Our state-of-the-art research and strategy capabilities are supported by eight research and strategy professionals. William Hughes, Jr. , Ph.D., our head of research in the US, is an active member of the UBS Investment Committee.
The responsibilities of the investment research group include the coordination of the economic, market and property-type outlooks that drive the investment activities of our business, portfolio optimization analysis, product development and support of all functional areas of our business including acquisitions, asset management and valuation. Examples of research activities that have enhanced investment performance for our clients include:
- establishing required rates of return (hurdle rates) for investment opportunities that are focused on the relative risk and appreciation potential of the various investments;
- maintaining asset allocation strategies that provide efficient exposure and diversification to the real estate markets;
- assimilating and delivering consistent and relevant information to all functional areas of our business.