Weekly Alps ETF Spotlight | ETF Trends

By Alps Advisors


  • Broader equity markets cruised towards 5% shy of pre-pandemic highs last week, riding a wave of fresh optimism stemming from an encouraging U.S. jobs report last Friday amid continued business reopenings. Also riding this wave was the ALPS REIT Dividend Dogs ETF (RDOG), which posted gains of nearly 20% on the week and doubled the performance of broad-based REITs last week.
  • RDOG’s Retail REITs segment rocketed a staggering 47% last week as shopping malls and retail stores began to reopen and rehire. Additionally, concurrent with the symbolic reopening of Las Vegas casinos and hotels, the Hotel & Resort REIT segment within RDOG climbed 33% last week. Meanwhile, RDOG’s Healthcare REIT segment rose nearly 28% last week as mobility slowly returns for seniors to move into living facilities

Source: Bloomberg L.P. as of 6/5/20

  • The global style shift to value from growth was very evident within REITs last week. The cheapest REITs segments within RDOG by Price to Funds-From-Operations are Retail, Hotel & Resort, and Healthcare REITs, which rallied strongly last week while the most expensive Technology REITs segment was sold.

Source Trepp, Nareit as of 6/4/2020

  • Credit issues were not spread evenly across property segments in May and were mostly concentrated in loans secured by lodging and retail properties. Business reopenings should help stabilize 30+ day delinquency figures in June.
  • 30+ day delinquencies on Office properties remained relatively subdued in May, but the global work-from-home trend may pose longer-term issues.
  • RDOG, which tracks the RDOGX Index, gained 18.47% last week and outperformed broad-based REITs.

Source: Bloomberg, L.P., as of June 5, 2020

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* Weights as of 6/5/20


^ As of 6/5/2020 (subject to change)

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Dogs of the Dow Theory: an investment strategy which proposes that an investor annually select for investment the ten Dow Jones Industrial Average stocks whose dividend is the highest fraction of their price.

Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT): Companies that own or finance income-producing real estate across a range of property sectors.

The S-Network® REIT Dividend Dogs Index (RDOGX): a portfolio of stocks derived from the S-Network US Composite REIT Index (SNREIT). The RDOGX methodology selects the five stocks in each of the nine segments that make up SNREIT which offer the highest dividend yields as of the last trading day of November. The forty-five stocks that are selected for inclusion in the portfolio are equally weighted.

The S-Network® U.S. Composite REIT Index: a benchmark index for the Real Estate Investment Trust component of the US stock market.

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The Dow Jones United States Real Estate Industry Group Index is a subset of the Dow Jones US Index and represents Real Estate Investment Trusts (REIT) and other companies that invest directly or indirectly in real estate through development, management or ownership, including property agencies.

Nasdaq Premium Yield Equity REIT TR Index is a modified dividend yield weighted index designed to track the performance of domestic equity REITs that are publicly traded in the U.S. with competitive dividend yields.

Solactive Global SuperdividendTM REIT Index tracks the price movements in shares of international companies with a high dividend yield.

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