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Designed for Rising Rates - Two REITs Yielding 8% and 10%

By Dr. Carla Pasternak

 

With stock markets trading at all-time highs, now is a good time to step back and consider a sobering fact. Real estate actually has proven to be a more profitable long-term investment than the broader market. U.S. real estate investment trusts (REITs) that own shopping centers, office buildings, and the like, delivered annualized total returns of 13.8% over the past 25 years through 2016, as measured by The Dow Jones Equity REIT Index. That compares with just 10.7% for the S&P 500.

 

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No Need to Fear Rising Rates

By Dr. Carla Pasternak

 

The handwriting is on the wall -- interest rates are rising and are likely to continue to do so. The probability of a rate increase in December of this year is 95%, according to pricing in federal funds futures' contracts. That will be the third hike in 2017, following 25 basis point moves in March and June. Federal Reserve officials are projecting another three quarter-percentage point hikes in 2018, if the economy stays on track, and two more quarter-percentage hikes in 2019.

 

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New Tech Cycle Drives Chipmaker Breakout

By Dr. Carla Pasternak

 

The popular FANG stocks (Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, Google) have been on a roll but are trading down from their 52-week highs. They might rebound,  but in the meantime, the semiconductor stocks are breaking out . Year-to-date, the benchmark PHLX Semiconductor Sector Index or SOX has outpaced the S&P 500 nearly threefold, with much of the gains occurring since mid-April.

 

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Foreign Bank Stocks with Astronomical 5% Yields

By Dr. Carla Pasternak

 

"Don't put your money in banks. Put it in bank stocks," so the stock market adage says. But you need to be selective.

 

2.18%. That's the average dividend yield of the big money center banks mainly in the U.S. These banks do business with government and corporations, not just with folks like you and me. They include names like Citigroup (C), Bank of America (BAC), Goldman Sachs (GS), and Bank of New York Mellon (BK), which all offer puny yields of less than 2%.

 

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Six Sizzling Data Center REITs

By Dr. Carla Pasternak

 

Do you watch Netflix? Listen to Ted talks? Store your photos on the cloud? If so, you can thank a data center real estate investment trust (REIT). These high-tech storage centers house computer systems. Yes, the data you download on your cell phone, tablet or TV is actually stored in old-fashioned bricks and mortar facilities rented by the likes of Facebook, Google, and other cloud, digital media, and software firms.

 

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