02.10.2008 - Swiss funds still favour real estate
From IPE: Nine out of 10 Swiss pensions funds are indirectly invested in real estate while the majority also directly invest in the market, according to research from real estate investment specialist Sal Oppenheim. A study conducted by Sal Oppenheim Real Estate and 4IP Management Ltd found 89% of Swiss pension funds hold indirect real estate investments while 72% have direct investments, suggesting investors are still keen on real estate as an asset class though the preferred investment route is still the indirect approach through investment funds. The survey of investment directors with CHF63bn (€bn) in real estate assets under management looked at their existing holdings and asset allocation intentions, working in collaboration with the Department of Financial Management at Basle University, and discovered the average allocation to real estate – direct or indirect - was 18% among pension funds in contrast to insurers who had just 13% allocated to property..... Full Article: Source