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There are over 40,000 REIT-owned properties in the U.S.

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REIT ATTRIBUTES

Four Key Attributes of REIT Investing

Commercial real estate equity investment through REITs has much to offer institutional and retail investors. REIT stocks provide superior dividend income along with the potential for long-term capital gains through share price appreciation, and can also serve as a powerful tool for portfolio diversification. Read on to learn more about the income, diversification, inflation protection and capital appreciation benefits REITs provide.


LIST OF REIT FUNDS

Investment Opportunities Continue to Expand

Investors can invest in individual REIT shares directly or through a variety of investment products. REIT.com offers a sampling of REIT mutual funds, exchange-traded funds, closed-end funds and global real estate funds.


INDEX DATA

Returns Available for FTSE NAREIT U.S. and FTSE EPRA/NAREIT Global Indexes

Investors can invest in individual REIT shares directly or through a variety of investment products. REIT.com offers a sampling of REIT mutual funds, exchange-traded funds, closed-end funds and global real estate funds.

RESEARCH & RESOURCES

Optimizing Target-Date Fund Performance with REITs

NAREIT announced that new research by Wilshire Funds Management, a business unit of Wilshire Associates ("Wilshire®"), offers target date fund (TDF) managers a better way to build their 401(k) and other retirement portfolios. Additionally the research found that REITs boost returns and reduce risks for retirement savings. TDFs are popular investment products designed to simplify 401(k) or IRA portfolio planning for millions of Americans now responsible for their own retirement planning. Over the next decade, the vast majority of retirement assets are expected to be invested in TDFs and other asset allocation products.


PORTFOLIO OPTIMIZER

REITs: Key to Optimizing Pension Fund Real Estate Portfolios

Whether your goal is to reduce risk or increase returns, REITs deliver. NAREIT's Real Estate Portfolio Optimizer enables investors to compare the returns, volatility and Sharpe ratio (risk-adjusted return) of different real estate portfolios. It calculates the actual portfolio performance on the basis of more than 176,000 possible combinations of portfolio allocations to publicly traded REITs and private equity core, value-added, and opportunistic funds.


GLOBAL REAL ESTATE INVESTING

REIT Approach to Real Estate Investment Expands Globally

Following the lead of the United States, many countries around the world have established REIT regimes during the last 40-plus years. The same attributes that have driven the growth of REITs in the U.S. - diversification, dividends, transparency, liquidity and performance - are fueling the growth of publicly traded real estate throughout the world.