Global equity markets suffered a significant correction in October. The weakness experienced across many emerging markets through September spread to developed markets, with the highly valued technology stocks in the S&P 500 Index (-6.8%) leading the way down. While real estate equity markets were certainly not immune, they were far less affected. The trust’s benchmark fell -3.5% versus the STOXX Europe 600 Index’s fall of -5.5%, as the latter was led down by weakness in technology and growth-orientated companies.
The steady climb in European property shares this year came to an abrupt halt in September. The Trust’s benchmark, FTSE EPRA Nareit Developed Europe Net TR (in GBP) fell -3.5% in the month and this was the first material monthly fall since the Jan / February correction. Investors returned from their summer holidays to be confronted by a long list of macro woes ranging from the risks surrounding a US/China full scale trade war and Brexit through to the impact of a strong USD on emerging markets. The Euro also weakened against Sterling returning to pre summer levels as investors focused on concerns of a Brussels / Rome rift over the Italian’s desire to spend beyond their means and breach EU budget deficit restrictions.
Pan European property shares initially continued their positive run with the benchmark FTSE EPRA/NAREIT Developed Europe Index TR in GBP) gaining over 2.5% in the first 3 weeks of August. However there was an abrupt pullback in the last few days of the month, coinciding with the end of the holiday period. This resulted in a monthly return of 0.87% whilst the NAV total return slightly exceeded this returning 1.22%.
Pan European property shares extended their gains in July, with the benchmark (FTSE European Public Real Estate Association/National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (EPRA/NAREIT) Developed Europe Index total return in sterling) rising 2.1%, bringing the financial year (31 March) to-date performance up to 8.2%. The fund’s total return in July was 2.8%, exceeding the benchmark by 68 basis points (bps).
After the strong performance of real estate equities from the February lows, June saw the market pause with the benchmark, FTSE EPRA / NAREIT Europe Index TR (in GBP) rising 1.06%. The Trust’s NAV was slightly behind at 1.01% whilst the share price rallied 3.9% nudging the stock back to a small premium to asset value.