A real estate investment trust or REIT is a type of income trust—an investment trust that holds income-producing assets. Their units trade on stock exchanges, but they flow much of their income through to unitholders as “distributions.”
REITs were first set up like mutual funds for real estate, created by the U.S. Congress in 1960. They’re usually publicly traded, and investors like REITs because REITS have a high dividend yield, based on at least 90% of their taxable income.
Canadian REITs must be a corporation that’s taxable, and follow all the rules of being a corporation. They must invest 75% or more of their total assets in real estate and make at least 75% of their gross income from their properties, including rent, financing and sales. Like most stocks that are publicly traded, they live by the rules of exchanges, and require no less than 100 shareholders.
Real estate investment trusts can be lower risk, because they invest in income-producing real estate such as office towers, shopping malls or hotels. Even so, real estate still has risks—its value rises and falls with changes in the economy, interest rates and occupancy levels. Investing in other types of income trusts can be risky as well, as the businesses that underpin them may have steady cash flow, but could stagnate as the economy changes.
Still, REITs are popular among investors seeking income. For you overall portfolio, follow TSI Network and use our three-part Successful Investor strategy:
Invest mainly in well-established companies;
Spread your money out across most if not all of the five main economic sectors (Manufacturing & Industry; Resources & Commodities; the Consumer sector; Finance; Utilities);
Downplay or avoid stocks in the broker/media limelight.
Look for Canadian REITs that focus on investment inputs as well as investment outputs. They should also meet these 9 key criteria.
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RIOCAN REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT TRUST $18 is a buy. The REIT (Toronto symbol REI.UN; Aggressive Growth Portfolio, Manufacturing & Industry sector; Units outstanding: 309.1 million; Market cap: $5.6 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 4.7; Distribution yield: 5.7%; TSINetwork Rating: Average; www.riocan.com) owns all or part of 202 shopping centres and… Read More
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