Barclays introducing new REIT ETFs

Here’s an interesting article on new Barclay’s ETFs that focus on various parts of the REIT index. The new ETFs will be very specialized when they’re ready:

Barclays Global Investors of San Francisco has five iShare ETFs in registration that would follow indexes from the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts in Washington: the iShares FTSE NAREIT Residential Index Fund, iShare FTSE NAREIT Industrial/Office Index Fund, iShares FTSE NAREIT Retail Index Fund, iShares FTSE NAREIT Mortgage REITs Index Fund and iShares FTSE NAREIT Real Estate 50 Index Fund.

The article also mentions other REIT-focused ETFs and mentions that REITs have been outperforming the market for 7 years – this could mean it’s a bad time to invest in REITs because they can’t outperform forever…

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