The persistent low-interest rate environment in the U.S. coupled with volatile domestic and global equity markets has investors moving their focus to Investment Real Estate.  Re-gearing your portfolio to include an Investment Real Estate component is a strategy which provides insulation from equity market risk while still achieving attractive yields. – Matthew Shirley, CCIM

Article submitted by Matthew Shirley, CCIM, Leasing and Sales Agent for Saurage Rotenberg Commercial Real Estate

Forbes | June 8, 2016

Investors face a conundrum in today’s market: Low interest rates are making fixed-income products less attractive, while broader equities continue to be volatile amid weak global economic growth, ongoing geopolitical turmoil and depressed commodity prices.

“People are desperately seeking yield and having a very difficult time finding it,” said Chris Ludeman, global president of Capital Markets at CBRE Group, a commercial real estate services and investment firm.

One asset class many are considering is commercial real estate, with its potential to offer more stable, higher-yield returns over the long term. While commercial real estate also has risks — and has been affected by volatility and negative investment sentiment in recent months — its fundamentals remain strong, according to Ludeman.

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Matthew Shirley joined Saurage Rotenberg Commercial Real Estate in January 2011. Matthew is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in International Trade and Finance. While at LSU Matthew was a member of Omicron Delta Epsilon The International Honor Society for Economics. Matthew’s professional memberships include the Greater Baton Rouge Association of REALTORS® Commercial Investment Division and the Louisiana Commercial Data Base (LACDB).

Saurage Rotenberg Commercial Real Estate is a member of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber of Commerce (BRAC); the West Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce; the Baton Rouge Growth Coalition; the Baton Rouge Better Business Bureau; the Louisiana Commercial Data Base (LACDB); and the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). Several agents, on an individual basis, are members of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors® (SIOR), the Certified Commercial Investment Member Institute (CCIM); theNational Association of REALTORS® (NAR); and the Greater Baton Rouge Association of REALTORS® Commercial Investment Division (CID).