Barclays launched five new iShare real estate exchange traded funds (ETFs) on the New York Stock Exchange.  These ETFs will follow FTSE NAREIT Index, which cover many disciplines and aspects of REITs according to Lisa Dallmer of NYSE in the press release

  • iShares FTSE NAREIT Real Estate 50 Index (FTY)
  • iShares FTSE NAREIT Residential Index (REZ)
  • iShares FTSE NAREIT Industrial/Office Index (FIO)
  • iShares FTSE NAREIT Retail Index (RTL)
  • iShares FTSE NAREIT Mortgage REITs Index (REM)

Although the homebuilding sector has been in a decline, commercial real estate continues to thrive.  This is just one example of how each industry group has its own cycle and trend.  Because of these cycles, investment disciplines that follow trends, like the 200-day average, are that much more important.  The new REIT ETFs allow investors to take advantage of the areas within real estate that are trending in the right direction.

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