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Free-standing retail REITs lead other property sectors

by Andrea Waitrovich

U.S. REIT returns continued to outpace returns of the broader equity market in the first three quarters of 2016, according to the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts.

The FTSE NAREIT All REITs Index, the broadest benchmark of the U.S. REIT industry containing both equity and mortgage REITs, delivered a 12.57 percent total return in the first nine months of 2016.  The FTSE NAREIT All Equity REITs Index, delivered a total return of 12.31 percent in the same period, and the FTSE NAREIT Mortgage REITs Index delivered a total return of 20.16 percent.  In comparison, the S&P 500 Index’s total return was 7.84 percent.

In the 12-month period ending Sept. 30, the total return of the FTSE NAREIT All REITs Index was 20.60 percent, the total return of the FTSE NAREIT All Equity REITs Index was 20.94 percent, and the total return of

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