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This year, real estate investment trusts, which are often thought of as a way to diversify portfolios, play a leading role.

The FTSE Nareit All REITs Index (the largest REIT index in the United States with a market capitalization of $ 1.4 trillion) had a total return of 26.05% including dividends as of July 31, this year, compared to 17.99% of the S & P 500 Index. ..

Todd Rosenbluth, head of CFRA’s ETF and investment trust research, said REITs are benefiting from inflationary concerns. Real estate is often considered a hedge against inflation.