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One of the strongest-performing WisdomTree strategies in 2017 was the WisdomTree Global ex-U.S. Real Estate Index.

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Remember Detlef Schrempf? He’s the last basketball star awarded the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year Award twice consecutively. The sixth man is the player who enters the game from the bench, while five others start the game. To me, REITs are like the Detlef Schrempf of the capital markets, because they play a critical role in asset allocation but often get overshadowed by the proverbial Michael Jordans of the world. 

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Investors often look at real estate as an inflation hedge. Given where inflation-adjusted bond yields are around the world, this asset class has particularly interesting characteristics. But by looking at just U.S. real estate, you could be missing out on large swaths of the world’s real estate opportunities.
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The search for income has dominated many investors’ minds over the last year. In the absence of higher-yielding fixed income assets, one way investors have met their income needs is through equity markets. One unique corner of the equity universe that offers both yield and diversification and that we believe should not be overlooked is global real estate.

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Japan is back. After being practically the worst-performing equity market in the developed world in the first half of 2016 on the back of a strengthening yen, Japan has rallied strongly from its post-Brexit bottom in anticipation of a large, creative fiscal package. 

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We recently highlighted why Japanese real estate is one standout area in Japan that is benefiting from the record-low interest rate environment in Japan. It has secular, long-run forces at play, in addition to cyclical forces. 

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