When trade begins on Thursday, real estate will have a new importance on the market.
Real estate will be given its own class in terms of the MSCI and S&P Dow Jones Indices, and it will actually be independent from the rest of the categories within the financial sector. This separation is a result of the fact that real estate as a sector has done so well, better than the S&P 500 in fact. The S&P’s REIT industry index has increased by 24 percent every year since the inception of the current bull market in 2009, as opposed to 18 percent for the rest of the categories. Continue reading