A new group is trying to promote the use of commercial real estate as an investment option for employer-sponsored retirement plans.

A coalition of 10 global institutional real estate asset managers have formed the New York-based Defined Contribution Real Estate Council to serve as a resource for investors and plan sponsors who may be considering alternative investment options, such as real estate, through their existing portfolios.

As traditional pension plans, or defined benefit plans, gave way to 401(k) plans and other similar defined contribution plans, investors and plan sponsors have failed to fully grasp the role commercial real estate can play as part of a balanced, long-term retirement savings portfolio.

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