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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.

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  1. BLOG

    The Right Tool: How Suitable is Your Real Estate Benchmark? 

    Apr 11, 2019 Amit Nihalani

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    You don’t have to be a master craftsman to appreciate the benefits of using the right tool for the job. Even the most casual do-it-yourselfer has experienced the frustration of using the wrong screwdriver for a particular job — one that doesn’t quite fit the screw properly and shreds the head, leaving it uselessly stuck in the wood without fixing anything.

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    Apples vs. Oranges? Core vs. Opportunistic Real Estate Funds 

    Oct 25, 2018 Amit Nihalani

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    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.

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    How e-commerce is reshaping the future of retail properties 

    Mar 13, 2018 Amit Nihalani

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    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.

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    Global Gateway Cities: The Performance Behind the Hype 

    Feb 21, 2018 Amit Nihalani

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    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?