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A Comparative Analysis of ICF’s Market Performance

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Dec. 2 2015, Updated 3:06 p.m. ET

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The iShares Cohen & Steers REIT ETF (ICF) has given a total return of 4.9% to its investors. The smart beta fund’s index, the Cohen & Steers Realty Majors Index, manages a portfolio of 30 realty stocks.

ICF’s top holdings are Public Storage (PSA), Simon Property Group (SPG), Equity Residential (EQR), AvalonBay Communities (AVB), and Prologis (PLD).

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Underperformance

The above chart compares the market performance of a combined portfolio of 20% ICF and 80% S&P 500 (or SPY) with the market S&P 500 itself. As can be seen in the chart, the combined portfolio has underperformed in the market, though it has reduced the overall volatility of the market.

The year-to-date (or YTD) return of the combined portfolio comes out to be 3.2%, lower than SPY’s YTD return of 3.3%.

Conclusion

Thematic funds invest their total assets in companies in one particular type of sector. These types of funds are some of the least-diversified funds that are available in the market.

ICF tracks the performance of the realty subsector through the average performances of its holdings, and it contains some of the top-performing REIT stocks in its portfolio.

Thematic funds are also the riskiest and should therefore be invested in after thorough research and understanding.

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