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Top 10 U.S. Real Estate ETFs

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ICF (iShares Cohen & Steers Major Real Estate ETF) 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 $2.3 billion and average daily trading volume is 826K shares. As of early November 2011 the annual dividend is $2.03 making the current yield a little over 3.24% with a YTD return of 8.14%.

 

Data as of November 2011

ICF Top Ten Holdings & Weightings

  1. Simon Property Group Inc (SPG): 8.46%
  2. Public Storage (PSA): 7.23%
  3. Equity Residential (EQR): 7.09%
  4. HCP Inc (HCP): 6.60%
  5. Ventas Inc (VTR): 6.59%
  6. Vornado Realty Trust Shs of Benef Int (VNO): 6.38%
  7. Boston Properties Inc (BXP): 6.02%
  8. ProLogis Inc (PLD): 5.10%
  9. AvalonBay Communities Inc (AVB): 4.89%
  10. Health Care REIT, Inc. (HCN): 3.84%

RWR (SPDR DJ Wilshire REIT ETF) 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 $1.4 billion and average daily trading volume is 323K shares. As of early November 2011 the annual dividend was $1.95 making the current yield 3.05% with a YTD return 6.96%.

 

Data as of November 2011

RWR Top Ten Holdings

  1. Simon Property Group Inc (SPG): 11.00%
  2. Public Storage (PSA): 5.36%
  3. Equity Residential (EQR): 5.22%
  4. HCP Inc (HCP): 4.86%
  5. Vornado Realty Trust Shs of Benef Int (VNO): 4.70%
  6. Boston Properties Inc (BXP): 4.43%
  7. Ventas Inc (VTR): 4.42%
  8. ProLogis Inc (PLD): 3.80%
  9. AvalonBay Communities Inc (AVB): 3.66%
  10. Health Care REIT, Inc. (HCN): 2.83%

REM (FTSE NAREIT Mortgage REIT ETF) 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 .48%. AUM equal $232 million and average daily trading volume is over 238K shares. As of early November 2011 the annual dividend was $1.45 making the current dividend over 9% with YTD return of -10.59%. The flow-through from many REITs structured in this manner consists of a return of principal often making the yield misleading.

 

Data as of November 2011

REM Top Ten Holdings & Weightings

  1. Annaly Capital Management, Inc. (NLY): 22.01%
  2. American Capital Agency Corp. (AGNC): 10.50%
  3. New York Community Bancorp, Inc. (NYB): 6.25%
  4. Chimera Investment Corporation (CIM): 6.18%
  5. MFA Financial, Inc. (MFA): 4.37%
  6. People's United Financial, Inc. (PBCT): 4.17%
  7. Hatteras Financial Corporation (HTS): 3.31%
  8. Fidelity National Financial Inc. (FNF): 3.30%
  9. Invesco Mortgage Capital Inc (IVR): 2.93%
  10. Hudson City Bancorp, Inc. (HCBK): 2.89%

SCHH (Schwab U.S. REIT ETF) follows the Dow Jones U.S. Select REIT Index. The fund is quite new being launched in January 2011. The expense ratio is .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 (FRL) featuring a similar arrangement with Scottrade. AUM is $157 million and averaged daily trading volume is 123K shares. As of early November 2011 the annual dividend is projected at $.55 making the current yield less than 2.02%. This may be misleading since the fund is quite young. The YTD return over the same period however is roughly -3.91%. 

 

Data as of November 2011

SCHH Top Ten Holdings & Weightings

  1. Simon Property Group Inc (SPG): 11.00%
  2. Public Storage (PSA): 5.36%
  3. Equity Residential (EQR): 5.22%
  4. HCP Inc (HCP): 4.86%
  5. Vornado Realty Trust Shs of Benef Int (VNO): 4.69%
  6. Boston Properties Inc (BXP): 4.43%
  7. Ventas Inc (VTR): 4.42%
  8. ProLogis Inc (PLD): 3.80%
  9. AvalonBay Communities Inc (AVB): 3.66%
  10. Health Care REIT, Inc. (HCN): 2.82%

REZ (iShares FTSE NAREIT Residential ETF) 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 .48%. AUM equal $159 million and average daily trading volume is around 59K shares. As of early November 2011 the annual dividend was $1.33 making the current yield 3.01% and YTD return 12.17%.

 

Data as of November 2011

REZ Top Ten Holdings & Weightings

  1. Equity Residential (EQR): 9.06%
  2. HCP Inc (HCP): 8.45%
  3. Ventas Inc (VTR): 8.44%
  4. Public Storage (PSA): 8.44%
  5. AvalonBay Communities Inc (AVB): 6.37%
  6. Health Care REIT, Inc. (HCN): 4.91%
  7. UDR Inc (UDR): 4.23%
  8. Essex Property Trust (ESS): 4.21%
  9. Camden Property Trust (CPT): 4.20%
  10. Senior Housing Properties Trust (SNH): 3.89%

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