As seen within the South African market, the choice of asset classes is limited to the traditional four: office, retail, industrial and residential. These asset classes may perform well in the long term but are expected to churn out short term returns consistently. This creates a mismatch of expected return and performance. The reason why the expected returns are not met is that investors do not anticipate the cyclical nature of the economy. Often, when the asset class under performs, investors dump the asset, taking an immediate loss as opposed to riding out the property cycle and waiting for such asset to perform.