The NFI-ODCE is a capitalization-weighted, gross of fee, time-weighted return index with an inception date of December 31, 1977. Supplemental data is also provided, such as equal-weight and net of fee returns, for informational purposes and additional analysis.
Open-end funds are generally defined as infinite-life vehicles consisting of multiple investors who have the ability to enter or exit the fund on a periodic basis, subject to contribution and/or redemption requests, thereby providing a degree of potential investment liquidity. The term Diversified Core Equity style typically reflects lower risk investment strategies utilizing low leverage and generally represented by equity ownership positions in stable U.S. operating properties diversified across regions and property types.
The NFI-ODCE, like the NCREIF Property Index (NPI) and other stock and bond indices, is a capitalization-weighted index based on each fund’s net invested capital, which is defined as beginning market value net assets (BMV), adjusted for weighted cash flows (WCF) during the period.
Additional information, such as the equally-weighted NFI-ODCE, is also presented to show what the results would be if all funds were treated equally, regardless of size.
Additionally, NCREIF offers an NFI-ODCE Performance Attribution Report. This report provides users with full disclosure and transparency regarding the main attributes and key drivers of the benchmark.
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The table below represents gross total returns (value weight) for the NFI-ODCE
The NFI-ODCE, short for NCREIF Fund Index - Open End Diversified Core Equity, is the first of the NCREIF Fund Database products and is an index of investment returns reporting on both a historical and current basis the results of 38 open-end commingled funds pursuing a core investment strategy, some of which have performance histories dating back to the 1970s. The NFI-ODCE Index is capitalization-weighted and is reported gross of fees. Measurement is time-weighted. NCREIF will calculate the overall aggregated Index return.
The universe of funds comprising the NFI-ODCE employ, or did employ in the case of liquidated funds, a generally acknowledged investment style or strategy known in the business as "core" investing. Every fund included in the Index as well as any existing funds or those in the planning stages that aspire to be included in the Index must meet the following inclusion criteria.
The fund must be marketed as an open-end fund. If at any time a fund closes to new contributions and redemptions, NCREIF Staff will have the discretion to discontinue the fund in the Index (historical data will remain in the Index). All exclusions and deletions will be reported to the Board of Directors with adherence to the NCREIF data masking criteria to allow for review.
The fund must market itself as a diversified core investment strategy, primarily investing in private equity real estate, as follows:
The fund must comply with the NCREIF PREA Reporting Standards, including annual audits, quarterly valuations and time-weighted returns. Further, the fund must submit information in accordance with the NCREIF Fund Data Collection and Reporting Manual. Timely, accurate and industry compliant data is required.
For the fund formula, use the modified-dietz formula which is well documented in GIPS. This is the industry standard for all asset classes.
The formula is basically;
1) Numerator = Total Return $ (Income and Appreciation)
2) Denominator = Weighted Average Equity (Beginning Net
Assets plus weighted contributions minus weighted distributions for the period, generally quarterly). The weighting of contributions and distributions is based on the actual day of each cash flow and how long the cash flow is "in" or "out" of the portfolio.
The numerator varies depending upon whether it's before or after fee. The denominator is the same for both