Skip the mall debate: here are other top-rated REIT plays

Real estate investment trusts took a beating in 2016 when it started to become clear that the Federal Reserve was intent on raising interest rates. But many analysts think REITs deserve another look now as the economy looks set to continue expanding slowly and steadily but rates have remained subdued.

There’s just one caveat: the retail landscape continues to be a bloodbath, with more and more retailers announcing store closures, prompting discussion of “zombie malls” and hitting the bonds that benefit from their income streams.

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Here, then, are some REIT plays that avoid the retail apocalypse.

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