January 27, 2009

Real estate funds recommended

If you'd like to invest in real estate, but don't want the hassle of managing it, try a real estate mutual fund. Money managers with Expansion Funds America in Phoenix say investors should have real estate positions beyond what's in their homes.
Property prices don't move up and down with stock market prices, and they provide diversification. Money managers recommend that you put no more than 25 to 35 percent of their portfolios into Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs), or real estate mutual funds.
They also recommend gold, which can be held as bullion in gold-mining stocks and gold mutual funds. They recommend a 10 percent maximum for most portfolios.

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