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Real Estate Investment Trusts or a REIT (pronounced "reet") offers customers a simplified method of investing in UK commercial property. The aim of REITs is to provide an opportunity for investors to invest in property in a tax efficient manner, while being highly liquid and operating under strong corporate governance.
The concept of a REIT is simple: it is a company which owns and operates income-producing real estate, this can be both commercial and residential. REITs are designed to provide security on the income from rented property assets in a tax efficient way, bringing returns from investing in a REIT into line with traditional property investments.
REITs have a tax efficient nature; because most of the company's taxable income is distributed to shareholders through dividends, the company is largely exempt from corporation tax. Therefore the double taxation (Corporation tax plus the tax on dividends) of ordinary property funds is removed.
A REIT diversifies your investment over a number of different properties, so ironing out the sharp ups and downs that you may get form investing in one individual property therefore, your risk can be reduced.
Different REITs focus on different properties such as, industrial, commercial, residential and office accomodation, so it is important to consider which area best suits your needs and appetite for risk.
REITs are traded like shares at normal dealing commissions from as little as €15.00 per online trade. See full rates and charges.
From the London Stock Exchange:www.londonstockexchange.com/en-gb/products/companyservices/ourmarkets/REITs/
From REITA - Administered by British Property Federation:www.reita.org/live
You can invest in REITS with out Trading Account.
Click here to apply for an account online today
Download and complete an application form and send it to: Customer Accounts Team, TD Direct Investing, Dept AA 1626, P O Box 4214, FREEPOST, DUBLIN 2 (Please ensure you write "No Stamp Required" in the top right hand corner of your envelope.)
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The value of your investments can go down as well as up. You may not get back all the funds you invest.
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