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How the rise of Asian institutional investors is boosting property industry

Will the investment trend continue?

According to Knight Frank, changing regulations and the rise of welfare states in developing Asia are helping
shape cross border property investment activity.

Here's more from Knight Frank:

The increasing exposure of many of these investors to alternative investment classes, including property is likely to continue as allocations edge towards levels seen in the west.

Most notably, following the China Insurance Regulatory Commission (CIRC) regulatory clarification of October 2012, Chinese Insurers have started going offshore, with the notable purchase of Lloyds Building in London, by Ping An Insurance Group for £260 million.

South Korea’s insurance companies have also continued to be active in offshore investment with National Pension Service (NPS) buying a 50% stake in Erina Fair, regional Sydney and Central Plaza in Shanghai.

The increasing importance of state pension, insurance and sovereign wealth funds is apparent when looking at volumes invested within Asia Pacific by these institutions.

These numbers do not take into account the amount invested in Europe and the Americas, where core well located prime assets in gateway cities are continuing to attract institutional capital from the region. 

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