Investing for Retirement: The Outlook for Real Estate Investment Trusts

Robert Powell, CFP®

Wells Fargo Investment Institute (WFII) recently downgraded real estate investment trusts (REITs) to "unfavorable." In a news release, WFII says it expects that REITs will struggle in the face of an aging economic cycle and rising long-term interest rates.

"Neither REIT fundamentals nor REIT values appear attractive enough to offset the headwinds of rising rates and a maturing economic cycle," the company wrote in its report. "Our view is that the potential downside risks to REITs are greater than the upside reward potential. Consequently, we have downgraded public real estate (which encompasses both U.S. and international REITs) from neutral to unfavorable."

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