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Author: wcfenton Big red star, 1000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 35397  
Subject: Re: Treasuries 101 Date: 8/18/2002 1:45 PM
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The following site has very specific information on the REIT that I am investing in (IYR):

http://www.ishares.com/fund_info/detail.jhtml;jsessionid=K4V5RFXD5Q3FKCQGMTMBBGQKAEHQGD50?symbol=IYR

They have another, less broad-based (fewer holdings), REIT that you can look at as well. I like the indexes for REITs for the same reason I like them for equities...strength-in-numbers! (IYR) tracks about 68 different REIT Companies where as the other tracks about 30.

The "Fool" has information on ETFs, if you are interested. Another good site is www.indexfunds.com for general indexing and ETF information.

I utilize www.sharebuilder.com for most of my purchases, including (IYR). One of the no-nos of investing in ETFs is not to drip every month or so because you significantly increase your costs due to commissions. (Sharebuilder fees are $4.00 per purchase). I know this is against all investment sense/logic, however, I go against it every month. I'm the kind of person that has to invest at the beginning of every month or else I would find some other good,/i>way to "use" my money.

My REIT Graph looks somewhat like a rollercoaster, but it has done better than my stocks. I like the idea that there is very little correlation with stocks.

Regards,

Bill
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