CHICAGO, ILLINOIS and TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Sept. 9, 2016) - BMO Capital Markets, the investment and corporate banking arm of BMO Financial Group (NYSE:BMO)(TSX:BMO), will hold its 11th annual Real Estate Conference on September 19th-20th at The Fairmont Hotel in Chicago.
This year's conference comes as the asset class goes mainstream amid fallout from the Brexit decision in June and as REITs get their own sector classification in the major market indexes.
"The world has changed for REITs and they will continue to become more mainstream," said Paul Adornato, who will co-host the conference with fellow BMO Research Analysts John Kim, Heather Kirk and Troy MacLean.
"Given year-to-date performance and equity issuances, US REITs have reached the $1 trillion equity market cap milestone for the first time," said Mr. Kim.
The BMO Capital Markets Real Estate conference will include some of North America's most influential real estate players, including CEOs and CFOs from leading companies, institutional and private equity investors and other industry participants.
"Canadian REITs have grown in scale and sophistication and we expect this evolution to continue as more generalists look at the sector," said Ms. Kirk. "Canadian REITs have outperformed in 2016 due to low interest rates and a generally stable operating environment. We have Canada's top REITs attending the conference."
The conference will include panel discussions about top-of-mind subjects including the new GICS classification, attracting a wider investor base to the sector and the outlook for real estate in a low growth and low interest rate environment.
Media who are interested in attending the conference in person, or in scheduling an interview, are invited to contact BMO's media relations department at the numbers and emails listed below.
About BMO Capital Markets
BMO Capital Markets is a leading, full-service North American financial services provider. With more than 2,200 employees operating in 30 locations, including 16 in North America, BMO Capital Markets offers corporate, institutional and government clients access to a complete range of investment and corporate banking products and services. BMO Capital Markets is a member of BMO Financial Group (NYSE:BMO)(TSX:BMO), one of the largest diversified financial services providers in North America, with total assets of CDN $692 billion as of July 31, 2016, and over 45,000 employees.