Easy access to property
Real estate companies are listed on stock exchanges, meaning they’re tradeable securties – a partial share in the underlying properties.
Owning property directly has limitations:
- A large lump sum of capital is required to purchase
- A lack of diversification (tenant and geographic risk)
- High transaction and management costs.
And while the shares of real estate companies can move up and down on a day-to-day basis, their returns look similar to directly-invested real estate over the long-term.
Gain a global footprint
Going global can help provide diversification away from owning only property in one country.
Risk is spread across a number of properties and companies, rather than relying on the success of one or two. Global Cities’ investments rely on identifying the best operators in locations where the economic demand is greatest. This results in higher rents, the bedrock of real estate investing.
The team believes these cities are the real estate ‘winners’ of tomorrow as they could be home to the most in-demand real estate.
Access cutting-edge data insights
Data is at the heart of the index and the team use data to give them an active edge.
This approach is unique in listed real estate investing and is the foundation of the cities' approach.
The team has a database and can identify the location of all the assets held in the portfolio.This means each company held has a Global Cities score: the higher the score the more likely a company is to be in the portfolio.
Capture urbanisation trends
Urbanisation will, in the team’s view, be one of the most important investment themes of the next 10 years. Global Cities sits at the centre of this theme.
Economic activity is centred in cities. Picking the cities that will gain greater share of the global economy will underpin the demand for the assets the team invests in. This long-term approach is a crucial when investing in global cities.
The scale and diversity of the strongest global cities, means the team can invest in different real estate sectors, such as data centres, self-storage and manufactured homes. This is in addition to the more conventional real estate sectors such as offices, retail and industrial.
Choice means the team can gain exposure to pockets of demand both in a sub-sector and a city, without incurring the challenge of liquidity and transaction costs of a direct real estate fund.
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What are the risks?
- When considering fund performance, past performance should not be used as a guide to the future
- This investment could fall as well as rise in value and your money is at risk
- This fund invests in a smaller number of real estate companies. A smaller number can be riskier than an equivalent fund that spreads the risk across a higher number of companies. This also applies to funds that focus on specific industries compared with those that spread over a number of different industries
- The fund invests globally, so changes in foreign exchange rates could have a negative impact on performance
- Investments in smaller companies can be less liquid than investments in larger companies and price swings may therefore be greater than in larger company funds
- The share prices of companies can be impacted by many factors, including the state of the company, the industry and the economy
- In difficult market conditions, the fund may not be able to sell off stocks, which could affect performance and cause the fund to defer or suspend redemptions of its shares. Failures at service providers could lead to disruptions of fund operations or losses
- The fund uses financial tools called derivatives. A derivative may not perform as expected and could create losses greater than the cost of the derivative. If its counterparty becomes unable to honour its commitments, it could create a loss. When used for leverage, derivatives may cause above-average volatility and risk of loss
- The way in which this fund invests is likely to differ significantly from the broader market index, which for the purpose of comparisons should only be used as a reference.