Dividends4Life: Highest-Yielding Royalty Trusts

Highest-Yielding Royalty Trusts

Posted by D4L | Wednesday, September 14, 2011 | | 0 comments »

Dividend investing is popular again. Investors have taken to heart Jeremy Siegel's studies, which show that higher-yielding stocks tend to offer greater returns over time than low- or no-yield stocks. One particular area has garnered interest over the years are royalty trusts. Investors are drawn to royalty trusts for their high yields. Royalty trusts don't pay taxes at the corporate level, so the tax burden then gets passed to the investor. One thing to consider, however, is that unlike normal operating businesses, most trusts are depleting assets. Eventually the income-producing ability of the trust will end.

The highest yields can be very tantalizing. As long as a stock yielding 15% doesn't lose value, you'll make 15% in one year! In more cases than not, however, an astronomical yield is a bad sign for a stock. Since yields and stock prices move in opposite directions, a high yield usually means that investors have begun to worry about the business and driven down its stock price. However, certain types of companies such as royalty trusts have to pay out most of their cash flow as distributions, so their yields will be higher than "normal." Dividends are not guaranteed; you need to make sure that a business is generating enough cash to pay its dividend, or your investment could be disastrous.

Source: Motley Fool

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