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The Inflation Hedging Characteristics of US and UK Investments: A Multi-Factor Error Correction Approach

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  • Martin Hoesli
  • Colin Lizieri

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    (Department of Real Estate & Planning, University of Reading)

  • Bryan MacGregor

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Historic analysis of the inflation hedging properties of stocks produced anomalous results, with equities often appearing to offer a perverse hedge against inflation. This has been attributed to the impact of real and monetary shocks to the economy, which influence both inflation and asset returns. It has been argued that real estate should provide a better hedge: however, empirical results have been mixed. This paper explores the relationship between commercial real estate returns (from both private and public markets) and economic, fiscal and monetary factors and inflation for US and UK markets. Comparative analysis of general equity and small capitalisation stock returns in both markets is carried out. Inflation is subdivided into expected and unexpected components using different estimation techniques. The analyses are undertaken using long-run error correction techniques. In the long-run, once real and monetary variables are included, asset returns are positively linked to anticipated inflation but not to inflation shocks. Adjustment processes are, however, gradual and not within period. Real estate returns, particularly direct market returns, exhibit characteristics that differ from equities

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Paper provided by Henley Business School, Reading University in its series Real Estate & Planning Working Papers with number rep-wp2006-01.

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Length: 46 pages
Date of creation: 2006
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Keywords: Investment Returns; Real Estate; Inflation Hedging; Error Correction Model;

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