Emerging asset classes grab investor interest

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Demand for data centres, flexible workspaces and
co-living spaces emerge as key drivers of fresh
investment in the real estate space.

world transformed by the Covid-19 pandemic, the asset classes of popular choice are changing and investor preference is markedly shifting towards emerging asset classes such as data centres, flexible workspaces and co-living
spaces.
The first half of 2021 has already recorded a 33% increase in investment in these emerging asset classes and the processes has been well-supported by globalisation, higher disposable incomes and greater digital penetration, according to a report prepared by Colliers India, leading commercial real estate brokerage professional services and investment management company, in partnership with industry body FICCI.

Titled ‘Unveiling the Potential of Emerging Real Assets’, the report says that though these new asset classes had started emerging over the past
three years, the pandemic had somewhat dented demand for flexible workspaces and co-living assets. However, it boosted demand for data centres
due to increasing dependence on the internet and digitization. The demand for such spaces could be expected to increase exponentially over the next few years, the report says.

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