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PORTFOLIO PERSPECTIVES | – 2 Min

Talking heads – An attractive, defensive investment: real estate debt

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    Investors looking for alternatives to under-pressure equities and bonds, or just diversification, should consider real estate debt. Loans to finance offices, warehouses and other buildings have attractions including inflation-proofing in the form of indexation and yields that exceed money market benchmarks.

    Listen to this Talking heads podcast with Christophe Montcerisier, head of real estate debt, and chief market strategist Daniel Morris. They discuss the absence of a direct and immediate link between higher interest rates and the performance of real estate debt and the defensive characteristics of the asset class. Among other things, its solidity derives from some of the pandemic-induced structural changes, including a shift in office use and greater demand for suburban properties.

    You can also listen and subscribe to Talking heads on YouTube.

    Talking heads brings you the in-depth insights on topics that really matter to investors, including analysis of the world and financial markets through the lens of sustainability and more great conversations with investment experts.

    Please note that articles may contain technical language. For this reason, they may not be suitable for readers without professional investment experience. Any views expressed here are those of the author as of the date of publication, are based on available information, and are subject to change without notice. Individual portfolio management teams may hold different views and may take different investment decisions for different clients. This document does not constitute investment advice. The value of investments and the income they generate may go down as well as up and it is possible that investors will not recover their initial outlay. Past performance is no guarantee for future returns. Investing in emerging markets, or specialised or restricted sectors is likely to be subject to a higher-than-average volatility due to a high degree of concentration, greater uncertainty because less information is available, there is less liquidity or due to greater sensitivity to changes in market conditions (social, political and economic conditions). Some emerging markets offer less security than the majority of international developed markets. For this reason, services for portfolio transactions, liquidation and conservation on behalf of funds invested in emerging markets may carry greater risk.

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