Optimal Portfolio Selection: The Role of Illiquidity and Investment Horizon

30 Pages Posted: 3 Mar 2017

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Ping Cheng

Florida Atlantic University - Finance

Zhenguo (Len) Lin

Florida International University (FIU) - Hollo School of Real Estate

Yingchun Liu

Dept. of Finance, Insurance, Real Estate and Law, University of North Texas

Date Written: March 3, 2017

Abstract

Modern Portfolio Theory is a single-period model developed for the efficient securities market, in which asset prices are implicitly assumed to follow a random walk. It is widely agreed that real estate does not fit into the efficient market paradigm; however, mixed-asset portfolio analysis continues to rely on Modern Portfolio Theory. This paper proposes an alternative model that extends the Modern Portfolio Theory to accommodate multi-period utility maximization as well as the unique characteristics of real estate such as liquidity risk, horizon-dependence of real estate returns and high transaction cost. The model is easy to be implemented. Using real world data, it demonstrates the optimal allocation to real estate in the mixed-asset portfolio is quite in line with the reality of institutional portfolios.

Suggested Citation

Cheng, Ping and Lin, Zhenguo and Liu, Yingchun, Optimal Portfolio Selection: The Role of Illiquidity and Investment Horizon (March 3, 2017). Journal of Real Estate Research, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2926793

Ping Cheng

Florida Atlantic University - Finance ( email )

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Zhenguo Lin (Contact Author)

Florida International University (FIU) - Hollo School of Real Estate ( email )

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Yingchun Liu

Dept. of Finance, Insurance, Real Estate and Law, University of North Texas ( email )

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Denton, TX 76203
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