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REITs

Real estate investments can provide an added level of diversification for a stock and bond portfolio. Real estate investment trusts (REITs) offer investors a way to invest in real estate without having to actually purchase property or take on mortgages. Numerous REITs trade on stock exchanges, so data for REITs can be found on sites that offer fundamental stock data. The Morningstar.com custom stock screener allows you to filter for REITs. The top REIT sites feature educational articles on REITs and provide analysis and ratings of individual REITs.

 REIT.com  

   www.reit.com
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Site combines functions for industry professionals with educational services for individual investors. Educational offerings include articles, videos and interviews with industry experts. Offers an extensive informational section on the basics of REITs including benefits, a glossary and a guide to getting started. The Data and Research tab provides index data, performance by investment sector and property sector and other research resources. The Investing tab offers a list of REIT funds and provides a portfolio optimizer that enables users to compare returns, volatility and Sharpe ratio for different REIT portfolios. Numerous REIT publications are archived online and available for free. The Policy Issues tab provides REIT federal tax legislation and federal and state tax issues. A calendar of the numerous events held around the U.S. for REIT investors is provided.