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Searching for a Common Factor in Public and Private Real Estate Returns

imageResearch paper published initially in the 2013 Special Real Estate Issue of the Journal of Portfolio Management.  The paper, titled “Searching for a Common Factor in Public and Private Real Estate Returns” was written by Sam Wald (Fidelity PM), and Neil Nabar (Fidelity research analyst) in partnership with professor Andrew Ang of Columbia University business school.  This paper offers another voice and perspective on the listed / private story; comparing the investment characteristics of both and examining the long-term commonality as well as the shorter term differences of listed REITs and direct real estate investment.


Detailed Global Real Estate Index Data Available offers real-time and daily data for the FTSE NAREIT U.S. Real Estate Index Series as well as the FTSE EPRA/NAREIT Global Real Estate Index Series. In addition, historical data is available for the FTSE NAREIT U.S. series.


Choppy Recovery for Manufacturing, Industrial

The latest news on the manufacturing and industrial sector was a bit stronger than it had been through the spring. Manufacturing production rose 0.5 percent in July, matching the rise in June, and is 5 percent higher than 12 months ago. Nevertheless, the recovery is not complete, as output remains 5 percent below its pre-recession peak, according to NAREIT Vice President of Research and Industry Information Calvin Schnure. Going forward, the outlook has softened due to the weakening global economy, but will get some support from economic fundamentals, including moderately lean manufacturing inventories.


Summary and Detailed Review of REIT Capital Market Activity

Public REITs’ access to a variety of available and affordable capital sources in both the public and private markets has long been one of their key strengths. This section of provides a summary and detailed listing of REITs ability to raise secondary equity, debt and launch initial public offerings.

Research & Resources

NCREIF-NAREIT Quarterly Executive Summary

NAREIT and NCREIF have teamed up for a quarterly commercial real estate Executive Summary. Both public and private real estate markets posted positive performance in Q2, with gains across all property types, in contrast to the decline in the S&P 500. Despite the weak macroeconomic environment, fundamentals for real estate continued to improve, as occupancy rates moved higher. REITs continued to raise capital, albeit at a slower pace than in the first quarter.

Optimizing Target-Date Fund Performance with REITs

NAREIT announced that new research by Wilshire Funds Management, a business unit of Wilshire Associates ("Wilshire®"), offers target date fund (TDF) managers a better way to build their 401(k) and other retirement portfolios. Additionally the research found that REITs boost returns and reduce risks for retirement savings. TDFs are popular investment products designed to simplify 401(k) or IRA portfolio planning for millions of Americans now responsible for their own retirement planning. Over the next decade, the vast majority of retirement assets are expected to be invested in TDFs and other asset allocation products.

The Role of Real Estate in Weathering the Storm

Markets crash more often and fall harder than traditional models of investment returns would predict. From January 1926 to April 2009, the S&P 500 Index suffered 10 monthly losses greater than 15.74 percent, or eight times more often than an investor would expect based on the "normal" distribution of returns assumed by many investment strategists and their models. NAREIT commissioned Morningstar to conduct this analysis of nearly 20 years of data for nine global asset classes, including stocks, bonds, real estate and cash. The analysis covered how these asset classes performed and used the latest portfolio optimization techniques to produce optimal portfolios assuming both normal market conditions and events such as the financial crisis of 2008 - 2009.

Additional Research Tools Available

A wealth of charts and tables are available highlighting the REIT approach to real estate investment. In addition, provides access to NAREIT’s extensive internal and third-party research library.