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WisdomTree Global ex-US Real Estate Fund seeks investment results that correspond to the price and yield performance, before fees and expenses, of the WisdomTree Global ex-US Real Estate Index. Prior to June 17, 2011, the WisdomTree Global ex-US Real Estate Fund was named the WisdomTree International Real Estate Fund.
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- The iShares Global REIT ETF (REET) will comprise of real estate investment trusts across developed and emerging markets.
- The iShares Currency Hedged MSCI EMU ETF (HEZU) will offer investors exposure to the eurozone without the risk of currency fluctuations between the dollar and the euro by tracking the MSCI EMU 100% Hedged to USD Index and investing its assets in iShares MSCI EMU ETF (EZU).
- REET will feature an expense ratio of 0.14%, while HEZU will charge 0.51%; both funds will launch tomorrow, July 10th.
- Other global REIT ETFs: WPS, VNQI, RWX, RWO, IFGL, DRW, GRI, FFR, RWXL
- Other ETFs with exposure to Europe: VGK, FEZ, IEV, HEDJ, EPV, FEU, FEP, UPV, ADRU, FEEU, EURL, EURZ, DBEU, FIEU, IEUR
Nov. 15, 2013, 12:42 PM
- FlexShares, the ETF branch of Northern Trust Corp. (NTRS), recently released the FlexShares Global Quality Real Estate Index Fund (GQRE); the firm's first real estate focused ETF.
- This new fund, with an expense ratio of 0.45%, will provide investors with and REIT portfolio that provides exposure to the inflation-hedging qualities and long-term capital growth potential of global real estate.
- “Research shows that a high-quality, value-focused portfolio of real estate securities may offer attractive returns with less volatility compared to traditional capitalization-weighted global real estate indices,” said Shundrawn Thomas, head of Northern Trust's FlexShares ETF Group, in a press release.
- Other global real estate ETFs: WPS, VNQI, RWX, RWO, DRW, IFGL, GRI, FFR, RWXL
Nov. 6, 2013, 12:22 PM
- Rising interest rates have brought 4 years of easy gains for the REIT market to a halt and have advisers honing their bets. The board NAREIT All Equity REIT Index is up about 8% this year, not just paling in comparison the S&P 500's 24% gain, but REITs had been up 15% early in 2013 before rates started rising.
- On the idea of higher rates hitting relatively-highly levered REITs the most, Andrew Ahrens is looking for REITs with less relative debt on their books. On favorite is the iShares Retail Real Estate Capped ETF (RTL). He's also putting money into foreign-leaning funds such as Cohen & Steers' Global Realty Majors ETF (GRI).
- Cohen & Steers portfolio manager Chip McKinley suggests - unlike the U.S. - overseas REITs are only just now beginning to become popular. U.K. real estate companies are up more than 20% this year; Japan more than 40%. Up and comers include Germany and Australia. "Both markets are home to high-quality developers with attractive portfolios that are priced well-below the value of their underlying properties."
- Paul Curbo - co-manager of the actively-managed PowerShares Active U.S. Real Estate Fuind (PSR) - likes REITs with shorter-term leases as well as retail operators with more flexibility in setting lease rates.
- Global real estate ETFs: WPS, VNQI, RWX, RWO, IFAS, DRW, IFGL, GRI, FFR, IFEU, RWXL, IFNA.
- Broad U.S. real estate ETFs: IYR, VNQ, DRN, URE, SRS, RWR, ICF, SCHH, DRV, KBWY, REK, FRI, FTY, PSR, WREI.
Jan. 24, 2013, 10:48 AMPerformance of U.S. REITs (IYR, VNQ) has been good, but international REITs like RWX have done even better while sporting higher yields. Greater alpha is nice on the way up, but don't think tighter Fed policy won't hit international REITs even harder than domestic ones, says Stephen Cucchiaro. A compromise might be RWO, which splits its portfolio between the U.S. and overseas. | Jan. 24, 2013, 10:48 AM | Comment!
Jan. 9, 2013, 10:50 AMInternational allocations are sharply higher at Windhaven Asset Management - an arm of Schwab and the biggest player in ETF-managed portfolios. Favorites are international real-estate ETFs (WPS an example), Hong Kong (EWH) and Germany (EWG). Domestically, the funds are overweight tech (QQQ). | Jan. 9, 2013, 10:50 AM | Comment!
Dec. 11, 2012, 3:28 PMDeveloped real estate ex-U.S. (WPS) continues a torrid run, both absolutely and measured against U.S. real estate (IYR, VNQ). Though its holdings are concentrated in Asia and Australia, WPS began its outperformance right around the time of Mario Draghi's "whatever it takes" remarks concerning EMU. WPS +31.5%, IYR +13.5% YTD. | Dec. 11, 2012, 3:28 PM | 1 Comment
Nov. 16, 2012, 3:29 PMDeveloped real estate ex-U.S. (WPS) holds its ground over the last 2 months as domestic property (IYR) falls more than 7%. YTD, WPS is up 25.4% vs. an 8.7% gain for IYR. Another international fund, VNQI - holding many of the same stocks, but less top-heavy - has posted an even greater return, +28.1%. | Nov. 16, 2012, 3:29 PM | 3 Comments
Oct. 19, 2012, 12:29 PMDeveloped real estate ex- U.S. (WPS) continues to add to its sizable lead over domestic property (IYR, VNQ), with all of the outperformance coming since late July. The fund's largest holdings are concentrated in Asia - Japan, Hong Kong - with a bit of Australia and Europe thrown in. | Oct. 19, 2012, 12:29 PM | 1 Comment
Sep. 14, 2012, 3:09 PM
Jul. 5, 2012, 1:16 PMPrice matters. Real estate funds have trumped all other categories of stock fund over the last 3 years, not because the underlying assets have great fundamentals, but because the class "was priced for bankruptcy" in 2009. Now the fundamentals are turning. Some favorites: VNQ, SPG, AVB, FNIO, ICF, IFGL. | Jul. 5, 2012, 1:16 PM | 5 Comments
Jun. 29, 2012, 3:21 PMReal estate ex-U.S. outperformed U.S. real estate this month, WPS +4.9% (45 minutes before the close) vs. IYR and VNQ, each up about 2.5%. Over the last year though, it's not close, with U.S. real estate outperforming ex-U.S. by 1500 basis points or more (depending on the ETF), the divergence beginning last last fall. | Jun. 29, 2012, 3:21 PM | Comment!
Dec. 14, 2011, 5:09 AMMorgan Stanley (MS) has reportedly had to return around $700M to investors in its flagship global real-estate fund, and has been forced to cut the fund's fees following lackluster performance. The concessions have persuaded investors to give the fund an extra year, until June 2013, to invest. | Dec. 14, 2011, 5:09 AM | Comment!
Apr. 1, 2011, 8:50 AMExpecting mortgage rates to quadruple to 4% by the end of 2012 (4% is a quadruple!!!), analysts at Barclays call for a 30% fall in Hong Kong property prices in 2012-13. Banks have already started to increase rates, even as the central bank's rate (tied to the Fed) has not budged. | Apr. 1, 2011, 8:50 AM | Comment!
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