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LONDON-The latest data from the Association of Property Unit Trusts and HSBC shows that property is continuing to deliver positive returns despite the current turbulence on the financial markets.

The APUT/HSBC Pooled Property Fund Indices–which measures the performance of 27 property funds–show a total return for the twelve months to September 2001 of 7.6 % compared to the FTSE All Share Index at 20.8% and the FTSE 5/15 Gilt (Government bond) at 7.4%. And property has outperformed equities and gilts over the last three and five years.

APUT Chairman Ian Mason said: ‘Even before the 11 September, equities had experienced weakening returns as fears of global economic slowdown damaged investor sentiment. The terrorist attacks served only to make a bad situation worse. Set against this turmoil, the inclusion of property in a multi-asset portfolio will have made a valuable contribution to returns.’

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