The MSCI USA IMI Liquid Real Estate Index attempts to capture the best of both direct and listed real estate approaches: an investable index with a risk and return profile of direct (private) real estate, and the liquidity of listed (public) real estate.
The index represents a new way to benchmark real estate, with a distinct set of characteristics designed to meet the needs of a broad base of investors.
Private (direct) real estate provides direct access to the asset class, but has high barriers to entry and low liquidity and requires a high level of experience. Listed real estate provides daily liquidity, but has high volatility, high equity beta and high leverage. This new index aims to represent the best of both approaches.
Soruce : MSCI