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News Archive - July 2007

Commercial property investments

12/07/2007

Over the last couple of weeks, several insurance companies have announced sudden cuts in the value of their commercial property funds. These funds own property such as office buildings and shopping centres, and their value is based on the value of the properties within them as well as the rental income earned.

These funds have given very strong returns over the last few years, with low volatility when compared with equity investments, so they have been the 'flavour of the month' with many advisers. However, outflows of investments from the funds (due to worries about the future returns from commercial property) have forced the insurance companies to downgrade their valuations.

Does this mean that you should not invest in this type of fund? Well, we believe that you should take a long-term view wherever possible, because nobody can guarantee what will happen in the short-term. Without the benefit of a crystal ball, it is a very risky strategy to continually chase the one area which will give the best short-term returns.

Over the years, property funds have provided good long-term returns when compared to cash. More importantly, their value does not vary directly in line with the stock market, so they offer protection from equity market falls.

A well-diversified portfolio with a range of non-correlating asset classes is the best way to reduce risk over the long term. (In English, don't put all your eggs in one basket!). There is still a place for commercial property funds as a part of your pension and investment portfolio.

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