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- February 2011: Vol. 23 No. 2

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REITs Continue to Impress: Equity REITs Outperform Other Asset Classes

by Denise DeChaine

The commercial real estate property markets may not be faring that well, but don’t tell that to equity REIT operators, who fashioned an impressive 28.0 percent total return for 2010, according to the FTSE NAREIT Equity REIT Total Return Index. REITs built on their comeback performance of 2009, when the index recorded an annual total return of 28 percent, following a loss of nearly 38 percent in 2008.

“This past year was definitely a strong year in terms of performance,” says Bruce Eidelson, director of real estate securities at Russell Investments. “This marks the second consecutive strong year following the financial crisis and is clearly a strong recovery off of 2009.”

Bill Case, vice president of research and industry information at

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