TIAA Global Asset Management

Private Real Assets White Paper

March 14, 2016
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 24-year period, 1991-2015, showed:

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