What Is a Real Estate Investment Trust – Investing in REITs

real estate market reitFor many, real estate is the gold standard of all investments. It has a great long-term track record, can provide a steady income, and is an investment that is tangible and usable. There is something satisfying in looking at a building you own, versus staring at shares of stock on a computer screen.

Unfortunately, real estate as an investment has barriers to entry, such as money for a down payment, the ability to get a sizable loan, the time and education to run a profitable enterprise, and the necessary cash for maintenance, repairs, property taxes, and insurance.

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Investing in Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities (TIPS) Bonds – Protection from Inflation

tips money inflationIn nightly news coverage, local stories about prices, and talk radio monologues, rumblings about our nation’s debt crisis are starting to expose fears about massive inflation.

There’s no way to know for sure if incredible price hikes are in store, but if the cost of living is going up, you can use various investment risk management strategies to protect your portfolio from the effects of inflation.

One of these strategies is purchasing securities from the U.S. Treasury called Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities, otherwise known as TIPS.

How Do TIPS Work?

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