Sources of alpha and beta in property funds
Baum, A. and Farrelly, K., (2008) Sources of alpha and beta in property funds. Working Papers in Real Estate & Planning . 06/08. Working Paper. University of Reading, Reading. pp22.
This paper examines issues related to potential analytical performance systems for global property funds. These will include traditional attribution methods but will also cover the performance concepts of alpha and beta widely used in other asset classes. We look at issues including...what creates beta, and what drives alpha in real estate investment? How can it be measured and isolated? How do these concepts relate to traditional attribution systems? Can performance records and performance fees adequately distinguish between these drivers? In this paper we illustrate these issues by reference to a case study addressing the complete performance record of a single unlisted fund.