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I had a question for the knowledgeable people of this board. In the following link

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4258212-rentals-vs-reits-de...

The author brings up a number of interesting points. However... he produces a chart and claims the following:

"Real estate (VNQ) has generated up to 4x higher total returns than the S&P 500 (SPY) from 1997 until 2016:"

Notwithstanding the fact that VNQ started in 2004 according to Vanguard's site (and that the chart doesn't actually name VNQ), the closest proxy for this that I could find was Vanguard's equivalent mutual fund VGSIX. Running this through the following total return site and comparing it to SPY gives me nowhere near the numbers he claims:

https://www.dividendchannel.com/drip-returns-calculator/

does anybody have any thoughts one way or the other? Clicking on the source link right next to the chart gives me a Google search which brings up the same chart at this website so it's totally useless.
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