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Trend Following and Momentum Strategies for Global REITs

Moss, A., Clare, A., Thomas, S. & 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


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: Bayes Business School > Finance
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