Real Estate

The Bank of Japan unexpectedly implemented negative interest rates Friday in response to the volatile global markets that has added to its ongoing deflationary risks, bolstering Japan country-specific exchange traded funds and pulling the rug from under the yen currency. The iShares MSCI Japan ETF (NYSEArca: EWJ), the largest Japan-related ETF, was 1.8% higher Friday. […]

Home construction-related exchange traded funds surged Tuesday on speculation of an improving housing market after a widely observed indicator of single-family home prices rose at its fastest pace in 16 months. On Tuesday, the SPDR S&P Homebuilders ETF (NYSEArca: XHB) gained 1.9% and the iShares U.S. Home Construction ETF (NYSEArca: ITB) increased 2.6%. Homebuilders were […]

Investors may be stuck on the negatives as markets trip at the start of the new year. However, there may be some opportunities in consumer-related sectors and exchange traded funds. “Consumer spending and homebuilding look poised for solid growth in 2016,” First Trust Portfolios economists, led by Chief Economist Brian S. Wesbury, said in a […]

While U.S. markets retreated in the wake of the recent China-induced selling, residential real estate investment trusts and sector-related exchange traded fund have held up surprisingly well. The iShares Residential Real Estate Capped ETF (NYSEArca: REZ) dipped 0.9% year-to-date while the S&P 500 Index declined 5.8%. The rising number of U.S. renters and shift away […]

Investors may want to keep an eye on real estate investment trusts and sector-related exchange traded funds this year as fundamental factors are still supportive of the asset class. REITs were among the best performers Tuesday, with the IndexIQ US Real Estate Small Cap ETF (NYSEArca: ROOF) up 2.1% and iShares Residential Real Estate Capped […]

The housing market and sector-related exchange traded funds have steadily strengthened on moderate home sales and could continue to improve as a gradual rate hike schedule prompts more new home applicants. Year-to-date, the SPDR S&P Homebuilders ETF (NYSEArca: XHB) gained 0.7% and the iShares U.S. Home Construction ETF (NYSEArca: ITB) increased 5.3%. While the funds […]

Interest rate-sensitive assets and related exchange traded funds were relatively unfazed by the Federal Reserve’s announced first rate hike since 2006, suggesting that the markets may have already priced in higher rates. The Federal Open Market Committee announced that it will raise the benchmark interest rate by a quarter of a percentage point to between […]

A surge in renting homes and apartments has pushed up prices as builders fail to meet the rising demand. While Americans are forced to pay higher rents, investors may capitalize on the trend through a residential real estate investment trust-related exchange traded fund. The iShares Residential Real Estate Capped ETF (NYSEArca: REZ) includes large positions […]

While there are some concerns over real estate investments trusts and sector-related exchange traded funds in a rising rate environment, REITs have underperformed the markets are now attractively priced, especially as the economy continues to expand. Year-to-date, the Vanguard REIT ETF (NYSEArca: VNQ) rose 0.6%, SPDR Dow Jones REIT ETF (NYSEArca: RWR) gained 1.9% and […]

Many are worried that a rising interest rate environment could weigh on real estate investment trusts and sector-related exchange traded funds after quantitative easing policies helped inflate the asset category. However, REITs may be less vulnerable than may believe as strong economic growth could help sustain the sector. Year-to-date, the Vanguard REIT ETF (NYSEArca: VNQ) […]

Investors who are seeking income generation may want to take a look at real estate investment trusts and sector-related exchange traded funds, especially as REITs are dishing out more yields. “Perhaps investors should start to consider REITs as dividend growth stocks,” Todd Rosenbluth, S&P Capital IQ Director of ETF & Mutual Fund Research, writes in […]

Markets and exchange traded funds jostled late-Wednesday after the Federal Reserve referenced a December interest rate hike. “In determining whether it will be appropriate to raise the target range at its next meeting, the Committee will assess progress–both realized and expected–toward its objectives of maximum employment and 2 percent inflation,” the Fed said in a […]

Investors interested in positioning their portfolios ahead of changes to major market trends may target specific market segments with sector-specific exchange traded funds. For instance, on the recent webcast, How Well Do Your Know Your Sectors?, David Mazza, V.P. and Head of Research at State Street Global Advisor, pointed out that the utilities sector was […]

All sectors are not created equal. Investors who seek to adapt their investment portfolio to prevailing market trends may target specific areas of market through sector-related exchange traded funds. On the upcoming webcast, How Well Do Your Know Your Sectors?, State Street Global Advisor’s David Mazza, V.P. and Head of Research, Research Strategist Jared Rowley […]

Value stocks and related exchange traded funds have rebounded over the past month but the rally may not last. Over the past month, value stocks have outpaced the growth category. For instance, the iShares S&P 500 Value ETF (NYSEArca: IVE), Vanguard S&P 500 Value ETF (NYSEArca: VOOV) and SPDR S&P 500 Value ETF (NYSEArca: SPYV) […]

With more traders anticipating the Federal Reserve will hold off on its first interest rate hike in almost a decade, yield-generating real estate investment trusts and sector-related exchange traded funds have bounced back, trading above their long-term trend lines. Over the past month, the Vanguard REIT ETF (NYSEArca: VNQ) gained 6.9%, SPDR Dow Jones REIT […]

The rising home furnishing sales suggest that the housing market and homebuilders sector-related exchange traded funds are building up. Warren Buffett, chief executive officer of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., sees that a rebound in the residential real estate market could sustain growth in the U.S. economy, Bloomberg reports. “Housing is picking up, our furniture stores are […]

State Street Global Advisors has expanded its line of sector exchange traded funds to include two new funds that track financial services and real estate investment trusts, along with cutting the fees on the whole Select Sector SPDR suite. The Financial services Select Sector SPDR Fund (NYSEArca: XLFS) and the Real Estate Select Sector SPDR […]

Real estate investment trusts and related exchange traded funds have become overpriced as investors flocked to yield-generating assets in a low rate environment. However, after the recent selling pressure, the asset class may be more attractively valued. “Over the course of 2015, Morningstar’s real estate sector coverage has moved from one we viewed as largely […]

Real estate investment trust-related exchange traded funds may be returning value to investors through more than dividends as some REITs have been enacting share repurchasing programs. According to SNL Financial, an increasing number of REITs have instituted share repurchase programs in 2015, writes Todd Rosenbluth, Director of ETF Research at S&P Capital IQ, in a […]

The equities market and stock exchange traded funds jumped after the Federal Reserve announced it will be standing pat on record low U.S. interest rates for now in light of the weak economy, stubbornly low inflation and unstable global markets. Fed officials voted nine to one in favor of keeping current interest rates, stating Thursday […]

State Street Global Advisors expanded its line of currency hedged exchange traded funds with two new products that capture high-yield international companies. On Tuesday, SSgA launched the SPDR MSCI International Real Estate Currency Hedged ETF (NYSEArca: HREX) and the SPDR S&P International Dividend Currency Hedged ETF (NYSEArca: HDWX), according to a press release. Both new […]

This article was written by Nick Kalivas, a Senior Equity Product Strategist for Invesco PowerShares Capital Management LLC, a registered investment advisor that sponsors the PowerShares family of exchange-traded funds (ETFs). In a world where exporters and energy producers have struggled, investors may wish to consider the construction sector for ancillary investment opportunities. Real estate is […]

High-yield dividend stocks and related exchange traded funds have been underperforming the market on speculation of higher interest rates, but without an immediate Federal Reserve rate hike, the income-generating assets could shine. According Barclays analysts led by Jonathan Glionna, utilities, master limited partnerships and real estate investment trusts deserve a second look as the markets […]

Homebuilder confidence is at a near-decade high, revealing a strengthening outlook for the housing market and sector-related exchange traded fund. Year-to-date, the SPDR S&P Homebuilders ETF (NYSEArca: XHB) gained 12.0%, iShares U.S. Home Construction ETF (NYSEArca: ITB) rose 11.1% and PowerShares Dynamic Building & Construction Portfolio (NYSEArca: PKB) increased 15.9%. [Overlooked Homebuilders ETF on the […]

As more utilize the real estate theme like a separate asset class, Guggenheim Investments has launched an equal weight real estate sector exchange traded fund for investors seeking an alternative to traditional market cap weighted benchmarks. According to a press release, the Guggenheim S&P 500 Equal Weight Real Estate ETF (NYSEArca: EWRE) began trading Thursday, […]

With sturdy July job numbers supporting speculation of a Federal Reserve interest rate hike later this year, high-yield mortgage-backed real estate investment trust-related exchange traded funds are retreating. On Friday, the Market Vectors Mortgage REIT Income ETF (NYSEArca: MORT) dipped 0.8% and the iShares Mortgage Real Estate Capped ETF (NYSEArca: REM) fell 0.9%. Over the […]

The Federal Reserve has not explicitly stated it will hike rates, pushing off its decision to a later time. If the Fed keeps kicking the can down the road, investors may revisit high-dividend-paying stocks and exchange traded funds. “Remember that a year ago, 75 percent of the Street said we were going to get a […]

With all talk centered on China today given the stunning overnight sell-off in the Shanghai market which seems to be rippling over to U.S. markets, today we focus on a specific niche within the China equity space, that of “Real Estate.” TAO (Guggenheim China Real Estate, Expense Ratio 0.71%) comes to mind although the fund […]