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Institutional Portfolios: Diversification through Farmland Investment

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  • David A. Lins
  • Bruce J. Sherrick
  • Aravind Venigalla

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This article demonstrates that farmland can enhance the overall performance of institutional portfolios which are currently dominated by stocks, bonds, and business real estate. Unlike previous articles on farmland returns, this article addresses the issue of "smoothing bias" associated with appraisal-based farmland returns. Improved measures of income returns to farmland are also used in developing the estimates of optimal portfolios. Parametric testing revealed that farmland continues to enter the optimal portfolios even for large increases in the variance or for large reductions in the annual returns to farmland. Copyright American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association.

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  • David A. Lins & Bruce J. Sherrick & Aravind Venigalla, 1992. "Institutional Portfolios: Diversification through Farmland Investment," Real Estate Economics, American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association, vol. 20(4), pages 549-571.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:reesec:v:20:y:1992:i:4:p:549-571
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    1. Waggle, Doug & Johnson, Don T., 2009. "An analysis of the impact of timberland, farmland and commercial real estate in the asset allocation decisions of institutional investors," Review of Financial Economics, Elsevier, pages 90-96.
    2. Helen Higgs & Andrew C. Worthington, 2002. "The Prospects for Geographic Diversification in UK Regional Property Investment: Implications Derived from Multivariate Cointegration Analysis," School of Economics and Finance Discussion Papers and Working Papers Series 111, School of Economics and Finance, Queensland University of Technology.
    3. Hennings, Enrique & Sherrick, Bruce J. & Barry, Peter J., 2005. "Portfolio Diversification Using Farmland Investments," 2005 Annual meeting, July 24-27, Providence, RI 19273, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
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    5. Williams, John & McSweeney, Peter & Salmon, Robert, 2014. "Australian Farm Investment: Domestic and Overseas Issues," Australasian Agribusiness Perspectives 234408, University of Melbourne, Melbourne School of Land and Environment.
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    8. Li, Xin, 2. "The Farmland Valuation Revisited," International Journal of Food and Agricultural Economics (IJFAEC), Alanya Alaaddin Keykubat University, Department of Economics and Finance, vol. 4(2).
    9. Mark A. Sunderman & Ronald W. Spahr & John W. Birch & Russell M. Oster, 2000. "Impact of Ranch and Market Factors on an Index of Agricultural Holding Period Returns," Journal of Real Estate Research, American Real Estate Society, vol. 19(2), pages 209-234.

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