Each month, Nareit provides a statistical snapshot of the overall REIT market. More detailed information is available in REIT indexes. 

REIT Industry Monthly Data for August 2021

Industry Size

  • FTSE Nareit All REITs equity market capitalization = $1.603 trillion
  • FTSE Nareit All Equity REITs equity market capitalization = $1.514 trillion
  • 218 REITs are in the FTSE Nareit All REITs Index.
  • 180 REITs trade on the New York Stock Exchange.
  • NYSE listed REITs equity market capitalization = $1.398 trillion


Yield Comparison

  • FTSE Nareit All REITs: 2.93%
  • FTSE Nareit All Equity REITs: 2.69%
  • S&P 500: 1.25%
  • Listed REITs (equity REITs and mREITs) paid out approximately $51.7 billion and public non-listed REITs paid out approximately $2.2 billion in dividends during 2020.
  • By market cap-weighted average, 58 percent of the annual dividends paid by REITs qualify as ordinary taxable income, 14 percent qualify as return of capital and 28 percent qualify as long-term capital gains in 2020.

Leverage and Coverage Ratios

(Balance sheet data as of Q2 2021)

All Equity REITs

  • Debt Ratio: 28.0%
  • Coverage Ratio: 5.9x

Average Daily Dollar Trading Volume

  • August 2021: $7.7 billion
  • August 2016: $6.5 billion
  • August 2011: $6.0 billion

Data as of August 31, 2021, except where noted.

All data are derived from, and apply only to, listed U.S. REITs unless otherwise noted.

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