This year, REIT stocks moving more in line with the market at large

03/24/2009 | SmartMoney.com

REITs often have been recommended as a tool for diversifying equity portfolios because of their relatively low, long-term correlation with other equities. However, REIT stocks in recent months have exhibited a relatively high correlation with the broader U.S. stock market, much higher than the correlation with U.S. equities of foreign stocks, U.S. bonds and gold.

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