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Benefits and Pensions Monitor
February 2018 Issue
by Tom Johnston & Catherine Marshall
Bullish or safety seeker? Global real estate can be a part of a solution under either scenario ... Read more
U.S. Gives Global Investors A Gift
Global Property Market
June 1-2, 2016
America has given global real estate investors a surprise gift in the hopes of getting one back. The surprise Christmas present was the removal of some “punitive” taxes on U.S. real estate investments. Changes passed unexpectedly by Congress Dec. 17, 2015 ...
Rush of Global Capital Heralds New Era
Real Estate Forum Magazine
December 1, 2015
Catherine Ann Marshall has been predicting a significant change in investor preferences - from “home bias” to globalized - for many years. This expectation is now reality with global capital flows reaching new and critical highs. As prices surpass the high water market from 2007 in the world’s largest cities, investors are looking farther afield, especially to new markets that can provide superior risk-adjusted returns. Read this article to see what strategies leading global investors are employing.
Canada a Rising Star - Investment and Pensions Europe
Investment and Pensions Europe
March 1, 2005
A decade ago, Canada was a highly sought-after investment location for foreign real estate investors. Canada stood out among global alternatives because of its attractive pricing and positive outlook. Read this article to find out who was buying and how they identified Canada as a "buy".
Explosion in institutional capital: Where do we go from here?
Real Estate Forum Magazine, Winter 2012 ed.
December 1, 2012
At the turn of the millennium, Catherine Ann Marshall Investment Consultant authored an article for Real Estate Forums Magazine that examined the sorry state of institutional investment in Canadian real estate. The real estate recession of the 1990s caused widespread institutional apathy, verging on antipathy. As a result, by1999 just $17 billion, or barely 3% of pension assets, were in property investments. Despite the situation, Catherine hazards to make an “optimistic” forecast that pension fund investment could reach $81 billion by 2010. Read this article to see how her forecast did.
Hot Properties - What real estate is doing in your portfolio
The CFA Analyst
December 30, 2013
There is a widespread misconception that real estate is a "hot" new asset class. In this article, Catherine Ann Marshall reviews the history of institutional real estate investing and explains how property earned its place in investment portfolios by providing total return, strong income, and diverisification.
Canadian Real Estate: Too Much Of A Good Thing?
Benefit and Pensions Monitor
May 31, 2014
As the popularity of direct property investment has increased, Canadian commercial real estate has been transformed from a developer-led business to an institutionally managed one. Institutional investors credit this change for increased market safety and low volatility, which has conferred ‘safe haven’ on Canada with a resultant price premium.
But given the popularity of Canadian real estate, is it time to consider whether the price increases in Canadian real estate is ‘too much of a good thing?
Welcome to America: Open for Business?
Real Estate Forum Magazine
December 1, 2013
Serious political discussions in Washington over tax reform and foreign investment in 2013 seemed to open a door to consideration of reforms to the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act. Otherwise known as the dreaded "FIRPTA", this onerous tax legislation is responsible for discouraging investment in U.S. real estate. The reasons for optimism that FIRPTA will eventually be liberalized are discussed.
Circle of Life
The Canadian Real Estate Forum Magazine
December 1, 2014 - Pages 24-25
When it comes to investment management, Lifecos are no longer the "sleeping giants". Under the radar, the investment management arms of Life Insurance companies have uniformly outperformed industry averages in terms of winning assets under management from third party investors, and launching new platforms. The performance of Canadian Lifecos is representative of the success in the overall industry.
Canadian Apartment Magazine
Greening a building isn't the first thing that comes to mind when apartment owners think of boosting the bottom line. Many owners think advertising a property as a green building might attract additional rental applications but question whether the payback justifies the extra costs.U.S. Gives Global Investors A Gift