Winning Traits for Sovereign Wealth Investors

Sovereign wealth funds and other long-term public investors can better the odds of generating high returns by analyzing successful peers and their traits. Many times, sovereign investors can be pulled into bad or lackluster investments by various forces. This is common for U.S. public pension funds as many board members are political appointees. One major trend that many public investors are embracing is the growth of real assets to an investment portfolio. Increasingly, more sovereign wealth funds have grown allocation to real assets such as properties, inflation-protected bonds, timberland, and infrastructure. Real estate is the oldest asset class on Earth. It is tangible, real, and property markets offer a level of protection against inflationary pressures. With Occidental nations printing money offering low yields to investors, many governmental investors are looking for stable cash flowing real estate properties in prime markets. Patient capital is happy to invest in property markets for the medium to long-term. By the end of 2011, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority’s (HKMA) Exchange Fund had HK$ 4.4 invested in institutional real estate. The HKMA engaged with real estate investment managers to seek core real estate assets in major international cities. The HKMA has purchased several key properties overseas with an average rent yield of 5 to 6%.

Even reserve managers are serious about real estate investing; these managers come from central banks which are typically very conservative in their investment selections.

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