Asian Real Estate Securities Strategy

Asian Real Estate Securities Strategy

Asian Real Estate Securities Strategy


The Asian Real Estate Securities Strategy seeks attractive long-term, risk-adjusted returns by investing in publicly traded Asian real estate securities, to achieve core real estate exposure. To help achieve its objective, the strategy combines bottom-up and top-down analyses.

Investment Approach

The investment philosophy of the Global Listed Real Assets team is based on the premise that the performance of real estate securities will be most highly correlated with the underlying value of their assets. In aiming to achieve core real estate exposure in a cost-effective manner, the team invests in the equity securities of publicly listed real estate companies that it views as offering the best value relative to their underlying assets and growth prospects.

Deep Understanding of the Real Estate Asset Class

The team trust their proprietary research to unearth subtle differences between various real estate markets with the aim of providing clients with exposure to the asset class at the most favorable relative valuations.

Long-standing Tenure of Investment Team

Comprised of long-tenured and highly experienced investment professionals, the team offers investors the benefit of their shared experience and track record as a team dedicated to real estate securities investing.

A Well-Defined Value-Orientated Investment Process

Since inception, the team has consistently implemented a well-defined investment process that is geared toward providing our clients with diversified exposure to the real estate asset class in a cost-efficient manner, and at the most favorable relative valuations.

Proprietary Research Models

With extensive experience and expertise in both the public and private real estate markets, the team maintains proprietary NAV models for every company in the investable universe; results (implied cap rates, implied price per square foot, NAV premium/discount) are triangulated versus private market real estate valuations.

Investment Process
Information Gathering

Through a review of public information and meetings with company management, the team evaluates each company’s historical operating results, accounting practices, business goals and strategies. In addition, to better understand the properties in a company’s portfolio, the team visits selected company-owned assets and comparable properties.

Security Evaluation and Selection

Using proprietary valuation models that are maintained on every company in the investable universe, the investment team seeks to assemble a portfolio comprised of individual securities that it believes provide the best value relative to the companies’ underlying assets and growth prospects. Companies are screened using a variety of measurements, such as the share price-to-net-asset-value (P/NAV) premium/ discount, implied value per unit and implied property capitalization rate, to identify attractive relative valuation opportunities within each region.

Evaluation of Cyclical Factors

The team examines cyclical factors affecting Asian real estate markets in order to determine which countries and sectors are most attractive on a relative basis. The supply and demand drivers of each property type within each country (including population growth, income and employment levels, existing vacancies, zoning constraints, rents and financing availability for new construction) are analyzed to determine the risk/return characteristics of the companies’ underlying assets.

Allocation by Country and Property Type

The output of this top-down research is an asset-allocation framework that provides a suggested optimal exposure to each country and property type, with an overweighting to property markets that the team believes offer the best relative value. Additional key considerations in constructing and managing the portfolio include geographic and sector diversification and liquidity.

Portfolio Managers  
Laurel Durkay
Head of Global Listed Real Assets
20 years industry experience
Angeline Ho
Managing Director
29 years industry experience
Des Foong
Managing Director
17 years industry experience

Effective December 7, 2020, Laurel Durkay was added as portfolio manager on the Strategy. Effective December 31, 2020, Ted Bigman is no longer serving as portfolio manager on the Strategy. 



Diversification does not protect you against a loss in a particular market; however it allows you to spread that risk across various asset classes.

Past performance is not a guarantee of future performance. There can be no assurance that the Strategy will achieve its investment objectives. Portfolios are subject to market risk, which is the possibility that the value of the investments and the income from them can go down as well as up and an investor may not get back the amount invested. Market values can change daily due to economic and other events (e.g. natural disasters, health crises, terrorism, conflicts and social unrest) that affect markets, countries, companies or governments. It is difficult to predict the timing, duration, and potential adverse effects (e.g. portfolio liquidity) of events. Accordingly, you can lose money investing in this strategy. Please be aware that this strategy may be subject to certain additional risks. Real estate investment trusts (REITs) are subject to risks similar to those associated with the direct ownership of real estate and they are sensitive to such factors as management skills and changes in tax laws. The risks of owning real estate directly as well as the way Real Estate Operating Companies (REOCs) are organized and operated will affect the Portfolio. They require specialized management skills, causing a Portfolio to indirectly bear the costs of such skills. Investments in foreign marketsentail special risks such as currency, political, economic, market and liquidity risks. The risks of investing in emerging market countries are greater than the risks generally associated with investments in foreign developed countries. Stocks of small-capitalization companies carry special risks, such as limited product lines, markets and financial resources, and greater market volatility than securities of larger, more established companies. Share prices also tend to be volatile and there is a significant possibility of loss. Concentration in a single region may make the portfolio more volatile than one that invests globally.

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There is no guarantee that any investment strategy will work under all market conditions, and each investor should evaluate their ability to invest for the long-term, especially during periods of downturn in the market. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

A separately managed account may not be appropriate for all investors. Separate accounts managed according to the Strategy include a number of securities and will not necessarily track the performance of any index. Please consider the investment objectives, risks and fees of the Strategy carefully before investing. A minimum asset level is required. For important information about the investment manager, please refer to Form ADV Part 2.

Any views and opinions provided are those of the portfolio management team and are subject to change at any time due to market or economic conditions and may not necessarily come to pass. Furthermore, the views will not be updated or otherwise revised to reflect information that subsequently becomes available or circumstances existing, or changes occurring. The views expressed do not reflect the opinions of all portfolio managers at Morgan Stanley Investment Management (MSIM) or the views of the firm as a whole, and may not be reflected in all the strategies and products that the Firm offers.

All information provided has been prepared solely for information purposes and does not constitute an offer or a recommendation to buy or sell any particular security or to adopt any specific investment strategy. The information herein has not been based on a consideration of any individual investor circumstances and is not investment advice, nor should it be construed in any way as tax, accounting, legal or regulatory advice. To that end, investors should seek independent legal and financial advice, including advice as to tax consequences, before making any investment decision.


Price-to-net-asset-value ratio (P/NAV) shows a company’s share price to the net asset value per share.

Property capitalization rate is the rate of return on a real estate investment property based on the expected income that the property will generate.


The indexes are unmanaged and do not include any expenses, fees or sales charges. It is not possible to invest directly in an index. Any index referred to herein is the intellectual property (including registered trademarks) of the applicable licensor. Any product based on an index is in no way sponsored, endorsed, sold or promoted by the applicable licensor and it shall not have any liability with respect thereto.

The FTSE EPRA/NAREIT Asian Real Estate Index is a subset of the FTSE EPRA/NAREIT Developed Index and is a free float-adjusted market capitalization weighted index composed of listed real estate securities in the Asian real estate markets. It is not possible to invest directly in an index.

The information presented represents how the portfolio management team generally implements its investment process under normal market conditions.

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