Building a High Yielding Retirement Portfolio – Part 4 REIT’s

In my previous posting I discussed the need to include high-yielding securities in a retirement portfolio, in Part 2 I reviewed Preferred Stocks, in Part 3 BDC’s. In this article we’ll discuss REIT’s (Real Estate Investment Trusts).

A REIT is a company that owns and operates income generating real estate. REITs can own commercial properties from office and apartment buildings to hospitals, retirement homes, warehouses, hotels, shopping centers, hotels and timberlands. REITs are also a major factor in financing housing. REIT, similar to BDC’s pay little or no corporate income tax and must distribute at least 90 percent of taxable income as dividends to investors. This results in many cases in both capital growth and high-yields.

There are a lot of different types of REIT’s, agency and non-agency etc., I won’t get into all of these here. I’ll also warn you that like all other high-yielding investments that are subject to the volatility of changing interest rates. Many of these were heavily sold earlier this year as the talk of Fed tapering surfaced and the 10 year bond yield jumped overnight. Once interest rates calm down these can be great investments.

Here are some of my favorite REIT’s you might consider:

  • W P Carey (WPC)  5% yield
  • Hospitality Properties Trust (HPT)   6.50% yield
  • American Capital Agency (AGNC)   13% yield

Check out the performance of W.P. Carey in the past year. Not only has it out performed the S&P 500 index, but it also delivered > 5% dividend yield.


By allocating a portion of your portfolio to some of these ultra-high-yielding investments you’ll be able to improve your cash flow while waiting for the next Facebook or Apple investment to come along. In future posts we’ll discuss the pros and cons of these investments and some helpful tips.



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