With inflation surging and interest rates moving off generational lows, traditional stock and bond strategies will likely provide more modest and muted returns. Consider an allocation to global real estate. Real estate has traditionally provided a strong hedge against inflation and higher rates. Discerning active managers with long-term records of excess returns have the flexibility to weather diverse market conditions.

Not Just Active. Virtus Active.

All data as of 12/30/22 Compelling
A history of
excess return
VGISX Percentile Rankings
Morningstar Global Real Estate Category
Return Sharpe Ratio VGISX
Return (%)
Nareit Dev. Index
Return (%)
Excess Return
Over Benchmark
S&P 500* Index
Return (%)
1 Year 81st
(145/191 funds)
(67/191 funds)
-26.87 -25.09 -178 bps -18.11
3 Year 11th
(27/184 funds)
(23/184 funds)
-1.60 -4.93 +333 bps 7.66
5 Year 6th
(14/173 funds)
(18/173 funds)
3.34 -0.23 +358 bps 9.42
10 Year 1st
(1/109 funds)
(6/109 funds)
5.83 2.99 +284 bps 12.56
Since Inception
(3/87 funds)
(2/87 funds)
12.75 10.22 +253 bps 15.36

Performance data quoted represents past performance. Past performance does not guarantee future results. Investment return and principal value will fluctuate so that shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance data quoted. Please visit virtus.com for performance data current to the most recent month end. This share class has no sales charges and is not available to all investors. Other share classes have sales charges. See virtus.com for details.

The fund class gross expense ratio is 1.15%.
Average annual total return is the annual compound return for the indicated period and reflects the change in share price and the reinvestment of all dividends and capital gains.

Morningstar Rating

(as of )


Overall Morningstar® Rating

3 Year
5 Year
10 Year
As of 2/28/2023 the Fund was rated 4 stars out of 184 funds, 5 stars out of 174 funds and 5 stars out of 108 funds within the Global Real Estate category for the 3-, 5- and 10-year periods, respectively.
Morningstar ratings are based on risk-adjusted returns. Strong ratings are not indicative of positive fund performance.

Inflation Protection and Listed Real Assets

Diversification and Defense

Consider the defensive characteristics VGISX has historically generated over the last 10 years, ended 12/30/22:

Strong downside protection

80% / 84%

Upside/Downside Ratio vs. MSCI ACWI

Lower correlation to stocks


Correlation to the S&P 500® Index

Lower volatility, relative to global equities


Beta vs. MSCI ACWI

Stable income from long-term leases

Attractive yield potential
relative to most asset classes

Past performance is not indicative of future results. Source: Morningstar Direct.

Additional Resources

Virtus Duff & Phelps Global Real Estate Securities Fund Enhanced Fact Sheet

Virtus Duff & Phelps Global Real Estate Securities Fund Enhanced Fact Sheet

Virtus Duff & Phelps Global Real Estate Securities Fund Commentary

Virtus Duff & Phelps Global Real Estate Securities Fund Commentary

Global Real Estate Securities 2023 Outlook

Global Real Estate Securities 2023 Outlook

Why REITs are Compelling Now: Historical View on NAV Discount

Why REITs are Compelling Now: Historical View on NAV Discount


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