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Why REITs are looking like the year's hottest market sector

Plus: Emerging market stocks posting best month since 2009, Japan discovers higher taxes equal higher inflation, rebutting an ETF-'Hotel California' comparison, and more.

May 30, 2014 @ 7:31 am

By Jeff Benjamin

  • REITs look like the year's hottest stock market sector, thanks in large part to dividend yields as high as 19%. Propelled by a low-rate environment

  • Emerging market equities are on a tear, recording their best one-month gain since 2009. It's all about what's happening in China, India and Ukraine. One ETF had $4.8 billion in inflows in two months

  • Japan sees immediate fallout from hiking its national sales tax three percentage points: Inflation jumps to a 23-year high. Oops. Quickest year-over-year rise since 1992

  • Refuting an oversimplified criticism of ETFs. Unlike the 'Hotel California,' it's not that difficult to check out whenever you want. Liquidity comes from the underlying holdings

  • One thing the world doesn't need is more elevator pitches. But if you're going to do it, you might as well make it interesting. Seven steps to a powerful pitch


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