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  • Alex Pettee, CFA

REITs Cool On Overheating Fears

  • U.S. equity markets were mostly higher on a volatile week as investors remain skittish about a potential "overheating" U.S. economy and the implications for interest rates, inflation, and equity valuations.

  • Bouncing back following two weeks of declines, the S&P 500 gained 0.9% on the week, but the tech-heavy Nasdaq 100 dipped another 1.7% and briefly dipped into "correction territory."

  • How hot is too hot? Investors appear concerned that the proposed $1.9 trillion stimulus package comes as economic growth is poised to accelerate amid a vaccine-driven reopening.

  • Real estate equities delivered a mixed week amid an ongoing rotation out of the "essential" property sectors and into the more "reopening-sensitive" sectors. Three more REITs boosted their dividends.

  • While most REITs have built positive momentum in early 2021, mall REIT Washington Prime plunged more than 60% on reports that the troubled landlord is considering Chapter 11 proceedings as creditor talks faltered.

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Additional Disclosure: It is not possible to invest directly in an index. Index performance cited in this commentary does not reflect the performance of any fund or other account managed or serviced by Hoya Capital Real Estate. Data quoted represents past performance, which is no guarantee of future results. Information presented is believed to be factual and up-to-date, but we do not guarantee its accuracy.

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