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Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Regional sovereign wealth funds look to invest in real estate for liquidity | The National

Regional sovereign wealth funds look to invest in real estate for liquidity | The National:

"Middle Eastern sovereign wealth funds are targeting real estate investments to generate yields in the low interest-rate environment and own a liquid asset as withdrawals continue, according to investment management firm Invesco. More funds were looking at real estate for its yield-generating qualities for two reasons, said Alexander Millar, Invesco’s head of Emea sovereigns at yesterday’s launch of the firm’s annual Global Sovereign Asset Management Study in Dubai. Low interest rates in many parts of the world mean that fixed-income products are not generating significant returns, and many sovereign funds have experienced their own reduction in liquidity as withdrawals have remained stable and the amount of new investment has been shrinking. In such a scenario, real estate investments are a more liquid form of income-generating asset than either private equity or infrastructure investments."



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