Get real with income-producing real assets
We have seen demand for real assets grow dramatically in recent years, and we expect it will advance further as investors better understand the positive attributes of the asset class. Real assets offer the opportunity for diversification, inflation hedging and competitive total returns. Real assets may also serve as a nontraditional source of income, a feature that investors frequently overlook.
What are real assets?
Broadly, real assets provide the framework and resources to facilitate everyday activity in the world economy. While numerous types of investments could be considered real assets, our definition includes:
- Real estate, including real estate investment trusts (REITs). Land and commercial properties including apartments, offices, warehouses, and malls, etc.
- Infrastructure. Assets and networks used to transport, store and distribute goods, energy, people and information, such as toll roads, pipelines, airports and cellphone towers.
- Commodities. Basic goods such as oil, natural gas, precious metals, gold, corn and soybeans.
Unlike conventional stocks and bonds, the value of listed real asset investments comes from the physical nature of their underlying assets. This direct link to hard assets means real assets often store long-term value better than more traditional investments. Their intrinsic value may also increase due to higher utilization, greater demand or scarcity of supply.
The inherent characteristics of each real asset can vary, but they have several features in common.
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Important information on risk
All investments carry a certain degree of risk, including possible loss principal and there is no assurance that an investment will provide positive performance over any period of time. It is important to review your investment objectives, risk tolerance and liquidity needs before choosing an investment style or manager. Concentration in infrastructure-related securities involves sector risk and concentration risk, particularly greater exposure to adverse economic, regulatory, political, legal, liquidity, and tax risks associated with MLPs and REITS. Foreign investments involve additional risks including currency fluctuations and economic and political instability. These risks are magnified in emerging markets. Common stocks are subject to market risk or the risk of decline. Small- and mid-cap stocks are subject to greater price volatility. The use of derivatives involves substantial financial risks and transaction costs. A potential investment in other investment companies means shareholders bear their proportionate share of expenses and indirectly, the expenses of other investment companies. Additionally, infrastructure-related entities may be subject to regulation by various governmental authorities and may also be affected by governmental regulation of rates charged to customers, service interruption and/or legal challenges due to environmental, operational or other mishaps and the imposition of special tariffs and changes in tax laws, regulatory policies and accounting standards.
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