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Investing in REITs: Real Estate Investment Trusts, 4th Edition by Ralph L. Block

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Diversification among REITs

Assuming you've decided what percentage of your portfolio should be allocated to REITs, let's now address the second part of the allocation question. Within your REIT allocation, what would be an appropriate sub-allocation among the different property sectors, investment characteristics, or even geographic locations that REITs offer?

Basic Diversification

Much depends, of course, on the absolute level of cash you have to invest. One easy way for individual investors to diversify is through REIT mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs), which we'll discuss later in this chapter. Obtaining diversification through such funds and ETFs is easy and virtually automatic. But first, let's look at ways to diversify if the ...

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