REIT Stock Market Volatility and Expected Returns
Real Estate Economics, Forthcoming
Posted: 8 Jan 2015
Date Written: November 7, 2014
We study the relation between REIT stock volatility and future returns, focusing particularly on the financial crisis period of 2007-2009. There is ongoing debate about whether stock volatility can forecast future returns. Our findings suggest that REIT implied volatility is negatively related to contemporaneous stock returns; there is a significant positive relationship between REIT implied volatility and future stock volatility; and there is a significant negative relation between REIT implied volatility and future stock returns. Lastly, we develop trading rules based on REIT implied volatility to test whether these relationships are exploitable. The result suggests a potentially profitable trading strategy.
Keywords: implied volatility, REIT stock returns, financial distress, financial crisis
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