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What’s New In Investments, Funds? – Nuveen

Editorial Staff November 2, 2022

What’s New In Investments, Funds? – Nuveen

The latest news in investment offerings, financial products and other services relative to wealth advisors and their clients.

This week, Nuveen, a global investment manager of TIAA with over $1 trillion in assets under management, has launched the Nuveen Global Timberland strategy. 

The strategy seeks to provide investors with targeted exposure to sustainable timberland investments in core geographies, including the US, Chile, Uruguay, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia, the firm said in a statement.

As global investors seek to transition portfolios to net zero by 2050, timberland investments are likely to play a significant role. 

The strategy provides a natural climate solution for reducing carbon emissions by producing more timber on less land, reducing emissions through efficient operating practices and sequestering and storing carbon in the soil and trees. Natural climate solutions are the lowest-cost scalable route to climate mitigation and, according to the World Resources Institute, can provide up to 30 per cent of the emissions reductions needed by 2030.

According to the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy, global demand for timber is expected to grow by up to 200 per cent by 2050, owing to increased demand from a continued growth in global population and per capita income, presenting a compelling return opportunity for timber production.

The firm said that the investments will target a net total return of 5 to 7 per cent per annum from the sale of timber, land sales, carbon offsets, conservation easements and the natural appreciation of the assets, with a targeted 2 to 3 per cent per annum cash yield. It offers a unique global exposure, blending a stable dollar return profile with access to the potential for high returns, uncorrelated strategies outside of the US.

Welcoming the launch, Martin Davies, head of Nuveen Natural Capital, said: “This strategy will offer clients access to quality timberland assets with compelling growth and sustainability central to the investment thesis.”

“In the current economic environment, real asset characteristics make timberland an attractive inflation hedge, with downside risk mitigation against different economic cycles and stable income. This launch is our latest step in bolstering our first-class real assets offering for clients, at a time when global investor demand is growing rapidly,” he continued.

“Timberland is an intrinsic investment in natural capital assets. With trees storing carbon, it is a proven and low-cost technology to remove greenhouse gas emissions from the atmosphere. As economies transition to low carbon, sustainable timber is a crucial material in replacing carbon intensive steel and concrete in building construction. We believe this is one of the many factors that position timberland to deliver both attractive returns and climate solutions for clients,” he said.

The strategy will sit under Nuveen Natural Capital, Nuveen’s land-based investment specialist, and part of the newly-structured Nuveen Real Assets platform, which combines Nuveen’s capabilities in real estate, farmland, infrastructure, timberland, agribusiness, and commodities into one offering, the firm added.

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