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Do Rising Rates Spell Doom For REITs?

As we have discussed many times, much of the conventional wisdom on investing is simply wrong. For our purposes, we can define conventional wisdom as those ideas that are so commonly accepted that they go unquestioned. Today, we’ll look at the idea that rising interest rates would doom returns to real estate investments, specifically the returns from real estate investment trusts (REITs). This assumption – that returns from REITs would indeed tank if interest rates rose – is one I’ve been hearing a lot about lately as people speculate on the future actions of the Federal Reserve, its bond-buying program and the projections for short- and long-term rates.

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