If you are not familiar with them, REITs - real estate investment trusts - are income-producing real estate investments that trade like stocks. Many REITs invest in apartment developments, office buildings or shopping malls that collect rents from tenants.
REITs are required to distribute at least 90% of its taxable income as dividends to shareholders. As a result, they tend to generate a consistent income stream. They produced average annual income of 8.3% from 1972 to 2010.
In his presentation, Ackman detailed why he thinks GGP is a strong standalone company. He also explained why he thinks it has high recurring revenue, inflation-protection characteristics, geographic diversity, and high barriers to entry.
There are risks to REIT investing, of course. It’s a capital intensive business, so REITs tend to accumulate debt. They also can be volatile -- one reason that Ralph Block, who wrote a book on REITs, argues that it’s better to hold them for the long-term.
Still, they can be a way to play a recovery in the housing market without having to actually buy property and deal with the hassle of property upkeep and calls from tenants.
Covestor offers several models that focus on REITS, including the REITs model run by Fletcher Wealth. It seeks to invest in REITs that offer a discount to fair value and have stable dividend payments.
There also is the Stable High Yield model, run by John Gerard Lewis. It invests in bond ETFs as well as REITs. Read this for more background about how it seeks to avoid the ups and downs of the overall stock market while still providing a historical stock market-like return.
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