Investors Real Estate Trust (NYSE:IRET): What Does Its Beta Value Mean For Your Portfolio?

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If you’re interested in Investors Real Estate Trust (NYSE:IRET), then you might want to consider its beta (a measure of share price volatility) in order to understand how the stock could impact your portfolio. Volatility is considered to be a measure of risk in modern finance theory. Investors may think of volatility as falling into two main categories. First, we have company specific volatility, which is the price gyrations of an individual stock. Holding at least 8 stocks can reduce this kind of risk across a portfolio. The second type is the broader market volatility, which you cannot diversify away, since it arises from macroeconomic factors which directly affects all the stocks on the market.

Some stocks see their prices move in concert with the market. Others tend towards stronger, gentler or unrelated price movements. Some investors use beta as a measure of how much a certain stock is impacted by market risk (volatility). While we should keep in mind that Warren Buffett has cautioned that ‘Volatility is far from synonymous with risk’, beta is still a useful factor to consider. To make good use of it you must first know that the beta of the overall market is one. Any stock with a beta of greater than one is considered more volatile than the market, while those with a beta below one are either less volatile or poorly correlated with the market.

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What we can learn from IRET’s beta value

Investors Real Estate Trust has a five-year beta of 1. This is reasonably close to the market beta of 1, so the stock has in the past displayed similar levels of volatility to the overall market. While history does not always repeat, this may indicate that the stock price will continue to be exposed to market risk, albeit not overly so. 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 Investors Real Estate Trust fares in that regard, below.

NYSE:IRET Income Statement, February 25th 2019
NYSE:IRET Income Statement, February 25th 2019

How does IRET’s size impact its beta?

Investors Real Estate Trust is a small company, but not tiny and little known. It has a market capitalisation of US$807m, which means it would be on the radar of intstitutional investors. Small companies often have a high beta value because the stock price can move on relatively low capital flows. So it’s interesting to note that this stock historically has a beta value quite close to one.

What this means for you:

Investors Real Estate Trust has a beta value quite close to that of the overall market. That doesn’t tell us much on its own, so it is probably worth considering whether the company is growing, if you’re looking for stocks that will go up more than the overall market. This article aims to educate investors about beta values, but it’s well worth looking at important company-specific fundamentals such as Investors Real Estate 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 IRET’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for IRET’s outlook.
  2. Past Track Record: Has IRET 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 IRET’s historicals for more clarity.
  3. Other Interesting Stocks: It’s worth checking to see how IRET measures up against other companies on valuation. You could start with this free list of prospective options.

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