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  • Income Investors Can Still Turn to REIT ETFs

    03-25-2015 03:46 PM by Tom Lydon

    Real estate investment trust exchange traded funds have been outperforming the broader market on an improving economy and unexpectedly low interest rates, and the asset class may have more room to run. Charles Sizemore, chief investment officer of Sizemore Capital Management, ...

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  • Yield, Outperformance Attract Investors to Real Estate ETFs

    12-18-2012 08:07 AM by Tom Lydon

    While investors have jumped into real estate investment trusts and exchange traded funds to cash in on the attractive yields, REITs prices have edged higher, causing some to take pause from a valuation standpoint. The MSCI U.S. REIT Index has gained an average 19% per year ove...

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  • A Trio of Sector ETFs Yielding Over 3%

    11-28-2012 06:15 AM by Tom Lydon

    Investors have gravitated to traditional income-producing asset classes such as dividend ETFs, high-yield bonds and preferred shares in their search for yield in a low-rate market. However, there are equity sector ETFs that are currently paying respectable dividend yields. Whe...

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  • ETF Spotlight: Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs)

    04-27-2012 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Investors are wary of real estate investment trusts since they crashed along with the market 2008 and failed to deliver their much-hyped diversification benefits. However, a desire for income and dividends could bring investors back to this beaten-down sector and REIT ETFs. Wi...

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  • Real Estate: List of REIT ETFs

    02-22-2012 04:15 PM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded fund investors have piled into dividend-generating investments after a year of high market volatility and low fixed-income yields, but there are other options available. For instance, real estate investment trusts, or REITs, also offer decent income streams. RE...

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  • REIT ETFs Attract Dividend Hunters

    10-15-2011 07:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds that invest in real estate investment trusts have become a popular choice for investors as the average yield has been around 3.7%, topping the yield on the 10-year Treasury note. Real estate investment trusts may also boost portfolio diversification, alt...

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  • REIT ETFs: Will They Collapse or Prosper?

    08-13-2009 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    REITs, or real estate investment trusts, and their related exchange traded funds (ETFs) have long been eyed as the "next shoe to drop." So far, though, that shoe is still up in the air. Is it still primed for a fall? As early as 2008, stories were warning that the commercial ...

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  • Midday Market Update: Markets Rebound Despite Sour Housing News

    03-31-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    As investors speculated about whether banks will be the leader of the market's rebound, stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) rose this morning, extending the biggest monthly gain since 2003. The S&P 500 was up 0.7%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 0.8% and the ...

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  • Midday Market Update: ETFs Give Thumbs-Up to Geithner's Plan

    03-23-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) extend their two week rally on good news within the two sectors that caused the biggest economic problems - banking and housing. Today's rally is supported by the government's plan to help banks get rid of up to $1 trillion of bad assets ...

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  • Midday Market Update: Stocks, ETFs See-Saw After Budget Plans

    02-26-2009 10:26 AM by Tom Lydon

    Governments are reaching in to help banks and this is giving Wall Street a chance to put some worries to rest over the financial system while giving exchange traded funds (ETFs) a chance to rally. Stocks get a lift Thursday, as part of their up and down momentum for the week,...

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  • Midday Market Update: Financials, ETFs Must Lead the Road to Recovery

    02-25-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Existing home sales fell to levels not seen in 12 years, proof of the discontent that citizens are feeling toward the U.S. economy, markets and related investments and exchange traded funds (ETFs). The National Association of Realtors said Wednesday that sales of existing hom...

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  • One Gurus Take on the Markets and ETFs

    02-24-2009 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Investors scrambling to find that small tidbit of good information about the markets and subsequent exchange traded funds (ETFs) should take a moment and absorb the wisdom of one our great academic minds. Professor Robert I. Shiller of Yale University has created the useful to...

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  • 5 Things ETF Investors Should Know About the Housing Bailout Plan

    02-20-2009 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    President Barack Obama just signed a plan to give troubled homeowners relief and keep Americans in their homes, however, exchange traded fund (ETF) investors shouldn't be quick to make any assumptions that the plan is a cure-all. Analysts' reactions to this plan is is dicey at...

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  • Midday Market Update: Housing, Consumer Confidence Weigh on ETFs

    01-27-2009 10:15 AM by Tom Lydon

    The Standard& Poor's Case-Shiller 20 City Housing Index fell 18.2% since last November, the largest drop since 2000, giving stocks and exchange traded funds(ETFs)something to worry about. The closely watched index of home prices fell by a marked amount in November giv...

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  • Midday Market Update: What's Causing Oil, Gas ETFs to Swing?

    01-06-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Potential home buyers are in short supply right now, as the November numbers for pending home sales were down and the economy continues to throw out turmoil, causing purchases to be put on hold and markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs) to waver. Buyers are just delaying the...

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  • Midday Market Update: Housing Market, ETFs in Holding Pattern

    12-30-2008 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The housing market data shows that the market is in shambles, as home values in 20 metropolis areas have plummeted at a record pace, taking investments and exchange traded funds (ETFs) along for the downhill slide. According to recent data, the October sales numbers prove tha...

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  • Midday Market Update: Real Estate Weighs on ETFs

    12-23-2008 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The sales of existing homes and new homes felt the chill of November, as the month posted a faster-than-expected drop in home sales, taking down related stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs). The latest dropoffin sales has also caused the average price of a home to decline,...

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  • Forget the R Word - A New Bogeyman Threatens ETFs

    12-11-2008 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    A surge of new unemployment claims and the growing threatof deflationhave slapped down upon the government, giving markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs) another huge hurdle to overcome. As of Thursday, initial applications for jobless benefits for the week of Dec. 6 rose to...

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  • Country's Vital Signs Don't Bode Well for ETFs

    11-26-2008 11:36 AM by Tom Lydon

    The numbers aren't giving real estate sales and exchange traded funds (ETFs) a break anytime soon, as sales of new homes in October are the lowest in 18 years. Slow sales are just the beginning. Home prices are the lowest they have been since 2004. A 5.3% decrease in new home ...

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  • ETFs Stay Strong in Face Of Jobless Claims, Foreclosures

    10-23-2008 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The labor market showed new weakness today as jobless claims rose, but early trading in exchange traded funds (ETFs) indicates that the markets aren't too wounded by the report. The jump in applications for unemployment benefits rose more than expected, and former Federal Rese...

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  • Retail Sales Point to Slow ETFs and Holiday Sales

    10-08-2008 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The sharp slowdown in retail sales don't bode well for this holiday season or related exchange traded funds (ETFs). The September numbers are in, and few companies are immune from the slowdown - including bargain retailers. Many of them saw significant declines as low as the d...

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  • Manufacturing, Mortgages Extend ETF Slump

    10-01-2008 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) are trading down this morning, but for once it's not completely related to the impending $700 billion bailout plan. Instead, it's largely because a key measure of manufacturing in the United States fell sharply. The Institute for Supply ...

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  • AIG's Losses Drag Down Insurance ETFs

    08-07-2008 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    American International Group (AIG) notched its third consecutive quarterly loss, which is putting the hurt on financial exchange traded funds (ETFs). The world's largest insurer lost more than $5.6 billion in credit default swaps - insurance policies to protect bondholders aga...

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  • Foreclosures Triple, But Real Estate ETFs Don't Seem Wounded

    07-25-2008 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Foreclosures shot up a whopping 121% in one year, a percentage that could hold back exchange traded funds (ETFs) that focus on the real estate market. About 220,000 homes were repossessed in the second quarter, triple the number from the same quarter last year, reports Les Chr...

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  • Foreclosures and Real Estate ETFs Demonstrate Inverse Relationship

    07-10-2008 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Homebuilder and real estate focused exchange traded funds (ETFs) are feeling down today after the latest round of news about foreclosure filings came in. Filings rose 53% in June from the previous year - just another sign that the housing crisis is still in full force. One in ...

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