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REITs continue stellar 2014 in August

by Reg Clodfelter

REITs continued their stellar 2014 in August, with the FTSE NAREIT All Equity REITs index returning more in August (3.27 percent) than in all of 2013 (2.86 percent). The index has now returned 21.17 percent in 2014, as of Aug. 29, 2014, significantly outpacing the S&P 500 Index’s 7.58 percent year-to-date return, as of Sep. 9, 2014, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average’s 4.66 percent year-to-date return, as of Aug. 30, 2014.

The index’s strong August performance was highlighted by its 15 healthcare REITs, which returned 5.10 percent in the month, bringing their year-to-date returns to 23.21 percent, a complete turnaround from the –7.06 percent return healthcare REITs saw in 2013.  

The other top performers were the three infrastructure REITs, which returned 5.53 percent in August and 19.27 percent year-to-date in 2014, and the five timber REITs, which returned 5.21 percent in August, though this made up the vast majority of the

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