Investment Manager Research
Many of the institutional investors that use RFPnetworksTerminal are organised by asset class. They researcg equity, fixed income, multi-asset, real assets or alternatives. Or a combination.
This asset class research feed summarises the specific investor trends within one specific category. We highlight the topics manager selectors are following, reading and discussing today.
US commercial real estate (CRE) investors are well-versed in the importance of economic growth to property investment performance. Focus on the Covid-19 recession, policies to truncate it, and the path of recovery have dominated the attention of analysts for more than two years. Macroeconomic factors continue to dominate attention now, well into 2022, as inflation in the Covid-recession’s aftermath complicated by Russia’s invasion into Ukraine have taken the spotlight. All eyes are now on the prospects for the US Federal Reserve (Fed) to accomplish a soft landing. Looking further ahead, US CRE will confront another challenge embodied in weakening demographics. In the paragraphs below, we identify the components of weakening demographics measured nationally and highlight differences across US metro areas. The differences illustrate the importance of careful metro market selection to counter demographic headwinds in the years ahead.
Investments in US Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) are an excellent example of impact investing. Impact investing seeks to create positive social or environmental benefits in addition to financial returns. To call an investment an “impact investment”, it is necessary to have an agreed upon understanding of what benefits are generated in addition to financial returns, as well as a mechanism for measuring those positive impacts.
In this paper we explain the basic workings of the program, investigate some of the positive effects it has on lower-income residents and society, and discuss ways these impacts could be quantified.