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Trend Following and Momentum Strategies for Global REITs

Moss, A., Clare, A., Thomas, S. and Seaton, J. (2015). Trend Following and Momentum Strategies for Global REITs. Journal of Real Estate Portfolio Management, 21(1), pp. 21-31. doi: 10.5555/1083-5547-21.1.21

Abstract

In this study, we investi- gate whether the risk-Adjusted returns of a global REIT portfolio would be enhanced by adopting a trend following global strategy (which is an abso- lute concept sometimes known as absolute mo- mentum), a momentum-based strategy (which is a relative concept and requires individual country al- locations), or indeed a combination of the two. e examine the results in terms of both a dedicated global REIT exposure, and the impact on a multi- asset portfolio. We find that the main improve- ments arise when the broad index is replaced with one of the four trend following strategies. The port- folios deliver similar returns but volatility is re- duced by up to a quarter to the 8%-9% range, the Sharpe ratios increase by 0.1 to 0.5 with the main benefit being the reduction in the maximum draw- down to under 30% compared to 43% when the broad index was used. We thus find that a com- bined momentum and trend following a global REIT strategy can be beneficial for both a dedicated REIT portfolio and adding REITs to a multi-Asset portfolio.

Publication Type: Article
Departments: Cass Business School > Finance
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/17845
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