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US: REITs lure investors seeking high yields

Posted on 16 September 2011

Most REITs are publicly traded companies that own and operate property including apartments, offices, retail space, health-care facilities, and hotels. They must distribute at least 90 percent of their taxable income to shareholders annually in the form of dividends.
The securities had an average dividend yield of 3.7 percent as of Sept. 12, according to the Bloomberg REIT Index of 129 publicly traded property owners. That compares with yields on 10-year Treasury notes of 1.95 percent as of Sept. 12, and 0.02 percent for the average taxable money-market fund as of Sept. 6, according to research firm iMoneyNet……………………………………….Full Article: Source


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