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Substitutability between Equity REITs and Mortgage REITs


  • Ming-Long Lee

    () (National Yulin University of Science and Technology, Touliu, Yulin, Taiwan 640)

  • Kevin C.H. Chiang

    () (University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK 99775)


This study extends Seck’s (1996) approach to investigate the degree of substitutability between equity real estate investment trusts (EREITs) and mortgage real estate investment trusts (MREITs). The variance ratio test and the variance decomposition of forecast errors yield results indicating the existence of informational commonality between EREITs and MREITs. The findings indicate that the two types of REITs are substitutable. A direct implication is that investors who believe they have superior forecasting ability will be indifferent to invest in either type of REIT. Another implication is that REITs can be treated as a single asset class in constructing a diversified multi-asset portfolio.

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  • Ming-Long Lee & Kevin C.H. Chiang, 2004. "Substitutability between Equity REITs and Mortgage REITs," Journal of Real Estate Research, American Real Estate Society, vol. 26(1), pages 95-114.
  • Handle: RePEc:jre:issued:v:26:n:1:2004:p:95-114

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    • L85 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Real Estate Services


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