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Index changes may drive interest in Reits

Once a niche investment, real estate investment trusts (REITs) have seen enormous growth in recent years, and the flow of money into the sector may be about to accelerate. Earlier this month, global equity indices were reconfigured. Since it was established by MSCI and Standard & Poors in 1999, the Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS) has consisted of 10 sectors. Now there are 11. Real estate,...

Markets start to face the prospect of a Trump victory

STOCKMARKETS have tended to perform a lot better under Democratic than Republican Presidents. A 2013 paper found the S&P 500 had delivered a return more than five percentage points a year higher under the former party than the latter (since 1948). Growth of GDP, employment, real wages, profits and productivity were all better under the Democrats as well. Despite that trend, investors are generally assumed...