PowerShares is entering into the real estate market with the United States through a new actively managed exchange traded fund (ETF) launched Wednesday.

PowerShares Active Real Estate Fund (PSR) will trade on the New York Stock Exchange and will invest in real estate securities within the FTSE NAREIT Equity REITs Index.

Billy Fisher for TheStreet reports that the Equity REITs Index has fallen 41.2% this year, more than the S&P 500’s 37.6% decline. However, the Invesco company reveals they think this is an opportune time to jump into the real estate market. The investors need to be convinced that this is the bottom for real estate. It is also important to remember that the markets will not remain depressed forever and a recovery could be just around the corner. We watch the trend lines in order to get a sense of this.

One advantage the new PowerShares fund might have is that the actively managed format allows it to avoid areas of the market that have been hit the hardest. The fund will focus more on commercial real estate than single-family housing.

The crisis has delayed the launch of MacroShares’ new funds.

  • SPDR Dow Jones Wilshire REIT Index (RWR), down 58.8% year-to-date

Real Estate ETFs

  • iShares Dow Jones US Real Estate Fund (IYR), down 57.9% year-to-date

Real Estate ETFs

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