Finding the Sweet Spots in the REIT Sector

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Author: Bryan Perry

Market commentators tend to talk in broad terms when describing the up-and-down performances of certain sectors.

For some sectors, there is a fairly close correlation of stocks that fall into the categories of utilities, telecoms, big pharma, banks, industrials, materials and aerospace defense issues. Other sectors like technology trade more in alignment with the sub-sectors like enterprise software, semiconductors, cyber security software, cloud-based software, networking, fiber optic, etc.

They can trade in tandem on any good day for the Nasdaq. But they also have a history of trading independently of each other.

The same can be said for the real estate investment trust (REIT) sector. REITs come in many different classes and, in general, are fantastic income vehicles for just about any kind of economic cycle if the right REITs are owned.

The Internal Revenue Service shows that there are about 1,100 U.S. REITs that have filed tax returns. As of the start of 2016, there were more than 200 REITs in the United States registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that trade on one of the major stock exchanges, with the majority traded on the NYSE. Here are some of the classes of REITs:

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