Real Estate ETFs: Unexpected Safe Haven

May 10, 2012


Investors typically flock to gold or utilities for a safe haven during an economic slowdown but recently, real estate is looming largely as a flight-to-safety play, according to an article on Zacks.

Real estate has now outperformed traditional havens in a rally sparked by an interest in higher-yielding investments, Zacks said. The slice of the market has attracted close to $1 billion in the last month alone, the report said.

The article cited the following real estate-focused ETFs, saying they were the best-performing:

  • SPDR Dow Jones REIT ETF (NYSEArca: RWR)
  • Schwab U.S. REIT ETF (NYSEArca: SCHH)
  • iShares Cohen & Steers Realty Majors Index Fund (NYSEArca: ICF)
  • iShares FTSE NAREIT Retail ETF (NYSEArca: RTL)


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