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Is this the spring for real estate?

Posted on 10 May 2013 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

Real estate enthusiasts are well aware of the seasonal strength usually seen in the business in the springtime. However, so far this season it has been hard to find sign of a spring fling, save perhaps in the performance of the iShares Dow Jones US Real Estate ETF (IYR), up 16% year-to-date through May 8.
As far as real estate data are concerned, we have seen only weak indications of better activity thus far. Perhaps the most compelling evidence so far came this past Wednesday, but it was a questionable sign at that. Real estate remains in need of confirmation from its monthly measurements………………………………….Full Article: Source

9 alternative ways to play a real estate recovery

Posted on 10 December 2012 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

Homebuilders and other housing industry stocks have been strong performers in 2012 as low interest rates offset higher underwriting standards for home loans. The SPDR S&P Homebuilders ETF rose more than 54% since the beginning of this year, while the iShares Dow Jones U.S. Home Construction ETF is up more than 74% over the same period.
While equities may offer exposure to homebuilding companies, commodities represent another great way to play the boom in the homebuilding industry. Timber, copper, cement and other commodities are widely used in the construction and therefore could benefit from the higher demand due to new home construction in the United States………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Global ETF real estate stock assets jump 90pct

Posted on 30 November 2012 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

The global assets in exchange traded funds (ETFs) linked to benchmark FTSE EPRA/NAREIT real estate stock indices have jumped by over 90% in the past year to $7.1 bn (EUR 5.4 bn), according to research from the European Public Real Estate Association (EPRA).
ETFs, which are passive investments linked to a specific market or index and can be bought and sold on stock exchanges like ordinary equities, have experienced organic growth in recent years as they allow investors to gain exposure to a wide range of investment assets by tracking underlying market indices at a relatively low cost………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Two international real estate ETFs to profit from

Posted on 23 May 2012 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

With Moody’s issuing a blanket downgrade for the Spanish banking sector , JP Morgan looking at a potential $5 billion in trading losses, and the MSCI European Financials ETF close to a 52-week low (again), emerging market investors might be leery of approaching any stocks in the real estate construction sector.
That would be a mistake. Companies that have survived the Great Recession are most likely here to stay. In addition, businesses focusing on emerging market real estate will not suffer as much from euro zone travails as EUFN, for example………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Global REIT ETF revolution?

Posted on 18 May 2012 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

Global real estate ETFs, for whatever reason, haven’t seen the innovation of their domestic counterparts. This has left the door of opportunity wide open – a door Thomson Reuters and Global Property Research are hoping to walk into.
Branded as the first “Highly liquid, investable real estate indices for the ETF” market, the index series includes a broad global index as well as regional indexes focused on Europe, Asia Pacific, the Americas and EMEA (Europe Middle East and Africa). The liquidity claim is based on the fund’s aggressive liquidity screen which requires that a stock trade more than $3 million a day………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Thomson Reuters launches first highly-liquid, investable, real estate indices for ETF market

Posted on 15 May 2012 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

Thomson Reuters, the world’s leading supplier of intelligent information for businesses and professionals, and Global Property Research today announced the launch of the first highly-liquid, real estate indices.
Designed specifically to be tracked by ETFs looking to offer investors exposure to real estate markets globally, the TR/GPR indices provide a more investable and tradable solution than currently available elsewhere. (Press Release)

Real estate ETFs: Unexpected safe haven

Posted on 10 May 2012 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

Over the past month, markets have been under severe pressure as weak job growth in the U.S. has combined with worries over European debt to send stocks lower across the globe. Most segments of the stock market were impacted by this trend as broad market funds are down more than 1.5% in the case of SPY and over 4% when looking at QQQ.
However, one segment has held up quite nicely despite the economic turmoil, real estate………………………………………..Full Article: Source

China real estate ETFs are jumping

Posted on 24 April 2012 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

Why are so many ill-informed analysts determined to “reveal” an ugly property bubble in China?For starters, most of those who write about China have never lived in the region; they understand precious little about Chinese culture or the mainland’s government.

Equally important, empty buildings or high price-to-income ratios may be indicative of future price declines, but they alone do not cause bursting balloons; that requires extraordinary participation in leveraged speculation………………………………………..Full Article: Source

ETF: Why it’s finally time to invest in the real estate market

Posted on 21 March 2012 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

Nearly four years removed from the subprime mortgage lending crisis pushed the U.S. into a deep recession, it’s finally time to invest in housing. It appears that the housing markethas bottomed, making this an ideal time for investors to load up on housing stock.
According to the Case-Shiller index, home prices nationwide have fallen by an average of 34% since their July 2006 peak – a decline that’s on par with the housing crash that occurred during the Great Depression………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Time for a commercial real estate ETF?

Posted on 09 March 2012 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

Given the slightly improved economic picture, and mild declines in unemployment, many investors may assume that housing would finally be back on track. However, the U.S. residential property market has been mixed at best as recent readings of the S&P Case Shiller Home Price Index showed month-over-month declines of about 0.5% while year-over-year prices tumbled by about 4% in comparison.
This data contrasts sharply with some of the other housing figures investors have seen lately—specifically, inventory levels and existing home sales—which suggested to some that a recovery was finally underway in the sector………………………………………..Full Article: Source

China ETFs navigate tricky housing bubble

Posted on 14 February 2012 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

When it comes to global investing, one of the biggest and most closely watched stories over the past few years has been China’s handling of its red hot housing industry.
This week, it appears as though a new chapter has begun to take shape. While interesting to watch, this is a story that conservative ETF investors would likely be best off following from the sidelines………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Top 10 U.S. real estate sector ETFs

Posted on 13 February 2012 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

There is currently an expanding list of nearly 20 ETFs oriented to primarily REITs (Real Estate Investment Trusts) with more on the way. The following analysis features a fair representation of ETFs available. We believe from these investors may choose an appropriate ETF to satisfy the best index-based offerings individuals and financial advisors may utilize.
Despite the overall poor condition of U.S. real estate markets REITs gain more acceptance given their unique characteristics………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Are U.S. REIT ETFs a buy in 2012?

Posted on 13 January 2012 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

After a tumultuous 2011 many investors are still finding their footing in the markets as confidence in the global economic recovery remains battered down.
Despite persistent volatility in financial markets coupled with a looming debt crisis in Europe, the U.S. economy has demonstrated tremendous resilience; investors on the home front have digested platefuls of better-than-expected data releases from both the housing and labor markets over the past few months………………………………………..Full Article: Source

U.S. REIT ETFs: Ideal for investment portfolios

Posted on 18 November 2011 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

The last decade has seen the emergence of REITs – real estate investment trusts. These trusts invest directly in real estate projects or companies and pass on their earnings to investors as dividends. Thanks to their structure, REITs offer the small investor a unique opportunity to invest in big ticket real estate projects and companies.
Consequently, REIT ETFs have become an important part of most long term investment portfolios. REIT ETFs are also very popular with retirement investment planning as they offer people with smaller portfolio sizes the opportunity to invest in real estate for the long term………………………………………Full Article: Source

Top 10 U.S. real estate ETFs

Posted on 04 November 2011 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

Our goal in this profile is to help investors wade through the many competing ETF offerings available. Using our long experience as an ETF publication, and nearly 40 years in the investment business, we can help select those ETFs that matter and may or may not be repetitive. The result is a more manageable list of issues from which to view and make selections.
There is currently an expanding list of nearly 20 ETFs oriented to primarily REITs (Real Estate Investment Trusts) with more on the way. The following analysis features a fair representation of ETFs available………………………………………..Full Article: Source

China real estate ETF plunge revives bubble fears

Posted on 15 September 2011 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

An exchange traded fund tracking real estate stocks in China and Hong Kong fell 3% on Wednesday and recorded a new 52-week low. The ETF’s roughly 20% loss so far this year is a sign China’s property bubble is bursting.
The Guggenheim China Real Estate fund tries to reflect the performance of the AlphaShares China Real Estate Index, which holds publicly-traded companies and real estate investment trusts (REITs) that generate a majority of their revenues from real estate development, management and/or ownership of property in China, Hong Kong and Macau……………………………………….Full Article: Source

REIT ETFs positive this year as investors chase yield

Posted on 15 September 2011 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

Investors hungry for yield have shoveled a record amount of cash into mutual funds and exchange traded funds that invest in real estate investment trusts.
According to Citigroup Global Markets, investors allocated $3.7 billion into mutual funds that invest in U.S. real estate investment trusts this year, the most new money added since 2006, report Oshrat Carmiel and Margaret Collins for Bloomberg. Total assets in the sector funds, including ETFs, are at a record $96 billion………………………………………Full Article: Source

REIT ETFs look expensive after big run: Strategist

Posted on 27 July 2011 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

Exchange traded funds that invest in real estate investment trusts have roughly doubled the return of the S&P 500 so far this year with the rally fueled in part on investors’ hunger for income.
“With yields low and likely to stay that way for the foreseeable future, everyone is searching for income wherever they can find it,” says Russ Koesterich, iShares global chief investment strategist at ETF manager BlackRock. “One of the biggest beneficiaries of this ‘stretch-for-yield’ has been the REIT industry.”………………………………………Full Article: Source

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REIT and real-return bond ETFs emerge as winners

Posted on 06 June 2011 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

Exchanged-traded funds have become more popular in recent years. These investments, which trade like stocks, are similar to mutual funds but with lower fees. While investors may use them to do short-term trades, let’s see how they have fared over the longer term.
We looked at best and worst eight performers among Canadian-listed ETFs with a three-year record to May 31. There were too few ETFS with a five-year history. U.S. dollar and leveraged ETFs were excluded……………………………………….Full Article: Source

US: Real estate ETFs to avoid in double dip

Posted on 03 June 2011 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

The American real estate market is not out of the woods yet. In fact, it has taken a wrong turn slumping back to levels not seen since 2002, according to home prices track in the Standard & Poor’s/Case Shiller Index. The resurgent real estate recession gives pause to banking investors and should also worry investors in real estate.
The exchange-traded funds focused on a rise in the value of real estate have been shown to be average to poor performers on a risk-adjusted return basis in our latest ratings……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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Geographic breakdown of 7 high yield international real estate ETFs

Posted on 03 June 2011 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

Many long-term investors believe that real estate investments are essential to a portfolio, both because of a relatively low correlation with equities and bonds and because real estate is believed to be a good historic inflation hedge and general wealth storage option.
Beyond owning your own home, which is arguably not an investment, investing in real estate is often aggravating……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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U.S. REITs offer attractive returns as real estate market normalizes

Posted on 29 April 2011 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

Building and maintaining a long term, good performance portfolio demands diversification and some attention to market conditions. Real Estate is a key asset class that can be misunderstood but plays a part in a diversified portfolio. This article looks at US REITs.
Among dividend paying equity ETFs, U.S. REITs (IYR) outperformed all other major asset classes for the week ended 4/20/2011. Strength in U.S. REIT growth has lasted for several months now……………………………………….Full Article: Source

China real estate ETF and the housing bubble

Posted on 28 April 2011 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

An uptick in the number of housing transactions across Chinese cities bodes well for the China real estate exchange traded fund (ETF). However, the optimistic news on the burgeoning Chinese housing market may force the government to clamp down even tighter on speculation.
Transaction volumes in several Chinese cities jumped last week, which support prices and signals steady demand………………………………………Full Article: Source

U.S. recovery doesn’t extend to housing ETFs

Posted on 27 April 2011 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

Housing-related exchange traded funds (ETFs) have been stuck in neutral in 2011 as buyers stay on the sidelines, even with median home prices hitting record lows.
In the last quarter of 2010, the number of people who believed a house was a safe investment diminished to 64% from 70% in the first quarter………………………………………Full Article: Source

Will higher rates hit China real estate ETF?

Posted on 18 April 2011 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

China has been looking at ways to cool its real estate market, and the recent crackdown on speculation in the country’s capital could put pressure on the China real estate exchange traded fund (ETF).

Also, China on Sunday again boosted the requirement on reserves banks must hold, for the fourth time this year………………………………………Full Article: Source

Real estate ETFs may not be at the bottom…Yet

Posted on 25 February 2011 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

From Etftrends.com: While the overall economy is improving, real estate exchange traded funds (ETFs) are still moving along in fits and starts.
S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index revealed that U.S. home values dropped 3.9% in the fourth quarter of 2010 year-over-year. It was the worst performance since mid-2009, writes Cinthia Murphy for IndexUniverse………………………………………..Full Article: Source

REIT ETFs can do no wrong

Posted on 08 February 2011 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

From Nasdaq.com: Judging by the stellar performance of REIT ETFs in 2010, it is hard to imagine that real estate has barely recovered from of a major crisis. But a predicted tsunami of foreclosures rolled in as only a sizeable wave, and now analysts forecast solid cash flow gains for publicly-traded REITs in 2011.
Do prices, which surged 19 percent in 2010 according to the MIT Center for Real Estate, reflect underlying economics? At present a neutral weighting is justified, but if REIT ETFs continue to climb steeply, reallocation elsewhere will make more sense……………………………………….Full Article: Source

ETFs for the (slowly) improving housing market

Posted on 21 January 2011 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

From Etftrends.com: December’s jump in existing home sales has given exchange traded fund (ETF) investors cause for a little more optimism. But is it really time to dive in now? Existing home sales jumped 12.8% last month. That’s stellar, especially when you consider that this was all in the midst of the East Coast’s “snowpocalypse.”
Building permits for new homes rose 5.5% in December. It was the third largest monthly increase and the biggest jump since last March……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Can REIT ETFs keep on outperforming?

Posted on 13 January 2011 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

From Etftrends.com: Last year, real estate investment trust exchange traded funds (ETFs) left the broader markets in the dust. Is it too much to hope for more of the same in 2011?
Last year was a lucrative one for these investments, finishing 2010 with a gain of nearly 28%. Those returns matched what they did in 2009 and they were nearly double the performance of the S&P 500, reports Jeff Benjamin for Investment News……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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ETFs to play China’s real estate boom

Posted on 16 December 2010 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

From Nasdaq.com: China’s real estate market has been flying like a rocket ship. Though there are concerns that it may be moving too fast, there’s an easy way to ride the uptrend with a China real estate exchange traded fund(ETF).
You can be a part of the property boom in China without actually buying any property. That’s the beauty of ETFs……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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Real estate ETFs are up 20pct this year

Posted on 18 October 2010 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

From Mrketwatch.com: ETFs following real estate stocks have quietly rallied more than 20% so far in 2010. It’s not surprising the outperformance of REITs this year has gotten lost in the mix with gold’s dizzying rally and currency wars grabbing investors’ attention.
The SPDR Dow Jones REIT ETF has gained 21.5% year to date, compared with a 5.6% rise in the SPDR S&P 500 ETF. REITs have left the S&P 500 in the dust despite persistent calls that commercial real estate is the next shoe to drop in the financial crisis……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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REIT ETFs quietly storm the markets

Posted on 01 October 2010 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

From Etftrends.com: While people don’t seem too interested in the residential and commercial real estate markets, real estate investment trust (REIT) exchange traded funds (ETFs) have been doing quite well.
Timothy Strauts, an ETF analyst for Morningstar, remarked that “REIT ETFs are leading the S&P by a healthy margin, outperforming the S&P over the last 12 months,” writes Sheryl Nance-Nash for Daily Finance. U.S. ETF Real Estate was up 22% year-to-date through Sept. 21……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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Where real estate is rocking again: REIT ETFs

Posted on 29 September 2010 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

From Dailyfinance.com: Amid all the whining about residential and commercial real estate markets, exchange-traded funds (ETFs) comprising real estate investment trusts (REITs) have quietly been kicking butt.
“REIT ETFs are leading the S&P by a healthy margin, outperforming the S&P over the last 12 months,” says Timothy Strauts, an ETF analyst for Morningstar, who covers REIT ETFs……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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REIT ETFs outperform the S&P 500

Posted on 12 August 2010 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

From Etftrends.com: Did you think real estate was dead? Not so fast – REIT exchange traded funds (ETFs) have actually handily outperformed the broader market year-to-date. Will it last?
The standout performance of real estate ETFs this year has triggered a notion that the worst may be over for commercial real estate. However, second-quarter earnings reports may threaten any possibility that the outperformance has legs……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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REITs are flying high

Posted on 11 August 2010 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

From Thestreet.com: ETFs that track real estate investment trusts are outperforming the broader market in 2010 and investors that want to get involved in the action have several options.
For investors looking for exposure to U.S. real estate, the two most popularly-traded and liquid funds are iShares Dow Jones U.S. Real Estate Index Fund (IYR) and iShares Cohen and Steers Realty Majors Index Fund (ICF)……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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Why REIT ETFs are outperforming the market

Posted on 24 June 2010 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

From Etftrends.com: Even as the real estate market continues to get beat up and property values sink, real estate investment trust exchange traded funds (ETFs) continue to pull their weight in the markets over the last year.
One way to explain this interesting phenomenon is that many REITs have boosted their balance sheets by raising money through secondary offerings and IPOs in 2009 and this year, says Trang Ho for Investor’s Business Daily……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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U.S. real estate ETFs rebound

Posted on 28 May 2010 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

From Thestreet.com: Despite their position at the epicenter of the recent mortgage meltdown, many U.S. real estate ETFs have rebounded nicely in 2010. In fact, of the 13 ETFs in the domestic Real Estate ETFdb Category only one has posted a loss for the year.
This is in sharp contrast to the Global Real Estate ETFdb Category which has seen all ten of its funds post a loss on the year……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Believe it or not: U.S real estate ETFs crushing international counterparts

Posted on 28 May 2010 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

From Etfdb.com: With many equity markets plunging around the globe, investors are flocking towards safe-haven investments. This flight to quality has left many investors piling into U.S. Treasury bonds and the U.S. dollar in general.
This has helped to sink commodity prices and send T-Bill yields lower decreasing the desirability of each substantially as asset classes to stash cash in. This leaves one type of investment that most investors would not consider given recent market events; real estate……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Real estate ETFs: Risks still abound

Posted on 14 May 2010 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

From Etftrends.com: Over the past few years, rising real estate valuations sent exchange traded funds (ETFs) higher and made millions of Americans rich in equity. Then the bubble popped. As we try to work our way back to greener pastures, commercial and residential real estate still pose risks.
Conor Dougherty of The Wall Street Journal reports that the supply glut in the consumer and commercial real estate market – an imbalance that will be worked out over time – could act as a brake on economic growth for several reasons:……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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China real estate ETF: Little evidence of bubble

Posted on 13 May 2010 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

From Thestreet.com: A number of statistical bulletins released in recent weeks have served as an excellent illustration of the ever-widening gap between the world’s emerging and developed economies. While the U.S. and Europe struggle to stay afloat and eke out positive gross domestic product growth, the concern in China is very different.
Beijing has been concerned about an overheating economy, seeking to reel in stimulus policies introduced during the depths of the recent recession. The latest round of data indicates that, for the most part, these policies have been successful in accomplishing their stated objectives………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Commercial real estate ETFs: Boom or bust?

Posted on 12 April 2010 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

From Seekingalpha.com: Real estate ETFs have been on a tear lately, with two funds pocketing 100% year over year. What investors need to know is whether the rally in real estate ETFs still has some steam.

Gary Gordon of ETF Expert doesn’t think so. He expects REIT ETFs “to take a major hit between now and the end of the summer.”………………………………Full Article: Source

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Real estate ETFs: Dead money or continued success?

Posted on 09 April 2010 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

From Seekingalpha.com: Vanguard REIT and iShares DJ Real Estate each pocketed 100% year-over-year. Indeed, the triple-digit gains for real estate investment trusts, or REITs, have been nothing short of staggering.

Granted, one might have anticipated a stronger price recovery for the most beleaguered stock assets (e.g., banks, real estate companies, etc.). However, I find it a bit shocking that yield hunters haven’t yet decided to move their money elsewhere……………………………….Full Article: Source

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Real estate ETFs: Big improvements, big challenges

Posted on 10 March 2010 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

From Nasdaq.com: While it’s true that real estate exchange traded funds (ETFs) have doubled off their lows since last March, they’ve still got a long way to go before the sector can be considered “stable.”

At the very least, real estate’s comeback from the lows is impressive. Investors had priced in total financial ruin that never materialized. But now the market may have gone too far in the other direction; there are concerns that it has “overshot” and calls for a strong recovery are way too hopeful at this point……………………………………..Full Article: Source

China real estate ETFs may be undervalued

Posted on 09 March 2010 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

From Nasdaq.com: There is no doubt that China is becoming an economic powerhouse. The Asian nation’s exchange traded funds (ETFs) are abundant with opportunities, and one of the most notable ones could be in its real estate sector, which one study found was undervalued.

Comparing price-to-book ratios to return on equity, the Chinese real estate market was the most undervalued when compared to other high-growth nations like India and Hong Kong, comments Kevin Grewal for TheStreet. Some expert analysts estimate that the Chinese real estate sector has underperformed the benchmark MSCI China index by almost 30%………………………………………Full Article: Source

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Real estate ETFs: Big improvements, big challenges

Posted on 09 March 2010 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

From Etftrends.com: While it’s true that real estate exchange traded funds (ETFs) have doubled off their lows since last March, they’ve still got a long way to go before the sector can be considered “stable.”

At the very least, real estate’s comeback from the lows is impressive. Investors had priced in total financial ruin that never materialized………………………………………Full Article: Source

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Real estate ETFs build from the ground up

Posted on 08 March 2010 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

From mmarketwatch.com: Exchange-traded funds tracking real estate stocks have been among the market’s best performers since the March 2009 market low, but the potential for more upside is on shaky ground.
ETFs that focus on residential U.S. real estate have rebounded sharply………………………………………..Full Article: Source

China real estate ETFs may be undervalued

Posted on 08 March 2010 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

From Etftrends.com: There is no doubt that China is becoming an economic powerhouse. The Asian nation’s exchange traded funds (ETFs) are abundant with opportunities, and one of the most notable ones could be in its real estate sector, which one study found was undervalued.

Comparing price-to-book ratios to return on equity, the Chinese real estate market was the most undervalued when compared to other high-growth nations like India and Hong Kong, comments Kevin Grewal for TheStreet………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Chinese real estate ETFs: Opportunity knocks

Posted on 03 March 2010 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

From Thestreet.com: As China expects to lead the world in economic growth in 2010, some think the nation’s real estate markets pose an opportunity and will likely see appreciation in the coming year.

When comparing price-to-book ratios vs. return on equity, a recent study indicated that Chinese real estate was the most undervalued when vs. other high-growth nations like India and Hong Kong……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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Homebuilder ETFs: Quietly surging ahead

Posted on 02 March 2010 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

From Etftrends.com: Homebuilders might be the most optimistic people around. Despite a precipitous drop in new home sales in January and assorted other kicks to the chest, homebuilder exchange traded funds (ETFs) have slowly but surely emerged to become one of the top sectors of 2010.

While it hasn’t been a smooth upward trajectory, iShares Dow Jones U.S. Home Construction Index Fund is now touting a year-to-date return of 7.3% and SPDR S&P Homebuilders is up 5.3% this year……………………………………..Full Article: Source

Real estate ETFs: More crises to come, or a sector on the mend?

Posted on 18 February 2010 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

From Etftrends.com: Many months after the real estate bubble popped and sent the world spinning into crisis, people are left asking whether any recovery is in sight or if we’re just gearing up for another round of pain in the market and exchange traded funds (ETFs).

Some analysts say that the real estate investment trust (REIT) and the broader real estate sector improvements primarily owe to stronger-than-expected earnings that many real estate companies have reported this season………………………………….Full Article: Source

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