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Investors Reviewing Appetite for Risk

By - Friday 24 September 2010

The recent global economic crisis has caused a number of real estate investors around the world to reconsider their appetite for risk. Speaking ahead of the Cityscape Global Real Estate Investment and Development Conference, Ethan Penner, president of CBRE Capital Partners, has claimed that many buyers are now a lot more realistic about their potential returns.

Indeed, the property market expert has suggested that the overall return to health of the industry has been hampered by a number of external factors. Constraints surrounding the availability of credit, government policy and "finite opportunities" for liquid investors have all played their role in the delay.

"Many investors are going back to basics as they seek more certainty and stability in an attempt to ensure both a protection of principal as well as favourable returns," Mr Penner said. "The downturn has caused investors to reconsider their appetite for risk and it seems that they are less likely to stretch for massive returns that are based on very optimistic assumptions and/or extraordinary risk-taking,"

Meanwhile, topics likely to be debated at the conference include the emergence of a "new world order", with BRIC economies consistently outperforming their more established counterparts out of the recession.  

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