Liquidity Risk of Private Assets: Evidence from Real Estate Markets
The Financial Review, Forthcoming
38 Pages Posted: 11 Feb 2013
Date Written: February 1, 2013
Investment in thinly-traded private assets involves liquidity risk. Existing literature provides limited guidance as it mainly focuses on publicly-traded security assets such as stocks and bonds. This paper develops an analytical tool for quantifying liquidity risk of private assets. Using commercial real estate as a model asset and under reasonable assumptions, we find that the magnitude of liquidity risk is too large to be ignored, especially in down markets when liquidity risk is a great concern.
Keywords: Illiquidity, Liquidity risk, Thinly-traded private asset
JEL Classification: G11, G32, R3
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