Charter Hall Group (ASX:CHC) is one of Australia’s leading fully integrated property groups, with over $26.4 billion of high quality, long leased property across the office, retail, industrial and social infrastructure sectors. The ASX100 Group has over 25 years’ experience managing and investing in high quality property on behalf of institutional, wholesale and retail clients. For more information, see www.charterhall.com.au.
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Property is not a homogeneous asset class, and changes in consumer spending habits are creating both opportunities and problems in different property sectors.
Melbourne and Sydney rank well among Asian commercial property markets, with relatively high yields, constrained supply and changing use of industrial property driving demand.
As interest rates remain low and foreign buyers come looking for assets, listed property has performed well, but asset allocators can move in and out of the sector based on other factors.
Sovereign Wealth Funds control hundreds of billions of dollars of investments, and how they change their asset allocations can affect prices across listed and unlisted markets.
New technologies are transforming the property industry. While many have recognised this trend, they haven’t yet developed a business strategy based on this transformation.
Non-residential real estate performed strongly in 2017, but much of this return came from cap rate (yield) compression. Going forward, investors will need to focus more on income growth and sector allocation.
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Exposure to non-residential real estate in a mixed-asset portfolio is an effective diversifier as returns from this asset class exhibit lower correlations with equities and bonds.
The seniors living industry is undergoing significant change and growth largely driven by an ageing population, industry consolidation, changing consumer expectations and a shortage of quality accommodation.