NAREIT’s Despins Offer Insights on Real Estate and Portfolio Optimization

Meredith Despins, NAREIT senior vice president for investment affairs and investor education, recently spoke as a panelist at the Real Estate Investors Summit – West, held in Dana Point, California.

Despins offered perspectives on:

  • Risk management within the real estate portfolio;
  • Optimizing investment allocations across the real estate asset class; and
  • The role of real estate investment in portfolio diversification.

The summit, sponsored by Opal Financial Group, targeted a diverse audience of pension and endowment plan sponsors, investment consultants, family offices and other institutional investors.

Separately, Brad Case, NAREIT senior vice president for research and industry information, recently delivered a presentation on investing in real estate through public and private markets to about 30 members of the Chartered Financial Analyst Society of Tucson, Arizona.

(Contacts: Meredith Despins at and Brad Case at

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