For the past decade, investors have been on a roller-coaster ride that is almost unprecedented in the history of economic cycles. The same belief was held about the stock, bond and alternative investment markets. In the past few years, the ride has gotten scarier. It no longer stops when people want to get off, and there have been some accidents. The implicit faith in the construction of the system has waned and the ride is no longer thrilling, but terrifying to many investors.

Where are investors turning to regain their equanimity? Net-leased real estate fits the bill. These investments have long-term leases backed by large corporations who reliably pay their rent. When acquired on an all-cash basis, net leases offer returns that are more than double similarly termed government bonds. They often provide returns higher than the lessee's corporate paper and leases that call for set rent increases that further boost investor returns.

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