A strategic allocation to real estate securities plays an important role in a diversified investment portfolio. This asset class provides opportunities for potentially superior risk-adjusted returns while maintaining investor liquidity. Furthermore, real estate securities have proven to be inefficiently priced at times, providing active managers an opportunity to generate additional returns on behalf of clients.
Nevertheless, the proliferation of exchange-traded products and index mutual funds has prompted many investors to revisit the “active vs. passive management” debate, asking whether active real estate managers will eventually face the same performance hurdles as managers in larger and more efficiently valued sectors of the equity market.
Source : Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management