You see, I've spent a couple weeks with my head buried in U.S.
real estate ETFs, and it's safe to say just about every reasonable
take on U.S. real estate-and a few unreasonable ones as well-are
available in an ETF wrapper.
You can own everything from typical low-cost, broad-spectrum
funds; to actively managed portfolios to micro-cap REITs. There are
15 funds in all-excluding leveraged or inverse ETFs-that have an
exclusive U.S. focus.
But looking at the international real estate segment, there's a
surprising lack of variety-if not actual funds.
There are 12 international REIT ETFs available, which is a
decent number. But most of them cover
of the globe's real estate beyond U.S. borders.
In other words, the coverage of specific pockets of global real
estate outside the United States is pretty spotty.
But to be fair, that broad exposure is beyond adequate.
There are nine funds covering the space, and with the addition this
week of the UBS double-exposure ETRACS Monthly Pay 2X Leveraged Dow
Jones International Real Estate ETN (NYSEArca: RWXL), there's now a
leveraged play available too.
As RWXL's trading symbol subtly suggests, it's based on the same
index as the SPDR Dow Jones International Real Estate ETF
(NYSEArca: RWX), which plays to my point about investors having
plenty of choice but little true variety.
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