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DIY investor: getting real

If the government wants to change the nature of the private rental market, it needs to create the incentives

By Andy Davis   January 2017

One of the biggest trends among institutional investors in recent years has been their increasing appetite for “real assets,” meaning investments such as offices, shops, warehouses and distribution centres, as well as infrastructure (roads, hospitals, schools, airports, power grids, and so on) and to a much lesser extent residential property.

The explanation is simple. The income institutions can earn from traditional investments such as corporate and government bonds has dwindled almost to nothing, and most bonds are now so expensive that there is little prospect of prices going up much. Investments…

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