By Brad Thomas:
One of the most frequent questions that I hear today from retail investors is “why are REITs critical to your investment portfolio?” That’s a logical question to ask, especially for investors who owned REITs during the Great Recession.
The purpose of this article will be to answer that question but also to provide meaningful insight into the potential impact of REITs and rising interest rates. More importantly, I will direct you down the pathway to creating wealth with REITs.
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Why Own REITs?
First off, remember that REITs aren’t new. US listed equity REITs have been a part of investment portfolios for more than 50 years. According to NAREIT REITs have provided total returns averaging 12.12% per year for 42.5 years since data collection started at the beginning of 1972. By comparison, the S&P 500 returned 10.52% during the same period. In terms of income, REITs provided average