Can we income seekers safely get back into REITs (real estate investment trusts) next year?
With the yield on the S&P 500 about to drop to a sad 1.5% (thanks, Tesla (TSLA) addition), renewed REIT-hope sure would be nice! The landlord industry index Vanguard Real Estate ETF (VNQ) pays 3.5%. That’s a dividend oasis in this zero-point-nothing world.
Once upon a time, VNQ performed in-line or better than the blue-chip index. It was a pretty good deal, as you could double your dividend and keep up with the Joneses’ portfolio with less heartburn.
Then, April 2020 came along, tenants stopped paying rents, and REITs-at-large got crushed:
A Good REIT Run While It Lasted
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