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ING Real Estate backs its views by co-investing

ING Real Estate Investment Management makes a point of co-investing with its clients in its funds, particularly in those appealing to value-added and opportunistic investors, an area it is developing. Laurence Neville reports.

Starting a trend in Canada

David Blight, ING Real Estate Investment Management

"With the growth of listed real estate and increasing disclosure, daily pricing is now available and as such volatility will increase slightly"
David Blight, ING Real Estate Investment Management

ING Real Estate Investment Management has more than €72 billion in assets under management held in 79 funds in 22 countries. Although it has historically been focused on core and core-plus investment, where the goal is the generation of risk-averse returns on a long-term basis of up to 15 years, the firm is also increasingly catering to value-added and opportunistic investors, which have a shorter-term investment horizon and a greater focus on growth. "Our strategy is based on two themes," says David Blight, chairman and CEO of ING Real Estate Investment Management, which ranks third globally and first in western Europe for investment management in this year’s Euromoney/Liquid Real Estate survey. "The first is that superior and sustainable investment performance is the key driver behind everything we do – the objective is always to outperform the relevant benchmark or target return.

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