November 03, 2011 at 10:37 AM EDT
Examining Three Global Real Estate ETFs
The housing sector has been rather difficult to predict in the past few years. Once the U.S. housing bubble burst and the Great Recession began, investors pulled out of a number of domestic equities fearing that the crisis would last for quite some time. Unfortunately, those investors were correct, as housing in the U.S. is still fighting to reach pre-recession levels. In fact, the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index is just now reaching 2003 levels at around 155-160. To recover to its 2007 high, the index needs to get up to about 225, an increase of about 45%. As such, investors have begun to look abroad for their real estate exposure, as a stagnant U.S. economy seems to offer little in the way of potential [see also Time For A Real Estate ETF?]. As the ETF world has rapidly expanded, so too have the options for allocating to this coveted asset class. [...] Click here to read the original article on ETFdb.com. Related Posts: Vanguard Launches International Real Estate ETF (VNQI) Time For A Real Estate ETF? Dividend ETF Special: 25 Equity ETFs With Attractive Distribution Yields Investors Put A Down Payment On High-Yielding Real Estate ETFs November ETF Roundup: Launches, Filings, and Closures
The housing sector has been rather difficult to predict in the past few years. Once the U.S. housing bubble burst and the Great Recession began, investors pulled out of a number of domestic equities fearing that the crisis would last for quite some time. Unfortunately, those investors were correct, as housing in the U.S. is still fighting to reach pre-recession levels. In fact, the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index is just now reaching 2003 levels at around 155-160. To recover to its 2007 high, the index needs to get up to about 225, an increase of about 45%. As such, investors have begun to look abroad for their real estate exposure, as a stagnant U.S. economy seems to offer little in the way of potential [see also Time For A Real Estate ETF?]. As the ETF world has rapidly expanded, so too have the options for allocating to this coveted asset class. [...]

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