Time-Series Properties and Diversification Benefits of REIT Returns
This study examines the potential of real estate investment trusts (REITs) to improve the investment opportunity set available to investors in the United States in an ex ante (i.e., asset allocation) context. The findings show that conditioning on lagged REIT returns offers investors an improved method to predict volatilities and correlations of REITs with other asset classes. The ex ante benefits of the diversification of REITs are shown to be related to ex post performance by using a dynamic asset allocation exercise with ex ante information. These portfolios, on average, involve substantial allocation to REITs and achieve mean-variance tradeoffs close to those attained by fixed-weight unconditional mean-variance portfolios.
Volume (Year): 17 (1999)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
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