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Are their risks involved in investing in Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs)?

by Peter J. Creedon

Yes. Risks involved in REIT investing may include (i) following the sale or distribution of assets an investor may receive less than their principal invested, (ii) a lack of a public market in certain issues, (iii) limited liquidity and transferability, (iv) fluctuations involving the value of the assets within the REIT, (v) a reliance on the investment manager to select and manage assets, (vi) changes in interest rates, laws, operating expenses, and insurance costs, (vii) tenant turnover, and (viii) the impact of current market conditions. Expected returns and risk characteristics are no guarantee of actual performance.