In 2016, my co-author and I decided to publish a book called The Intelligent REIT Investor. The book was published just in time, as U.S. REITs were elevated to a new real estate sector in the closely watched Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS), making it the 11th headline-level sector under GICS.
Remember that GICS serves as the de facto classification system for equities worldwide, providing an organizational framework for everything from performance analysis to product development. The move validates the strength of real estate and, in particular, that listed equity REITs provide investors with dividends, seasoned leadership, sound returns and diversification benefits.
Our book was recently published in China, of all places. Meanwhile, my Forbes Real Estate Investor newsletter has thousands of subscribers all over the globe, including quite a few in the United Kingdom where I will be travelling soon.
U.S. REITs: A Great Alternative
Today, I wanted to take the opportunity to discuss one of the most important topics of my investing universe: managing risk.
Risk tolerance is an important component in the investing process. It’s important to be realistic about your ability and readiness to stomach big swings in the value of your investments.