April 2012: NAREIT released  research by Wilshire Associates helping target date fund (TDF) managers to develop more effective 401(k) and other retirement portfolios. Wilshire found that a TDF portfolio including U.S. REITs would have produced an ending portfolio value nearly 10 percent higher than a portfolio without REITs over the 35-year period from 1976 through 2010, while also reducing risk.

The full Wilshire research report on target date funds is available at www.REIT.com/TargetDate.

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Research by Wilshire Associates shows REITs boost returns and reduce risk for retirement savings.