REITs, though, may also experience a short-term boost in the months ahead as the S&P Dow Jones Indices stated it would add an 11th sector to its Global Industry Classification Standard, creating a new Real Estate Sector from the Financial Sector. The changes to the S&P 500 index will be implemented after the close of business on September 16, 2016.

Related: Keep REIT ETFs on Your Radar This Summer

The changes will impact the way investors conduct sector investing. An additional $100 billion or more could flow into the newly formed REIT sector as fund managers re-allocate assets in response to their sector investment guidelines.

ETF investors interested in following the REITs space have a number of exchange traded product options available.

  • Vanguard REIT ETF (NYSEArca: VNQ)
  • iShares Dow Jones US Real Estate Index Fund (NYSEArca: IYR)
  • iShares Cohen & Steers Realty Majors (NYSEArca: ICF)
  • SPDR Dow Jones REIT ETF (NYSEArca: RWR)
  • Schwab US REIT ETF (NYSEArca: SCHH)
  • iShares Mortgage Real Estate Capped ETF (NYSEArca: REM)
  • iShares Residential Real Estate Capped ETF (NYSEArca: REZ)
  • First Trust S&P REIT Index Fund (NYSEArca: FRI)
  • PowerShares KBW Premium Yield Equity REIT Portfolio (NYSEArca: KBWY)
  • Market Vectors Mortgage REIT Income ETF (NYSEArca: MORT)
  • IndexIQ US Real Estate Small Cap ETF (NYSEArca: ROOF)
  • iShares Real Estate 50 ETF (NYSEArca: FTY)
  • Fidelity MSCI Real Estate Index ETF (NYSEArca: FREL)
  • PowerShares Active U.S. Real Estate Fund (NYSEArca: PSR)
  • Wilshire US REIT ETF (NYSEArca: WREI)
  • Global X SuperDividend REIT ETF (NasdaqGS: SRET)
  • Guggenheim S&P 500 Equal Weight Real Estate ETF (NYSEArca: EWRE)
  • Real Estate Select Sector SPDR Fund (NYSEArca: XLRE)
  • First Trust Heitman Global Prime Real Estate ETF (NYSEArca: PRME)

Global REITs ETPs:

  • SPDR Dow Jones International Real Estate ETF (NYSEArca: RWX)
  • Vanguard Global ex-U.S. Real Estate ETF (NYSEArca: VNQI)
  • SPDR Dow Jones Global Real Estate ETF (NYSEArca: RWO)
  • iShares International Developed Real Estate ETF (NasdaqGM: IFGL)
  • FlexShares Global Quality Real Estate Index Fund (NYSEArca: GQRE)
  • iShares S&P Developed ex-U.S. Property Index Fund (NYSEArca: WPS)
  • iShares Global REIT ETF (NYSEArca: REET)
  • ALPS ETF Trust Cohen & Steers Global Realty Majors ETF (NYSEArca: GRI)
  • WisdomTree Global ex-US Real Estate Fund (NYSEArca: DRW)
  • First Trust EPRA/NAREIT Global Real Estate Fund (NYSEArca: FFR)
  • iShares FTSE EPRA/NAREIT Europe Index Fund (NYSEArca: IFEU)
  • Guggenheim China Real Estate ETF (NYSEArca: TAO)
  • Deutsche X-trackers Dow Jones Hedged International Real Estate ETF (NYSEArca: DBRE)
  • WisdomTree Global ex-U.S. Hedged Real Estate Fund (NYSEarca: HDRW)
  • Guggenheim Emerging Markets Real Estate ETF (NYSEArca: EMRE)
  • Tierra XP Latin America Real Estate ETF (NYSEArca: LARE)

Leveraged/inverse REITs ETPs:

  • UBS ETRACS Monthly Pay 2xLeveraged Mortgage REIT ETN (NYSEArca: MORL)
  • ProShares Ultra Real Estate (NYSEArca: URE)
  • Direxion Daily Real Estate Bull 3x Shares ETF  (NYSEArca: DRN)
  • ProShares UltraShort Real Estate ETF (NYSEArca: SRS)
  • ProShares Short Real Estate (NYSEArca: REK)
  • UBS ETRACS Monthly Pay 2xLeveraged MSCI US REIT Index ETN (NYSEArca: LRET)
  • Direxion Daily Real Estate Bear 3x Shares (NYSEArca: DRV)
  • UBS ETRACS Monthly Pay 2xLeveraged Dow Jones International Real Estate ETN (NYSEArca: RWXL)
  • UBS ETRACS Monthly Pay 2xLeveraged Mortgage REIT ETN Series B (NYSEArca: MRRL)


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