Nareit’s Research and Investor Outreach team conducted 603 meetings during 2019, with many of the largest and most influential investment organizations within the institutional investment marketplace. As indicated by the following chart, the number of meetings has steadily increased since 2009.
Of the 603 meetings:
- 173 were with prominent domestic and international pension, retirement, and sovereign wealth fund plan sponsors, including: 11 of the 25 largest U.S. pension funds, three of the 10 largest international pension funds, and three of the largest 10 sovereign wealth funds;
- 71 were with investment consultants, including eight of the 10 largest consultants;
- 269 were with investment managers that sponsor global and domestic products for the institutional and retail investor market, including 10 of the 10 largest managers.
The team held another 90 meetings with organizations and associations supporting the investment management and the retirement industry. Nareit was active on the institutional investment conference circuit in 2019, attending 56 events and participating in 39 as a speaker, board member, or sponsor.
During these meetings and appearances, Nareit actively communicates the benefits of the REIT approach to real estate investment—competitive performance, dividend income, diversification, capital appreciation, and inflation protection—to investors worldwide. Data on portfolio allocations demonstrate that investors continue to gain appreciation for what REITs and real estate can offer their portfolios.
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