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Investment Performance

While the income component provided by REITs is a compelling story, Equity REITs also provide investors the opportunity for capital appreciation—particularly when investments are held over longer time horizons.

Stock exchange-listed Equity REITs have offered competitive returns on a long-term basis relative to the broad stock market and bonds.

In fact, every dollar invested in stock exchange-listed Equity REITs at the beginning of 1975 would have nearly doubled the returns of the broad stock market and earned almost four times bonds’ returns in the 40-year period ending in 2014.