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Asian retail resilience: Have store hours affected performance?

Asian retail resilience: Have store hours affected performance?

Blog post: Industrial real estate has outperformed retail assets in recent years, but the trend has been less pronounced in Asia, where store hours, among other reasons, might have led to more resilient retail performance.

Global real estate performance in 2018

Global real estate performance in 2018

Research paper: Globally, income yields on private real estate assets remained at record lows in 2018, while technological disruption had a growing impact on retail and industrial property performance. Our annual report details the consequences for real estate returns, at a global and national level.

The right tool: How suitable is your real estate benchmark?

The right tool: How suitable is your real estate benchmark?

Blog post: Given the heterogeneity of the asset class and that strategies for investing in property vary widely, finding the right benchmark for different portfolios can be a major challenge. Investors may want to ask whether a broad-market or more focused peer-group benchmark is the right tool for the job.

Don’t confuse capex and asset-value growth

Don’t confuse capex and asset-value growth

Blog post: Measuring growth in real estate is not a simple matter. Many investors look at asset-value growth, which shows the simple change in property value. Capital growth is more complicated and reflects the capital expenditures needed to maintain and improve properties. The investor’s challenge is to figure out which measure to use.

Global property investing, Brexit and currency risk

Global property investing, Brexit and currency risk

Blog post: Investors who buy overseas real estate inevitably take on foreign-exchange exposure. Currency volatility sometimes escalates — often spurred by political events like the Brexit referendum — which can put currency risk in stark relief. The resulting forex-market dislocations may result in near-term losses for investors, but also create attractive investment opportunities.

2019 emerging real estate trends

2019 emerging real estate trends

Blog post: For real estate investors, 2019 may be a year of adjusting to rapid changes arising from a variety of sources, including environmental, social and governance-related risks; geopolitical uncertainty; and disruptive technology. We discuss the five emerging real estate trends we view as most likely to impact our clients’ investment decisions in the coming year.

Measuring real estate capital growth isn’t rocket science, is it?

Measuring real estate capital growth isn’t rocket science, is it?

Blog post: Adept real estate investors ensure they properly employ and interpret the metrics they rely on to make decisions. Yet, measuring capital growth in real estate portfolios can cause confusion, leading to important consequences. Using the MSCI UK Quarterly Property Index we illuminate important distinctions between capital growth and asset-value growth.

Benchmarking in real estate: Beyond performance measurement

Benchmarking in real estate: Beyond performance measurement

Research paper: At MSCI Real Estate we are seeing a greater demand from clients for benchmarking and the analytics to aid decision and communication right across the investment process, from allocation to execution. Our latest paper outlines the need for a coherent benchmarking framework to better understand the drivers of performance, irrespective of the portfolio's structure or investment objectives.

MSCI Global Intel

MSCI Global Intel

Read more about one of the most extensive private real estate databases in the world.

Enterprise analytics

Enterprise analytics

This interactive tool provides global  market and portfolio analytics that fit your view of real estate.

Research you can use

Research you can use

The 2018 Real Estate Research Snapshot discusses topics from consistency in data to global property market trends to interest-rate risk and currency hedging.