Introduction to Property

There are two main approaches to property investment. The first is to invest in property companies listed on the stock exchange, building a UK or globally-focused portfolio. The second is to invest in bricks and mortar, mainly via funds that own and manage commercial properties directly.

Each approach has different investment characteristics. For example, funds that invest in property companies will move more in line with conventional equity markets over the short-term. Equally, they may be more capital-growth focused, rather than yield-focused.

Bricks and mortar funds will offer greater diversification from conventional equity markets, but are also likely to be more focused on delivering a sustainable yield. However they are also less ‘liquid’ – managers of open-ended funds may not find it as easy to buy and sell the underlying holdings to meet investor redemptions. However this is not an issue that effects closed-end investment companies.

Property funds may specialise in high end 'prime' property, which usually proves more defensive in an economic downturn. Alternatively, they may focus on secondary property, which will be more vulnerable in a downturn, but may outstrip prime property in a buoyant market.

During adverse market conditions, some property funds can suspend withdrawals for periods of time (typically 6 months).

The tax treatment of investments is subject to tax law and HMRC practice which are subject to change. 

OEICs and Unit Trusts

Name1 Year (%)3 Years (%)5 Years (%)Fund Size (M)Yield (%)
Aberdeen European Property Share I Acc14.3240.35104.4872.223.10Buy
Aberdeen Property Share I Acc9.5433.84116.13356.041.90Buy
Aberdeen UK Property I Acc-0.7614.2232.98570.522.50Buy
Aberdeen UK Property Feeder I Acc-0.7514.2433.001,840.212.50Buy
Aviva Inv Property Trust 2 Acc-2.957.6523.851,312.902.30Buy
BlackRock Global Property Securities Equity Tracker D Acc17.1645.5184.191,755.622.30Buy
F&C Global Real Estate Securities 3 Acc15.3648.41-33.031.40Buy
F&C Global Real Estate Securities 2 Acc15.1947.76-33.031.30Buy
F&C Property Growth & Income A Acc NAV GBP5.5730.7569.6568.50-Buy
F&C Real Estate Securities B Acc GBP14.5048.94135.7084.00-Buy
Fidelity Global Property W GBP18.6745.0980.41218.00-Buy
Fidelity Global Property W Acc18.4246.9884.63202.231.75Buy
Fidelity Global Property Y Acc18.1445.9883.21202.231.54Buy
First State Asian Property Securities B GBP Acc20.6539.1478.4111.053.16Buy
First State Global Property Securities B GBP Acc13.3442.6171.38266.263.09Buy
HC Charteris Property A Acc6.3116.7744.291.003.76Buy
HSBC Global Property C Acc8.2227.7958.00331.251.92Buy
Henderson Horizon Global Property Equities H2 Acc GBP17.81--396.95-Buy
Henderson UK Property PAIF I Acc1.7115.7035.703,086.332.70Buy
Henderson UK Property PAIF Feeder I Acc1.6915.6835.682,104.352.70Buy

OEICs and Unit Trusts

Name1 Year (%)3 Years (%)5 Years (%)Fund Size (M)Yield (%)
Aberdeen European Property Share I Inc14.2940.31104.3072.223.10Buy
Aberdeen UK Property I Inc-0.7714.0332.60570.522.50Buy
Aberdeen UK Property Feeder I Inc-0.7514.0632.631,840.212.60Buy
Aviva Inv Property Trust 2 Inc-2.907.5523.691,312.902.30Buy
BNY Mellon Global Property Securities I Hedged Inc GBP4.1634.2563.8012.292.84Buy
BlackRock Global Property Securities Equity Tracker D Inc17.1745.48-1,755.622.30Buy
F&C Global Real Estate Securities 3 Inc15.1547.69-33.031.20Buy
F&C Property Growth and Income I Inc7.1434.3174.27256.144.80Buy
F&C Property Growth & Income E Inc NAV GBP3.5628.1568.2468.50-Buy
F&C Real Estate Securities C Dis GBP14.4548.91135.8384.00-Buy
F&C UK Property 2 Inc2.9417.1128.14330.843.30Buy
First State Asian Property Securities B GBP Inc21.0339.7279.1011.053.16Buy
First State Global Property Securities B GBP Inc13.2542.1471.02266.263.09Buy
HC Charteris Property A Inc6.3316.7043.871.004.25Buy
HSBC Global Property A Inst Inc7.3618.5646.67331.251.88Buy
HSBC Global Property C Inc8.0927.7258.30331.251.96Buy
Henderson UK Property PAIF I Inc1.1014.8334.523,086.332.70Buy
Henderson UK Property PAIF Feeder I Inc1.7515.57-2,104.352.70Buy
JPM Global Property Securities C Inc2.3116.5158.6733.401.64Buy
Kames Property Income B Gr Inc2.7221.93-467.005.30Buy

Investment Trusts

Name1 Year (%)3 Years (%)5 Years (%)DiscountNAV
AXA Property Trust Limited Ord NPV3.1152.9994.30-15.8668.93Buy
Adams PLC Ord EUR0.0110.004.76573.98--Buy
Aew UK REIT PLC Ord GBP0.0111.73--6.8495.47Buy
Alpha Pyrenees--98.09-99.46-95.832.40Buy
Alpha Real Trust Limited47.25152.79117.97--Buy
Aseana Properties Ltd16.3028.0018.33--Buy
Belvoir Lettings PLC ORD 1P-8.617.7667.27--Buy
British Land PLC-8.550.0055.16--Buy
Camper & Nicholsons Marina Investments-20.00-31.43-25.83--Buy
Civitas Social Housing PLC-----Buy
Custodian REIT PLC Ord 1P13.3425.33-9.10103.80Buy
Derwent London-12.0110.5178.36--Buy
Dolphin Capital Investors-10.79-81.39-63.51-68.3522.19Buy
Drum Income Plus Reit-1.66---40.49163.00Buy
Eastern European Property Ltd-11.82-33.70-39.53-55.60100.79Buy
Ediston Property Investment Company PLC Ord 1P11.55--1.21109.67Buy
Empiric Student Property PLC8.46----Buy
European Real Estate Investment Trust Limited22.5880.5652.23-9.50179.00Buy
F&C Commercial Property21.4541.2080.655.60137.40Buy
F&C UK Real Estate Investments Limited Ord 1P13.9946.69124.785.8098.30Buy


Name6 Months (%)1 Year (%)3 Years (%)5 Years (%)CurrencySector
HSBC FTSE EPRA/NAREIT Developed GBP2.6117.5543.2982.71GBXProperty - InternationalBuy
SPDR Dow Jones Global Real Estate UCITS ETF GBP1.6814.9938.36-GBPProperty - InternationalBuy
iShares Asia Property Yield UCITS ETF GBP4.7625.0646.9479.88GBPProperty - AsiaBuy
iShares Developed Markets Property Yield UCITS ETF GBP2.9318.1649.8583.83GBPProperty - InternationalBuy
iShares European Property Yield UCITS ETF GBP14.0323.2750.09113.64GBPProperty - EuropeBuy
iShares UK Property UCITS ETF GBP10.861.3417.8086.50GBPProperty - EuropeBuy
iShares US Property Yield UCITS ETF GBP-0.4115.7856.2387.77GBPProperty - North AmericaBuy


Name1 Year (%)3 Years (%)5 Years (%)NAVDiscountNDYSector
KW Europe Real Estate PLC Ord NPV0.0812.41---4.66Property - Direct EuropeBuy


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