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Tax Hike Fears Unsettle Investors

  • U.S. equity markets remained under pressure this week amid concerns over tax hike proposals and the looming fiscal cliff while fresh data showed that soaring prices have sent consumer confidence plunging.

  • Declining in eight of the past ten trading sessions and dipping below its 50-day moving average, the S&P 500 slid 0.9% this week, but Mid-Caps and Small-Caps were relative outperformers.

  • Bouncing back from their worst week in nearly a year, real estate equities were leaders this week, powered by a wave of REIT dividend increases and strong mid-quarter performance updates.

  • Eleven more REITs hiked their dividends this week, bringing the full-year total to 109. Highlighting a busy week of REIT updates, Mid-America reported that it achieved rent growth on new leases of 20% in August.

  • Homebuilders were a bright spot in an otherwise downbeat week on data showing that mortgage demand jumped to the highest level since April and retail sales data showing robust spending on home furnishing and appliances.

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Disclosure: Hoya Capital Real Estate advises two Exchange-Traded Funds listed on the NYSE. In addition to any long positions listed below, Hoya Capital is long all components in the Hoya Capital Housing 100 Index and in the Hoya Capital High Dividend Yield Index. Index definitions and a complete list of holdings are available on our website.

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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