While investors have long enjoyed the growth in U.S. equities (usually the largest allocation in their overall portfolio!), regional leadership is a cyclical pattern. At some point, it is very likely the U.S. will no longer be the highest-performing market globally. Huh?1 Sure, the U.S. equity market has risen 293% since its credit crisis bottom in March 2009 — versus Developed International and Emerging Markets “mere” rise of 150% and 154%, respectively. Well, this 2Q17 International ADR2 (IADR) edition of the Factor Alpha Newsletter, dispassionately, sans headlines and other noise, compares our built-in-house multi-factor themes to the MSCI ACWI ex U.S.3
Here’s what we found:
- The public real estate market is uniquely inefficient and a fertile ground for active, factor-based investing.
- Real estate is a diversifying asset class with many benefits, but most investors are under-allocated.
- Public REITs offer complementary exposure while avoiding the drawbacks and barriers to entry of private real estate, but with lower fees and no loss of performance.