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The payoff and implied pricing kernel in REITs

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This article explores the hybrid character (i.e. the resemblance of both stock and bond) of Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) through the implied pricing kernel behind REITs prices. We use the Empirical Pricing kernel method (Rosenberg and Engle, 2002) to explore their Payoff probability density and extract the implied pricing kernel. To estimate payoff probability density, we use asymmetric GARCH model. Results indicate that implied pricing kernels flatten in all ranges of low rate of returns and decrease exponentially in ranges of high rate of returns. This means the REIT pricing kernel resembles a bond when rate of return is low, and a stock when it is high. The pattern is consistent between 1970 and 2000.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Investment Portfolio Research Group, IndyMac Bank, Pasadena, CA, 91106

Publication date: 2008-11-01

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