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U.S. consumers are losing confidence in the housing market, with renters having a less favorable outlook on hone ownership. On the other hand, as more prefer to stick to renting, a residential real estate investment trust-related exchange traded fund may continue to find support from rising rents. According to the National Association of Realtors, the […]

Investors have been giving real estate investment trusts a second look ahead of indexing sector reclassification, bolstering demand for REITs-related exchange traded funds. “Demand for US real estate securities accelerated in May, as exchanged traded funds focused on the investment segment gathered $1.31 billion of new money, up from $510.4 million in April,” Todd Rosenbluth, […]

Real estate investment trusts (REITs) and sector-related exchange traded funds (ETFs) are a good source of attractive payouts in a low-yield environment. REITs are securities that trade like a stock and invest in real estate directly through property ownership or mortgages. Consequently, revenue are mainly generated through rents or interest on mortgage loans. To qualify […]

While many typically checkout before the summer, investors should keep an eye on real estate investment trusts and related exchange traded funds in the months ahead as REITs becomes the newest S&P 500 sector. In September, the S&P and MSCI will no longer classify REITs as a financial sector component and will spin off real […]

Japanese equities bounced Friday, with currency-hedged exchange traded funds leading the charge on a weakening yen, as speculators bet the Bank of Japan will give banks a helping hand. Currency hedged ETFs, which diminished the negative effect of a weaker yen currency, outpaced non-hedged funds, on Friday. For instance, the WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity Fund […]

A dearth in available homes across the U.S. is pushing up housing prices. Consequently, as more Americans keep renting, a residential real estate investment trust sector-related exchange traded fund has kept strengthening. The iShares Residential Real Estate Capped ETF (NYSEArca: REZ) was up 1.1% Monday and gained 5.0% over the past month. REZ includes a […]

Each week ETF Trends publisher Tom Lydon sits down for “ETF of the Week” for MarketWatch on Chuck Jaffe’s MoneyLife Show where he highlights big movers and disappointments among exchange traded funds. This week, he looked at the Vanguard REIT ETF (NYSEArca: VNQ). With the Federal Reserve keeping rates depressed, income-minded investors are turning back to yield-generating assets like real […]

Federal Reserve keeps short-term interest rates unchanged at a range of between 0.25% and 0.5% Fed officials also suggested there will only be two more rate hikes this year Weakening dollar helps bolster commodity assets With the Federal Reserve keeping short-term interest rates unchanged, rate-sensitive exchange traded funds popped while some trades dependent on higher rates […]

Changes to S&P 500 index will affect how people position in REITs ahead S&P Dow Jones Indices stated it would add an 11th sector to its Global Industry Classification Standard Looking ahead, the new GICS classification will also further support the REITs sector Exchange traded fund investors have some exposure to real estate investment trusts […]

The Global X SuperDividend Alternatives ETF (NasdaqGM: ALTY) can help exchange traded fund investors diversify away from traditional assets and generate attractive yields along the way. ALTY tries to reflect the performance of the Indxx SuperDividend Alternatives Index, which is comprised of a group of high-yielding alternative assets like master limited partnerships, infrastructure companies, real […]

The European Central Bank has been implementing a loose monetary policy that dragged yields down to record lows. Consequently, dividend-paying European stocks and related exchange traded funds may strengthen as more investors turn to riskier assets. The cash reward for owning European stocks is seven times bigger than for bonds, report Sofia Horta E Costa […]

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 […]