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The Value of Liquidity


  • Lawrence Benveniste
  • Dennis R. Capozza
  • Paul J. Seguin


In this study, we examine the relationship between the liquidity of equity and its market value. We find that creating liquid equity claims on relatively illiquid property assets increases value by 12-22%. However, the fixed costs associated with creating these claims offset these liquidity gains for pools of assets below $100 million. We also estimate that the liquidity of individual properties adds 16% to their value relative to a notional nontradable property asset. Managers can enhance the liquidity of equity and, therefore, the benefits of securitization by increasing size, focus, and institutional ownership. Copyright 2001 by the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association.

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  • Lawrence Benveniste & Dennis R. Capozza & Paul J. Seguin, 2001. "The Value of Liquidity," Real Estate Economics, American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association, vol. 29(4), pages 633-660.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:reesec:v:29:y:2001:i:4:p:633-660

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