How Dream Industrial Real Estate Investment Trust (TSE:DIR.UN) Can Impact Your Portfolio Volatility

Anyone researching Dream Industrial Real Estate Investment Trust (TSE:DIR.UN) might want to consider the historical volatility of the share price. Modern finance theory considers volatility to be a measure of risk, and there are two main types of price volatility. The first category is company specific volatility. This can be dealt with by limiting your exposure to any particular stock. The other type, which cannot be diversified away, is the volatility of the entire market. Every stock in the market is exposed to this volatility, which is linked to the fact that stocks prices are correlated in an efficient market.

Some stocks are more sensitive to general market forces than others. Beta can be a useful tool to understand how much a stock is influenced by market risk (volatility). However, Warren Buffett said ‘volatility is far from synonymous with risk’ in his 2014 letter to investors. So, while useful, beta is not the only metric to consider. To use beta as an investor, you must first understand that the overall market has a beta of one. A stock with a beta below one is either less volatile than the market, or more volatile but not corellated with the overall market. In comparison a stock with a beta of over one tends to be move in a similar direction to the market in the long term, but with greater changes in price.

Check out our latest analysis for Dream Industrial Real Estate Investment Trust

What we can learn from DIR.UN’s beta value

Looking at the last five years, Dream Industrial Real Estate Investment Trust has a beta of 0.88. The fact that this is well below 1 indicates that its share price movements haven’t historically been very sensitive to overall market volatility. If history is a good guide, owning the stock should help ensure that your portfolio is not overly sensitive to market volatility. Share price volatility is well worth considering, but most long term investors consider the history of revenue and earnings growth to be more important. Take a look at how Dream Industrial Real Estate Investment Trust fares in that regard, below.

TSX:DIR.UN Income Statement, April 22nd 2019
TSX:DIR.UN Income Statement, April 22nd 2019

Does DIR.UN’s size influence the expected beta?

Dream Industrial Real Estate Investment Trust is a small company, but not tiny and little known. It has a market capitalisation of CA$1.6b, which means it would be on the radar of intstitutional investors. Small cap stocks ofthen have a higher beta than the overall market. However, small companies can also be strongly impacted by company specific developments, which can move the share price in ways that are unrelated to the broader market. That could explain why this one has a low beta value.

What this means for you:

Since Dream Industrial Real Estate Investment Trust is not heavily influenced by market moves, its share price is probably far more dependend on company specific developments. It could pay to take a closer look at metrics such as revenue growth, earnings growth, and debt. This article aims to educate investors about beta values, but it’s well worth looking at important company-specific fundamentals such as Dream Industrial Real Estate Investment Trust’s financial health and performance track record. I urge you to continue your research by taking a look at the following:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for DIR.UN’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for DIR.UN’s outlook.
  2. Past Track Record: Has DIR.UN been consistently performing well irrespective of the ups and downs in the market? Go into more detail in the past performance analysis and take a look at the free visual representations of DIR.UN’s historicals for more clarity.
  3. Other Interesting Stocks: It’s worth checking to see how DIR.UN measures up against other companies on valuation. You could start with this free list of prospective options.

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