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Spoiler alert: REITS have outperformed stocks for the past 50 years

As stock markets tumble around the world, here’s something your money guy may not have told you.

No, stocks may not produce the best long term returns anyway. That distinction may go instead to real estate investment trusts, or REITS.

No kidding.

Real estate investments overall have beaten stocks by more than a full percentage point per year, on average, since 1960, according to recent analysis conducted by researchers in the Netherlands.

In “Historical Returns of the Market Portfolio,” issued last year, researchers Laurens Swinkels of Erasmus University, Rotterdam, Trevin Lam of Rabobank, and Ronald Doeswijk, looked at the performance of worldwide financial assets for the modern era, from 1960 to 2015.

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