Real estate constitutes a good laboratory to investigate the similarity of public and private asset returns and risks. We find evidence of a one-to-one long-term relation between public and private real estate performance. Also, the return volatilities do not differ significantly between the public and private markets regardless of investment horizon. The findings have important implications for portfolio management: (1) public and private real estate are close substitutes in a portfolio with a several-year investment horizon and (2) public real estate-related ETFs and derivatives are useful to hedge risks associated with direct real estate holdings or lenders' mortgage inventory.
- Real estate
- Portfolio allocation