Real estate looks to alpha, beta to measure risk

06/10/2008 | Real Estate Portfolio

Alpha and beta -- two of the main ideas that hedge funds typically use to measure risk -- aren't widely used in real estate. That, however, could change as real estate portfolio managers look to make sense of the volatility in the investment market. "Everyone in real estate thinks that somehow they can produce alpha," says Jon Southard, principal and director of forecasting at Torto Wheaton Research. "I don't know how that can be."

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