Foreign Property Investors Hedge Bets Declining as U.S. Interest Rates Dip

CBRE | July 16, 2019

According to CBRE, with the sharp drop in U.S. interest rates in 2019, the differential between U.S. rates and those in countries with lower-yielding foreign currencies has narrowed, contributing to lower hedging costs for foreign investors acquiring U.S. dollar-denominated assets. Across eight major global currencies, the annual cost of hedging against U.S. dollar (US$) depreciation has decreased year-to-date for all but the Australian dollar (AU$). Except for Chinese (CNY) investors, who are the only ones in this group to achieve a boost in IRR when purchasing an asset in US$ and hedging back to local currency at current forward exchange rates, Canadian (C$) investors currently have the lowest hedging costs. The largest decreases year-to-date have been for Japanese (JPY) and Singaporean (SG$) investors.

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Abu Dhabi, 3 August 2014: Aldar Properties PJSC, Abu Dhabi's leading listed property development, investment and management company, today announced a net profit of AED 506 million for the second quarter of 2014, an increase of 12% from Q1 2014 and an increase of 168% from Q2 2013 after adjusting for one time effects booked at the time of the merger with Sorouh1  Revenues for Q2 2014 were AED 2,194 million up 74% from Q2 2013. The net profit for the second quarter was primarily driven by the continued handovers of units at the Gate Towers and strong growth in residential leasing revenues on the back of a successful leasing campaign principally at the Al Rayyana development.

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Abu Dhabi, 3 August 2014: Aldar Properties PJSC, Abu Dhabi's leading listed property development, investment and management company, today announced a net profit of AED 506 million for the second quarter of 2014, an increase of 12% from Q1 2014 and an increase of 168% from Q2 2013 after adjusting for one time effects booked at the time of the merger with Sorouh1  Revenues for Q2 2014 were AED 2,194 million up 74% from Q2 2013. The net profit for the second quarter was primarily driven by the continued handovers of units at the Gate Towers and strong growth in residential leasing revenues on the back of a successful leasing campaign principally at the Al Rayyana development.

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Bonaventure | October 21, 2022

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Real | November 04, 2022

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