Diversification Matters

Why consider a diversified real estate portfolio today?

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After six decades in the real estate business, Hines views diversification as of similar importance to cash flow, lease performance, and location, location, location because it is still not possible to reliably call market tops or bottoms. Without diversification, investors may increase their risk1 of being overweight in a poorly performing region, sector, or asset class.

1.NCREIF and Hines Research, January 1, 1984 through December 31, 2022. As measured by the Sharpe Ratio – a financial calculation describing how much excess return is received for the extra volatility of holding a riskier asset.

Decades of Data Don't Lie

Decades of data show portfolio diversification reducing risk, but there are many ways to implement this strategy (by region, sector, market cap, style box, issuer, industry, credit quality, geography, asset type, etc.). Real estate is a complex system with thousands of variables capable of influencing outcomes. For us, true diversification must be regional, across sectors and asset classes, particularly given the risks inherent in the U.S. market - take a look:

Professional Management May Assure Effective Diversification and Cushion Downside

Hines proprietary research data shows diversification across U.S. regions, sectors, and asset classes is best when combined. Real estate investing can be complex, but we believe professional management can provide smart diversification and downside protection.

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