Accessing Real Assets through Equities

10 Pages Posted: 27 Sep 2012

Date Written: October 3, 2011


Real asset-based equities offer fundamental exposure to underlying real assets such as commodities, real estate and infrastructure. Historically, real asset- and commodity based equities have significantly outperformed core equities and commodity futures, respectively, and have also provided inflation protection and portfolio diversification. Depending on investment objectives and constraints, investors who may be seeking a real asset allocation need not be handcuffed by traditional asset class boundaries, and may consider real asset-based equities as an alternative means of accessing commodities, real estate and infrastructure.

Keywords: Real Assets, Real Asset Equities, Alternative Investments, Commodity Investments, Commodity Equities, Commodity Producers, Real Estate Investments, REITs, Infrastructure Investments, Asset Allocation

JEL Classification: G10, G11

Suggested Citation

Kang, Xiaowei, Accessing Real Assets through Equities (October 3, 2011). Available at SSRN: or

Xiaowei Kang (Contact Author)

Standard & Poor's ( email )

London EC2M 7NJ
United Kingdom

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