Limited Int’l REIT ETF Choice

By Devin Riley,

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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 all 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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This article appears in: Investing ETFs
Referenced Stocks: DRW , RWX , TAO

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