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For those not inclined to make individual security decisions and who want exposure to reits, with a yield "kicker", look at the new closed end reit income funds (RLF<RQI<JRS).....tend to invest in some of the higher yielding reits, with about 25% of the funds in reit preferreds..cautions:they use leverage (about 30%); and should rates ever rise significantly again, the pfds. will decline in price.....disclosure: don't own these issues.

If you check out the charts for the "YTD" Period, you will find the closed-end (more mysterious/complicated) REITs are running pretty close to the open-ended REITs (without leverage). All beat the heck out of the S&P 500 though:

My simple mind prefers to stay with simple things. That's probably why I'll never get rich.


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