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Real Estate ETFs

Now leading the change of economic turnaround in the US, real estate investments were the first to be crushed in the financial crisis. Housing prices are going up for the first time in 5 years, bringing REITs back into the investment spotlight. These real estate investment firms exist in over 20 different countries around the world, allowing investors to make potentially lucrative plays on housing in both emerging and developed markets. Those looking for current income should not shy away from this market; these securities must pay out 90% of their income to shareholders in order to avoid taxation at the corporate level. Below we outline 5 REIT ETFs that already have outstanding dividend yields [see also 8% Yield ETFdb Portfolio].

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UBS continued to expand its suite of income-oriented products this week by debuting an ETN that will offer monthly leveraged exposure to an index consisting of mortgage REITs. The new ETRACS Monthly Pay 2x Leveraged Mortgage REIT ETN (MORL) will offer 2x monthly exposure to the Market Vectors Global Mortgage REITs Index, a benchmark that includes companies such as Annaly Capital Management and American Capital Agency. That same benchmark is already linked to a Van Eck product, MORT, which offers non-leveraged exposure in an ETF wrapper.  [click to continue…]

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The hunt for meaningful yield amid a landscape dominated by low-rate central bank policy has proven to be a challenge even for the most seasoned value investors. Luckily, the exchange-traded universe is vast and when it comes to dividend ETFs, investors can beef up their portfolio’s current income through a variety of options. One particular […]

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As the ETF industry continues to expand, investors are now able to pick and choose from a lineup of over 1,400 products. Whether you are looking to fine-tune exposure to a specific sector or want to apply a quantitative methodology to your investments, exchange-traded funds have provided investors with multiple low-cost and efficient options. And […]

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3 ETFs With Surprisingly Stellar 3-Year Returns

by on August 23, 2012 | Updated August 27, 2012

For the most part, many people would agree that  investing can sometimes be a crapshoot. Investors often find themselves playing a game of musical chairs, shifting their assets to the seemingly most promising corners of the financial universe. Sometimes these bets payoff, while other times investors get burned and are left with a sour investment. […]

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ETFs have gathered more than $1 trillion in assets thanks to a number of structural advantages, including enhanced transparency, significant tax advantages, and intraday liquidity. But make no mistake about it: the ETF boom has been fueled in large part by an increased attention to expenses, and intensifying desire among investors to minimize their fees. […]

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UBS continued to expand its lineup of monthly leveraged ETPs this month, debuting a product that is designed to deliver amplified exposure to international real estate firms. The new Monthly Pay 2x Leveraged Dow Jones International Real Estate ETN (RWXL) will deliver leveraged exposure to a benchmark that consists of REITs from around the world, […]

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Perhaps the most popular fad among investors over the past couple of years has been interest in dividend-paying stocks; with yields at record lows and risk aversion regularly spiking, portfolios have shifted towards stocks of companies known for making regular distributions of their cash flows. Not surprisingly, many investors are embracing ETFs to achieve exposure […]

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Stocks are off to a shaky start this week as investors digested discouraging economic growth expectations from China. The Asian behemoth cut its growth goal down to 7.5%, previously at 8%, which inevitably caused concerns that spilled over onto Wall Street. The Nasdaq led the way lower, shedding 0.86% on the day, while the Dow Jones Industrial […]

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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 […]

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This time last year, investors were generally thrilled with the performances of their portfolios, which had continued to bounce back nicely from the devastating recession that hit in 2008. Unfortunately, few are feeling the same sense of accomplishment as 2011 draws to a close; this year has been frustrating in that a few large, swift […]

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After a record-setting October gave investors hope that 2011 would finish on a strong note, the first couple weeks of November have effectively taken any wind out of those sails. The culprit–surprise, surprise–has been the cash-strapped PIIGS economies of Europe, with Italy now grabbing the spotlight as a serious credit risk and a grave threat […]

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