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Top 10 Real Estate ETFs

Stocks in this article: VNQ MR ICF RWR REM SCHH REZ FRI PSR XHB

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 .48%. AUM equal nearly $4 million and average daily trading volume is 8.5M shares. As of mid-July 2011 the annual dividend was $2.01 making the current yield 3.28% and year-to-date return 9.50%.

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

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 .35%. AUM equal $2.7 billion and average daily trading volume is 560K shares. As of mid-July 2011 the annual dividend is $1.92 making the current yield a little over 2.5% with a year-to-date return of 12.60%.

Data as of July 2011

ICF Top 10 Holdings and Weightings

1. Simon Property Group (SPG): 7.71%

2. Equity Residential (EQR): 7.26%

3. Public Storage (PSA): 6.56%

4. Vornado Realty Trust Shs of Benef Int (VNO): 6.27%

5. Prologis (PLD): 6.26%

6. Boston Properties (BXP): 6.23%

7. HCP. (HCP): 6.06%

8. General Growth Properties (GGP): 4.83%

9. Host Hotels & Resorts (HST): 4.75%

10. AvalonBay Communities (AVB): 4.55%

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 .25%. AUM equal $1.6 billion and average daily trading volume is 240,000 shares. As of mid-July 2011 the annual dividend was $1.61 making the current yield 2.35% with a year-to-date return of 11.75%.

Data as of July 2011

RWR Top 10 Holdings and Weightings

1. Simon Property Group (SPG): 10.07%

2. Equity Residential (EQR): 5.23%

3. Vornado Realty Trust Shs of Benef Int (VNO): 5.08%

4. Public Storage (PSA): 4.76%

5. Boston Properties (BXP): 4.57%

6. Prologis (PLD): 4.50%

7. HCP (HCP): 4.40%

8. Host Hotels & Resorts (HST): 3.43%

9. AvalonBay Communities (AVB): 3.23%

10. Health Care REIT (HCN): 2.74%

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