One of the most powerful benefits modern technology provides businesses with today is increased visibility into operations. In the real estate segment, deep insight into business performance is paramount to delivering better customer experiences.
One area of the real estate ecosystem that is, arguably, one of the more challenging branches is investment management. There are so many aspects of investment management that require constant monitoring, communication and tracking that it’s difficult to do it all effectively without the aid of technology to help managers stay organized.
Apart from benefitting investment managers and helping streamline their work, the insight captured by technology also gives investors themselves increased transparency around their portfolios.
Investment management is also ripe for growth. Our recent survey of investors found they are positive about the market, with almost half of respondents indicating they plan to increase their real estate investments and stay in the real estate investment game long-term. The winter is a good time to move forward with real estate investments because this time of year tends to be more of a buyer’s market, especially in multifamily, a popular asset class.
There is no better time for investment managers to get ahead of the season and consider how to use technology to strengthen and build lasting relationships with their investors, all of which lead to better business growth.
Be Investors’ One-Stop Shop
Real estate investing is a complex environment because there is a multitude of information to keep track of and to understand in order to make sound investment decisions. Investors rely heavily on their investment managers to provide them with consistent information across a variety of areas like new investment opportunities, property performance updates and analytics, information about the performance of the investment management company, and more.
Managers should use technology to provide this type of information more effectively and more frequently to investors. Historically, investment management required a significant amount of last-minute, manual paperwork to deliver relevant investor information, including fundraising documents, tax documents, statements, distribution calculations and contributions. In the investment world, there’s often an immediacy tied to providing financial information. Managers can employ technology to consistently keep track of financial documents, reducing risks of double entry and other human error and eliminating pressure on investment managers to pull together last-minute requests from investors. It also provides more assurance to investors that they will be able to acquire any information they need through digital records, accurately and concisely, and at any time. This leads to more confidence in investment managers and gives investment managers time back to focus on more strategic work.
Savvy investment managers track and pull every part of the investment cycle into digital, visually digestible, online material that also gives investors themselves direct access to information they need, in one location.
Grow And Strengthen Relationships
Communication plays a huge role in any successful business relationship. By using technology, investment managers can do this better with their investors, keeping operations more organized and transparent. Instead of constant follow-up with investors to get a better idea of where certain actions stand, use tech to be automatically updated on the latest completed activities, like when investors receive a signed document. Take as much of the guesswork and misunderstanding out of investment communications as possible to make for more efficient work.
Through streamlined processes and through working with effective investment managers, investors, naturally, will have more confidence in the investment management business handling their portfolios and fundraising. This kind of credibility and trust, in turn, gives investment management businesses the opportunity to raise even more capital from investors, helping overall business growth.
Understand Your Investors’ Needs
It’s important to understand that while technology will certainly improve operations, it isn’t the only important component of successful real estate investment management. Managers must understand their investor needs and keep those at the forefront of all their business decisions.
For example, managers need to be able to craft different investment strategies depending on the investor they’re servicing. It’s never going to be a one-size-fits-all approach. While some investors might be focused on the multifamily space, others might have a more mixed portfolio, which requires different strategies for different asset classes. It may even make sense for managers to try and specialize in a specific area of real estate, like development, to offer more sound advice on where it might make the most sense to invest in the future.
Additionally, as many investors invest nationwide, not just locally, it’s critical for managers to have in-depth knowledge of the local markets their investors play in, to help lead investors to better decisions and give them more information and background to work with when making those decisions.
While technology absolutely helps take investment managers to the next level, understanding individual investors and their needs, assets and strategies will help managers cross the finish line.
PepsiCo Makes $550 Million Celsius Investment As Hip Hop Mogul Sues For His Shares – Forbes
has its sights on gaining a bigger share of the energy drink with a $550 million investment in Celsius Holdings. The energy drink maker is also at the center of a lawsuit between Russell Simmons and his ex-wife Kimora Lee Simmons along with her husband Tim Leissner, as he tries to retrieve his shares in Celsius back from them. Allegedly Kimora Lee and Leissner transferred and were using his shares of Celsius as collateral to pay a bond in connection with these criminal charges. Leissner already pleaded guilty, and agreed to forfeit $43.7 million for his role in the Malaysia 1MDB scandal that cost Goldman more than $3 billion. Simmons alleges that his shares of Celsius are being used as collateral to pay a bond in connection with these criminal charges.
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Celsius recorded a first-quarter domestic revenue increase of 217% to $123.5 million and the long-term distribution deal gives Pepsi a minority stake of about 8.5%. The brand, which doesn’t use artificial preservatives or sugar, adds to PepsiCo’s energy drink portfolio, which already includes Rockstar as well as Mountain Dew drinks Amp, Game Fuel, and Kickstart. CultureBanx reported that with these types of returns it’s easy to see why Simmons wants his shares back from the couple.
Quick Recap on how these three people ended up in this situation. Goldman Sachs
last year agreed to pay the Malaysian government $3.1 billion, to settle claims in the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) fund. One of the main people who got the bank involved in this scandal was Kimora Lee’s Simmons husband Tim Leissner.
The bank swiftly parted ways with him after his shady dealings with Jho Low came to light. In November 2018, when Leissner agreed to pay $43.7 million toward victim compensation, it was in order to avoid jail time.
In his claim, Simmons says Kimora and Leissner “knew full well that Leissner would need tens of millions of dollars to avoid jail time, stay out on bail, and forfeit monies for victim compensation.” Simmons claims they used their Celsius shares as collateral for Leissner’s bail, and he wants his shares returned.
Now Russell wants no financial part in keeping Leissner out of jail. In a letter sent to his ex-wife Kimora Lee on May 5, 2021, he was pleading with her to do the right thing and avoid a lawsuit. He wrote that “I am shocked and saddened to see how your side has behaved in response to my repeated attempts to get an agreement from you to rightfully and legally reaffirm my 50% of the Celsius shares..which have been locked up with the government after being used for your husband’s bail money.”
A representative for Kimora Lee said “Kimora and her children are shocked by the extortive harassment coming from her ex-husband, Russell Simmons, who has decided to sue her for shares and dividends of Celsius stock in which Kimora and Tim Leissner invested millions of dollars.” At this point Russell is asking a judge for damages against Kimora and Leissner and believes he should be awarded restitution for interest and equal value for the wrongfully obtained shares.
Saskatchewan Leads Provinces In Building Construction Investment | News and Media – Government of Saskatchewan
Released on August 12, 2022
Saskatchewan first among the provinces in year-over-year growth
Today, Statistics Canada released June 2022 Investment in Building Construction numbers, which showed Saskatchewan with a 63.0 per cent increase (seasonally adjusted) compared to June 2021, ranking first among the provinces in terms of percentage change.
Saskatchewan also had strong month-to-month growth for building construction investment with a 17.6 per cent increase (seasonally adjusted) between May 2022 and June 2022, second among the provinces. The value of building construction investment in June 2022 was $464 million, the highest monthly investment in the province since August 2013.
Investment in residential building construction also saw strong month-to-month growth with an increase of 24.0 per cent.
“Saskatchewan’s economy is moving full steam ahead as we advance our Government’s strategy to increase our exports and attract investment into the province,” Trade and Export Development Minister Jeremy Harrison said. “Saskatchewan is a global leader in the sustainable production of the food, fuel and fertilizer that the world needs, a reality that will lead to more jobs and opportunities in our province for years to come.”
The latest Statistics Canada Labour Force Survey showed there were 581,600 people employed in July 2022 – an increase of 24,400 jobs (+4.4 per cent) compared to July 2021, the third highest percentage increase among the provinces. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 4.0 per cent remained the second lowest among the provinces, a decrease from 7.1 per cent in July 2021 and well below the national average of 4.9 per cent.
Saskatchewan has ranked highly in a number of other key economic indicators in recent months, including June 2022 merchandise exports, which had the second highest year-over-year growth among the provinces at 57.3 per cent and June 2022 building permits, which had the second highest month-to-month growth among the provinces at 15.8 per cent and the third highest year-over-year growth at 27.4 per cent. June 2022 urban housing starts had the second highest year-over-year growth at 87.0 per cent, compared to the national increase of 0.2 per cent (unadjusted).
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