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We offer a comprehensive suite of real estate tools for investors

MSCI is a leading provider of real estate investment tools providing critical business intelligence to institutional investors, real estate owners, managers, brokers and occupiers worldwide.

MSCI's comprehensive suite of real estate product is unique in the industry. We have the full public to private index lens leveraging MSCI´S leading indexes, the strength of Barra performance and risk analytics and the IPD market data engine.

Available benchmarks

MSCI Sector Real Estate Indexes reflect the performance of the global real estate opportunity set based on GICS® classifications.
MSCI Core Real Estate Indexes: include the MSCI US REIT Index which is  a free float‑adjusted market capitalization weighted index that is comprised of Equity REIT securities and the MSCI World Real Estate Index that is a free float-adjusted market capitalization index that consists of large and mid-cap equity REITs across 23 developed markets.

MSCI Real Estate Factor Indexes apply our groundbreaking factor analysis to the MSCI Core Real Estate Indexes, reflecting performance characteristics for a range of investment styles and strategies in the listed real estate space (such as small size, volatility and high yield).

MSCI Liquid Real Estate Indexes combine attractive features of both direct real estate and listed real estate to achieve a risk/return profile similar to direct real estate indexes using liquid instruments.

IPD Property Fund Indexes track the net asset value performance of unlisted property funds and provide full historic return series, including sector and regional breakdowns. These IPD Property Fund Indexes are produced for markets in Europe, Australia, the UK and the US, with composite indexes produced at a global level, as well as for the Nordics and pan-Europe. The IPD Global Quarterly Property Fund Index tracks performance at both the asset and fund level and is designed as a benchmark for global real estate investors for monitoring individual fund performance.

IPD Direct Property Indexes report the market returns of the 25 most mature real estate markets, together with Global and Pan-Europe composite indexes, measured by MSCI and our partners, combined are worth an estimated $1.7 trillion as at end 2013.

MSCI Real Estate Index Module is a broad suite of over 180 real estate indexes, designed to represent the performance of global real estate investment opportunities - from publicly listed real estate to direct property, from pure real estate companies to REITs.


MSCI Real Estate Indexes can be used to support:
  • Asset allocation: Flexibility to evaluate broad or focused real estate securities markets exposure.
  • Performance measurement and attribution: Highly diverse set of benchmarks to accommodate a broad spectrum of investment mandates.
  • Transparency: Disciplined standards-based index construction methodology provides holdings, reporting and valuation transparency in often opaque market segments.
  • Research: A trusted source for real estate market insights and underlying security-level data for sell-side research.
  • Investment product development: May be licensed for use as the basis for structured products and other index-linked investment vehicles, such as ETFs and ETNs.

Real estate indexes (select your index by choosing the appropriate Index Family in the drop down menu)

MSCI US REIT Index Total Returns

MSCI Liquid Real Estate Index

MSCI Liquid Real Estate Constituents

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Private real estate: From asset class to asset

Asset owners have long held real estate in their multiasset- class portfolios. Asset owners are defined here as institutional investors, including pension funds, insurance companies, and sovereign wealth funds.

A Liquid Benchmark for Private Real Estate

Commercial real estate represents an important element of the asset allocation process but is difficult to access directly, with high barriers to entry and exit.

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