As a dividend investor I have always been intrigued by REITs and their high yields. And as I look to increase my income, I find the dividends they pay to be very appealing. I hope to eventually fund my retirement using just my dividends, and the large dividends from REITs would go a long way in helping me achieve that goal. But as a dividend growth investor their uncertainty has made me wary of them. The problem is that the dividend stream from REITs seems to be much more variable than the one from the usual DGI stocks such as KO or MCD.

I already own many REITs, including, Digital Realty Trust (DLR), Annaly Capital Management (NLY), Realty Income Corporation (O), and Omega Healthcare Investors (OHI), and I will most likely add more in the future. After doing this study I feel more secure that over time the group as whole should do well for me, and that by considering all of them as a group, rather than as individual stocks, a personal REIT ETF can be an acceptable holding for a DGI portfolio.

Source: Seeking Alpha

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