Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs)

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    Publicly traded home-rental firms suffer stock declines as investors grow impatient

    Landlords backed by private equity shop Blackstone and others avoid capital markets.

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    Hotels owned by Schorsch's nontraded REIT found to be in disrepair

    Safety and maintenance issues found at five hotels owned by American Realty Capital Hospitality Trust.

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    Guggenheim adds real estate to its smart beta lineup

    Guggenheim Investments is staking its claim to the S&P 500 Equal Weight Real Estate Index with a smart beta ETF that tracks the two-month-old sector benchmark. The Guggenheim S&P 500 Equal Weight Real Estate ETF (EWRE), is the firm's 15th equal-weighted ETF, and it is the first smart beta ETF

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    Schorsch and ARCP/Vereit in legal fight for millions

    Vereit, formerly ARCP, received a request to redeem millions worth of “operating partnership” units from affiliates of its former manager run by Mr. Schorsch.

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    ETFs for yield-starved investors getting squeezed by rising short-term rates

    REM and other mortgage REIT ETFs are offering juicy yields but those yields are already getting squeezed as short-term interest rates rise in anticipation of a rate increase from the Federal Reserve.

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    VEREIT, formerly American Realty Capital Properties, plans to cut holdings by $2.2 billion

    REIT looking to lower exposure to noncontrolled ventures, noncare assets, restaurants and certain buildings by the end of 2016.

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    When looking to preserve clients' capital, consider alternatives

    The potential benefits — and pitfalls — of using alternatives to diversify a portfolio focused on capital preservation.

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    MLPs yield headaches for advisers who bought them for income

    Top analysts in the sector see a bear market as investors pumped $10.5 billion into energy funds over the last year.

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    Royal Alliance to pay $1.4 million over nontraded REIT, VA sales

    Award is tied to string of cases brought by retirees who said a broker placed them in unsuitable investments.

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    BlackRock warns of stock-bond correlation, suggests illiquid real estate

    Chief investment strategist says liquid investments are being challenged to offer competitive returns.

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    Real estate crowdfunding trend presents new challenges, opportunities for financial advisers

    The proliferation of digital platforms puts added emphasis on due diligence.

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    No reason to assume REITs can't thrive when rates rise

    Rising rates might hurt REITs initially, but they could benefit from a strengthening economy. (Plus: Our Focus on REITs special report)

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    Specialty REITs offer something for everyone

    Most investors who are looking to diversify their portfolios with real estate know they can turn to real estate investment trusts for access to fairly standard holdings such as office buildings, multifamily homes or hotels. But beyond that is a second layer of publicly traded REITs focused

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    REITs ranked by one-year total return

    Company/Ticker symbolProperty focus/ # of propertiesOne-year total return*Dividend yield*Implied market capitalization ($M)*2014 funds from operations per share/growthDebt-to-total capitalization 2014/2013Fixed-charge coverage ratio (multiple) 2014/2013Associated Estates Realty Corp.

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    New York REIT names new nonexecutive chairman, sets stock buyback

    Director William Kahane, founding partner of Nicholas Schorsch's AR Capital, remains on the board.