Public, Private Real Estate Split the Best Shot at Lowering Risk
National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts says two decades of actual performance data show that the optimal diversification for a pension fund came from a real estate portfolio with about two-thirds private real estate and one-third REITs.
By Judy Ward
The California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) made headlines in February when it decided to focus at least 75 percent of its $16 billion real estate portfolio on core properties. But a new study suggests that a core-focused approach fails to provide risk-reducing diversification for pension funds. Pension funds have tended to say, The losses in opportunistic funds and value-added funds were horrible. Lets get out of them and put all our real estate money in core funds, says Brad Case, senior vice president, research and industry information at the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT). That will not reduce risk. The only way you can do it is to combine private and public real estate holdings. ....