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Real estate and real estate related securities continue to be the most popular alternative investment for many institutional investors. We offer an expansive range of regional and global indexes, research, performance modeling, data metrics and risk analytics across direct property, listed and unlisted vehicles, joint ventures, separate accounts and debt. Contact our dedicated client services team to learn more about our real estate investment offerings.

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We produce indexes for both privately-held real estate portfolios, as well as publicly-listed organisations. Through our acquisition of IPD, we hold the privately-held real estate information of hundreds of institutional investors’ real estate portfolios. This information has produced a unique database which holds almost 80,000 searchable properties, valued at approximately USD 1.7trillion, which are located in 33 countries. The information provides a long performance history (25+ years for many markets) and which are mostly appraised quarterly.

The Global Methodology Standards Guide describes the main procedures, methods and rules which govern MSCI’s definition and computation of IPD indexes and benchmarks.
ANNOUNCEMENT : Change in asset exclusion rules

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Our real estate analytics enable robust and independent measurement and analysis to track portfolio performance and risk. This analysis, which reports performance at fund, portfolio or asset level, can make a key contribution to asset allocation and management efficiency. Sectors covered our real estate performance and risk analytics suite include agriculture, derivatives, healthcare, hotels, infrastructure, occupiers, lending, logistics, residential, retail, social housing,  and sustainability. Contact our dedicated client service team to learn more.

The IPD Rental Information Service (IRIS) helps researchers, fund managers and investors assess the strengths and weaknesses of their future income. It monitors cashflow risk by credit rating individual tenants and analysing lease structures in detail. Review the latest income risk benchmarking results.

The Global Analytics Portal, a new dynamic platform for real estate performance and risk analysis, allows for innovative performance and risk benchmarking of both global markets and individual portfolios through greater flexibility and ease of access. Watch the demo.

MSCI recognises the impact that environmental considerations have on financial performance (both risk and return) and continue to address the gap between what is available and what is needed by real estate Investors in the field of environmental metrics.

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With our matchless real estate database which contains huge quantities of financial and descriptive data on individual assets, we can interrogate the data to find interesting correlations and create valuable research on our findings. We create direct real estate research which studies market performance trends based on asset-level data. Owners, managers and advisers use this research to understand changes in property values and incomes. We construct fund level indexes (where returns reflect the impacts of leverage and fees) to improve our understanding of global unlisted vehicle performance. We are at the cutting edge of real estate investment research as we create new datasets on emerging and niche areas, including commercial mortgages, infrastructure and social housing.


Our Occupiers Service provides property performance measurement tools, independent benchmarks, and market intelligence for national and global occupiers, across multiple business sectors. Our tools help corporate real estate and facilities management professionals, use the performance data of their buildings to drive improvements. Our analytics service helps occupiers to capture the right data, enrich it through quality analysis and present it simply, providing a balanced view of property performance.

Our benchmarks cover HQs, offices, call centres, depots, warehouses, light industrial units, mixed use sites and laboratories.  The Global Estate Measurement Code (GEMCode) ensures all data is captured and measured consistently across the world and is used as the industry standard for the measurement of property for occupiers.

Real Estate Events and Training

We offer global real estate investment education and training. Our expertise draws on our staff as well as leading industry professionals from across our global network. As a platform for communicating this information, we both host and participate in a number of conferences, briefings, launches and training courses. Search our real estate events to find the right one for you.


Enshrined in the real estate operational governance framework, technical documentation, and index and benchmarking rules, are a set of core principles which underpin our day-to-day procedures and outputs. Adherence to these principles helps protect and reinforce the independence, accuracy and authority of our information services.  Every real estate fund and investment portfolio is a unique mix of financial structures, property types and locations. To build reliable and authoritative benchmarks and indexes from the pooled records of the assets of many thousands of such funds demands the application of robust standards.

MSCI’s real estate standardized reporting is expanded through the IPD Global Data Standards. This standardizes a much wider range of market data, and provides more effective tools for global investors. The initial stages of this development have seen the implementation of five key initiatives to the IPD Global Data Standards.

  1. Establishing a list of key financial variables
  2. Standardized methodology for performance excluding currency impacts
  3. Standardized methodology for index rebalancing
  4. Global standardization of fund level performance
  5. Improving transparency on the robustness of indexes

Download the IPD Global Data Standards overview. For information on feedback on these initiatives, visit the MSCI Real Estate Reporting Portal or contact your Client Consultant directly.

European Property Income Risk & Performance

German real estate delivered its highest return in 15 years, exceeding 8% in 2015. Munich led among German cities on the back of a strong office market and demand from both domestic and international investors.

MSCI U.S. Real Estate Conference

We are pleased to announce that the MSCI U.S. Real Estate Investment Conference 2016 will take place Thursday, April 7 in the Grand Hyatt New York.

IPD Global Data Standards & IOSCO

We are implementing our IPD Global Data Standards (IGDS) and adopting IOSCO Principles to support more robust and consistent measurement of private real estate performance around the world.

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