Real Estate Dividends

Posted by D4L | Monday, December 03, 2012 | | 0 comments »

Exchange-traded funds offer a convenient way to invest in sectors or niches that interest you. If you'd like to add some real-estate investments to your portfolio, the PowerShares Active U.S. Real Estate ETF (NYSE: PSR ) could save you a lot of trouble. Instead of trying to figure out which companies will perform best, you can use this ETF to invest in lots of them simultaneously.

Why real estate? Perhaps because there's a finite amount of it, real estate tends to hold its value over time, though there can be hiccups along the way. Real estate investment trusts (REITs), meanwhile, offer an extra benefit, via their requirement to pay out at least 90% of their income in the form of dividends. More than a handful of REITs had strong performances over the past year: Weyerhaeuser (NYSE: WY), Plum Creek Timber (NYSE: PCL), American Tower (NYSE: AMT), Health Care REIT (NYSE: HCN) and Sunrise Senior Living (NYSE: SRZ).

Source: Motley Fool

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