Insurers rethink their policies for property

March 2003
EuroProperty;2003, p15
Trade Publication
This article reports that Germany's insurers have been rethinking their policies for real property business. After giving property a minor role in their investment strategies for decades, German insurers are taking a more active interest in this asset class. Stock market jitters is not the only reason, they now see portfolio management as a far more professional discipline. Tough conditions in capital markets have given property a new lease of life in investment strategies of many German insurance companies. The property investment strategies of the insurance industry are increasingly backed by modern portfolio theory. Although property's performance often falls behind that of other asset classes, its lower volatility and steady cash flows are features valued by asset managers. In terms of property type, insurance fund managers look for commercial properties, with offices accounting for the bulk of their portfolios. While many of German insurers' property investments are held directly, there is growing interest in investing in indirect structures, particularly when it comes to cross-border investments.


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