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Rents Paid, Dividends Raised

  • U.S. equity markets climbed to fresh record highs this past week as better-than-expected employment data eased some concern over threats of another potential wave of COVID-related economic restrictions.

  • The U.S. economy added 942k jobs in July, while continuing jobless claims fell to post-pandemic lows as additional states phased out Federal supplemental pandemic-related unemployment benefits.

  • Real estate equities continued their strong performance this week amid a frenetic slate of earnings reports and major M&A developments, while leapfrogging over commodities as 2021's best-performing asset class.

  • Rents Paid, Dividends Raised. Nine more equity REITs announced dividend increases this week, bringing the full-year total up to 77 - and just shy of 100 including mortgage REITs.

  • Continuing a wave of REIT consolidations, VICI Properties - the largest casino REIT - announced plans this week to acquire MGM Growth Properties to form one of the largest REITs.

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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.