This thesis is broken up into two parts: a research paper and a creative project. The paper provides an overview of the REIT universe as well as important historical and legal information about REITs. The creative project explores how REIT performance varied based on valuation multiples during a five-month period from October of 2021 to March of 2022. My initial objective was to determine whether a “growth” or “value” investment strategy worked best in the current market. However, I quickly discovered that the prevailing market conditions were far different than I expected. As a result, I gained valuable insight into how REITs behave during periods of market uncertainty.
- Comparing the Performance of Publicly Traded REITs: Low Price to FFO vs. High Price to FFO