NAREIT Investor Outreach Focusing on Role of REITs in Target-Date Funds

During the second quarter of 2015, NAREIT conducted 112 meetings with many of the largest and most influential investment organizations within the institutional investment marketplace in the United States.

Collectively, these entities represent close to $17 trillion in assets under management or advisement. A focus for many of the meetings continues to be research that NAREIT sponsored with Wilshire Associates on the role of U.S. REITs and global listed real estate securities within target-date funds. These are the most rapidly growing investment products in most 401(k) accounts and other tax-advantaged savings plans within the $7 trillion defined contribution market.

The investment managers with whom NAREIT has met this year collectively control more than 70 percent of target-date fund assets. Of NAREIT’s  124 meetings with managers thus far, 15 have been with firms that are among the top 25 with respect to target-date fund assets under management.

(Contact:  Kurt Walten at


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