NAREIT Media:Media Brief

Equity REITs Have Lowest Debt Ratio In 20 Years

On September 30, 2016, the debt-to-total market capitalization of the Equity REIT market (debt divided by the sum of debt and equity) was 31.9 percent, the lowest since the end of 1997.

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REITs Deliver Double-Digit Returns In Many Property Segments

Ten Equity REIT market segments – more than half of the property segments in the FTSE NAREIT All Equity REITs Index – had double-digit total returns in 2016.

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Equity REITs Underperform, Mortgage REITs Outperform Broader Equity Market In 2016

The total return of the U.S. Equity REIT market fell short of the S&P 500’s gain in 2016, while Mortgage REITs nearly doubled the total return of the broader equity market.

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REITS Reward Income Investors

Investors focused on income continued to find much to like in the REIT market in November.  The FTSE NAREIT All REITs Index had a dividend yield of 4.33 percent on November 30, the FTSE NAREIT All Equity REITs Index had a dividend yield of 3.98 percent and the FTSE NAREIT Mortgage REITs Index had a dividend yield of 10.11 percent.  In comparison, the dividend yield of the S&P 500 on November 30 was 2.12 percent.

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Single Family Homes Lead REIT Market In Year Through November

The Single Family Home property segment led the U.S. REIT market in the first 11 months of 2016 with a 28.34 percent total return.  Single Family Home REITs are benefitting from an environment in which many potential home buyers cannot meet today’s tighter lending standards.

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Equity REITS Underperform Broader Market, Mortgage Reits Shine In Year To Date

REIT returns underperformed the broader equity market in November as investors concerned with rising interest rates shifted assets out of REITs and other income-oriented investments.  The shift occurred in spite of the fact that analyses by NAREIT and various investment organizations have shown that REITs typically perform well in periods of rising interest rates.

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REIT Dividend Yields Are Up In October

REIT dividend yields increased in October over the prior month, and six Equity REIT market segments had dividend yields of more than 4 percent in October.

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Industrial Is Top Performing Sector Among Equity REITs

Industrial was the top-performing Equity REIT market segment, up 26.71 percent in the first ten months of 2016.  The Industrial sector benefitted from the continuing growth of e-commerce.  Many online retailers and shippers rely on Industrial REITs’ logistics facilities for the distribution of their products.

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REITs Fall In October, But Lead Equity Market In First Ten Months

The FTSE NAREIT All REITs Index, the broadest index of the U.S. REIT industry containing Equity and Mortgage REITs, fell 4.89 percent in October on a total return basis, while the FTSE NAREIT All Equity REITs Index fell 5.11 percent and the FTSE NAREIT Mortgage REITs Index declined 0.13 percent.  In comparison, the S&P 500 fell 1.82 percent in October.

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Wilshire Study Presents New Approach To Investing For Retirement Income

New research from Wilshire Funds Management, sponsored by NAREIT and based on portfolio optimizations using 40 years of investment return data through 2015, showed that adding a range of high income-generating assets (including REITs) to a traditional retirement-stage portfolio could boost income returns by nearly 40 percent.

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