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Winning C.I.T.I.E.S.

Winning C.I.T.I.E.S. drills into leading cities’ structural attributes, using indicators to quantify past performance and potential.

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What Makes a Winning City?

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What makes a winning city? In an age of global uncertainty and disruption, the answer is far from clear, but all too often overlooked by traditional sector- or country-focused research models.
Compare Top Investment Markets Around the World

Winning Cities harnesses our expansive research capability to compare top investment markets on a city-specific basis around the world. Using variable selection and model weights, Winning Cities drills into the structural attributes of leading cities and uses defined, measurable indicators to quantify historical real estate performance and long-term potential.

The framework applies globally consistent methodology to compare 130 major metros around the world. These are filtered according to their historic relation to risk or total returns using liquidity as a proxy for risk, and then combined into a single-weighted average Winning City score.

For Resiliency And Reinvention

The output is compelling yet consistent. Whether they score highly for Commercial Real Estate, Infrastructure, Tourism, Innovation, Economy & Demographics and Sustainability, or across each of the C.I.T.I.E.S, indicators, Winning Cities are resilient. They can withstand the loss of a key industry or employer and create the perfect conditions for innovation, commercial success and growth. They enable continuous reinvention across business cycles, driving long-term commercial real estate outperformance in the process. 

Winning Cities are typically connected with major transport hubs and extensive multi-model transportation systems that reduce travel and transport costs for businesses and residents. They are innovative with major research institutions, high-growth clusters and educated populations. And they entice visitors and keep residents entertained with a blend of cultural and natural amenities.

To Quantify Long Term Growth Potential

The top 25 global cities within the C.I.T.I.E.S. ranking are nearly evenly spread across EMEA, APAC and the Americas. European markets fared well for infrastructure, strong GDP per capita and their tourism pull. The leading APAC cities had strong growth potential and scored highly for forward-looking factors including forecasted household income as well as population growth. Winning Cities in the Americas shared high innovation scores, thanks to the prevalence of world-leading higher education institutions, technology companies and entrepreneurial markets.

Winning Cities continues to drive targeted, city-specific investments with outstanding returns. Our deliberate focus on environmental resiliency has come into its own as the line between sustainability and alpha continues to blur. Our long-term forecasts have stood firm amid unprecedented change, and overlaid with our more immediate RARE market screening, provide an unrivalled view into the here, now and future of global real estate.

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