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Moreover, investors would gain exposure to growing segments of international markets through global real estate. For instance, Asia provides opportunity for earnings growth as properties transition to professional real estate management teams.

While Fidelity does not offer a global REITs-focused ETF, the money manager has the Fidelity MSCI Real Estate Index ETF (NYSEArca: FREL), which has a 3.41% 30-day SEC yield.

For more international exposure, investors may turn options like the SPDR Dow Jones International Real Estate ETF (NYSEArca: RWX) and Vanguard Global ex-U.S. Real Estate ETF (NYSEArca: VNQI).

RWX, which tracks the Dow Jones Global ex-U.S. Select Real Estate Securities Index, includes large a hefty tilt toward Japan, Australia and Europe. The ETF has a 0.59% expense ratio and a 2.75% 30-day SEC yield.

VNQI, which follows the S&P Global ex-U.S. Property Index, also includes large weights in Japan, developed Europe and Australia. The fund has a 0.18% expense ratio and a 2.88% 12-month yield.

For more information on real estate investment trusts, visit our REITs category.

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