Although closely joined with financial-sector performance, many domestic exchange-traded funds for real estate investment trusts -- from the broadest to the most specific -- are up year to date, even after Wall Street's tumultuous weekend. They can still vacillate up or down 3% daily. The best REIT ETF performer in 2008 has been the iShares FTSE NAREIT Residential ETF, which increased 12.76%.

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