Safe as houses: diversity of views attracts hedge funds to property

property derivatives

Property derivatives offer hedge fund managers a simpler way of going long or short property than having to deal with listed real estate investment trusts, or buying the underlying property itself.

Graham Barnes, senior director of CB Richard Ellis Financial, explains the relatively new market is proving "extremely popular" with both property developers, mortgage banks and, increasingly, fund managers.

"The instruments are beginning to catch people's imagination," Barnes says. "This time it is a

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