Dynamic correlations between REIT sub-sectors and the implications for diversification
Chong, J., Krystalogianni, A. and Stevenson, S. (2012) Dynamic correlations between REIT sub-sectors and the implications for diversification. Applied Financial Economics, 22 (13). pp. 1089-1109. ISSN 1466-4305
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To link to this article DOI: 10.1080/09603107.2011.639735
The issue of whether Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) should pursue a focused or diversified investment strategy remains an ongoing debate within both the academic and industry communities. This article considers the relationship between REITs focused on different property sectors in a Generalized Autoregressive Conditional Heteroscedasticity-Dynamic Control Correlation (GARCH-DCC) framework. The daily conditional correlations reveal that since 1990 there has been a marked upward trend in the coefficients between US REIT sub-sectors. The findings imply that REITs are behaving in a far more homogeneous manner than in the past. Furthermore, the argument that REITs should be focused in order that investors can make the diversification decision is reduced.
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