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When building a diversified buy-and-hold portfolio, many investors utilize a well-balanced combination of fixed income and equity securities. Historically, investors have also embraced material allocation to real estate; however, since the housing crisis, investors are still quite hesitant to jump back into this corner. As the real estate market continues to grow, an allocation to this unique asset class should certainly not be overlooked. [click to continue…]

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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?]. [click to continue…]

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The first 29 days of November were relatively quiet from a product development perspective, with only a handful of new exchange-traded products hitting the market. But that all changed on the final day of the month, when iPath debuted a new breed of leveraged ETNs and newcomer VelocityShares rolled out six products linked to VIX-related […]

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Vanguard continued its blitz of new ETF products this week, rolling out an international counterpart to its ultra-popular real estate ETF (VNQ). The Vanguard Global ex-U.S. Real Estate Index Fund began trading on Monday; the new fund is available in four different share classes, including ETF shares (VNQI). The fund will seek to replicate the […]

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The reasons for the rise of the ETF industry are numerous: intraday liquidity, (potentially) superior tax efficiency, and enhanced transparency relative to traditional actively-managed mutual funds have all contributed to the billions of dollars of inflows that these funds have seen in recent years. But the real attraction for most ETF investors is the reduced […]

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