Rei Ts Still Offer A Solid Defense

But returns probably won't be as hot as this year's

Real estate investment trusts promise salvation for risk-averse investors in 2001. While the sector will never have the oomph of tech stocks, it should continue to do its job. Although REITs, which are real estate holding companies, trade like stocks, most of their earnings are paid out as dividends. So they have some of the growth potential of stocks and some of the stability of bonds.

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