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Top 10 Global Real Estate ETFs

Stocks in this article: RWF IFGL RWO VNQI DRW FFR

GRI (Cohen & Steers Global Realty ETF) follows the Chen & Steers Global Realty Majors Index which is a free-float adjusted, modified market capitalization-weighted index of global real estate equities that are selected by Cohen & Steers investment committee. The fund was launched in May 2008. The expense ratio is .55%. AUM equal $54 million with average daily trading volume 10K shares. As of early November 2011 the annual dividend was $2.21 making the current dividend yield over 6.35% and YTD return -2.19%.

Data as of November 2011

GRI Top Ten Holdings & Weightings

  1. Simon Property Group Inc (SPG): 4.44%
  2. Mitsubishi Estate (8802): 4.33%
  3. Sun Hung Kai Properties, Ltd. (00016): 3.61%
  4. Unibail-Rodamco SE (UL): 3.56%
  5. Westfield Group (WDC): 3.46%
  6. Public Storage (PSA): 3.36%
  7. Equity Residential (EQR): 3.30%
  8. HCP Inc (HCP): 3.07%
  9. Ventas Inc (VTR): 3.06%
  10. Vornado Realty Trust Shs of Benef Int (VNO): 2.97%

IFAS (iShares FTSE EPRA/NAREIT Developed Asia ETF) follows the FTSE EPRA/NAREIT Developed Asia Index. The fund was launched in November 2007. The expense ratio is .48%. AUM equal $21 million and average daily trading volume is 5K shares. As of early November 2011 the annual dividend was $1.07 making the current yield 2.40% and YTD return of -13.10%.  

A sister offering is IFEU (iShares FTSE EPRA/NAREIT Developed Europe ETF) which follows the same methodology as IFAS but applied to European offerings. The fund was launched in November 2007. The expense ratio is .48%. AUM equal $16 million with average daily volume is 7K shares. For the same period the dividend was $.98 making the current yield 6% and YTD return of -6%.


Data as of November 2011

IFAS Top Ten Holdings & Weightings

  1. Sun Hung Kai Properties, Ltd. (00016): 9.32%
  2. Westfield Group (WDC): 6.76%
  3. Mitsubishi Estate (8802): 6.42%
  4. Mitsui Fudosan Co., Ltd. (8801): 5.03%
  5. Sumitomo Realty & Development Co., Ltd. (8830): 3.94%
  6. Hongkong Land Holdings Ltd. (H78): 3.34%
  7. Hang Lung Properties Ltd. (00101): 3.02%
  8. Wharf holdings (00004): 3.01%
  9. Westfield Retail Trust (WRT): 2.96%
  10. Stockland (STKAF): 2.87%

TAO (Guggenheim Alpha Shares China Real Estate ETF) which tracks the Alpha Shares China Real Estate Index which covers the greater China region including Special Administrative Regions like Macau and Hong Kong. It was launched in December 2007. The expense ratio is .65%. AUM equal $26 million and average daily trading volume is 33K shares. As of early November 2011 the annual dividend was $.15 making the current yield .90% and YTD of -18.10%.

Data as of November 2011

TAO Top Ten Holdings & Weightngs

  1. Link Real Estate Investment Trust (00823): 6.86%
  2. China Overseas Land & Investment Ltd. (00688): 6.02%
  3. Cheung Kong Holdings, Ltd. (00001): 5.35%
  4. Sun Hung Kai Properties, Ltd. (00016): 5.06%
  5. Wharf holdings (00004): 4.96%
  6. Hongkong Land Holdings Ltd. (H78): 4.94%
  7. Sino Land Co. Ltd. (00083): 4.89%
  8. Swire Pacific Ltd. (00019): 4.68%
  9. Henderson Land Development Co., Ltd. (00012): 4.65%
  10. Hang Lung Properties Ltd. (00101): 4.63%

Most overseas REITs have featured modestly to sharply negative results in 2011. Remember with REITs you have to watch dividends which often just represent return of principal.

As stated with other sectors, remember ETF sponsors must issue and their interests aren't aligned with yours. They have a business interest and wish to have a competitive presence in any popular sector.

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(Source for data is from ETF sponsors and various ETF data providers)

This commentary comes from an independent investor or market observer as part of TheStreet guest contributor program. The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of TheStreet or its management.

Dave Fry is founder and publisher of ETF Digest, Dave's Daily blog and the best-selling book author of Create Your Own ETF Hedge Fund, A DIY Strategy for Private Wealth Management, published by Wiley Finance in 2008. A detailed bio is here: Dave Fry.

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