Neuberger Berman Real Estate
Sector pick: Real Estate
Brian Jones and Steve Shigekawa, managers of the $670 million Neuberger Berman Real Estate Fund (, own just 40 stocks, with the top 10 representing nearly half the fund's assets. That strategy has served them well: The fund has landed an average annualized gain of 13.3% for the past 10 years, vs. 10.3% for the category, according to Morningstar. )
Jones's favorite stock for 2013 is Public Storage, the largest self-storage company in the U.S., which represents more than 5% of the fund's assets. The REIT has a lot going for it. As the largest player in a fragmented market -- its 2,200 facilities are just 4% of the nation's 50,000 -- Public Storage has the financial strength and marketing clout that rivals lack. "They own more than twice as many self-storage facilities as their nearest competitor," Jones says.
The company boasts occupancy levels above 90%, which has helped Public Storage boost its rental rates. With the economics favoring big players and a dearth of financing for construction of storage spaces, the market is primed to consolidate, Jones says, and Public Storage should benefit.
Beware of munis priced at bubble levels. They'll always pop in the end.
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