Calendar Anomalies: Do REITs Behave Like Stocks?
International Real Estate Review, Vol. 18, No. 1, pp. 177-215, 2015
40 Pages Posted: 23 Dec 2015
Date Written: January 1, 2015
This study addresses the unsettled question of whether REITs behave similarly to stocks with respect to calendar anomalies. We determine the magnitudes of several types of calendar anomalies for both the REIT and stock market index returns in 22 countries between 1990 and 2012. In general, our evidence shows that the calendar effects are not universal across countries and that REITs behave differently from their stock counterparts in a number of countries. The difference in behavior is especially evident around the turn of the month where REITs exhibit significantly higher returns than general stocks in the global sample as well as in 7 of the 22 countries examined. This result may be possibly linked to the higher level of institutional ownership in REITs than stocks in their corresponding market during the period examined.
Keywords: Real Estate Investment Trusts, Seasonality, Calendar Anomalies
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