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Opportunities in Real Estate Investing

Understanding the Rewards and Risks for REITs in 2020


Thursday, December 5, 2019 2:00 PM Eastern | 11:00 AM Pacific  

The Real Estate sector outperformed the broader U.S. equity market for much of 2019, providing investors with a combination of income and capital appreciation. But what lies ahead for the sector remains harder to determine for advisors, particularly if a recession emerges. Which sub-industries are positioned to perform better, and which may perform worse next year?

We explored this topic further in a discussion led by Todd Rosenbluth, CFRA Head of ETF & Mutual Fund Research, and featuring Thomas Youn, Portfolio Manager of Guggenheim Risk Managed Real Estate Fund, and Chris Kuiper, CFRA Real Estate Equity Analyst.

Highlights of the discussion:

  • How REITs have performed during times of uncertainty
  • Current REIT landscape and outlook across sub-industries
  • Guggenheim’s unique actively managed approach to REIT investing
  • CFRA research on real estate investments


Presented by:

  • Todd Rosenbluth, Head of ETF and Mutual Fund Research, CFRA
  • Thomas Youn, CFA, Managing Director, Portfolio Manager, Guggenheim Investments
  • Chris Kuiper, Senior Equity Analyst, CFRA



Thomas Youn, CFA, Managing Director, Portfolio Manager, Guggenheim Investments

Mr. Youn joined Guggenheim in 2009, as a Portfolio Manager focusing on REITs and other publicly traded real estate equities. Prior to joining Guggenheim in 2009, Mr. Youn worked at Cliffwood Partners, where he served as a real estate generalist covering REITs and real estate C-Corps in the U.S. and Canada. He also assisted with portfolio construction and development of key investment themes and exposure targets for hedged and long-only real estate strategies. Previously, Mr. Youn was a Senior Equity Research Associate for Green Street Advisors covering the retail REIT sector. He gained private real estate market experience as an Acquisition Associate for AEW Capital Management’s direct investments group, where he underwrote real estate acquisitions across all major property types and performed asset management functions including new lease underwriting, periodic reporting, valuations, and management of third-party service providers. Mr. Youn holds a B.S. finance from University of Southern California, and he has earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation and is a member of the CFA Institute.


Todd Rosenbluth, Head of ETF and Mutual Fund Research, CFRA

Todd Rosenbluth is Senior Director of ETF and Mutual Fund Research at CFRA where he leads the firm’s holdings-based research efforts. Todd publishes regular thought leadership content on equity and fixed income products, supports the quantitative fund models and interacts with clients. He also serves as a member of CFRA’s Investment Policy Committee. Todd has frequently provided ETF education at Inside ETFs conferences and been quoted in media outlets, such as Barron’s, New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. Todd also held the position of Senior Director of ETF and Mutual Fund Research for S&P Global Market Intelligence.

Prior to joining CFRA, Todd previously served in other financial positions at S&P Global, such as International Mutual Fund Sector Specialist, Large Cap Value and Large Cap Growth Analyst and has served on the Fund Services Asset Allocation Committee. Prior to joining S&P Global in 2001, Todd was managing editor of Value Line Mutual Fund Survey and Senior Large Cap and Small Cap Value Mutual Fund Analyst. He was also a Financial Advisor with Morgan Stanley. Todd holds a B.G.S in Finance from the University of Michigan and an MBA in Finance from New York University.


Chris Kuiper, CFA, Senior Equity Analyst, CFRA

Chris Kuiper is a senior equity analyst at CFRA, conducting fundamental analysis and valuation assessments within the Consumer Finance, Capital Markets, and REITs areas.

Prior to joining CFRA, Chris worked as an analyst for a Large-Cap Value fund, and prior to that worked as a fundamental analyst for Calamos Investments, and a credit analyst for TCF Bank. He previously worked as a research fellow at The Mercatus Center, a research center at George Mason University, where he wrote and published on public policy issues. Chris holds a bachelor’s degree from Dordt College and a master’s degree in economics from George Mason University. Chris Kuiper holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation.


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