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Private Real Assets White Paper

July 13, 2017

Private real assets: Improving portfolio diversification with uncorrelated market exposure
Private investments in real assets – farmland, timberland, and commercial real estate – offer the potential to enhance returns and diversify risk in institutional portfolios. Real assets have exhibited higher returns and lower volatility than stocks and bonds, with low or negative correlations. Historical analysis using index returns for the 25-year period, 1992-2016, showed:

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