REITs have experienced some of the market's volatility over the past few weeks, notes Keven Lindemann, managing director with SNL Financial. However, that is simply a reflection of unease about the economy's direction, he says. Given their low degree of leverage and their dividend policies, REITs are attractive investments during periods of instability. "I think there is an appeal to the investment community in hard assets in these uncertain times," Lindemann said. "I think the current income component of REITs certainly plays in its favor."

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