S&P Dow Jones Indices Outlines Revised GICS Structure

July 08, 2016 · reit.com

S&P Dow Jones Indices has published the revised structure of the Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS) that will take effect after the close of trade on Aug. 31, when stock exchange-listed Equity REITs and other listed real estate companies are elevated to a new Real Estate Sector.

Retail REITs Luring Customers with Rewards Programs

July 08, 2016 · reit.com

Consumers have long demonstrated their fondness for customer loyalty programs across a wide variety of businesses, from major airlines to hotels to coffee shops around the corner. In a bid to push foot traffic across their portfolios, retail REITs are now turning to loyalty programs that gives customers instant access to promotions and cash-back rewards around their malls and shopping centers.

REITs and their tenants get real-time insight into the spending patterns of their customers in the process.

U.S. REITs Outpace S&P 500 in First Half

July 06, 2016 · reit.com

REITs outperformed the broader market in June and the first half of the year, as sector fundamentals and capital markets remained healthy during a period of global uncertainty, analysts said.

The FTSE/NAREIT All REIT Index had a total return of 6.7 percent in June, while the S&P 500 Index gained 0.3 percent.

For the first six months of the year, the FTSE/NAREIT All REIT Index had a total return of 13.7 percent, while the S&P 500 Index gained 3.8 percent. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note during that same period fell 0.8 percent.