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Stock prices for publicly traded REITs are about 25% lower due to the pandemic, a sign of what investors might expect from the record $5 trillion pile of U.S. commercial real-estate debt, according to S&P Global.
Investors often reallocate money in between asset classes, whether to manage risk or simply to rebalance. This is our weekly snapshot of where ETF investors are putting their money. Overall this past week was a positive one, which all asset classes except real estate pulling in new assets. Equities were the big winner, with a focus on U.S. large cap equities. Despite losses on Monday and Tuesday, the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY A) came out with the most new assets this week at $1.25 billion. Investors also favored the Goldman Sachs ActiveBeta U.S. Large Cap Equity ETF (GSLC A-) with $829 million inflows. The big loser this week were in real estate, with 60% of the asset class’s losses coming from the Vanguard Real Estate Index Fund (VNQ A+). The fund saw losses to the tune of $102.6 million, with another $84 million in outflows hot on its heels from the iShares International Property ETF (WPS A).