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How REITs' New Berth in GICS May Impact Capital Flows, Conversions

The REIT universe's expansion and growing influence at home and abroad pushed MSCI and S&P Dow Jones Indices to propose  a major change to the Global Industry Classification Standard, the influential industry classification system used by many in investment management.

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For the first time since 1999, when the GICS system was established, there will be an 11th sector, for real estate, which will be broken out of financials and granted its own berth. In this report, observers weigh the potential costs and benefits of the proposal to break out real estate from financials in the influential classification system.