- January 1, 2014: Vol. 26, Number 1

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U.S. REITs closing 2013 on a sour note

by Mike Consol


Cumulatively speaking, it looks like 2013 will be a year to forget for U.S. REITs.

Equity REIT returns ran into negative territory in November, and during the first 11 months of 2013 they posted a trifling 2.26 percent gain. That compared unfavorably with the S&P 500 Index, which rose 29.12 percent during the same period.

The poor report card comes on the heels of a big 2012 performance, during which all five major REIT property types finished in solidly positive territory, led by the industrial sector, which racked up a 31.3 percent total return on investment, followed by retail at 26.7 percent. Indeed, there has been a string of good years for the REIT business, posting a return of more than 20 percent over the past five years.

For November, on a total return basis, the FTSE NAREIT All REITs Index was down –4.41 percent, and the FTSE NAREIT All Equity REITs Index was down –4.87 percent.

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