Moving Higher Despite Ottawa’s Tax

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Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) dropped in price last November when Ottawa announced that it will impose a tax on income trust distributions in 2011. However, REITs were exempt from the prosposed new tax, and all of our REIT recommendations went on to reach new all-time highs. We advise against overindulging in REITs. But if you stick with the highest quality, like the REITs we recommend on this page, you should make attractive long-term returns with low risk. RIOCAN REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT TRUST $26.61 (Toronto symbol REI.UN; SI Rating: Average) is Canada’s largest REIT. RioCan has total assets of $4.6 billion, consisting of ownership interests in a portfolio of 206 retail properties across Canada, including nine under development. These properties contain over 52.1 million square feet of leasable area. RioCan’s revenue in the three months ended December 31, 2006 was $151.2 million, up 8.8% from $138.9 million a year earlier. Cash flow per unit rose 14.7%, to $0.39 from $0.34. Portfolio occupancy…

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