• Elsa Sapphira Victor Faculty of Built Environment and Surveying, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 81310 UTM Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
  • Muhammad Najib Razali Faculty of Built Environment and Surveying, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 81310 UTM Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia



Macroeconomic, REITs, Asian, Return Excess


The increasing development all over the world gives the real estate industry an opportunity to thrive which includes the REITs sector. Since the establishment of J-REITs in 2001, it has been growing rapidly across Asia. The IMF report showed that Asia continues to be the main growth engine of the world and is projected to grow in years to come. However, investors still remain cautious when dealing with Asian REITs because the markets are not established yet. Previous studies have proved that Asian REITs is able to show competitive advantage in most of mixed-asset scenarios and have significant roles in improving efficient global REITs portfolio returns. Since real estate is an essential part of the economy, its returns are related to the macroeconomic factors such as inflation and GDP. Excess return is used to measure the risk-adjusted performance by measuring how much risk from the macroeconomic factors is involved in producing that return. Hence, the aim of this paper is to evaluate the macroeconomic factors impact on the excess returns of Asian REITs. The data are retrieved from previous researches. The macroeconomic factors that impacted the returns are long term interest rates, short term interest rates, inflation, gross domestic product, construction index, industrial production, money supply, exchange rates and consumption risk. The excess return is found to be a good performance measurement in order for the investors to evaluate the expected returns before making an investment decision.


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How to Cite

Victor, E. S., & Razali, M. N. (2019). MACROECONOMIC IMPACT ON THE EXCESS RETURNS OF ASIAN REITS. International Journal of Built Environment and Sustainability, 6(1-2), 137–145.