Rising interest rates are not automatically bad news for REITs and, in fact, it is a myth that needs to be debunked, according to speakers and attendees at NAREIT's REITWorld 2013. "Usually with rising interest rates, that’s a sign of economic strengthening. If the Fed tapers, it’s because of this strengthening, which is good for REITs,” said NAREIT economist Brad Case. He points to 12 of 16 periods since 1995 when interest rates rose and REIT returns improved concurrently.
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