Martha Peyton is managing director of Applied Research for Aegon Real Assets US primarily responsible for the development and application of research to real asset strategies. Prior to joining the firm, Martha was managing director, head of real estate and global real assets research for TIAA. While at TIAA, she built and oversaw the research function for the commercial mortgage loan and real estate business. This included managing research staff; setting the research agenda; conducting ongoing monitoring and analysis of the investment environment and asset class performance; and authoring white papers and research publications. Martha has over 30 years of industry experience and joined the firm in 2018. She received her BA, MA and PhD in economics from Fordham University.