Investors who put money into a real estate investment trust at the beginning of 2000 earned higher returns by the end of the decade than from their investments in any other equity sector, according to research released Thursday by the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts.

Investors who put $10,000 into the FTSE NAREIT Equity REIT Index at the beginning of the decade finished it with $27,454, according to NAREIT. By comparison, investors who invested the same amount in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index finished the decade with $9,090.

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