REITs

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Real estate investment trusts and related exchange traded funds have weakened in response to rising rate concerns. However, fundamentals may still support the market. Over the past three months, the Vanguard REIT ETF (NYSEArca: VNQ) fell 8.9%, SPDR Dow Jones REIT ETF (NYSEArca: RWR) decreased 8.4% and iShares Dow Jones US Real Estate Index Fund […]

Mortgage real estate investment trusts and related exchange traded funds may be an attractive play at current valuations. Maxim Group’s Michael Diana argues that mREITs trading on average at 0.85 times March 31 book value with 13.3% yields look like a good play, reports Teresa Rivas for Barron’s. “We regard mREIT valuations as favorable at […]

Ten-year Treasury yields are soaring again Monday, trading higher by 4.3% at this writing. That brings the three-month gain for yields on benchmark U.S. government debt to a staggering 23.5%, more than enough to inflict pain on an array of rate-sensitive asset classes and sectors. Of course, that includes real estate investment trusts (REITs) and […]

We speak about options activity in the REIT space via IYR (iShares U.S. Real Estate, Expense Ratio 0.43%) in our Options Recap this morning, involving July 76 calls which are slightly out of the money at current price levels in the ETF. IYR has struggled a bit lately, challenged on the upside by both its […]

With more people renting than ever, investors can capitalize on the trend through residential real estate investment trusts and related exchange traded funds. For instance, half of the holdings in iShares Residential Real Estate Capped ETF (NYSEArca: REZ) include residential REITs, such Equity Residential REIT (NYSE: EQR) 9.6%, along with positions in healthcare and self-storage […]

Investors have been wary of real estate investment trusts and related exchange traded funds as the Federal Reserve cogitates on an interest rate hike. However, people should not passover the asset class altogether. Some investment experts argue that since commercial property has a larger presence in the U.S. economy than REITs do in the equities […]

Once the Federal Reserve hikes interest rates, U.S. dividend stocks and exchange traded funds could experience a meaningful correction after investors piled into the yield-paying assets during the low rate environment. “With investors desperate for yield, dividend-paying stocks have become more attractive and in some cases have been bid up to unsustainably high valuations,” writes […]

International real estate investment trust-related exchange traded funds could strengthen as global investors turn to higher yielding assets in response to central banks’ loose monetary policies. Similar to what happened in the U.S., global investors could pile into high-yield international REIT assets as loose monetary policies drive down yields across the globe. ETF investors have […]

After years of chasing high-yield stocks, investors are finally pulling out of real estate investment trusts and utilities exchange traded funds ahead of a potential Federal Reserve interest rate hike. Money managers have withdrawn $3.5 billion from REITs and utilities funds this year, reports Dan Strumpf for the Wall Street Journal. Year-to-date, the Vanguard REIT […]

As workers hang up their hats and plan for their golden years, retirees are browsing through exchange traded funds to meet their income needs, and there are a lot of yield-producing options to choose from. For instance, there are over 500 ETFs that offer better yields than 10-year U.S. Treasuries, and investors can breakdown the […]