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The Historical Performance of Real Estate Investment Trusts

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This empirical study investigates the performance of Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs). Although many people have studied REIT performance, their findings on the long-term performance of REITs are generally inconclusive. The objectives of this study are: (1) to evaluate the long-term (1970-1993) performance of REITs; (2) to examine the stability of REIT performance over time; and (3) to investigate the sensitivity of a specific performance measure, the Jensen index, to two general performance benchmarks and two REIT samples. The results indicate that the performance of the REIT portfolios was consistent with the security market line for the 1970-1993 period. However, REIT performance varied over the period. This study also found that the use of the unrepresentative S&P 500 index as a performance benchmark tends to overstate REIT performance. Finally, survivor REITs in general performed better than the overall REIT population.

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  • Jun Han & Youguo Liang, 1995. "The Historical Performance of Real Estate Investment Trusts," Journal of Real Estate Research, American Real Estate Society, vol. 10(3), pages 235-262.
  • Handle: RePEc:jre:issued:v:10:n:3:1995:p:235-262
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    2. Ling T. He, 1998. "Cointegration and Price Discovery between Equity and Mortgage REITs," Journal of Real Estate Research, American Real Estate Society, vol. 16(3), pages 327-338.
    3. Leh-Chyan So & Jun-Yang Yu, 2015. "IMPROVED DETECTION OF RARE-EVENT RISK OF A PORTFOLIO WITH U.S. REITs," Annals of Financial Economics (AFE), World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd., vol. 10(02), pages 1-25, December.
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    5. Michael J. Seiler & Arjun Chatrath & James R. Webb, 2001. "Real Asset Ownership and the Risk and Return to Stockholders," Journal of Real Estate Research, American Real Estate Society, vol. 22(1/2), pages 199-212.
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    7. Yougou Liang & Michael J. Seiler & Arjun Chatrath, 1998. "Are REIT Returns Hedgeable?," Journal of Real Estate Research, American Real Estate Society, vol. 16(1), pages 87-98.
    8. Peter Oppenheimer & Terry V. Grissom, 1998. "Frequency Space Correlation Between REITs and Capital Market Indices," Journal of Real Estate Research, American Real Estate Society, vol. 16(3), pages 291-310.
    9. Benjamas Jirasakuldech & Robert Campbell & John Knight, 2006. "Are There Rational Speculative Bubbles in REITs?," The Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, Springer, vol. 32(2), pages 105-127, March.
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    11. Piao, Xiaorui & Mei, Bin & Xue, Yuan, 2016. "Comparing the financial performance of timber REITs and other REITs," Forest Policy and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 72(C), pages 115-121.
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