Updated Sunday, September 21, 2014 as of 8:11 PM ET

What's Happening With REITs?

What are we to make of REITs? These trusts, which trade as equities and are essentially collections of real property, or mortgages, became widely reviled when the real estate bubble collapsed in late 2008. Domestic and global REIT mutual funds plunged 39.6% and 46.6%, respectively, according to Morningstar. But REITs joined the S&P in regaining a lot of ground last year, delivering an average return of 20% in 2009.

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