We were mentioned in a recent article written by The Star, one of Malaysia's leading newspapers, which suggested how alternative investment channels can help investors achieve their objectives in a low-yield environment. In the same vein, J.P. Morgan also made the point about how real assets would enhance investor portfolios and expressed their view that real estate is an asset class that will rebound stronger from the COVID-19 crisis.

In a trend that has emerged and accelerated during this pandemic period, investors have taken to such niche segments as self-storage, single family homes and data centres to diversify from the traditional sectors. Interestingly, investors including sophisticated institutions have picked up traction on mobile home parks, a previously low-profile segment. Going forward, we expect investment capital to be deployed ever more creatively to seek out opportunities that are relatively "off the beaten track".

What caught our eyes this week?

Where do yield-starved investors go?

Where do yield-starved investors go?

The push for stimulus and unorthodox monetary policy practices by central banks have pushed global market yields so low that investors are wondering where to seek a decent return with minimum risk. For investors considering alternative assets and channels, real estate co-investing is gaining traction. Singapore is beginning to see the emergence of co-investment platforms and they include RealVantage, which was launched last year by veterans from the real estate private equity space.

Alternative assets are the new bonds: JPMAM

Alternative assets are the new bonds: JPMAM

Core alternative real estate assets are the new bonds, according to J.P. Morgan Asset Management, which said a well-diversified portfolio of core real assets can offer two-to-three times the income premium of a traditional fixed income asset. In their view, real estate is an asset class that is in transition, but one that will emerge stronger from the COVID-19 crisis.

Property investors tap mobile home parks for COVID-era returns

Property investors tap mobile home parks for COVID-era returns

Real estate investors have turned to single-family rental homes, warehouses and mobile home parks while the pandemic makes it harder to put capital to work in more traditional types of commercial properties. More than USD 800 million worth of the parks changed hands in the second quarter, up 23% from a year earlier, according to commercial real estate firm JLL.

Retail sales to bounce back by 5pc: Deloitte

Retail sales to bounce back by 5pc: Deloitte

Retail sales are tipped for a stronger-than-expected recovery after a 3.4 per cent drop in the June quarter, Deloitte says. According to Deloitte's quarterly retail forecast, retail volumes are tipped to surge back by 5.4 per cent across the September quarter. Economies pointed to high levels of government stimulus working their way into the economy for the continued recovery across retail sales.

Perth still the most affordable housing market

Perth still the most affordable housing market

Western Australia is still the most affordable state to buy and rent in, with the state's average loan size 19.4 per cent lower than the national average, according to the latest REIA Housing Affordability report.


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