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From Property Companies to Real Estate Investment Trusts: The Impact of Economic and Property Factors on UK Listed Property Returns

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  • Vitor Leone

A great deal of research has examined comovements between commercial real estate returns and macroeconomic variables in the US economy. These relationships have attracted less research interest for the UK real estate market, despite this being the largest European Market. This study targets this gap in the literature by investigating the impact of economic and property factors ? e.g. the UK IPD all property returns, the FTSE all share index returns, and the term structure of interest rates ? on listed property returns. It examines a sample of UK property companies which converted to real estate investment trusts (REITS) following the introduction of the UK legislation permitting this from January 2007. By applying structural time-series modelling and the Kalman filter to obtain unexpected changes or innovations in selected economic and property variables it was found that economic and property variables influence commercial property returns in the UK. Specifically, unexpected changes in the FTSE All Share Index returns, the UK IPD All Property Returns, Industrial Production, the UK IPD All Property Rental Growth, and the UK All Property Equivalent Yield all had a positive impact on property returns. In contrast the term structure of interest rates and the sterling US dollar exchange rate exerted a negative influence. It was also found that by converting property companies into REITS their returns quickly acquired common features of both equities and commercial property backed assets.

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Article provided by Economic Issues in its journal Economic Issues.

Volume (Year): 16 (2011)
Issue (Month): 1 (March)
Pages: 19-36

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Handle: RePEc:eis:articl:111bleone
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