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REIT Investors Face Some Tough Choices

Aaron Levitt Jun 05, 2020

Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) have long been prized by income seekers. Thanks to their tax structure, REITs are forced to kick out much of their cash flows back to investors as dividends. This provides them with normally higher yields. And thanks to a few other factors, REITs have typically been strong performers in falling rate settings and recessions. This makes them a great buy in today’s environment.

Or does it?

The coronavirus and pandemic might have turned this relationship and tradition on its head. We’re now staying put, working from home, and ordering a hefty amount of goods online. The question now is what does that mean for owners of these properties and will the dividends continue?

For investors, the answer is not so simple and it might be time to be selective with your REIT investments.

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