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Is Market Volatility Back?

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been talking with clients, family and friends about their thoughts regarding the stock market. The majority of conversations have revolved around recent volatility. Many people cited resources such as CNBC, Facebook, Twitter and the radio warning of volatility. But are we truly in a volatile market?

A Google search for “definition of volatility” resulted in about 92 million results so let’s stick with the traditional dictionary definitions. Merriam-Webster says the definition of volatility is the quality or state of being volatile, such as a tendency to change quickly and unpredictably. The Oxford…

What is a REIT?

A Real Estate Investment Trust, commonly referred to as a REIT, is a corporation that owns commercial real estate or mortgages.  One of the main reasons to invest in REITs is for the income they produce. For a corporation to be classified as a REIT by the IRS it has to return 90% of its taxable income back to its shareholders.

REITs have been in existence for more than 50 years and can be publicly traded on exchanges (there are more than 200 such companies) or private corporations, of which there is more than 1,100. Publicly traded REITs have a…

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