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Title: CURRENCY HEDGING AND INTERNATIONAL REAL ESTATE SECURITIES INVESTMENT
Authors: PHAM THI THANH THUY
Keywords: Real Estate
RE
Ooi Thian Leong Joseph
2012/2013 RE
Issue Date: 17-Apr-2013
Citation: PHAM THI THANH THUY (2013-04-17). CURRENCY HEDGING AND INTERNATIONAL REAL ESTATE SECURITIES INVESTMENT. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This dissertation examines the impact of currency movements on the volatility of international real estate portfolios, as well as the effectiveness of currency hedging in overseas investments. It is shown that, except for the Japanese Yen, exchange-rate movements reinforce the movements of property stock markets. Therefore, managing currency risk should be considered in Asia-Pacific countries, while Japanese Yen exposure should be retained to take advantage of its significant relative correlation with Asian real estate securities markets. Two hedging strategies using forward contracts are employed: full-hedging and optimal-hedging strategies. Over the 2003 to 2010 time period, test statistics suggest that currency hedging significantly improves the performance of portfolios containing unhedged property stocks. In addition, full hedging is proven to be the sub-optimal strategy relative to optimal hedging. Japanese Yen long forward contracts and Hong Kong Dollar short forward contracts are strongly recommended to be included in property stock portfolios. However, variances of hedged portfolios do exceed the variances of the unhedged portfolios. This implies that exchange-rate hedging is not a good risk-management tool for risk-minimizing investors; in contrast, currency hedges are recommended for investors with speculative motives to strengthen their portfolios’ performance.
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/223683
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