Professional Pensions' Real Estate Roundtable Discussion
26 November 2014
Inder was one of the panellists in Professional Pensions’ recent real estate roundtable where the criteria for including a range of real estate options in the asset mix of pension funds were discussed.
The session covered the issues to be considered when deciding whether a region or area is up-and-coming; whether farmland and forestry should make up bigger proportions of scheme portfolios and whether the residential and social housing markets represent opportunities.
Helen Morrissey, Professional Pensions’ editor, chaired the discussion amongst panellists who represented pension trustees, consultants, property fund managers and accountants.
Commenting on his participation in the discussion, Inder emphasised the need to look at the asset class from the risk perspective and confirmed the difference, in his view, between the potential of the use of these assets for DC and DB schemes:
On DB schemes the trustees are making the decisions and have a long-term view – whereas most DC schemes are set up in such a way that offers fairly short-term liquidity access to members.