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  • Jan. 1, 2013, 1:40 PM
    For real-estate investors, the homebuilders ETF (XHB +55.6%) was the place to be in 2012. Retail (RTL +21.2%) outperformed residential (REZ +9.6%) and industrial (FIO -5.2%). Regionally, Asia real-estate (IFAS +39.4%) topped the list, followed by Europe (IFEU +24.5%) and the U.S. (RWR +13.3%). Full real-estate tables here.
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  • Apr. 1, 2011, 8:50 AM
    Expecting 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.
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  • Mar. 24, 2011, 8:01 AM
    "The cycle is quite advanced ... the prices have already gone up a lot, you need to be careful," says the CEO of privately held Grosvenor Group as the company scraps 2 property deals in Hong Kong. Property ETFs with Hong Kong exposure: TAO, WPS, DRW, IFAS.
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The iShares FTSE EPRA/NAREIT Developed Asia Index Fund seeks investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance, before fees and expenses, of the FTSE EPRA/NAREIT Developed Asia Index.
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