On Nov. 14, when the October consumer price index (CPI) came in flat, real estate investment trust (REIT) investors rejoiced. Inflation and the subsequent resulting higher interest rates have led to the slashing of REIT share prices since April 2022. But the weaker-than-expected CPI reading this week most likely means there will be no Federal Reserve rate hike in December and raises hopes for an interest rate cut or two in 2024. Although all REITs were up big this week on the news, office REITs in particular were the No. 1 beneficiary of the good CPI report.

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