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MSCI launches Asia property index

indices boardIndex provider MSCI has teamed up with industry body Asia Pacific Real Assets Association (Aprea) to launch a property fund index. The MSCI/APREA Pan-Asia Quarterly Property Fund Index, has been developed to “provide enhanced transparency for real estate investors in the region”. The index launch comes on the back of a recent report published by MSCI that stated the managed real estate market grew beyond US$10.5 trillion in 2020, despite the disruption of the Covid-19 pandemic. “We have seen demand for an efficient, transparent tool for benchmarking the performance of asset increases in line with this,” said Varun Malik, head of APAC real estate client coverage at MSCI. The index has also been launched to help promote more investment in Asia property funds which are currently under-represented in global portfolios. According to MSCI data, unlisted private real estate funds comprised only 19% of the institutional real estate market in Asia Pacific as of December 2020. © 2021 funds global asia

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