REIT Legal Experts See Potential IPO Activity from Unique Asset Classes

March 14, 2018 ·

Despite a challenging environment for REIT IPOs, private companies that offer investors something unique are lining up as possible public market entrants this year, according to legal experts.

David Slotkin, co-chair of Morrison Foerster’s (MoFo) corporate finance and REIT practices, says the firm is actively working on a number of potential IPOs, but adds that overall, “markets are very volatile.”

FTSE Nareit All REITs Index Down 7% in February

March 05, 2018 ·

REIT returns fell in February as macroeconomic factors continued to dominate investor sentiment.

The total returns of the FTSE Nareit All REITs Index fell 7 percent in February, while the S&P 500 fell 3.7 percent.

Total returns of the FTSE Nareit All Equity REITs Index fell 7.3 percent in February. The total returns of the FTSE Nareit Mortgage REIT Index fell 3.3 percent in the month.

The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose 0.2 percent in February.

Wisconsin Students Get Hands-On Approach to REIT Investing

February 08, 2018 ·

Second-year Real Estate MBA students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are gaining unique hands-on experience in active portfolio management as they manage a $2 million fund invested solely in REITs. The REIT fund is part of the University of Wisconsin Endowment first established in the late 1990s by three prominent alumni.

The students are enrolled in a special track of the university’s real estate MBA program known as the Applied Real Estate Investment Track (AREIT). It is described by the school as the first program of its kind in the country.