Top 10 U.S. Real Estate ETFs

| June 20, 2012 | Comments (0)

We have to wonder as see markets fading quickly if many REITs had experienced a false spring rally and are now correcting. A recent report suggested that over one third of shopping malls will disappear in the coming years due to the growth in ecommerce. Further economic growth globally has been turning over which should negatively affect many malls and office complexes. Due to the inability to obtain mortgages to buy a home one area of growth remains in multi-family housing.

Rising on the back of multi-family housing many REITs performed quite well in the first quarter of 2012. Retail investors and financial advisors are quite yield-driven in their hunt for assets in the income oriented category. REITs offer good yields and demographics in the U.S. especially feature an investor appetite for higher dividends. However, investors should be careful to remember often dividends can be combined with return of principal making for potential tax considerations.

ETFs are based on indexes tied to well-known index providers including Russell, S&P, Barclays, MSCI, Dow Jones and so forth. Also included are some so-called “enhanced” indexes that attempt to achieve better performance through more active management of the index.

We feature a technical view of conditions from monthly chart views. Simplistically, we recommend longer-term investors stay on the right side of the 12 month simple moving average. When prices are above the moving average, stay long, and when below remain in cash or short.  to the ETF Digest receive added signals when markets become extended such as DeMark triggers to exit overbought/oversold conditions.

For traders and investors wishing to hedge, leveraged and inverse issues are available to utilize from ProShares and Direxion and where available these are noted.

 


 

#10. FTSE NAREIT Mortgage REIT ETF () 

REM follows the FTSE NAREIT All Mortgage Capped Index which consists of the residential and commercial real estate, mortgage finance and savings associations in the U.S. equity market. The fund was launched in May 2007. The expense ratio is 0.48%. AUM equal $372M and average daily trading volume is over 283K shares. As of May 2012 the annual dividend yield was 8.63% with YTD return 9.95%. The 1 YR return was 0.43%.

NOTE: Dividend yields include return of principal and yields are dependent on each investor’s income tax situation.

Data as of May 2012

REM Top Ten Holdings & Weightings

  •    Annaly Capital Management, Inc. (NLY): 20.45%
  •    American Capital Agency Corp. (AGNC): 19.54%
  •    Chimera Investment Corporation (CIM): 6.19%
  •    Hatteras Financial Corporation (HTS): 5.13%
  •    Starwood Property Trust, Inc. (STWD): 4.91%
  •    Two Harbors Investment Corp (TWO): 4.11%
  •    MFA Financial, Inc. (MFA): 4.10%
  •    Invesco Mortgage Capital Inc (IVR): 4.02%
  •    CYS Investments Inc (CYS): 3.90%
  •    Capstead Mortgage Corporation (CMO): 3.15%

REM

#9.   iShares FTSE NAREIT Residential ETF (

REZ follows the FTSE NAREIT All Residential Capped Index which measure the residential real estate, healthcare and self storage sectors of the U.S. market. The fund was launched in May 2007. The expense ratio is 0.48%.

AUM equal $186M and average daily trading volume is around 40K shares. As of May 2012 the annual dividend yield was 2.22% with YTD return 4.36%. The 1 YR return was 10.69%.

Data as of May 2012

REZ Top Ten Holdings & Weightings

  •    Public Storage (PSA): 9.83%
  •    Equity Residential (EQR): 9.71%
  •    Ventas Inc (VTR): 9.09%
  •    HCP Inc (HCP): 9.05%
  •    AvalonBay Communities Inc (AVB): 7.43%
  •    Essex Property Trust (ESS): 4.50%
  •    Health Care REIT, Inc. (HCN): 4.43%
  •    UDR Inc (UDR): 4.37%
  •    Camden Property Trust (CPT): 4.36%
  •    BRE Properties, Inc. (BRE): 3.26%

REZ

 

#8. Schwab U.S. REIT ETF () 

SCHH follows the Dow Jones U.S. Select REIT Index. The fund is quite new being launched in January 2011. The expense ratio is 0.13%. It should be noted that uniquely the ETF allows investors to trade this commission free for Schwab customers. A similar ETF was just launched by FocusShares () featuring a similar arrangement with Scottrade. AUM equal $329M and average daily trading volume is 112K shares.

As of May 2012 the current distribution dividend yield was 2.12% with YTD return 8.06%. The 1 YR return was 7.49%. SCHH trades commission free at Charles Schwab.

Data as of May 2012

SCHH Top Ten Holdings & Weightings

  •    Simon Property Group Inc (SPG): 11.85%
  •    Public Storage (PSA): 5.25%
  •    Equity Residential (EQR): 4.71%
  •    Ventas Inc (VTR): 4.40%
  •    HCP Inc (HCP): 4.38%
  •    Prologis Inc (PLD): 4.27%
  •    Vornado Realty Trust (VNO): 4.12%
  •    Boston Properties Inc (BXP): 4.10%
  •    AvalonBay Communities Inc (AVB): 3.60%
  •    Health Care REIT, Inc. (HCN): 3.10%

SCHH

#7. iShares NARETI Real Estate 50 ETF () 

FTY follows the FTSE NAREIT Real Estate 50 Index which measures the performance of the large cap real estate sector of the U.S. equity market. The fund was launched in May 2007. The expense ratio is 0.48%.

AUM equal $60.3M and average daily trading volume is 14K shares. As of early May 2012 the annual dividend yield was 2.90% and YTD return 6.51%. The 1 YR return was 5.93%.

Data as of May 2012

FTY Top Ten Holdings & Weightings

  •    Simon Property Group Inc (SPG): 11.00%
  •    American Tower Corp A (AMT): 6.18%
  •    Public Storage (PSA): 4.34%
  •    Equity Residential (EQR): 4.29%
  •    Ventas Inc (VTR): 4.02%
  •    HCP Inc (HCP): 4.00%
  •    Prologis Inc (PLD): 3.90%
  •    Boston Properties Inc (BXP): 3.79%
  •    Vornado Realty Trust (VNO): 3.76%
  •    Annaly Capital Management, Inc. (NLY): 3.75%

FTY

#6. PowerShares Active U.S. Real Estate ETF (

PSR actively manages the constituents found in the FTSE NAREIT All Equity REIT index. The selection methodology uses quantitative and statistical metrics to indentify attractively priced securities and manage risk. The fund was launched in November 2008. The expense ratio is 0.80%.

AUM equal $24 million and average daily trading volume is around less than 3K shares. As of May 2012 the annual dividend yield was 1.21% with YTD return 7.30%. The 1 YR return was 7.55%.

Data as of May 2012

PSR Top Ten Holdings & Weightings

  •    Simon Property Group Inc (SPG): 9.88%
  •    Prologis Inc (PLD): 6.42%
  •    AvalonBay Communities Inc (AVB): 5.22%
  •    American Tower Corp A (AMT): 4.80%
  •    Host Hotels & Resorts Inc (HST): 4.51%
  •    Ventas Inc (VTR): 4.20%
  •    Public Storage (PSA): 3.04%
  •    Kimco Realty Corp (KIM): 3.04%
  •    Digital Realty Trust, Inc. (DLR): 3.02%
  •    Macerich Company (MAC): 2.96%

 

PSR

#5. Vanguard REIT ETF (

VNQ follows the MSCI US REIT Index which covers about 2/3 of all REITs in the U.S. market. The fund was launched in September 2004. The expense ratio is 0.12%. equal $12,036.8M with average daily trading volume 2M shares.

As of May 2012 the annual dividend yield was 3.43% with YTD return 8.71%. The 1 YR return was 8.05%. VNQ trades commission free at TD Ameritrade and Vanguard.

Data as of May 2012

VNQ Top Ten Holdings & Weightings

  •    Simon Property Group Inc (SPG): 10.43%
  •    Public Storage (PSA): 5.38%
  •    Equity Residential (EQR): 4.66%
  •    HCP Inc (HCP): 4.65%
  •    Ventas Inc (VTR): 4.16%
  •    Boston Properties Inc (BXP): 4.03%
  •    ProLogis Inc (PLD): 3.62%
  •    Vornado Realty Trust (VNO): 3.52%
  •    AvalonBay Communities Inc (AVB): 3.38%
  •    Host Hotels & Resorts Inc (HST): 2.87%

VNQ

#4. iShares DJ U.S. Real Estate ETF (

IYR follows the Dow Jones U.S. Real Estate Index which measures the real estate industry primarily through REITs. The fund was launched in June 2000. The expense ratio is 0.48%. AUM equal nearly $3,6559M and average daily trading volume is 6M shares. As of May 2012 the annual dividend yield was 2.74% with YTD return 7.69%. The 1 YR return was 4.41%. IYR trades commission free at Fidelity.

For IYR and VNQ inverse and leveraged ETFs are available from Direxion Shares and ProShares which are linked to highly-correlated indexes.

Data as of May 2012

IYR Top Ten Holdings & Weightings

  •    Simon Property Group Inc (SPG): 9.32
  •    American Tower Corp A (AMT): 5.27%
  •    Public Storage (PSA): 4.13%
  •    Equity Residential (EQR): 3.70%
  •    Ventas Inc (VTR): 3.46%
  •    HCP Inc (HCP): 3.44%
  •    Prologis Inc (PLD): 3.36%
  •    Annaly Capital Management, Inc. (NLY): 3.24%
  •    Vornado Realty Trust (VNO): 3.24%
  •    Boston Properties Inc (BXP): 3.22%

IYR

#3. iShares Cohen & Steers Major Real Estate ETF () 

ICF follows the Cohen & Steers Realty Majors Index which consists of selected REITs. The fund was launched in January 2001. The expense ratio is 0.35%. AUM equal $2,790M and average daily trading volume is 466K shares.

As of May 2012 the annual dividend yield was 2.14% with YTD return 7.22%. The 1 YR return was 6.50%.

Data as of May 2012

ICF Top Ten Holdings & Weightings

  •    Simon Property Group Inc (SPG): 8.63%
  •    Public Storage (PSA): 7.23%
  •    Equity Residential (EQR): 6.48%
  •    Ventas Inc (VTR): 6.02%
  •    HCP Inc (HCP): 6.01%
  •    Prologis Inc (PLD): 5.80%
  •    Boston Properties Inc (BXP): 5.66%
  •    Vornado Realty Trust (VNO): 5.61%
  •    AvalonBay Communities Inc (AVB): 4.92%
  •    Health Care REIT, Inc. (HCN): 4.19%

ICF

#2. SPDR DJ Wilshire REIT ETF (

RWR follows the Dow Jones U.S. Select REIT Index consists primarily of REITs in commercial real estate. The fund was launched in April 2001. The expense ratio is 0.25%. AUM equal $1,883M and average daily trading volume is 233K shares. As of May 2012 the annual dividend yield was 2.34% with YTD return 8.26%.

The 1 YR return was 7.64%. RWR trades commission free at TD Ameritrade.

Data as of May 2012

RWR Top Ten Holdings & Weightings

  •    Simon Property Group Inc (SPG): 11.85%
  •    Public Storage (PSA): 5.25%
  •    Equity Residential (EQR): 4.71%
  •    Ventas Inc (VTR): 4.40%
  •    HCP Inc (HCP): 4.38%
  •    Prologis Inc (PLD): 4.27%
  •    Vornado Realty Trust (VNO): 4.11%
  •    Boston Properties Inc (BXP): 4.10%
  •    AvalonBay Communities Inc (AVB): 3.60%
  •    Health Care REIT, Inc. (HCN): 3.10%

RWR

#1. First Trust REIT ETF () 

FRI follows the S&P United States REIT Index measures the investable U.S. REIT market. The fund was launched in May 2007. The expense ratio is 0.50%. AUM are just under $426M and average daily trading volume is around 173K shares.

As of May 2012 the annual dividend yield was 2.03% with YTD return 8.46%. The 1 YR return was 7.17%.

Data as of May 2012

FRI Top Ten Holdings & Weightings

  •    Simon Property Group Inc (SPG): 10.79%
  •    Public Storage (PSA): 4.75%
  •    Equity Residential (EQR): 4.55%
  •    Prologis Inc (PLD): 4.00%
  •    Ventas Inc (VTR): 3.99%
  •    HCP Inc (HCP): 3.91%
  •    Vornado Realty Trust (VNO): 3.77%
  •    Boston Properties Inc (BXP): 3.77%
  •    AvalonBay Communities Inc (AVB): 3.25%
  •    Host Hotels & Resorts Inc (HST): 2.81%

FRI

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