The Use of Benchmarks for Real Estate Portfolio Performance by UK Financial Institutions

Edward Trevillion, Alan Gardner, Stewart Cowe, Colin Anthony Jones

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Real Estate Portfolio Management
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2 Feb 2020

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