MSCI launches new data standards

MSCI, the real estate research and analytics group, has launched new global data and methodology standards for real estate investment, in an attempt to provide investors with consistent comparisons of the performance of real estate globally.

As a result, beginning with the release of the second quarter indexes, MSCI will report the performance of private real estate investments across measures consistent with these new standards.

This move is the culmination of more than two years of work, including consultations with MSCI’s clients and other industry participants around the world.

The move is in response to demand from institutional investors whose portfolios are becoming global in nature.

The new standards are complemented by the MSCI global methodology standards for real estate investment. Together, the two standards aim to provide broad measurement and reporting on risk and performance of private real estate.

Sebastien Lieblich (pictured), managing director of MSCI, said: “MSCI developed the global data standards for real estate investment to respond to the transformation of real estate investment.

“The potential advantages of commercial real estate may be constrained by information inconsistencies and hampered by slow, costly, and error-prone data collection and transfer processes. The global data standards aims to provide efficient and consistent data that would give property investments the same level of insight and uniformity that is evident in equities and bonds.”

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