Sovereign Wealth Funds Keeping Pace in Direct Real Estate

melbourne_a1When it comes to directly investing into real estate, sovereign wealth funds are keeping on pace. For example, for the first quarter of 2015, according to data from the Sovereign Wealth Fund Transaction Database, sovereign investors directly invested US$ 7.7 billion. For the first quarter of 2016, wealth funds directly invested US$ 7.56 billion (results are still being counted). Some notable deals in 2015 include the China Investment Corporation’s massive purchase of Investa Property Group’s portfolio of nine office towers. It was the largest direct real estate transaction in Australia’s history by a foreign institutional investor.

Wealth funds are not just looking at core markets. Some are venturing into other cities, while funds like GIC and Norway’s Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) are targeting warehouses across the globe.

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