The paper examines the application of benchmarks in the UK primarily by semi-structured interviews with 17 major investment houses holding domestic real estate assets under management of nearly £180bn with in excess of £515bn in other countries. The MSCI/IPD database is the predominant reference point for peer and relative benchmarking but funds also apply an absolute benchmark approach. Many fund houses indicated a reluctance to change benchmarks. However, increasing short-termism and the transformation of market fundamentals after the GFC have led to a re-appraisal of the nature of existing benchmarks and there is a continuing move toward use of alternatives.
|Journal||Journal of Real Estate Portfolio Management|
|Publication status||Accepted/In press - 2 Feb 2020|