Risk and Return Characteristics of Property Indices in Emerging Markets
42 Pages Posted: 22 Sep 2003
Date Written: September 3, 2003
We examine the investment performance and diversification benefits of real estate investments in emerging capital markets using property indices, and we contrast the risk and return characteristics of those property indices with the broader equity markets in those countries and with real estate and broader equity investments in developed markets. Real estate indices experienced relatively high total risk and low returns, but only a few of these indices underperformed on a risk-adjusted basis. Despite lackluster performance, real estate investments in emerging markets offered diversification opportunities to equity market investors in emerging markets as well as to real estate and equity market investors in developed markets. Policy makers in some countries support restrictions that limit investments abroad. These legislators should recognize that there is a tradeoff between potential benefits from keeping capital in their domestic markets versus reductions in diversification benefits available to their constituents.
Keywords: real estate, emerging markets, performance, diversification, risk and return
JEL Classification: F0, F3, G0, G2
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