Understanding Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs)

Fundamentals of REIT investing
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8,169 students
Understanding Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs)
Rating: 4.2 out of 5 (315 ratings)
8,169 students
start investing in REITs


  • Basic understanding of investing

Investment choices cover a wide range of asset classes: Bonds, Equities, Unit Trusts, Exchange Traded Funds (ETF), Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs), Options and many others.

This module introduces investors to the fundamentals of REIT investing.

REITs generally have moderate to high risk and potential returns.

For the purposes of this module, it is also assumed that participants have a basic understanding of investments in general before investing in REITs. We strongly recommend that participants in this module go through our foundation module on investing or a similar foundation modules.

As with any other investment product, investors should also take time to understand the product and consider whether it is suitable for them based on their risk profile, time horizon and investment objectives. 

Who this course is for:
  • Those interested in investing
3 sections • 11 lectures • 32m total length
  • Introduction
  • What is a REIT?
  • How does a REIT generate income?
  • Key considerations
  • Benefits of REITS
  • Risks and other considerations
  • How to select a REIT?
  • Pop quiz
  • Activity
  • Conclusion and FAQs
  • FAQs - Part 2

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The MoneySENSE-Singapore Polytechnic Institute for Financial Literacy is a collaboration between MoneySENSE, the national financial education programme in Singapore and Singapore Polytechnic.

MoneySENSE is spearheaded by the public-sector Financial Education Steering Committee which comprises representatives from the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Social and Family Development, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Manpower, Central Provident Fund Board, Monetary Authority of Singapore, National Library Board and People’s Association.

Our financial education courses cover basic money management, financial planning and investment know-how.

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Peggy has 8 years of experience in the financial services industry, helping clients understand their financial needs, objectives and risk tolerance as well as reviewing company policies and procedures to ensure compliance. She was also an adjunct lecturer with a Polytechnic, teaching insurance and retirement planning subjects.

Prior to joining the financial services sector, Peggy was working in the information technology sector for 13 years, first in a government agency and subsequently served as a Senior Systems Analyst in an international bank.

She is a Certified Financial Planner, which is a professional certification specific to retirement planning and wealth accumulation in addition to overall financial planning.

Peggy has a Masters of Science, majoring in Network Management. She also holds other industry certification in M5, M8, M8A, M9 and HI.