recent market turmoil has resembled the global financial crisis and other volatile periods, in that we have observed a widening of the dispersion of returns across real estate assets. This widening spread has been most pronounced in retail property — a sector thatRead More


Canadian Farmland – Feeding the World in a Changing Climate

Jul 19th, 2020 | Filed under: Agriculture, Newly Added, Farmland, Natural Resources and Land, Real Assets

By Joelle Faulkner, Founder and CEO & Max Pentland, Analyst, Area One Farms As our climate and population are rapidly changing on a global scale, Canadian farmland appears to be  an increasingly attractive investment. Rising populations and temperatures will likely cause farmland values in Canada to appreciate, driven by demand for agriculturalRead More


Diversification Strikes Back!

Mar 13th, 2020 | Filed under: Real Estate, Private Equity, Hedge Fund Strategies, Newly Added, Asset allocation, CAIA Alternative Viewpoints, Asset Allocation Models, Institutional Asset Management, Real Estate Equity Investments, Risk Management Strategies & Processes, Hedge Funds, Private Investments, Real Assets, Allocating to A.I.

By Aaron Filbeck, CFA, CAIA, CIPM, Associate Director, Content Development at CAIA Association, and Keith Black, PhD, CFA, CAIA, FDP, Managing Director, Content Strategy at CAIA Association “Diversification is back” – now that’s not a phrase we’ve heard in a long time…long time. Considering recent market performance, we thought thatRead More


Real Assets ‘Inception:’ Diversification within Diversification

Feb 27th, 2020 | Filed under: Consultants, Real Estate, Liquid and Fixed Income Real Estate, Newly Added, Institutional Investing, Risk management, Asset allocation, Natural Resources and Land, CAIA Alternative Viewpoints, Asset Allocation Models, Operationally Intensive Real Assets, Endowments & Foundations, Institutional Asset Management, Real Estate Equity Investments, Risk Management Strategies & Processes, Real Assets

By Aaron Filbeck, CFA, CAIA, CIPM, Associate Director, Content Development at CAIA Association Excerpted from the Alternative Investment Analyst Review, Volume 8, Issue 1 The Alternative Investment Analyst Review is the official publication of the CAIA Association. Access to the most current issue is an exclusive benefit of CAIA MembershipRead More


Making Your Portfolio About #Goals

Feb 13th, 2020 | Filed under: Performance, Analytics & Metrics, Retail Investing, Newly Added, Institutional Investing, Asset allocation, Benchmarking & Performance Attribution, CAIA Alternative Viewpoints, High-net-worth investors, Asset Allocation Models, Endowments & Foundations, The A.I. Industry, Institutional Asset Management, Real Estate Equity Investments, Family Offices, Hedge Funds, Commodities, Private Investments

By Aaron Filbeck, CFA, CAIA, CIPM, Associate Director, Content Development at CAIA Association Central Issue of the Paper If you’re a social media junkie, you have probably seen “#goals” in your timeline. In most cases, the hashtag is referring to an attractive couple or an aesthetically pleasing plate of food.Read More


Alternative Data: A Road to Alpha

Feb 2nd, 2020 | Filed under: Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Real Estate, Private Equity, Newly Added, Fintech, Technology, Artificial Intelligence, The A.I. Industry, Real Estate Equity Investments, Machine Learning, Hedge Funds, Private Investments, Allocating to A.I., Other Topics in A.I.

Investment management firms are increasingly hard-pressed to hedge away risks, increase alpha, and lower costs: a daunting agenda. One way of going about that is by knowing what is going on in the underlying markets more quickly than the competitors and counterparties do.  To that end: alternative data. Investment firms,Read More


Considering Investing in Qualified Opportunity Funds? Caveat Emptor

Dec 25th, 2019 | Filed under: Real Estate, Newly Added, Qualified Opportunity Zones, Other Issues in Private Investments, The A.I. Industry, Real Estate Equity Investments, Private Investments, Real Assets, Other Topics in A.I.

By David O’Brien, CFP, CAIA The Opportunity Zones Program, enacted as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, has great potential to create jobs and spur economic growth while creating a potentially powerful tax strategy for investors and asset managers. The Opportunity Zone Program is designed toRead More


Greenfields and Brownfields: Asian Investors Backing Infrastructure Investments

Dec 22nd, 2019 | Filed under: Infrastructure, Debt Types of Private Equity, Newly Added, Credit Derivatives, Other Issues in Private Investments, Operationally Intensive Real Assets, The A.I. Industry, Structured Credit Products, Private Investments, Real Assets, Structured Products

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank has taken a 30% stake in Bayfront Infrastructure Management. Clifford Capital, with the backing of the government of Singapore, has the other 70%. They have created Bayfront (with a combined capitalization of $180 million) to mobilize  a pool of infrastructure investors in the expectation thatRead More


Africa: Alpha for the Bold

Dec 15th, 2019 | Filed under: Infrastructure, Newly Added, The Global Economy & Currencies, Emerging markets, Operationally Intensive Real Assets, Economics, The A.I. Industry, Frontier markets, Macroeconomics

The CFA Institute, in conjunction with the African Stock Exchanges Association (ASEA), has put together a book on the challenges and opportunities in the African capital markets. In Africa as elsewhere, fortune favors the bold. For example—and this is not an example from the ASEA and CFA Institute’s book—the EnkoRead More


Alternative Investments: Investing By Numbers

Nov 19th, 2019 | Filed under: Real Estate, Private Equity, Debt Types of Private Equity, Liquid and Fixed Income Real Estate, Newly Added, Fintech, Technology, Equity Types of Private Equity, Technology, The A.I. Industry, Real Estate Equity Investments, Hedge Funds, Private Investments, Real Assets, Risk Management & Operations

What’s in the future for alternative investments asset management? A new publication from Ernst & Young, London, contends that allocations to alternative investments and are “robust,” but that there is an important shift underway in favor of private equity and at the expense of hedge funds. In 2018, 40% ofRead More


The Case Against REITs

Nov 9th, 2019 | Filed under: Real Estate, Liquid and Fixed Income Real Estate, Newly Added, Other Issues in Private Investments, The A.I. Industry, Real Estate Equity Investments, Real Assets

By Nicolas Rabener of FactorResearch (@FactorResearch) INTRODUCTION Surveys often reveal investor behaviour that is challenging to understand. For example, Preqin’s Alternative Investor Outlook for H2 2019 highlighted the following: 65% of institutional investors believe that real estate is overvalued and a correction likely to occur in 2019, 2020, or beyond.Read More


AIMA: Looking at the Canadian Landscape

Oct 22nd, 2019 | Filed under: Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Infrastructure, Newly Added, Fintech, Technology, Operationally Intensive Real Assets, The A.I. Industry, Structure of the Hedge Funds Industry, Other Topics in A.I.

The Alternative Investment Management Association first opened a branch in Canada in 2003. In recent days, AIMA has posted a report on what it calls the “landscape.” It doesn’t mean the Rockies. It means the lay of the land for alternative investments in that country. AIMA’s report looks at aRead More


‘Greenwashing:’ Why the Glass is Half Full

Sep 19th, 2019 | Filed under: Social investing, Newly Added, Socially responsible investing, Other Issues in Private Investments, Operationally Intensive Real Assets, The A.I. Industry, Emerging Alternative Investments, Private Investments, SRI and Clean Energy, Other Topics in A.I.

The term “greenwashing” is not a compliment. It isn’t supposed to be a good thing. Greenwashing means the re-spraying of old products and services so that they seem to comply with standards for socially responsible investment. Many investors want to put their money to work in ways that reflect theirRead More


Real Estate Investing: From Farmland to Berlin

Aug 18th, 2019 | Filed under: Real Estate, Agriculture, Liquid and Fixed Income Real Estate, Newly Added, Farmland, Natural Resources and Land, Other Issues in Private Investments, The A.I. Industry, Real Estate Equity Investments, Private Investments, Real Assets

A new study from Nuveen looks at how to assess properly the value of real estate and farmland. There are four key points: That a “doubleness” of vision is necessary. You need to take a macro view of the investment world and a micro view of the farms and otherRead More


The Dangers and Attractions of Infrastructure Investing

Jul 4th, 2019 | Filed under: Infrastructure, Newly Added, Institutional Investing, Natural Resources and Land, Other Issues in Private Investments, Operationally Intensive Real Assets, The A.I. Industry, Institutional Asset Management, Real Assets, Other Topics in A.I.

An arm of Brookfield Asset Management, Brookfield Infrastructure, announced that it is leading a group of investors to buy Genesee & Wyoming for a cash payment of $112 per share, a premium of nearly 40% over the pre-announcement stock price. This is a big infrastructure play. G&W is a freightRead More


Crop Protection and Inputs Management: Growing Investments in AgTech

Jun 20th, 2019 | Filed under: Private Equity, Commodities, Agriculture, Investing in Commodities, Debt Types of Private Equity, Newly Added, Venture capital, Farmland, Equity Types of Private Equity, Natural Resources and Land, Angel investing, The A.I. Industry, Commodities, Private Investments

The agricultural sector is under pressure from several directions, including depressed commodity prices, increased regulation, climate change, and changes in consumer tastes. This pressure creates a demand for technological progress, and that in turn creates a market for agtech. Two years ago, Finisterre Ventures and Pitchbook combined their data gatheringRead More


A Fintech Revolution in Commercial Real Estate

May 9th, 2019 | Filed under: Real Estate, Newly Added, Technology, Operationally Intensive Real Assets, The A.I. Industry, Real Estate Equity Investments

Cushman & Wakefield, Chicago, has released a discussion of blockchains in connection with real estate. The paper argues that the technology could “transform CRE transactions ranging from property listings, asset management, and the purchase and sale of properties.” It reminds us that blockchains are shared digital ledgers, both tamper-proof andRead More


The Illiquidity Premium and the Market for Private Assets

Apr 14th, 2019 | Filed under: Real Estate, Private Equity, Debt Types of Private Equity, Liquid and Fixed Income Real Estate, Newly Added, Asset allocation, Equity Types of Private Equity, Asset Allocation Models, Other Issues in Private Investments, Operationally Intensive Real Assets, The A.I. Industry, Real Estate Equity Investments, Private Investments, Real Assets, Finance & Economics

The illiquidity premium is one of the most frequently discussed and hotly disputed subjects in financial economics. Speaking broadly, an investment is not a checking account. One generally cannot just “get the cash back” at a moment’s notice, by visiting some equivalent of an ATM. How long will it takeRead More


Striking the Right Balance: Investing in Real Assets

Apr 11th, 2019 | Filed under: Infrastructure, Liquid and Fixed Income Real Estate, Newly Added, Natural Resources and Land, Operationally Intensive Real Assets, The A.I. Industry, Real Assets

In creating the real assets portion of a portfolio, investors should consider several risk factors, such as the sensitivity of certain assets to inflation, interest rate changes (duration risk), or the continued availability of finance (illiquidity risk). In a recent publication, Mercer, the world’s largest institutional investment advisor, explains howRead More


Alternative Real Estate Shows Attractively

Mar 28th, 2019 | Filed under: Real Estate, Liquid and Fixed Income Real Estate, Newly Added, Operationally Intensive Real Assets, The A.I. Industry, Real Estate Equity Investments, Real Assets

PricewaterhouseCoopers, the London-based professional services network, in conjunction with the Urban Land Institute, has prepared a report on ongoing trends in real estate, which sheds some light on the attractions of alternative real estate. The background to the report is the continued and intensifying consensus that a recession is nigh,Read More


Pension Funds Not Quite Swamped by ‘Grey Tsunami’

Mar 5th, 2019 | Filed under: Real Estate, Private Equity, Hedge Fund Strategies, Infrastructure, Equity Hedge Funds, Debt Types of Private Equity, Newly Added, Institutional Investing, Asset allocation, Event-Driven Hedge Funds, Equity Types of Private Equity, Natural Resources and Land, Asset Allocation Models, Operationally Intensive Real Assets, The A.I. Industry, Institutional Asset Management, Macro and Managed Futures Funds, Real Estate Equity Investments, Hedge Funds, Commodities, Private Investments, Real Assets, Allocating to A.I.

A recent study of public employee retirement systems in the United States reaches conclusions, that, after a fair amount of “grey tsunami” alarmism in recent years, sound reassuring. The study, based on a recent survey of system managements conducted by the National Conference of Public Employee Retirement Systems (NCPERS) inRead More


Green Bonds: The Future of Infrastructure Investing

Feb 24th, 2019 | Filed under: Commodities, Infrastructure, Investing in Commodities, Debt Types of Private Equity, Newly Added, Institutional Investing, Socially responsible investing, Operationally Intensive Real Assets, Climate change, Institutional Asset Management, Hedge Funds, Commodities, Private Investments, Real Assets, SRI and Clean Energy, Other Topics in A.I.

Two scholars affiliated with the Centre for International Governance Innovation, Waterloo, Canada, have taken a look at the future of green bonds, that is, bonds whose proceeds are employed to fund environmental initiatives. The paper, by Olaf Weber and Vasundhara Saravade, begins with a guesstimate as to the amount ofRead More


How Public Pension Funds are Subsidizing Infrastructure

Jan 29th, 2019 | Filed under: Infrastructure, Newly Added, Institutional Investing, Socially responsible investing, Alternative energy, Operationally Intensive Real Assets, The A.I. Industry, Institutional Asset Management, Frontier markets, Real Assets, SRI and Clean Energy

Public pension funds in the United States invest in infrastructure. Unfortunately, they aren’t very good at it. A recent working paper of the NBER concludes, indeed, that public pensions are so bad at such investments that they—and thus either the public or its retirees or both—are unwittingly subsidizing infrastructure projects.Read More


Do the Capital Markets Reward Low-Carbon Business Models?

Jan 15th, 2019 | Filed under: Commodities, Investing in Commodities, Newly Added, Socially responsible investing, Natural Resources and Land, oil, Alternative energy, Commodities: Examples, Climate change, The A.I. Industry, Commodities, Emerging Alternative Investments, Real Assets, SRI and Clean Energy, Other Topics in A.I.

A new study by two scholars, an American and an Italian, presents evidence that financial markets are pricing the risk of reliance upon carbon, penalizing carbon-intensive assets and rewarding low-carbon assets. Irene Monasterolo and Luca de Angelis, respectively of Boston University and the University of Bologna, begin with the ParisRead More


Agtech: Comfort Zones and Value Chains

Dec 11th, 2018 | Filed under: Real Estate, Agriculture, Investing in Commodities, Debt Types of Private Equity, Liquid and Fixed Income Real Estate, Newly Added, Venture capital, Farmland, Equity Types of Private Equity, Natural Resources and Land, Other Issues in Private Investments, The A.I. Industry, Real Estate Equity Investments, Commodities, Private Investments, Real Assets

An agtech-focused venture firm has issued a report about global VC activity across agtech and its subsectors. The firm, Finistere Ventures, which describes itself as in the business of helping “ambitious founders transform food and agriculture,” collaborated with Pitchbook in preparing the review. Finistere looks specifically at: (a) macro trends,Read More


A Preqin Prequel? 

Nov 5th, 2018 | Filed under: Industry Size & Managers, Newly Added, What about beta?, The A.I. Industry, Private Investments, Real Assets, Allocating to A.I.

By Bill Kelly, CEO, CAIA Association In the world of cinema, by most accounts, it is The Godfather Part II that holds the top spot for best movie prequel. Interestingly, by design and title, it is also a sequel. Sequels at the box office are often panned but this production wasRead More


Pensions and Real Estate: CEM Benchmarking

Oct 11th, 2018 | Filed under: Real Estate, Newly Added, Institutional Investing, Asset allocation, Asset Allocation Models, Operationally Intensive Real Assets, The A.I. Industry, Institutional Asset Management, Real Assets, Allocating to A.I.

A new paper by Alexander D. Beath and Chris Flynn examines the significance of real estate investing within the portfolios of large European institutional investors from 2005 to 2016. Beath is a senior research analyst with CEM Benchmarking, with a PHD. from McGill University on condensed matter and materials physics.Read More


Intralinks/Global Fund Media Survey of LPs Shows Satisfaction

Sep 25th, 2018 | Filed under: Real Estate, Private Equity, Debt Types of Private Equity, Liquid and Fixed Income Real Estate, Newly Added, Institutional Investing, Equity Types of Private Equity, High-net-worth investors, Other Issues in Private Investments, Endowments & Foundations, The A.I. Industry, Institutional Asset Management, Real Estate Equity Investments, Family Offices, Hedge Funds, Private Investments, Real Assets, Allocating to A.I.

Intralinks has once again collaborated with Global Fund Media in a survey of limited partners on their satisfaction with recent results and on how they see global investment opportunities near-term. As to satisfaction: 18% of LPs say that their results from alternative investments have been better than they expected. ARead More


(IRR)ational Aggregation

Sep 10th, 2018 | Filed under: Real Estate, Private Equity, Debt Types of Private Equity, Newly Added, Equity Types of Private Equity, What about beta?, Real Estate Equity Investments, Private Investments

By Bill Kelly, CEO, CAIA Association Many of us have had the experience of buying a home and often turn to the bank to provide some level of secured funding for that purchase. Banks, of course, require documentary evidence for the value of their collateral which, invariably, results in a market-based appraisal process resultingRead More


Agtech Investment and the Future of Food

Aug 14th, 2018 | Filed under: Private Equity, Agriculture, Newly Added, Venture capital, Farmland, Equity Types of Private Equity, Natural Resources and Land, Angel investing, The A.I. Industry, Private Investments, Real Assets

Finistere Ventures, a venture capital firm that describes itself as in the business of helping “ambitious founders transform food and agriculture,” has teamed up with Pitchbook to produce a dataset that would enable “clear insights into financing activity and metrics in the agtech sector.” The result was the Agtech InvestmentRead More


Crumbling infrastructure offers mid-market investment opportunities

Jun 3rd, 2018 | Filed under: Infrastructure, Newly Added, Socially responsible investing, Operationally Intensive Real Assets, Real Assets, SRI and Clean Energy

Deteriorating infrastructure and potential for investment is the topic of a new white paper by Fiera Capital, a Canadian investment management firm. Infrastructure is generally understood to involve physical assets that provide a public service, including those most vital to economic development. The category includes water and waste-water systems, highwaysRead More


KPMG on Real Estate Funds

May 17th, 2018 | Filed under: Real Estate, Liquid and Fixed Income Real Estate, Newly Added, Real Estate Equity Investments, Real Assets, Risk Management & Operations

The outsourcing of fund administration tasks in real estate is not a new idea. But, as KPMG says in a new paper, the marketplace has been slow to take the administrators up on their offerings.  So it may still be the wave of the future even though it has aRead More


The Realities of Real Assets

Apr 3rd, 2018 | Filed under: Real Estate, Liquid and Fixed Income Real Estate, Newly Added, Real Estate Equity Investments, Real Assets

A London-headquartered specialist consultant, bFinance, has prepared a report on the trends that have emerged over the last decade in the way both investors and managers think about the real assets in portfolios. There are, the paper says, three trends at work. First, investors are becoming both more sophisticated andRead More


KPMG’s Report Cards on Real Assets

Jan 23rd, 2018 | Filed under: Real Estate, Infrastructure, Liquid and Fixed Income Real Estate, Newly Added, Institutional Investing, Natural Resources and Land, Operationally Intensive Real Assets, Institutional Asset Management, Real Estate Equity Investments, Real Assets

KPMG has posted a new paper looking at the role of real assets (defined as “anything where there is a tangible/physical asset being traded”) within a portfolio, with a focus on opportunities for U.K. based institutional investors, especially pension schemes. It begins with a brief survey of the field. RealRead More


Searching for the Right Infrastructure Manager: 3 Case Studies

Jan 14th, 2018 | Filed under: Infrastructure, Newly Added, Institutional Investing, Operationally Intensive Real Assets, Institutional Asset Management, Real Assets, Allocating to A.I.

A new paper from bfinance (an independent financial services consultancy headquartered in London) discusses the “dramatically different era” into which infrastructure investing has entered over the last two years. The paper, “DNA of a Manager Search: Infrastructure,” looks at three recent unlisted infrastructure searches, in order to glean some insightRead More


A Proposal for a Monthly Art Market Index

Jan 9th, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, Emerging Alternative Investments, Real Assets, Other Topics in A.I.

It has long been understood that ownership of works of art isn’t just a collection or a hobby, or a way to brighten up the walls of one’s home. It’s a portfolio decision. But it is a portfolio decision that involves non-fungible and very infrequently traded assets.  So: how doesRead More


Around the World with a Timberland Outlook

Dec 7th, 2017 | Filed under: Newly Added, Natural Resources and Land, Real Assets, SRI and Clean Energy

New Forests, an Australia-based investment manager focusing on strategies in forestry, land management, and conservation, has published its 2017 Timberland Investment Outlook. This paper begins with the observation that institutional investment in timberland now amounts to more than $100 billion. This makes it still a “relatively small” asset class, butRead More


EDHEC, New Research, and Hyper-illiquid Assets

Oct 12th, 2017 | Filed under: Newly Added, Operationally Intensive Real Assets, Real Assets

The EDHEC Infrastructure Institute – Singapore has published a new paper describing what it calls the “very first results of an ambitious project to create investment benchmarks for long-term investors in infrastructure.” The Institute is host to a dedicated team, who for years now have been collecting and aggregating primaryRead More


A Critique of the Listed Infrastructure Sector

Jul 18th, 2017 | Filed under: Newly Added, Operationally Intensive Real Assets, Real Assets

A new study by EDHECinfra (EDHEC’s infrastructure institute based in Singapore), has a striking point of view on the whole “listed infrastructure” sector, which it says is based on the “fallacy of composition.” In economics and in logic, the term “fallacy of composition” refers to the general prejudice that ifRead More


Real Estate: A Global Outlook

Jul 13th, 2017 | Filed under: Infrastructure, Newly Added, Operationally Intensive Real Assets, Real Assets

PWC and the Urban Land Institute have jointly issued a report on “emerging trends in real estate” around the globe, which stresses that real estate’s attraction as an investment, even as a cross-border investment, has held up notwithstanding unprecedented levels of concern about geopolitics. The “global drift back to domesticRead More


Accounting Issues and Investing in Timberland

Jul 6th, 2017 | Filed under: Newly Added, Natural Resources and Land, Real Assets

On May 3, 2017, Ernst & Young made available the bullet points for a presentation on the “accounting, financial reporting, and regulatory considerations” affecting investment vehicles in this space. Mark to market or historic cost In general, the presentation says, the accounting treatment depends on where on a spectrum ofRead More


Wine: French Producers, U.S. Consumers, the World’s Investors        

Jul 4th, 2017 | Filed under: Newly Added, Natural Resources and Land, Emerging Alternative Investments, Real Assets, Other Topics in A.I.

Agrifrance recently posted a report looking at the French wine industry, with an especial focus on export to the United States. The U.S. “has been the world’s leading wine market by value since 2013,” says the company head, Benoit Léchenault, in a preface to the report. France is the secondRead More


Timberland Investors See 0% Growth Rate for Harvesting Costs

Jul 3rd, 2017 | Filed under: Newly Added, Natural Resources and Land, Real Assets

Today, we’ll look at  KPMG’s effort to determine who exactly the investors in timberland are, what their underwriting assumptions are, and what are their expectations for the coming 12 months. The firms surveyed included North America’s timberland investment market participants with five different structures: appraisal or consulting organizations; integrated forestRead More


Sovereign Funds: Illiquidity and Transparency

Jun 22nd, 2017 | Filed under: Newly Added, Institutional Asset Management, Real Assets, Allocating to A.I.

News reports in the waning days of the second quarter of 2017 indicate that sovereign wealth funds, especially those of the Middle East, have turned in a big way toward real estate. Invesco says that the region’s SWFs allocated 11% of their portfolios to international real property in 2016. RealRead More


Real Assets and Environmental/Social Impacts

May 11th, 2017 | Filed under: Newly Added, Natural Resources and Land, Alternative energy, Real Assets, SRI and Clean Energy, Other Topics in A.I.

It’s an old debate: does socially responsible investing under its variations (including “impact investing”) come at a cost in terms of risk-adjusted performance? Or does it actually add a dividend, so that one does well by doing good? Or are impact and non-impact investing in otherwise comparable assets on aRead More