Hedging House Price Risk in Norway
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- Master of Science 
In this paper, we empirically examine the effectiveness of housing futures for homeowners in Oslo and try to answer the questions of whether housing futures should be introduced in Norway. If an individual buys a house today at time t for a price S(i,t), he will be exposed to fluctuations in the value for that house. By following the methodology described in Bertus et al. (2008) and Schorno et al. (2014), we want to see if we can hedge the risk of house price fluctuations for homeowners by introducing futures on a housing index in Oslo. Since there are no actual housing futures available in Oslo, we have used three different housing indices as a proxy for future returns and as an underlying for hedging. The results of our analysis show that housing futures, on the one hand, fail to decrease the variability of homeowners’ returns, and on the other hand, are quite successful in increasing the actual returns of hedgers. This shows us that housing futures, if introduced, can attract speculators but not people who actually need housing derivatives to give away the risk. Therefore, we conclude that housing futures should not be introduced in Norway for now, and future research is needed in this area. Key words: housing futures, house price risk, arithmetic repeat-sales house price index, geometric repeat-sales house price index.
Masteroppgave(MSc) in Master of Science in Business, Finance - Handelshøyskolen BI, 2018