For over a decade U.S. bond yields have been dropping, leading investors to try desperate strategies and dangerous investment vehicles. To create more income opportunities, investors have been purchasing poorly understood Closed-end funds, junk bonds, and annuities, to name a few. In our ongoing services, No Free Lunch, we are addressing a variety of security selections that have hidden fees and unintended consequences. In this article we tackle traded real-estate (REITs) and real estate funds. REITs should only be purchased with an understanding of the true, and sometimes unexpected, risk of the underlying investments. Many envision their home when they buy REITs and thus forego a critical review of the risks.
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