Real Estate: A Solid Foundation for Today and Tomorrow

Strengthen your portfolio with assets that may stand the test of time.

Why Real Estate?

What’s the longest-standing investment in the world? Arguably real estate. People have bought buildings since the Middle Ages, and they have tended to be solid investments. Today, making real estate part of the foundation of your investment portfolio can add to its returns while potentially damping down risk exposure in your investment portfolio.

More specifically, real estate has delivered the following advantages:

Listed real estate has delivered higher returns than the global equity market

Real estate has delivered higher returns than equities

Source: Bloomberg. Data for the period 31 December 2000 – 31 December 2020.

But how does real estate perform in a crisis? While nothing is certain, after the 2008/09 global finance crisis, listed real estate equities rebounded. The crisis proved a good time to invest. Like the last crisis, listed real estate corrected sharply as the pandemic spread in early 2020. As vaccines are rolled out a sustained recovery might follow suit.

Why Invest in Listed Real Estate?

When investing in real estate, the most common ways are to buy buildings directly or invest in the companies that own them and are listed on stock exchanges. The number of these listed real estate companies – also known as REITs (real estate investment trusts) – has steadily expanded from their original home in the US to Europe and Asia.

Listed real estate has similar investment returns to direct real estate, but with the following advantages:

Invest in Real Estate via ETFs

ETFs constitute an easy to use vehicle to invest in a large number of listed real estate companies, through one single purchase.

Why the VanEck Vectors Global Real Estate UCITS ETF?

When building our ETFs, we’re committed to quality and prioritize reducing risks. Among other things, the VanEck Vectors Global Real Estate UCITS ETF is diversified across 100 real estate companies from six real estate sectors.

In summary, our ETF offers the following advantages:

Invest in a Wide Range of Real Estate Sectors

Apartment buildings, flats, houses, student housing, manufactured homes, single-family homes


Source: VanEck.

VanEck Vectors Global Real Estate UCITS ETF

ISIN: NL0009690239

  • Global 100 most liquid listed real estate companies
  • Diversified across regions and sectors
  • Governance screening
  • 0.25% annual all-in costs
  • Relatively high dividend level
Risk indication: 6 out of 7

Main Risk Factors


Because all or a portion of the Fund are being invested in securities denominated in foreign currencies, the Fund’s exposure to foreign currencies and changes in the value of foreign currencies versus the base currency may result in reduced returns for the Fund, and the value of certain foreign currencies may be subject to a high degree of fluctuation.

For more information on risks, please see the “Risk Factors” section of the relevant Fund’s prospectus, available on

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