In the property asset class, one can invest in physical property, investments that are listed on share markets and real estate investment trust (REITS).
The property asset class targets investors seeking income and capital growth over the long term. It offers diversification to a portfolio and is exposed to various property sectors including commercial, retail, office and industrial property. There are also further benefits derived from investing in property in other countries offering geographic diversification.
Property funds provide investors with a number of benefits over holding physical property, as the property management company takes the responsibility of administering and managing the underlying properties. In addition, the fund manager is responsible for the identification of suitable investments that may be included in the underlying assets.