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Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs)

Real Estate Investment Trusts or REITs are typically closed-end investment trusts that trade on an exchange and use the pooled capital of many investors to purchase and manage income properties. Equity REITs primarily own commercial real estate, such as shopping centres, apartments and industrial buildings. By taking advantage of the trust structure REITs offer tax advantages (beyond traditional common equity investments) to investors and provide a liquid way to invest in real estate, which is an otherwise illiquid market.

To learn more about investing in REITs, visit our Income Trusts - Frequently Asked Questions.