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Real assets


Real assets investment strategies

What are real assets?

Real assets are tangible investments that have intrinsic value. Uncorrelated to traditional assets, real assets provide a powerful opportunity for diversification. Institutional investors favour real assets as they have historically generated above average returns independent to the market cycle. We offer a long-term perspective and commitment to investing across the following:

• Listed real assets

Our listed real assets strategy utilizes internal proprietary research to invest in the equity securities of publicly listed real estate and infrastructure companies that it views as offering the best value, relative to their underlying assets and growth prospects.

• Commodities

Commodities can be an important way to diversify an investor’s portfolio beyond traditional securities. Commodities are raw materials that are either consumed directly, such as food, or used as building blocks to create other products. Over time, commodities and commodity stocks tend to provide returns that differ from other stocks and bonds.

• Agribusiness

Agribusiness is an important subsector in agriculture investing. If a company is pulling half of its revenue directly or indirectly from agriculture, then it is generally considered an agribusiness. Our agribusiness strategy provides capital through non-controlling equity and subordinated debt to cultivate long-term growth in leading agribusinesses and food companies.

• Farmland

Direct investment into global agricultural land presents an increasingly compelling investment opportunity, as it offers potentially stable returns on investment, low correlation to other assets and a hedge to inflation. We believe that our farmland investments can help to meet global demand for food, while encouraging sustainable practices to be good stewards of the environment over the long term.

• Infrastructure

Infrastructure can be defined as any real asset, taking the form of energy, roads, communication assets, or any essential facility or service that is conducive to economic productivity of society. Our infrastructure strategy focuses on specialized investment across four major sectors: transportation, power and renewables, telecom, and social structures (like hospitals, court houses, and student housing), with a particular preference for assets with stable operations and the majority of return coming from cash yield and reasonable capital appreciation.

• Timberland

Investors who want to diversify their portfolio of equities and fixed income products can invest in timberland. There are millions of acres of timberland in the U.S. and internationally that are owned by pension funds, charitable trusts, individual investors, and universities.

Why invest in real assets with Nuveen?

Top 5
real estate manager globally1
760k acres
of managed timberland2
#1 largest
manager of farmland globally3
Top 10
manager of timber assets globally3

Our real assets platform draws upon local expertise and access in the markets where we invest, enabling informed decision-making and generating off-market deal flow. We embed ESG principles and practices in the investment process, accompanied by strong investor alignment and partnership. 

Spanning over $150 billion, we have more than 900 local experts operating in areas we invest.

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How to invest in real assets with Nuveen

We work closely with clients to understand their requirements and develop forward-thinking investment opportunities. We offer a variety of investment options across real assets, including third-party funds and separately managed accounts.

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Alternatives Investing in natural capital
The earth’s natural capital can be thought of as a stock of assets—air, lands and waters and their biodiversity— that yields a flow of benefits or ecosystem services over time. The flow of these benefits includes provisioning services such as food, fiber and timber as well as a broad range of regulating, supporting and cultural ecosystem services that drive the global economy and human wellbeing.
Real assets What are the characteristics of investing in real assets?
We explore three sub asset classes — real estate, farmland and infrastructure — to understand the opportunities real assets offer, the role they can play in a portfolio and the range of choices investors face.
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*As of 31 Mar 2022. Nuveen assets under management (AUM) is inclusive of underlying investment specialists. Totals may not equal 100% due to rounding.

1 1 ANREV/INREV/NCREIF Fund Manager Survey 2022. Survey illustrated rankings of 143 fund managers globally by AUM as at 31 Dec 2021.
2 As of 31 Dec 2020.
3 Pensions & Investments, 04 Oct 2021. Rankings based total worldwide farmland and timberland assets under management for the 12 months ending 30 Jun 2021 as reported by each responding asset manager. .

Investors should be aware that alternative investments are speculative, subject to substantial risks including the risks associated with limited liquidity, the use of leverage, short sales and concentrated investments and may involve complex tax structures and investment strategies. Alternative investments may be illiquid, there may be no liquid secondary market or ready purchasers for such securities, they may not be required to provide periodic pricing or valuation information to investors, there may be delays in distributing tax information to investors, they are not subject to the same regulatory requirements as other types of pooled investment vehicles, and they may be subject to high fees and expenses, which will reduce profits. Alternative investments are not suitable for all investors and should not constitute an entire investment program. Investors may lose all or substantially all of the capital invested. The historical returns achieved by alternative asset vehicles is not a prediction of future performance or a guarantee of future results, and there can be no assurance that comparable returns will be achieved by any strategy.
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