Explaining the discount in closed open-ended real estate funds in Germany
||Schnejdar, Sebastian; Michael Heinrich
||Explaining the discount in closed open-ended real estate funds in Germany
||22nd Annual European Real Estate Society Conference in Istanbul, Turkey
||In succession of the financial crisis various German open-ended real estate funds were closed and are now forced to fully liquidate their assets. Since Germany has an underdeveloped REIT market compared to most Anglo-Saxon countries, this has severe consequences for the efficiency of the capital allocation towards real estate. _The paper therefore investigates to what extent the closing of these open-ended real estate funds were caused by their own economic situation (captured by e.g. liquidity ratio, asset structure). _In detail, the paper analyses the upcoming discount in closed German open-ended funds. The discount is defined as the difference between the Net Asset Value and the aftermarket share price of the fund. The panel dataset contains unique monthly data for 9 finally closed open-ended real estate funds in Germany from 2008 to 2014._One first result indicates that fundamental economic operating numbers of the specific open-ended real estate funds can`t fully explain their discount. Therefore the Closed-End Fund Puzzle theory may be up to an adjustment in the context of open-ended real estate funds in order to identify suitable variables for irrational and herd behavior in explaining the discount on the macro-level._
||closed fund, open-ended fund, NAV discount, Germany, herd behavior
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||Real Estate Finance & Investment
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