This ETF has a high yield

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ISHARES CDN REIT SECTOR INDEX FUND $12.05 (Toronto symbol XRE; buy or sell through a broker) holds the 10 Canadian real estate investment trusts (REITs) in the S&P/TSX Capped REIT Index. The weight of any one REIT is limited to 25% of this index’s value. RioCan REIT is the fund’s largest holding, at 23.7%, followed by H&R REIT (15.7%), Canadian REIT (12.0%), Boardwalk REIT (9.9%), Calloway REIT (9.1%), Primaris Retail REIT (6.8%), Canadian Apartment Properties REIT (6.5%), Chartwell Seniors Housing REIT (5.8%), Cominar REIT (5.7%) and Extendicare REIT (4.2%). The fund yields 5.4%. Most REITs, including those held by the iShares CDN REIT Sector Index Fund, are exempt from Ottawa’s new income-trust tax, which takes effect on January 1, 2011. That will keep the fund’s distributions high. Its expenses are 0.55% of its assets. iShares CDN REIT is a buy. buy…

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