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Real Assets Adviser

May 1, 2015: Vol. 2, Number 5

Separating Real Estate from Financial Stocks: An idea whose time has come

Author: Michael Grupe

Stock exchange–listed Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) as well as other listed real estate companies have long been included in the Financials Sector of the stock market as classified by the Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS). Now, S&P Dow Jones Indices and MSCI, the co-developers of GICS, have agreed the time has come for this to change — and with good reason. Real estate is about to be recognized as a major part of the U.S. economy and capital markets, as well as a distinct and much more visible investment opportunity for all to see.

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