Alphabet Soup of REITs satisfies world’s thirst for liquid real estate

Oct 26th, 2010 | Filed under: Institutional Investing, Today's Post | By:
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Liquidity begets efficient markets.  Ergo, the growth of efficient markets relies on previously private assets, such as real estate, becoming part of the publicly tradable universe of securities. This helps to “complete” markets.  But promoters of these alternative investments, it turns out, also have an aptitude for another thing: corny neologisms.

Thanks to them, you can now add a few more names to your real estate vocabulary. There’s “P-REITs”, for example, which have nothing to do with a very popular Johnny Depp movie series set in the Caribbean at a time when alternative investing meant Spanish galleons.  The Philippines approved real estate investment trusts over the summer. Yes, the real estate industry actually calls them ‘P-REITs”.

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