Viewpoint: Choosing the Right Way to Invest in Brazilian Real Estate

July 18, 2014 ·

One of the first issues faced by foreign investors in the Brazilian real estate market is choosing to invest through the so-called Fundo de Investimento Imobiliário (FII) or through a Fundo de Investimento em Participações (FIP). The immediate question: What are the differences between the two?

Prologis: Leasing Demand From E-Commerce Sector Doubled in Last Three Years

July 16, 2014 ·

Global leasing demand  from the e-commerce sector has doubled during the last three years, and the strong growth trend is expected to continue, according to a new report from industrial REIT Prologis, Inc. (NYSE: PLD).

“Online fulfillment is in its infancy, and we anticipate e-commerce will create significant new demand for logistics real estate well into the future,” said Chris Caton, vice president and head of Prologis’ research arm.

REIT Returns Outpace Broader Market in Solid First Half Showing

July 10, 2014 ·

REIT returns doubled up the broader market during the first half of 2014, helped by low interest rates and muted supply, according to industry observers.

As of July 7, the FTSE NAREIT All REITs Index has had a total return of 16 percent, compared with 8.1 percent for the S&P 500 Index.

“The first half of the year has surprised us a little bit with how strong the REIT performance has been,” said Todd Lukasik, Morningstar senior analyst.