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The Wilshire US Real Estate Investment Trust IndexSM (Wilshire US REIT) measures U.S. publicly-traded real estate investment trusts and is a subset of the Wilshire US Real Estate Securities IndexSM(Wilshire US RESI). Designed to offer a market-based index that is more reflective of real estate held by pension funds, these indexes are unencumbered by the limitations of other appraisal-based indexes. They can serve as proxies for direct real estate investing by excluding securities whose value is not always tied to the value of the underlying real estate. Exclusions include: mortgage REITs, net-lease REITs, real estate finance companies, mortgage brokers and bankers, commercial and residential real estate brokers, home builders, large landowners and sub-dividers of unimproved land, hybrid REITs and timber REITs. The rationale for the exclusions listed is that factors other than real estate supply and demand, such as interest rates, influence the market value of these companies.