A panel at REITWeek 2010: NAREIT's Investor Forum® focused on the advantages REITs offer investors over private equity. Debra Cafaro, chairman, president and CEO of Ventas and NAREIT chair, pointed to a study that found REITs outperformed core, value-added and opportunity private-equity funds. But REITs "have yet to make much penetration into the institutional investor community," said Mike Kirby, chairman of Green Street Advisors.

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