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Currency risk and international property investments

Elaine Worzala (Assistant Professor in the Department of Finance and Real Estate at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA.)

Journal of Property Valuation and Investment

ISSN: 0960-2712

Article publication date: 1 December 1995



Incorporating exchange rate fluctuations into the analysis of an international investment substantially alters the expected risk and return characteristics of the investments. With fluctuating rates, the value of a successful investment property could be devastated when converted to the investor′s home currency. This risk should be recognized and incorporated into the investment decision but, as results show, the ultimate strategy may not be periodic adjustments which have been used by many researchers, nor trying to hedge fully as others have suggested, but rather to examine returns in home market currency and leave exchange rate exposure decisions to the currency portfolio managers. Explores the possibilities of mitigating currency risk through several hedging instruments – forward and futures contracts, options, back‐to‐back loans and currency swaps. Results from a survey of international investors are also summarized and comments provide substantial evidence that investors are unsophisticated in dealing with currency questions.



Worzala, E. (1995), "Currency risk and international property investments", Journal of Property Valuation and Investment, Vol. 13 No. 5, pp. 23-38.




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