The Restructuring of the Institutional Real Estate Portfolio in the UK

Colin Anthony Jones, Neil Dunse, Nicola Livingstone, Kevin Cutsforth

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Real estate investment portfolios of financial institutions have seen dramatic changes over the last three decades or more. Historically such property investment decisions have been seen within a portfolio diversification paradigm that has sought to balance risk and return. This paper considers the role of the supply of assets in the determining and constraining the UK institutional portfolio. The supply of real estate assets not only expands during property booms but has also been transformed by a long term urban development cycle as cities adapt to cars and the ICT revolution that has brought new property forms. The research examines long term trends in investment change by disaggregating into ten property forms rather than the usual three land use sectors. It then assesses to what extent investment patterns can be explained in terms of portfolio theory, short term net returns of individual sectors or driven by the supply of real estate assets. It concludes that the supply of real assets is an overlooked explanation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-18
JournalJournal of Property Research
Early online date7 Jun 2017
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 7 Jun 2017


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