Vince Childers, CFA
Head of Real Assets Multi-StrategyMore by this author
4 minute read
History shows that including real assets in a portfolio may provide inflation sensitivity, greater portfolio diversification, and attractive risk-adjusted returns over full market cycles.
Vince Childers, Head of Real Assets Multi-Strategy, discusses key challenges investors are facing today, why real assets are positioned to benefit, and Cohen & Steers’ strategic, long-term investment approach.
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Risks of Investing in Real Assets Securities.
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