I am struggling with the REIT question right now. It will soon be time to rebalance and since REITS and Small Cap have been beaten up this year, both are below my target Allocations. I have no problem shifting some money towards small caps but it seems premature to shift any into REITs. Shades of market timing I know but still it seems that REITs could easily continue to decline for another two or three quarters while all the bad news gets laundered. I'm struggling now also. The 20% haircut I've taken in 2007 on REITs does not make me a happy camper. I actually sold half my REITs on 5/15 and the other half 7/15. Those were both great moves. (Yes, market timing) Unfortunately, on 9/30 I went back in for half of my original position because they looked like they were in a recovery. Since then I've lost 20%. :-(I follow the REIT index pretty closely. Maybe I'll wait on the REITs until they look healthier--right now it looks like they might be due for an additional 15% loss. OUCH!2old
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