Real estate shows the slowest rate of transparency improvement despite increasing sustainability commitment and proptech adoption

JLL | July 08, 2020

Although there is greater emphasis on corporate social responsibility and a widespread use of new technologies in the commercial real estate industry, the biennial proprietary Global Real Estate Transparency Index published by JLL and LaSalle (NYSE: JLL) shows the slowest rate of transparency improvement since the period directly following the Global Financial Crisis.

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The benefits of including real estate in a broad investment portfolio are becoming more widely recognised as institutional investors increase allocations to ‘alternatives’ in a search for both higher yield and active ‘value add’. Rising real estate allocations mean there is a significant amount of new capital targeting the asset class. We consider the performance attributes and diversification benefits of real estate, the developments in the wider financial markets, and most importantly, a number of structural shifts, which we find are key contributing factors in driving this strong focus on the asset class.

Spotlight

The benefits of including real estate in a broad investment portfolio are becoming more widely recognised as institutional investors increase allocations to ‘alternatives’ in a search for both higher yield and active ‘value add’. Rising real estate allocations mean there is a significant amount of new capital targeting the asset class. We consider the performance attributes and diversification benefits of real estate, the developments in the wider financial markets, and most importantly, a number of structural shifts, which we find are key contributing factors in driving this strong focus on the asset class.

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