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Over the long haul, real estate investment trusts (REITs) have been one of the most dominating asset classes around. In fact, they have been the best-performing asset class of the last twenty years. And that great performance, driven by the sector’s big dividends and capital gains, has continued for much of the last few years.

This is why their recent underperformance is a bit peculiar.

With the overall market continuing to rise, why have REITs been tossed to the back burner? Perhaps, more importantly, is this cause for concern or is it time to load up on now-discounted REIT shares?

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