Investing in real estate via REITs | Joachim De Zutter
According to the book titled "Beating the Market, 3 Months at a Time: A Proven Investing Plan Everyone Can Use", in the period from 1972 until 2007 the NAREIT Index had a compounded annual growth rate of 13.4% versus 9.4% for the S&P 500.

According to a webpage found at www.reit.com in the period from January 1978 through December 2010, the FTSE NAREIT Equity REIT Index had an average annual return of 12.3% versus the average annual return of 11.8% of the S&P 500.

According to the Welltower corporate presentation from December 2015, Welltower has had a 15.6% average annual return since inception (1970) (as of September 30, 2015).

According to the Realty Income investor presentation from 2015, Realty Income has generated a compound annual return of 16.6% since 1994 (as of September 30, 2015).

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Riocan is Canada's largest REIT exclusively focused on retail real estate, it is publicly traded and is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol REI.UN.

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