Farmland in a mixed-asset portfolio: A mean-semivariance approach Article

Hardin, WG, Cheng, P. (2005). Farmland in a mixed-asset portfolio: A mean-semivariance approach . 11(2), 187-195.



cited authors

  • Hardin, WG; Cheng, P

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abstract

  • This study uses the downside risk or mean-semivariance (M-S) methodology to evaluate farmland as a component of a mixed-asset portfolio. Results confirm that while a minimal investment in farmland may be warranted, farmland investment does not need to be a substantial part of the core allocations of an optimized mixed-asset portfolio. Although investment in farmland cannot be shown to statistically improve mixed-asset portfolios, which already include allocations to real estate, investment in farmland can be part of the real estate allocation of an optimal mixed-asset portfolio when investors or their advisors have farmland investment expertise. More studies using additional farmland data are required to fully assess direct investment in agricultural land.

publication date

  • May 1, 2005

start page

  • 187

end page

  • 195

volume

  • 11

issue

  • 2