The role of Malaysian securitised real estate in a mixedasset portfolio

Chi Man Hui, Chyi Lin Lee, Kien Hwa Ting

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Purpose – Previous studies on the Malaysian securitised real estate market have largely emphasised on performance analysis, whereas the importance of securitised real estate in asset allocation is largely ignored. Therefore, the purpose of this paper is to examine the role of Malaysian property shares and real estate investment trusts (REITs) in a mixedasset portfolio from 1991 to 2006. Design/methodology/approach The meanvariance and downside risk optimisations were utilised to assess the role of REITs and property shares in a mixedasset portfolio allocation. More specifically, the portfolio diversification potential and return enhancement benefits for both assets were examined. Findings The results showed that property shares offer little diversification benefits or portfolio return enhancement, whereas the equally weighted REITs portfolio does provide some diversification benefits and return enhancements under the meanvariance and downside risk frameworks. However, the benefits have diminished in recent years. Besides, the results also revealed that the equally and valueweighted REIT portfolios do behave differently. Research limitations/implications This study has several important implications for investors. Importantly, investors should consider the inclusion of REITs rather than property shares in their portfolios. Originality/value This paper is one of few studies in emerging markets, although Malaysia was the first country to introduce REITs in Asia. Additionally, it could be the first attempt to assess the downside risk of Malaysian securitised real estate.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)208-230
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Financial Management of Property and Construction
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 6 Nov 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Assets
  • Malaysia
  • Property
  • Real estate
  • Shares

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics


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