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Active ETFs for a real estate recovery

Posted on 18 February 2010 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

From Seekingalpha.com: Few investors even consider investing in real estate these days, given how much real estate market has suffered in the past 2-3 years.

However it might be the right time to start considering a contrarian approach to this space. The above expectations housing starts coming in at 590,000 seem to support this view………………………………….Full Article: Source

Are property ETFs out of the woods?

Posted on 11 February 2010 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

From Fool.co.uk: What should you look out for when choosing a property ETF? I admit that property investments haven’t fared as poorly as I expected since last summer. They’ve by no means made up for the losses of 2008, but they have recovered pretty well.
All of the five iShares property ETFs except iShares UK Property have shown positive returns in the last six months………………………………..Full Article: Source

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US: Rough water for real estate ETFs

Posted on 29 January 2010 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

From Thestreet.com: Demand for housing has taken a major hit, evident by the record 17% decline in existing-home sales recorded in December. Many observers suggest that downward price pressures are imminent.

According to the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index, home prices have gained roughly 4% from their 2009 lows. Although this appears promising, and the index has been moving in the right direction, there are plenty of market forces that likely will work against the index and bring prices down………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Commercial real estate ETFs: At the bottom?

Posted on 05 January 2010 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

From Etftrends.com: Investors have been shunning the commercial real estate sectors like the plague as desolate commercial buildings fail to attract tenants. Some believe, however, that the time is ripe for putting money back into the commercial real estate sector-related exchange traded funds (ETFs).

Commercial real estate is at its nadir, remarks David Fessler for Investment U, or equivalent to how low bank stocks were back in March. That’s why it may be a good time to start looking into this investment area, comments Fessler…………………………………..Full Article: Source

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REIT ETFs have appeal despite gloomy real estate market

Posted on 04 January 2010 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

From Etftrends.com: Real estate investment trusts, or REITs, have been a source of stability and nice yields. Lately, this has not been the case. Does this mean you should count out REIT exchange traded funds (ETFs)?

The month of December was a winner for many REIT ETFs, as most of them climbed to the top of charts, despite a dreary real estate market……………………………………Full Article: Source

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Real estate ETFs to consider if the recovery continues in 2010

Posted on 30 December 2009 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

From Seekingalpha.com: The year 2009 brought a stellar rebound to US equity markets, with all the major sectors gaining ground. The most impressive returns happened in areas hardest hit during the late-2008 meltdown: Materials and Consumer Discretionary.
However, the biggest sector winner by far was Technology with (as of December 24) a nearly 50% bounce from the end of 2008……………………………………Full Article: Source

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The appeal of REIT ETFs

Posted on 29 December 2009 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

From Seekingalpha.com: Real Estate Investment Trusts, or REITs, used to offer attractive yields and a measure of stability. These days, a REIT is one of the more volatile investment choices.
What’s more, even the attractiveness of the income stream is questionable… when one considers alternative income producers (e.g., convertibles, preferreds, energy trusts, etc.)…………………………………….Full Article: Source

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International real estate: The lay of the land

Posted on 18 December 2009 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

From Businessweek.com: Dozens of mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) invest in global real estate. Here are five smart options for investors looking at property markets around the world.
Alpine International Real Estate. Sam Lieber’s fund is volatile, but in good times it soars. He bets big on emerging markets; Brazil represents more than one-quarter of the portfolio. Assets: $754 million; 1-Year Return: 123.6%; 3-Year Return: -14.2%……………………………….Full Article: Source

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3 reasons to watch real estate ETFs

Posted on 27 November 2009 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

From Etftrends.com: Although the housing sector and the exchange traded funds (ETFs) witnessed a minor setback last week, things are looking better this week as home sales rise to a two-and-a-half year high.

Many have suggested that the drop in housing starts in October was caused by the expiration of the first-time homebuyer tax credit, which was recently extended by policymakers……………………………Full Article: Source

ETFs for playing the housing recovery

Posted on 26 November 2009 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

From Thestreet.com: Over the past few months, the real estate sector has been outperforming analysts’ expectations and pleasantly surprising investors. The recovery has also boosted exchange-traded funds that track the sector.

Investors should keep in mind, however, that there are plenty of signs to indicate that these gains are not sustainable or representative of the real health of the sector………………………….Full Article: Source

The definitive guide to real estate ETFs

Posted on 26 November 2009 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

From Etfdb.com: Once considered a vital “return enhancer” in almost every portfolio, real estate as an asset class has fallen out of favor with investors following its spectacular collapse during (and role in causing) the recent global economic downturn.
Real estate was historically embraced because of its potential for delivering excess returns in bull property markets and low correlation with traditional stock and bond investments………………………….Full Article: Source

Real estate in trouble – Could a 2008-like decline be next?

Posted on 19 November 2009 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

From Etfguide.com: With stocks up most of the time, it takes a keen eye to see what’s going on behind the facade of rising prices. Real estate is once again in trouble.
Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the FHA all need money, prices are down and real estate ETFs have already started their very own bear market. Will it be 2008 all over again?…………………….Full Article: Source

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The future of commercial real estate ETFs

Posted on 11 November 2009 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

From Etftrends.com: As we take a moment to reflect on the past year, it becomes obvious that the housing market bust crippled the economy. What made this cyclical bust in the real estate and related exchange traded fund (ETF) markets different from the others?

Unrealistic assumptions, multiple layers of investors and obscene prices in the commercial real estate market are all part of the reason why the current housing bust is costlier and more complicated than previous ones, comment Mara Der Hovanesian and Dean Foust for BusinessWeek. Average housing prices have already plummeted 41% from the 2007 peak…………..Full Article: Source

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Aussie property ETF leads the charge;South Korea, Europe ETFs also jump

Posted on 15 October 2009 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

From Investordaily.com.au: Exchange-traded funds (ETF) mimicking equity indexes of Australian listed property, South Korea and Europe delivered the best returns in the September 2009 quarter among ETFs listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX).

The SPDR S&P/ASX 200 Listed Property Fund, whose top holdings include Westfield Group and Stockland, jumped 32.13 per cent in the three months……………………Full Article: Source

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Apartment glut keeps residential real estate ETF in check

Posted on 08 October 2009 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

From Etfdb.com: In recent months, the U.S. housing market has shown signs of life, with several major metropolitan areas eking out small month-over-month gains. While home prices remain well below year-ago levels, there are at least signs that the worst has passed, and a modest recovery is now underway.
Unfortunately, the same can’t be said about the rest of the U.S. real estate market. Apartment vacancies recently surged to 7.8%, the highest level since 1986. And the rate is only expected to rise as demand drops further in the traditionally weak fall and winter months……………….Full Article: Source

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Global real estate ETFs: Conservative interest prevails

Posted on 28 September 2009 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

From Seekingalpha.com: After an impressive collapse of the international housing market, risk-averse investors are now seeking to invest in safer overseas properties.
Interest in conservative and long-term property investments may be just the thing to stabilize international real estate exchange traded funds…………………Full Article: Source

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Getting a handle on real estate ETFs

Posted on 28 September 2009 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

From Seekingalpha.com: There are so many real estate-focused ETFs and many investors have so little time to really investigate where their money is actually going.
There are four major funds to look at and pull apart to consider if they are worthy of your portfolio…………………Full Article: Source

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How the real estate ETFs stack up

Posted on 24 September 2009 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

From Thestreet.com: Domestic REIT investors have four ETFs to choose among. Though there are more exchange-traded funds available, the big four offer diversification, liquidity and low fees.
They are: iShares Dow Jones U.S. Real Estate, iShares Cohen & Steers Realty Majors, Vanguard REIT and SPDR Dow Jones REIT………………..Full Article: Source

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Foreign real estate ETFs present a better risk-reward scenario

Posted on 23 September 2009 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

From Seekingalpha.com: Mortgage delinquencies on residential real estate are accelerating, not decelerating. Similarly, an estimated $3.5 trillion in commercial loans are in danger of default, with no clear path to refinancing or modification to prevent massive foreclosures.
Does this spell disaster for real estate investment trusts (REITs)? Surprisingly, the answer may be “no.”……………..Full Article: Source

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Real estate ETF serves as financial proxy

Posted on 18 September 2009 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

From Thestreet.com: Real estate investment trusts, or REITs, offer diversification and high yields with a low correlation to equities. REITs are a separate asset class worthy of a hefty allocation in a diversified portfolio, many money managers argue.
But real estate was a big catalyst for the financial crisis, undercutting the diversification argument. REITs, as measured by the iShares DJ US Real Estate Index Fund, fared worse than the S&P 500 Index during the bear market but not quite as bad as the financial sector, viewed by the Financial Select Sector SPDR……………….Full Article: Source

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REIT ETFs: What to consider buying, what to avoid

Posted on 17 September 2009 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

From Seekingalpha.com: Like most in the financial sector, real estate investment trusts (REITs) are enjoying a renaissance.
Yet with a wave of commercial real estate foreclosures in the making, and the possibility that widespread unemployment will keep residential housing under wraps, investors wonder how long REITs can tow the ”economic recovery” line……………….Full Article: Source

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Real estate rebounds

Posted on 14 September 2009 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

From Seekingalpha.com: The 13 closed end fund (CEF) types on average were up 1.9% for the week ending 9/11/09. On an aggregate, unweighted basis, the weekly average price increase for 628 CEFs was also up 1.9%.
The weighted 49 CEFs as of 9/11/09 comprising the Claymore CEF Index registered an average increase of 3.2% for the week……………..Full Article: Source

Why REIT ETFs may be poised to prosper after recovery

Posted on 01 September 2009 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

From Seekingalpha.com: Many analysts and experts feel that real estate investment trusts, or REITs, and REIT ETFs could be poised for a rally that resembles the heady 1990s once the market recovers.

Once the commercial property market begins to recover, real estate investment trusts, or REITs, could be the front runner for the asset class…………..Full Article: Source

Why real estate ETF recovery could be slow

Posted on 31 August 2009 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

From Etftrends.com: The real estate sector and its related exchange traded funds (ETFs) appear to be making a recovery, but there are still some potential stumbling blocks the sector could likely face in the coming months.
Principal forgiveness means that a loss has to be taken by someone. Adjust the rate, adjust the term, adjust the amortization – it is all tinkering, even if it lowers the payment slightly, because the owner is still inverted on his mortgage…………..Full Article: Source

6 positive signals for real estate ETFs

Posted on 27 August 2009 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

From Seekingalpha.com: At times, it seemed like the housing crisis was so bad we’d never find the bottom. But an increasing number of signs are pointing to a tentative recovery in ETFs aimed at the sector.

What are the arguments in favor of recovery?…………..Full Article: Source

Pros and cons of property ETFs

Posted on 26 August 2009 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

From Fool.co.uk: Property ETFs, ones tracking the returns of the property sector of the equity market, have a number of general strengths to recommend them alongside some particular weaknesses.

First the strengths. If property companies or real estate investment trusts (REITs) are more like investment funds than ordinary businesses, property ETFs both be seen as a kind of fund of funds. The ETF is still an index-tracking investment but the risk spreading is across a broader range of property manager talent as well as across more of the market than investments in individual property companies………….Full Article: Source

Why real estate ETFs have a home in your portfolio

Posted on 20 August 2009 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

From Seekingalpha.com: By including housing related ETFs into a portfolio, an investor may mitigate the swings in the housing market that could potentially eat away at his or her wealth.

The MacroShares Housing report, A Missing Ingredient to an Optimal Portfolio, by Robert J. Shiller, reviewed the merits of adding MacroShares Major Metro Housing Down (DMM) or MacroShares Major Metro Housing Up (UMM) to optimize an investment portfolio by increasing risk adjusted returns…………Full Article: Source

Is real estate on the road to recovery?

Posted on 30 July 2009 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

From ETFguide.com: U.S. home prices may be stabilizing according to latest figures reported by the Standard & Poor’s Case Shiller index. But before you uncork the champagne, it’s still too early to conclude “the worst is over.”

Home prices from the period of April to May rose or remained unchanged in 15 out of 20 cities. The Case Shiller index tracks the performance of home prices in 20 U.S. metropolitan areas………Full Article: Source

7 reasons why housing ETFs have not bottomed

Posted on 24 July 2009 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

From Nasdaq.com: Has the housing market and related exchange traded funds (ETFs) hit rock bottom yet? While some may think houses are as cheap as they will ever be, more pessimistic investors think the housing bottom still remains elusive.

People should not unequivocally trust the words of pundits who are hinting at a housing bottom, remarks Barry Ritholtz for The Big Picture………..Full Article: Source

Two unique approaches to real estate investing

Posted on 21 July 2009 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

From Seekingalpha.com: Investors attempting to gain exposure to the housing market/real estate will either play the housing market through buying an actual property or turn to the stock market for investment products.
Typically the investors will turn to REITs (real estate investment trusts), home builder stocks, or an ETF that invests in the areas. I will offer 2 unique approaches to the real estate sector; one an ETF and the other a REIT…….Full Article: Source

Direxion continues leveraged trend with real estate ETFs

Posted on 21 July 2009 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

From Structuredproductsonline.com: Direxion has launched two new exchange-traded funds (ETFs) which give three times leveraged exposure to the MSCI US Real Estate Index.
The Direxion Daily Real Estate Bull 3x Shares offers 300% of the daily upside performance of the index, whereas the Real Estate Bear offers 300% of the downside…….Full Article: Source

US real estate ETFs: Good news, bad news

Posted on 20 July 2009 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

From Seekingalpha.com: There are more factors adding to the downtrodden U.S. housing markets and related shares and exchange traded funds (ETFs) than one may think, but there’s also more and more good news appearing, too.

The most recent good news first: New housing starts and permits have risen for the second straight month in June. Starts climbed 3.6%, reports Reuters………..Full Article: Source

China real estate mutual fund/ETF faceoff

Posted on 10 July 2009 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

From Thestreet.com: While Western real estate has been something of a rollercoaster ride for investors this year, some fund managers have looked beyond the borders of the U.S. in their search to add some diversity in the form of real estate to their portfolios. Interestingly, some have set aside a large chunk of their portfolios for this one sector.
Traditionally two funds are best compared within a sector, such as materials or energy. However, actively managed mutual funds have the capability to resemble anything the fund manager sees fit within the fund’s stated objectives………Full Article: Source

ETFs that bet on housing values: Is this a joke?

Posted on 06 July 2009 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

From Seekingalpha.com: Is this what you get from the best and the brightest on Wall Street? On Tuesday, June 30, 2009, a day that should live in financial infamy, investment manager MacroMarkets launched two ETFs designed to track housing values.
But they don’t own any houses. And they’re 3-times leveraged………Full Article: Source

U.S. REIT ETFs lag while global funds rally

Posted on 01 July 2009 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

From Seekingalpha.com: As the first half of 2009 draws to a close, it seems that we’re finally starting to see things return to some semblance of normality.
Equity markets have rallied sharply since bottoming out in March. Volatility is back within its historical range after hitting record highs over the past year………Full Article: Source

3 foreign real estate ETFs with shocking momentum

Posted on 01 July 2009 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

From Seekingalpha.com: If there’s a more beleaguered and battered segment of investing than real estate, I haven’t seen it.
The iShares Dow Jones US Real Estate Fund is down -14% in 2009 after 6 short months; it dropped approx -40% in 2008 and nearly -20% in 2007………Full Article: Source

Credit, economic woes hammer REIT-indexed ETFs

Posted on 30 June 2009 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

From WSJ: Investors who purchased exchange-traded funds tracking real estate investment trusts in hopes of diversifying their portfolio against stock-market shocks have been sorely disappointed.

REITs, which let individuals invest in commercial real estate, have been thumped by the recession and tight lending markets. The companies manage specific types of properties such as shopping malls, apartments and storage facilities……..Full Article (Subscription Required) : Source

Real estate ETFs rest on shaky foundation

Posted on 29 June 2009 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

From Marketwatch.com: Investors who purchased exchange-traded funds tracking real estate investment trusts in hopes of diversifying their portfolio against stock-market shocks have been sorely disappointed.

REITs, which let individuals invest in commercial real estate, have been thumped by the recession and tight lending markets. The companies manage specific types of properties such as shopping malls, apartments and storage facilities……..Full Article: Source

Can you find the bottom in real estate ETFs?

Posted on 26 June 2009 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

From Seekingalpha.com: Although encouraging news has recently been released regarding the real estate sector and the ETFs that track it, many suggest that an immediate recovery is still not imminent.

Signs of trouble in the real estate market still persist: New home sales dropped 0.6% in May, falling short of economists’ forecasts. There’s also a 10-month backlog of new homes……..Full Article: Source

Real estate ETF falls 82% in three months

Posted on 25 June 2009 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

From Thestreet.com: With pessimistic predictions of a longer-than-forecast global recession, the World Bank spooked the stock market into testing the recent rally.
Eight of the 10 exchange traded funds with the worst grades from TheSteet.com Ratings rise at twice the pace of their underlying indexes’ declines…….Full Article: Source

Can you find the bottom in real estate ETFs?

Posted on 25 June 2009 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

From Nasdaq.com: Although encouraging news has recently been released regarding the real estate sector and the exchange traded funds (ETFs) that track it, many suggest that an immediate recovery is still not imminent.

Signs of trouble in the real estate market still persist: new home sales dropped 0.6% in May, falling short of economists’ forecasts. There’s also a 10-month backlog of new homes…….Full Article: Source

What it will take to right real estate ETFs

Posted on 16 June 2009 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

From Nasdaq.com: When the housing bubble burst, real estate prices, along with related exchange traded funds (ETFs), plummeted. But many Americans are still unable to afford the price tags on their dream homes.

The cost of land, homebuilding, taxes and homeownership exceeds what many people are able to afford as a result of slow personal income growth and inflation, remarks John F. Wasik for The Huffington Post…….Full Article: Source

Why REIT ETFs are recovering

Posted on 04 June 2009 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

From Nasdaq.com: REIT exchange traded funds (ETFs) give investors a broad base of real estate exposure while giving great tax benefits to the corporations that help build them up. They are the latest vehicle of interest for exposure during the markets latest rebound.

The past two years have been brutal for real estate investment trusts (REITs) and the funds that track them. They are regaining their popularity with investors as a cost-effective way to gain market exposure during a possible market rebound………Full Article: Source

Highlighting international real estate ETFs

Posted on 02 June 2009 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

From Seekingalpha.com: We Americans live in interesting times. On the one hand, our new Camelot-like president has raised the hopes of millions. On the other hand, we’re in the most challenging economic environment of our generation.
Two victims of the meltdown have been real estate and the dollar: real estate because of all the overvalued properties, the dollar because of government spending………Full Article: Source

China real estate ETF not dampened by profit-taking

Posted on 15 May 2009 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

From Seekingalpha.com: Some things are inevitable, even though you can’t time them precisely; that is, stock markets worldwide have been begging for a pullback of substance. This was the week.

Several trading days ago, I asked when the short ETFs might get “amped” about economic hardship. It appears we have the answer, as the last 5 trading days have provided 15% gains for ProShares UltraShort Real Estate (SRS) and 11% gains for ProShares UltraShort Financials (SKF)…….Full Article: Source

Best-performing ETFs invest in real estate

Posted on 07 May 2009 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

From Thestreet.com: The best-performing exchange-traded funds signal a bottoming in two key areas of the U.S. economy: real estate and commodities. The ETFs also point to a bottom-fishing expedition in value stocks.
After excluding the 20 ETFs that use leverage, 10 of the 25 best-performing funds in April invest in real estate…….Full Article: Source

Why REITs, ETFs acquire a good position

Posted on 29 April 2009 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

From Nasdq.com: One sector that could be worth watching is the real estate investment trusts, or REITs, which have gotten strong ratings and risen rapidly; exchange traded funds (ETFs) can give investors well-diversified exposure to these investments.

In general, an investor who seeks a REIT is concerned with tax advantages, and a high yield……Full Article: Source

Commercial real estate problems continue piling up

Posted on 21 April 2009 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

From Seekingalpha.com: Though it gets little in the way of airplay on the blog, real estate happens to be one of my favorite asset classes. It is volatile, can be highly leveraged and also provides what I call “use value,” meaning that it is not necessarily just a piece of paper you hope will appreciate, but can also be tangible property that you can get some enjoyment out of.
For the same reason, I would much rather have a Miró hanging on my wall than an investment in an art ETF…..Full Article: Source

Too soon to bank on Real Estate funds

Posted on 31 March 2009 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

From Thestreet.com: Exchange traded funds that invest in real estate jumped 4% last week amid early signals of a potential housing recovery and optimism generated by the government’s plan to buy $1 trillion of troubled bank assets.

While these positive developments suggest that happy times are here again, investors might be wise to wait for stronger signs that real estate is on the upswing. Homebuilders, which rely on sales of newly constructed homes, might face a prolonged recovery as the glut of cheap properties for sale shrinks. In addition, cut-rate prices will reduce revenue and put downward pressure on margins…..Full Article: Source

Property ETFs In Europe

Posted on 25 March 2009 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

From Indexuniverse.com: Property ETFs have been one of the worst investments in the exchange-traded fund universe over the last couple of years. Some major sector indices have fallen over 75% in price since their peak in early 2007, and sentiment towards real estate remains firmly negative.

Nevertheless, as a recent press release from FTSE, one of the main index providers, reminds us, property remains widely recognised as one of the four core asset classes in institutional investment portfolios. It also represents around half of global wealth…..Full Article: Source

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