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Changes in REIT Liquidity 1990-1994: Evidence from Intra-day Transactions

  • Vijay Bhasin
  • Rebel A. Cole
  • Joseph K. Kiely

This study uses data on intra-day transactions to analyze whether real estate investment (REIT) liquidity as measured by the bid-ask spread changed from 1990 to 1994, a period during which the industry's market capitalization increased from $8.7 billion to $45 billion. REIT percentage spreads (spread as percentage of share price) narrowed significantly, primarily attributable to higher share prices rather than narrower dollar-value spreads. An empirical model is used to analyze the determinants of percentage spreads. Return variance and share price, not market capitalization are found to be the primary determinants of percentage spreads in both periods. This suggests that the liquidity of REIT securities is similar to that of non-REIT securities with similar prices and return variance. In addition, percentage spreads are wider for REITs trading on the NASDAQ. Copyright American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association.

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Volume (Year): 25 (1997)
Issue (Month): 4 ()
Pages: 615-630

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