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WASHINGTON, DC-August was a disappointing month for REITs, during which they were outperformed, albeit barely by the S&P 500. However, year-to-date they continue to still plug ahead. On a total return basis, the FTSE NAREIT All REITs Index gained 0.46% in August and the FTSE NAREIT All Equity REITs Index gained 0.12%, while the S&P 500 rose 2.25%, according to NAREIT.

For the first eight months of the year, the FTSE NAREIT All REITs Index was up 18.62% and the FTSE NAREIT All Equity REITs Index was up 17.54%, compared to the S&P 500’s gain of 13.51%. REITs also outperformed the S&P 500 on a 12-month basis: the FTSE NAREIT All REITs Index delivered a 21.46% total return and the FTSE NAREIT All Equity REITs Index delivered a 20.61% gain, compared to the S&P 500’s gain of 18%.

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