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The Fund seeks investment results that correspond generally to the performance, before the Fund's fees and expenses, of an index called the Cohen & Steers Global Realty Majors Index.
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Friday, Nov 1512:42 PM
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- 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
Wednesday, Nov 612:22 PM
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- 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.
Thursday, Jan 2410:48 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. |Thursday, Jan 2410:48 AM| Comment!
Wednesday, Jan 910:50 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). |Wednesday, Jan 910:50 AM| Comment!
Tuesday, Dec 112012, 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. |Tuesday, Dec 112012, 3:28 PM| 1 Comment
Friday, Nov 162012, 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%. |Friday, Nov 162012, 3:29 PM| 3 Comments
Friday, Oct 192012, 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. |Friday, Oct 192012, 12:29 PM| 1 Comment
Friday, Sep 142012, 3:09 PM
Thursday, Jul 52012, 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. |Thursday, Jul 52012, 1:16 PM| 5 Comments
Friday, Jun 292012, 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. |Friday, Jun 292012, 3:21 PM| Comment!
Wednesday, Dec 142011, 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. |Wednesday, Dec 142011, 5:09 AM| Comment!
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