Comovement in UK real estate sector returns
Lee, S., (1998) Comovement in UK real estate sector returns. Working Papers in Land Management & Development. 07/98. Working Paper. University of Reading, Reading. pp16.
Engle et al. (1990) distinguish between 'heat waves' and 'meteor showers' in an analogy which tries to differentiate between particular effects, not transmitted among markets, and general effects, which tend to affect all the markets, although different markets can be affected to different degrees. This paper applies this approach to the study of the monthly returns of four real estate market sectors: Office, Retail, Industrial and Retail Warehouses in the UK over the period 1979:2 to 1997:12. A VAR methodology used with the aim of detecting the causal relations and dynamic interactions among sector returns, as well as the transmission mechanisms of their information flows. The results obtained permit us to conclude that there is a good deal of integration between the monthly return time series for all the sectors. Therefore, diversification across real estate market sectors does not allow for the reduction of risk without sacrificing expected returns.