Annual Report 2013 - Real Estate and Infrastructure

April 11, 2014

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Real Estate Property deals accounted for 30 percent of sovereign wealth funds’ direct investments in 2013 and 51 percent, or $21.6 billion, of total investment value, according to our data. This total is the highest annual tally for direct investment in real estate we have ever recorded and represented a 51 percent increase over 2012’s total of $14.3 billion. Sovereign fund activity mirrored wider market trends. Global property transactions for the year totaled $1.2 trillion, according to commercial real estate services firm Cushman & Wakefield — a 22.6 percent gain on 2012 and the highest total since the height of the boom, in 2007. Real estate owes its strong showing partly to reduced deal flow in a challenging mergers and acquisitions market. But sovereign funds like Norway’s Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) and China’s State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE) are rapidly deploying capital in this sector to fulfill relatively new…

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