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Amit Nihalani

Amit Nihalani
Vice President, Global Real Estate Research

About the Contributor

Amit is a Vice President in MSCI’s global real estate research team. He focuses on performance measurement, portfolio management and risk-related research for asset owners and investment managers, covering North American markets. Amit holds an M.S. in real estate from New York University and is a CFA charterholder.

Blog posts by Amit Nihalani

  1. Real estate investors sometimes treat core and opportunistic funds as if they were different asset classes. They are measured against different benchmarks and comparisons are limited by a lack of consistent data. But a comparison of the two shows that both core and opportunistic funds have similar return profiles — it’s the magnitude of their returns that has varied over time.

  2. Although e-commerce has disrupted industries once considered staples in retail properties, certain retail assets are thriving. Simply put, some goods and services cannot be purchased over the internet: Working out at a fitness center or dining at a restaurant cannot be replicated by online transactions. And while some companies sell groceries online, most food shopping still takes place in stores. Our findings show that experience-oriented tenants, such as movie theaters and restaurants, and internet-resistant retailers, such as supermarkets, dominated the top-performing retail assets in 2017.

  3. Since the Global Financial Crisis, real estate investors have turned to Global Gateway Cities as a key way to diversify portfolios and to generate capital growth. The conventional wisdom asserts these large, well connected and economically dynamic cities should provide more liquidity and more stable cash flows than those available from secondary markets. But have these cities, which include London, New York and Tokyo, offered the superior and safer investments to justify their premium pricing?

  4. Increasingly, institutional investors with international strategies tend to concentrate their search for attractive property investments in established Central Business Districts (CBDs) within “global gateway cities,” such as New York, London and Hong Kong.

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