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REIT returns, dividend yields
REITs are required to pay out at least 90% of their taxable income as dividends. They also have a low correlation to stocks and bonds. As such, they are popular for income generation and diversification in a portfolio.

But they also provide the potential for moderate, long-term appreciation, according to the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts. Long-term total returns typically fall between that of high-growth stocks and bonds, according to the association.

Click through to see REIT returns and dividend yields both year-to-date in 2016, as well as calendar year 2015, for the major categories. All data is from NAREIT.