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Revisiting investability of heritage properties through indexation and portfolio frontier analysis

Cheng, C. T. and Ling, G. H. T. and Hoh, Y. S. and Wong, W. F. and Lai, K. S. (2021) Revisiting investability of heritage properties through indexation and portfolio frontier analysis. Risks, 9 (5). ISSN 2227-9091


Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/risks9050091


In recent years, the soaring prices of heritage properties in Georgetown, Penang have gained the attention of practitioners and investors. The practitioners claim that the prices of heritage properties within the core and buffer zones in Georgetown have increased more than 300% since the city was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2008. Such heritage properties containing historical or art elements that lead to forming a diversified portfolio could exert a low correlation of returns with conventional assets. In addition, rehabilitation of heritage properties requires high restoration costs and conversion fees. Despite the above claims, there is an absence of empirical studies relating to heritage investability, particularly to prove whether the heritage properties are truly worth investing in. Thus, this study incorporates a self-developed heritage properties Index (PIHPI_HR) into the conventional investment portfolio for assessing diversification effects. This study has collected 853 units of transacted properties for constructing a 10-year price index (PIHPI_HR). Subsequently, its diversification effect was examined through the Efficient Frontier (EF), derived from the Modern Portfolio Theory (MPT). The findings have proven the optimization of the conventional portfolio by enabling investments in heritage properties where the return is higher than other investment assets at the same risk level. This study also unveiled the price movement of heritage properties together with their investment value, which is deemed to be useful for institutional investors and the public to formulate sustainable investment strategies in the future.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:conventional portfolio, diversified portfolio, efficient frontier
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races > HT101-395 Sociology, Urban
Divisions:Built Environment
ID Code:94250
Deposited By: Narimah Nawil
Deposited On:31 Mar 2022 22:45
Last Modified:31 Mar 2022 22:45

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