REITs Offer Strong Yields At Quarter-End

REITs continued to offer strong dividend yields at the end of 2016’s first quarter. The dividend yield of the FTSE NAREIT All REITs Index was 4.19 percent on March 31, the yield of the FTSE NAREIT All Equity REITs Index was 3.76 percent, and the yield of the FTSE NAREIT Mortgage REITs Index was 11.83 percent. In comparison, the dividend yield of the S&P 500 was 2.15 percent. Among Equity REITs, seven property sectors and sub-sectors delivered yields that beat the FTSE NAREIT All Equity REITs Index. The Specialty sector yielded 6.09 percent. Health Care REITs yielded 5.61 percent, the Lodging/Resorts sector yielded 5.31 percent, the Diversified sector yielded 4.72 percent, Free Standing Retail yielded 4.25 percent, and the Industrial sector yielded 3.86 percent. Home Financing Mortgage REITs outpaced the FTSE NAREIT Mortgage REITs Index, delivering a dividend yield of 12.71 percent.

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