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Return and Risk of German Open-End Real Estate Funds


  • Raimond Maurer


  • Frank Reiner


  • Ralph Rogalla



Open-end real estate funds (so called “Offene Immobilienfonds”) play a major role in the German market for securitised real estate investments. Such funds are pools of money from many investors, which are invested in real estate by special investment management companies. This study seeks to identify the risk and return profile of this investment vehicle (before and after income taxes), to compare them with those of other major asset classes, and to provide implications for their appropriate role in a mixed-asset portfolio. Addition-ally, an overview of the institutional architecture and role of German open-end real estate funds is given. Empirical evidence suggests that the financial characteristics of open-end real estate funds are in many respects similar to those reported for direct real estate invest-ments. Accordingly, German open-end real estate funds qualify for medium and long-term investment horizons, rather than for shorter holding periods.

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  • Raimond Maurer & Frank Reiner & Ralph Rogalla, 2004. "Return and Risk of German Open-End Real Estate Funds," Working Paper Series: Finance and Accounting 114, Department of Finance, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main.
  • Handle: RePEc:fra:franaf:114

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    open-end real estate funds; institutional investors; asset allocation; long-term investments;

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