July 7, 2017

Portfolio Insight

Volatility was surprisingly low in the second quarter of 2017 as a global economic recovery, accelerating domestic earnings growth, and continued optimism regarding President Trump’s pro-growth plans fueled a steady march to new all-time market highs. The S&P 500 index closed at 2,423 on June 30, posting a 3.1% total […]
July 5, 2017

REITerating our Conviction on High Quality Retail Real Estate: Malls

Stock performance over the long term should be based on fundamentals, but short term performance can be heavily influenced by sentiment.  Nearly impossible to quantify, sentiment can most certainly be felt, seen, and heard.  We believe the recent collapse in mall and shopping center REIT share prices may be the […]
July 5, 2017

REIT Commentary

In June, the MSCI US REIT Index (RMS) had a total return of +2.1%, while the S&P 500 had a total return of +0.6%. The Chilton REIT Composite underperformed the benchmark for the month by producing a total return of +2.0% both gross and net of fees. Year to date, […]
June 1, 2017

Apartment REITs: A Deep Dive into Supply/Demand Forecasting

After 5 years of above average apartment REIT Same Store Revenue (SSRev) growth, concerns of increasing supply in 2016 threatened the outlook for the sector.  As a result, apartments (Bloomberg: FNAPTTR) underperformed the MSCI US REIT Index (Bloomberg: RMS G) by 570 basis points (or bps) in 2016.  Yet, in […]
May 1, 2017

Why Publicly-Traded REITs are Better Than a Cash Cow

The term ‘cash cow’ originates from the incredible investment characteristics of a dairy cow. Despite only needing to feed a cow inexpensive hay, it can produce around 20,000 gallons of milk in a lifetime, and then be sold for meat. Used in a matrix designed by Boston Consulting Group, cash […]