|Bid||90.20 x 800|
|Ask||90.16 x 800|
|Day's Range||88.68 - 90.32|
|52 Week Range||62.12 - 92.06|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||0.21|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||33.10|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||4.14 (4.66%)|
|1y Target Est||N/A|
With fixed annual rent escalations, weighted average lease term of 22 years and an asset class experiencing high demand, W. P. Carey's (WPC) industrial investments seem a strategic fit.
What does "on the cheap" mean in the stock market? To me, it means stocks which are valued not only below fair market values when looking at assets and revenues, but also when looking at the proven progress underway in the company.So far this year, the general stock market has been on a tear. The S&P 500 has climbed in price by 21% year-to-date. * 10 Battered Tech Stocks to Buy Now But I can easily steer you to a collection of stocks with much more reasonable, and even ample, dividend yields. And this is a collection of stocks that are performing -- but are also still values to buy right now.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips Dividend Stocks to Buy: AllianceBernstein (AB)Dividend Yield: 7.5%AllianceBernstein (NYSE:AB) is a pass-through company in the asset management business. The key thing about asset managers is knowing the value of assets under management. They don't have to be exceptional in their investing -- just good enough to attract and keep assets on which they earn fees year-in and year-out.AllianceBernstein's assets under management has climbed 25.8% over the trailing four years to a current $581 billion. That has resulted in revenue gains for the same period of 30.1%. This in turn is driving higher returns for shareholders with the return on equity running at 14.9%. But the real deal is that the shares trade at a discount to revenue by some 18.7% making the shares cheap.AB stock has been a good performer with the trailing five years generating a total return of 60.4% with an average annual equivalent of 10.4%.**All total return figures were calculated by Bloomberg Terminal, factoring in dividends reinvested on the day of distribution. Compass Diversified (CODI)Dividend Yield: 7.6%Compass Diversified (NYSE:CODI) is an investment holding company set up under the Investment Companies Act of 1940. As such it operates without paying federal corporate income taxes, meaning that CODI has more cash for dividend payments to investors.The company buys and owns a collection of well-branded industrial and consumer goods companies. And it in turn works with management teams to further develop business values. From time to time, Compass Diversified will sell the companies when appropriate. Along the way, CODI collects cash flows from the operating companies and in turn pays an ample dividend currently yielding 7.6%.Revenues are firmly on the rise with the trailing year's sales gain at 33.2%. Margins are positive, helping to drive a return on shareholder equity of 39.3%. * 10 Stocks to Sell in Market-Cursed September And the stock is very cheap as it is valued at a 30% discount to trailing sales -- which as noted are firmly on the rise.Compass Diversified continues to deliver with shares generating a total return over the past five years of 62.1% for an average annual equivalent return of 9.9%. W.P. Carey (WPC)Dividend Yield: 4.7%W.P. Carey (NYSE:WPC) is a highly successful real estate investment trust with a diverse collection of properties across segments. But these properties all have in common is the company's signature structure of triple-net sale-leasebacks. This is where W.P. Carey typically acquires a property from a significant company -- or even government entity -- and in turn leases it back to the seller for long-term lease. In addition, the tenant pays the taxes, insurance and general upkeep costs, hence the term "triple-net."This structure has major benefits. To start, W.P. Carey gets established tenants for their leased properties. And with longer-term leases it sets the company up with more dependable income. With the expenses of taxes, insurance and maintenance it reduces costs and uncertainty for the company.Revenues are up for the trailing year by 4.4%. The return on funds from operations, which measures the profitability of just running the properties, is at a very healthy 12.8%.The dividend is yielding 4.7% and the actual distributions have been rising each and every quarter for years. Some estimate that it has been raising dividends since 2001. The stock has generated a trailing five year total return of 77.2% for an average annualized equivalent return of 12.1%.And despite the quality of the company's assets and performance along with that rising dividend distribution, the stock is cheap compared to the general REIT market -- as measured by the Bloomberg U.S. REIT Index. The stock's price is at a mere 2.2 times book which is significantly cheaper than the general market average of 2.74 times. This make W.P. Carey a cheap stock with great assets and a rising dividend. TPG Specialty Lending (TSLX)Dividend Yield: 7.5%TPG Specialty Lending (NYSE:TSLX) provides financing and capital to a variety of companies. TPG Specialty is part of the famous TPG Capital, formally called the Texas Pacific Group. Texas Pacific Group is one of the largest and more successful private equity firms in the world -- and TPG Specialty draws talent and resources from that relationship.Revenues are up on a tear with the trailing year climbing by 24.2%. Its net interest margin, which measure the difference in funding costs against interest earnings, is running at 10% and it keeps its efficiency ratio humming at a profitable 31.5% which means that it costs only 32 cents to earn each dollar of revenue.The company has generated a return of 90.7% over the trailing five years for an average annual equivalent of 13.8%.It pays regular dividends quarterly, providing a yield of 7.5%. But it also regularly pays additional dividends from ongoing profits for a current annual yield of 8.63%. * 7 Stocks to Buy In a Flat Market In addition, since it is also set up under the Investment Companies Act of 1040 and the Small Business Investment Incentives Act of 1980 -- it avoids federal income taxes -- leaving more cash to feed that dividend. The company is cheaply run with great margins and a great dividend stream, making for a good value right now. AT&T (T)Dividend Yield: 3%American Telephone & Telegraph referred to as Ma Bell, or now as AT&T (NYSE:T), is a well-known company. It offers wired and wireless communications, internet and data transmission, satellite and cable content distribution as well as streaming. And oh yes, it comes with a huge content warehouse and generator in WarnerMedia.The direct comparison is Verizon (NYSE:VZ) which is a good dividend stock. But AT&T is way, way cheaper. AT&T's stock is valued at a mere 1.5 times book which is way cheaper than Verizon's stock value of 4.4 times book.Revenue is rising with the trailing year up by 6.4%. And while the company has a lot of components, overall operating margins are running at a fat 15.3% which in turn drives a nice return on equity running at 9.5%.It has built up debt in its acquisition of Time Warner -- but it is manageable at only 33.2% of its assets.The stock has trailed Verizon until recently. Elliott Management announced that it has amassed $3.2 billion of the company's stock. Activist investor Paul Singer wants AT&T to hone its focus and sell some of its superfluous operations. And the market likes what it sees.Over the past five years, the stock has returned 46% for an average annual equivalent return of 7.9%. But for the year-to-date, the stock has returned 34.7%.The dividend is running with a yield of 5.3%. Good and rising dividends, a stock that's cheap compared to its prime rival and a shake-up potentially in the works make AT&T a good buy right now.And now that I've presented some dividend stocks on the cheap, perhaps you might like to see more of my market research and recommendations for further safer growth and bigger reliable income. Click here to learn more.Neil George is the editor of Profitable Investing and does not have any holdings in the securities mentioned above. 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The general U.S. stock market has hit some turbulence over the past few weeks. And much of this perhaps is due to a series of objections in the media to the further progress of the U.S. economy and the stock market.Since the recent peak in the S&P 500 Index on July 26, that index is down -- but the real estate investment trust (REIT) market as tracked by the Bloomberg U.S. REIT Index continued to be trading up.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsS&P 500 (Red) & Bloomberg U.S. REIT (Green) Indexes Source BloombergThis continues the defensive performance of REITs even during challenging times for the general U.S. stock market. August Can Be Rough for StocksHowever, it is good to note that August can be a challenging time for U.S. stock and bond markets. Trading desks get thinner as folks head to beaches, mountains and all sorts of places in between. Hedge fund gals and guys try to put things on autopilot, with junior partners left to man the con. And even private equity folks make bets that carried interest keeps their ship afloat for their vacation weeks.So when a few things hit the fan, the markets can swiftly get a little out of whack with the fundamentals. * 10 Marijuana Stocks That Could See 100% Gains, If Not More And this shows up in the U.S. stock market for this month with a surge in volatility. The 10-day volatility in the S&P 500 Index has surged from six-month lows of 5.57% on April 30 to a high on Aug. 15 of 29.21%. That means a whole lot of wildly swinging down and up in the process of the daily trading.S&P 500 Index 10-Day Historic Price Volatility Source BloombergVolume calculations are less accurate these days, as so many U.S. stocks trade off-exchanges and in private or dark pool exchanges. But from what we can see in volume -- for the same trailing six months -- the number of shares actually exchanging hands remained subdued.S&P 500 Index Daily Trading Volume Source BloombergThis leads me to recommend that you shouldn't get too worried about some of the recent general stock market gyrations. Instead, focus on what continues to work for investors -- a balance of largely U.S.-focused companies, particularly in real estate investment trusts (REITs). And I'll present my specific recommendations in a moment. Needless Headline RisksBut first, I want to present what I do see as a risk beyond near-term volatility. That is the proliferation of political spin on business and economic news. This is where leading newspapers, including the New York Times and the Washington Post, are running an increasing number of front-page stories arguing that U.S. consumers are set to pull back, businesses are frightened about the economy and that recession is near the horizon.This comes with a just-released survey by the National Association for Business Economics (NABE) which showed that of its members participating during the summer lull, 34% thought that perhaps the U.S. economy could slow into a recession in 2021. But that didn't stop mainstream news and financial news from running a doomsday message.I read and consume a whole pile of papers, magazines, journals and more daily, and I'm beginning to see more of this doomsday spin. It reminds me of one of Michael Crichton's books -- State of Fear.The book's plot involves public perceptions of global warming and the interests behind various messages of issues revolving around it. But it leads with an example of local television weather reporters. He wrote that the public's attention will wane unless you ramp up the hype of the potential worst outcomes of weather to get the viewing public into a frenzy and into a state of fear -- so that they can't help but to stay glued to the weather news. And that in the book he argued is what is being done to promote global warming. REITs Look PositiveThe risk for the general stock market is that the ramping up negative spin on economic news will begin to make consumers wary and in turn will slow the economy and damage the stock market. And remember - that the fourth quarter of last year came with a ramped up fear of slowing corporate earnings growth for the next year which led to selling which begat selling until rational heads came back and bought reality of sales and profits sending the S&P 500 Index soaring throughout this year.But again, REITs held up during the general market sell-off while providing ample dividend yield -- which further propelled the segment throughout 2019.But before you throw in the towel for the general stock market, it pays to look at how actual consumers are perceiving the economy as measured by the Bloomberg Consumer Comfort (Comfy) Index. They remain firmly comfy as they continue to be more so since late 2016. And while the level of the Index dropped last week -- it is still quite high with the next report coming this Aug. 22.Bloomberg Comfy Index Source BloombergAnd two of the larger retailers in the U.S. market -- Target (NYSE:TGT) and Walmart (NYSE:WMT) have reported continued stronger retail sales -- further confirming a buoyant consumer sector in the U.S. economy.But whether consumers pause or continue to participate, REITs remain one of the more attractive parts of the market for dividend income as well as defensive growth in the stock market. REITs Rule in Performance & ValueREITs not only have done better in the turbulent market of August as noted above, but over the past trailing year including the big downdraft in the S&P 500 Index in the fourth quarter of 2018.Over the trailing year -- the S&P 500 Index had a total return to date of 4.22% while REITs as tracked by the Bloomberg U.S. REIT Index generated a total return of 14.32%.Total Return S&P 500 Index (Orange) Bloomberg U.S. REIT Index (White) Source BloombergBut it isn't just that REITs continue to do better in the stock market. They also represent a better value right now. Comparing the S&P 500 and Bloomberg REIT Indexes, the average price-to-book value for the S&P is 3.35 times. REITs are a better value at only 2.74 times. And of course, the dividend yield of REITs at an average of 4.2% is measurably better than the barely there yield of the S&P at 1.9%. Which REITs to ChooseNow, one of the best ways to get easy access to a collection of great REITs is to do it synthetically with exchange-traded funds (ETFs).I'll start with a broad-REIT-market ETF with a ultra-low expense ratio in the Vanguard Real Estate ETF (NYSEARCA:VNQ). This is a great REIT ETF which I hold in the model portfolios of my Profitable Investing. The ETF has a dividend yield of 3.6% and has generated a return year to date of 24.3%.Next is another alternative to the Vanguard ETF with broad exposure to the general U.S. REIT market in the iShares Core U.S. REIT ETF (NYSEARCA:USRT). This, like the Vanguard ETF, has good overall exposure to U.S.-focused real estate companies. The dividend yield is a bit less at 2.9% and the performance year to date is running at a return of 21.7%.Then I'll move you onto a segment of the REIT market which I have favored for decades. Net leases in real estate are when companies lease properties. Then the tenants pay for taxes, insurance and general upkeep. This frees up the property owners from many expenses and risks. One of my favorite individual companies in this space is WP Carey (NYSE:WPC). And this REIT is one of the larger holdings of the NetLease Corporate Real Estate ETF (NYSEARCA:NETL). This ETF is newer to the market -- listing in March of this year. And since then it has returned 9.8% with a dividend that's starting with a yield of 2.1%.One of the particularly real estate segments involves medical properties and health and wellness properties for the aging in the U.S. One of my favorite individual health REITs is Ventas (VTR) which is represented in the Long-Term Care ETF (NASDAQ:OLD). This REIT ETF has generated a return year to date of 22.78% and has a dividend yielding 1.76%.And last up is another spin on the REIT market theme with mortgage REITs. Under the laws and tax codes of REITs, companies investing and managing mortgages on real estate properties can be set up in the hugely tax-advantaged REIT format. One of the best -- if not the best -- mortgage REITs which I have followed and recommended for so many years is MFA Financial (NYSE:MFA).MFA has proven itself through thick and thin - including during the worst in the mortgage markets during 2007-2008. And MFA is a major synthetic holding in the iShares Mortgage Real Estate ETF (BATS:REM). REM has a big yield of 10.1% and has generated a return year to date of 9.56%.Lastly, for those of you that attended and met me at the San Francisco MoneyShow last weekend -- my sincerest thank you. It is always gratifying to meet my readers of my research for InvestorPlace Media and for my subscribers to Profitable Investing.And since I've presented my way to invest in the successful and defensive REIT sector with ETFs, perhaps you might like to see more of my market research and recommendations for further safer growth and bigger reliable income. For more, look at my Profitable Investing. Click here to learn more: https://profitableinvesting.investorplace.com/Neil George is the editor of Profitable Investing and does not have any holdings in the securities mentioned above. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Marijuana Stocks to Ride High on the Farm Bill * 8 Biotech Stocks to Watch After the Q2 Earnings Season * 7 Unusual, Growth-Oriented REITs to Buy for Your Portfolio The post 5 REITs for Any Stock Market Conditions appeared first on InvestorPlace.
By now you've heard plenty of talking heads on television saying all sorts of scary things about the inverted yield curve for United States Treasury bonds. And if you missed the headlines, you'll be reading them popping up in news feeds and in the papers.Source: Shutterstock A yield curve is the plotting of bond maturities and their yields from shorter-to-longer-term. It shows how the market for any type of bond is being bought and traded. Normally, shorter-term bonds have lower yields than longer-term maturities.This is because the longer the maturity, the greater the risk of inflation baring its claws making for future interest payments. This also means that the eventual principal payment will be worth less in inflation-adjust terms. Longer-term yields tend to be lower because they must also price in credit risk. The longer the maturity, the greater time for credit in any given market sector to gyrate or deteriorate, putting future interest and principal payments at risk.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsA normal yield curve should connect the dots of yield on the y-axis and maturities on the x-axis. It normally rises in yield as maturity dates stretch out. What Does Today's Yield Curve Mean?But an inverted yield curve is when shorter-term maturities are yielding more than longer-term maturities. And when it comes to the U.S. Treasury bond market, the generally accepted definition is when the 2-year Treasury yield is lower than the 10-year Treasury yield. * 10 Stocks Under $5 to Buy for Fall This kicked in early yesterday when the 2-year was at a little bit past 6:00 a.m. I was working to finish up my papers with my Bloomberg Terminal humming along. The 10-year dropped to 1.62% and the 2-year was sitting at 1.63%. This hasn't happened since 2007, when on Feb. 22 the spread was a negative 15.41 basis points, or 0.1541%.Today's Trading (In Yield%) for U.S. 2-and-10-Year TreasuriesHistory of Yield Spread between 2 and 10-Year U.S. Treasury Bonds Now since yesterday morning, the bond market has sent the spread back to positive, which is normal, for the 2-and-10-year maturity yields. Before I get into what this means, what is causing it, why you should care and what you need to do -- let's look at what the U.S. Treasury bond market has done over the trailing year.From Aug. 14, 2018 through to yesterday, Treasury yields outside of the 1-month bills have all dropped, and longer maturities have dropped even more.In the next graph I've plotted the curves for both dates and the resulting yield changes.U.S. Treasury Bonds (Actively Traded) Aug. 14, 2018 and YesterdayWhat has been causing this to occur? First up, the U.S. Treasury has been issuing more bonds with shorter maturities for some time as part of their funding for the U.S. government. This means more supply, which will influence market pricing. Second, inflation has been low and generally falling over the past many months.The Personal Consumption Expenditure Index, which is the prime gauge used by the the Federal Reserve and its Open Market Committee, has gone from bobbling around the 2% down to a current level of 1.6%. The PCE is a much better and more broad inflation gauge than the Consumer Price Index, as the PCE measures all consumption and not the contrived basket of goods and implied costs for other things including residential expenses.U.S. Core Personal Consumption Expenditure IndexAnd the core PCE, which is also calculated in quarterly Gross Domestic Product data, is running for the second-quarter data release at a rate of 1.4% in the deflator calculations of the GDP growth rate of 2.4%.So, inflation is low and down, and well below the stated target range of the FOMC of above 2% -- and even higher for what it deems as a healthy level for a growing economy.This means that while the FOMC has already reversed course with its target range for Fed funds at its July 31 meetings, I think it is likely that it will further ease in its meetings concluding on Sept. 18, Oct. 30 and Dec. 11 of this year. This reversal of target ranges for Fed funds is reminiscent of when it reversed in 1995-1996 and in 1998.This makes longer-term bonds all the more valuable to lock in yields for the longer term. Now normally, falling yields means falling GDP growth and a weakening economy. But that isn't as much the case right now. Growth in the U.S. economy remains good as just noted above for the most recent data, and there is good reason to see it continuing. U.S. consumer spending drives the vast majority of the economy. And my preferred gauge of consumers is the Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index, which I refer to as the "Comfy Index."Bloomberg Comfy IndexSince late 2016, the Comfy Index has been climbing and is very well-positioned in the excellent range. This means that consumers should be eager to spend and have the ability to do so -- particularly as U.S. wage growth has continued to be multiples of core PCE inflation.And businesses continue to expect rising activity over the next six months, as I utilize the Federal Reserve Bank of New York's survey data for projections.U.S. Business Leaders Expected Business Activity (Six Months Forward)So, rather than the sickening economy that many are worried about, the U.S. economy continues to show better conditions. What Is Happening With the U.S. EconomyBut what really is happening is that the U.S. is the haven economy in a world where Europe is in trouble and the leading economies of Asia are slowing. And as a result, yields for government bonds from the leading issuers in Europe and Asia are increasingly heading into negative yields.Negative yield come as coupon rates (stated interest rates) are issued at low or near-zero rates. The markets at auction as well as the secondary market bids the bonds to prices above par ($100), which brings the yields below zero. Take for example a German bund (government bond) with a coupon of 0.5% and a maturity of Feb. 15, 2025. It has recently been trading in the market for $106.75 which means that for each bund you'll pay $1,067.50 euros along with $2.19 euros in accrued interest for an effective yield to maturity of -0.69%. That's because the bund will mature at $100, or $1,000 euros, which prices in a loss of $67.50 euros and offsets the coupons.Negative yields and interest rates around the world beyond the U.S. are rapidly becoming a growing problem as the amount of bonds with negative yields keeps climbing by the day to a current level of $15.8 trillion.Negative Yield Debt Around the GlobeThis in turn is making the U.S. bond market all the more attractive with positive yield, and is driving more buying from investors in the U.S. and beyond. And with more buying of longer-term bonds, yields are down and prices are up. Why Investors Should Care About the Inverted Yield CurveYou should care, because this is good -- for now -- for the U.S. economy. Lower interest rates and yields means lower borrowing costs for everyone from the government to corporations and individuals. And this in turn should further aid the growth of the U.S. economy, along with lower inflation pressures over time with lower borrowing costs.And this shows up in how well U.S. bonds are performing in total return from all bonds to my preferred markets in higher-yielding corporate bonds and municipal bonds.Look at the performance year to date for all U.S. bonds (in aggregate), corporate high yield and municipal bonds as tracked by Bloomberg Barclays.U.S. Aggregate Bond (White), U.S. High Yield Corporates (Orange) and Municipal Bonds Total ReturnOverall, U.S. bonds in aggregate have returned 8% year to date. Corporate high-yielding bonds have returned almost 10% and municipal bonds generated 7%. Securities to Focus OnNow, stocks have been choppy recently -- with trade tariff concerns and global economic trouble outside the U.S. But not all stocks have been in the crosshairs of sellers. I continue to guide my Profitable Investing subscribers to hone in on U.S.-focused stocks. This list includes real estate investment trusts such as my favorite W.P. Carey (NYSE:WPC) and utilities such as my favorite NextEra Energy (NYSE:NEE). And these sectors have been and should continue to benefit from lower U.S. interest rates and yields.And with mortgage loans climbing with rising property market values and consumer confidence, U.S. mortgage investment companies such as my MFA Financial (NYSE:MFA) should continue to deliver.But for U.S. bonds -- focus on the BlackRock Credit Allocation Income Trust (NYSE:BTZ) for corporate and other bonds trading at a discount to net asset value by 8.6% and yielding 5.9%. Investors should also focus on the Nuveen Municipal Credit Income Fund (NYSE:NZF) trading at a discount of 3.8% to net asset value and yielding a tax-equivalent yield of roughly 7.5%.The yield curve isn't a threat -- but simply a measure of market activities and developments as well as an indicator of expectations going forward. It is a tool for investors which should be used and not just feared.Now that I've presented my way to invest with an inverted yield curve, you might like to see more of my market research and recommendations. For more -- look at my Profitable Investing. Click here to learn more.In addition, if you find yourself in San Francisco Aug. 15-17, please join me at the MoneyShow. There I'll be presenting my economic and market analysis and my latest investment themes and recommendations.Neil George is the editor of Profitable Investing and does not hold any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 15 Growth Stocks to Buy for the Long Haul * 5 More Cloud Stocks With Plenty of Potential * 5 Clean Energy ETFs to Buy for 2019 The post What an Inverted Yield Curve Means (And What It Doesnat) appeared first on InvestorPlace.
One of the most important questions that investors need to ask is how their portfolios will fare during times of crisis. When the S&P 500 Index takes a dive, will their investments dive alongside it? Or will hold up or even rally?Source: Shutterstock My approach in Profitable Investing is to present an allocation to both stocks and fixed income which provides growth and income along with shock absorbers to steady the gyrations of the general stock market.This comes with lots of income from my recommended dividend stocks, as well as the heavy income from coupons and interest paid by bonds, preferred stocks and related funds.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsBut I can offer further perspective on investments that work better during general stock market sell-offs. It only takes a few bits of financial history to see what worked when the S&P 500 Index wasn't your friend. How to Invest in a CrisisTake for example its recent move from its high on July 26 through Thursday. The S&P 500 Index dropped by 4.7% in price, and yet there were plenty of investments which were not just holding up, but rallying. * 8 Dividend Aristocrat Stocks to Buy Now No Matter What I'll start with real estate investment trusts (REITs). REITs continue to be a go-to investment sector during many of the challenging market times over last year and through 2019, including the drop from July 26. The Bloomberg US REIT Index was up 1.4% during the recent plunge.S&P 500 Index July 26 to Date Total Return (White) Against REITS (Orange) Utilities (Yellow) US Bonds (Red) and Franco-Nevada (FNV) (Green) Source BloombergREITs continue to fare well because of their solid, real assets which generate dependable revenue flows which in turn fuels ample dividend income. In addition, most U.S. REITs are either totally focused on the U.S. market or are mostly focused on the U.S. property market. This insulated them from the global economic malaise as well as trade tensions between the U.S. and China.Next up is the U.S. utilities market. Utilities as tracked by the S&P Utilities Index rallied by 0.34%. That's not much, but it beats losing money. Utilities continue to benefit from the dependability of solid regulated businesses which provide set profit margins. And they also benefit from additional growth and income from unregulated operations, providing ancillary operations from power generation and transmission to other larger-scale essential services.They therefore have dependable income for better dividends than for the general stock market with the addition of growth prospects from the continued improvement in the general US economy.Then there's the bond market. I've always been a fan of bonds. That was one of my focuses in my professional life. U.S. bonds continue to benefit from low and falling inflation, rising demand, limited new supply and improving credit conditions from many issuers of bonds. The Bloomberg Barclays Aggregate US Bond Market Index rallied for the period by 1.8% as traders got further on board as stocks were sinking.And of course, U.S. bonds are ever more attractive in their yield as more and more of the major global bond markets have ever deepening negative yields.And last up in my suggested arsenal of crisis investments is gold. But just owning gold isn't as good as my preferred way of owning gold which pays a dividend. Gold of course did rally for the same time period. But gold costs money to buy and store it. Even the SPDR Gold Shares ETF (NYSEARCA:GLD) costs 40 basis points (0.4%) per year to deal with its underlying assets. But for me, I like the idea of just buying the proceeds of ongoing gold production. This is called gold streaming. And one of the best in the business is Franco-Nevada (NYSE:FNV).This Canadian-based company has shares that easily trade on the U.S. exchanges. It doesn't mine gold, it buys and owns royalty and other interests in gold and other mineral production which streams income to the company. It then pays out part of the proceeds in the form of a dividend which currently yields 1.06%.And for the trailing year, Franco-Nevada outperformed GLD, with 33.1% in total return against 22.8%. And this isn't just a recent development, as the company has generated a return over the trailing five years which is better than GLD by a margin of 6.22 times better.Now, let's take a look at a stormier period of time for the S&P 500 Index -- the fourth quarter of 2018. The Index dropped by 14%, and yet the utilities rallied by 1.4%, U.S. Bonds rallied by 1.64% and my gold play in Franco-Nevada rallied to return 12.56%. Only REITs dropped, but by a much better margin than the S&P 500 Index. they lost 6.1%, far better than the plunge of the general stock market.Fourth Quarter 2018 Total Returns (Same as Above) Source BloombergNow, many REITs did much better than the overall U.S. REITs market. including one of my favorites -- WP Carey (NYSE:WPC) which generated a positive return for the fourth quarter by 3.21%. And during the plunge of Aug. 5 -- WPC held and rallied by 0.23% while the S&P 500 fell by 2.97%.For the general REIT market -- the easy-peasy way to gain crisis protection can by found in the Vanguard Real Estate ETF (NYSEARCA:VNQ). This provides synthetic exposure to the US REIT market at a ultra-low cost.And for U.S. utilities, Vanguard again is a good go-to source. Its Vanguard Utilities ETF (NYSEARCA:VPU) which provides good synthetic exposure to U.S. utilities at a low cost.For gold, I've already made part of my case for Franco-Nevada as the best gold play in the U.S. market.And for U.S. bonds I have another specific investment recommendation which subscribers of Profitable Investing will recognize. US bonds are performing very well this year with inflation low and falling with the core Personal Consumption Expenditure Index (PCE) falling over the trailing year to a current 1.60% - well below the Federal Reserve Bank Open Market Committee (FOMC) target above 2%.Core PCE Source BloombergU.S. bonds continue to perform well with the lower inflation and improving supply-and-demand conditions noted above. And when looking at the rest of the major global bond markets, the U.S. yields are still very much in the attractive positive range while the amount of negative yielding bonds keeps soaring in amount as non-U.S. bond investors are so desperate that they are effectively paying to own bonds. The total amount as tracked by Bloomberg & Barclays is now at $15.62 trillion.Amount of Negative Yielding Bonds Around the Globe Source Bloomberg & BarclaysNow, U.S. bonds have been good performers during crisis and prosperity this year with the overall return as tracked by Bloomberg Barclays at 8%. But I continue to advocate buying corporate higher-yielding bonds which have turned in a better return of 9.4% year to date.And one of the best means to capitalize on U.S. corporate higher-yielding bonds is to buy the BlackRock Credit Allocation Income Trust (NYSE:BTZ). This closed end fund yields 6% and yet trades at a whopping discount to its net asset value by 9.1%. And year to date, it has generated a return of 23.9%.Bloomberg Barclays US Aggregate and High Yield Returns Compared to BlackRock Credit Allocation Income Trust (BTZ) Year to Date Source BloombergNow I've presented my way to invest during the recent times of crisis, perhaps you might like to see more of my market research and recommendations for further safer growth and bigger reliable income. For more - look at my Profitable Investing. Click here to learn more.In addition, if you find yourself in San Francisco on Aug. 15-17, please join me at the MoneyShow, where I'll be presenting my economic and market analysis and my latest investment themes and recommendations. For more information, click here: https://www.moneyshow.com/Neil George is the editor of Profitable Investing and does not have any holdings in the securities mentioned above. 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Announcement of Periodic Review: Moody's announces completion of a periodic review of ratings of W. P. Carey Inc. New York, August 07, 2019 -- Moody's Investors Service ("Moody's") has completed a periodic review of the ratings of W. P. Carey Inc. and other ratings that are associated with the same analytical unit. The review was conducted through a portfolio review in which Moody's reassessed the appropriateness of the ratings in the context of the relevant principal methodology(ies), recent developments, and a comparison of the financial and operating profile to similarly rated peers.
W.P. Carey (WPC) delivered FFO and revenue surprises of -2.40% and 0.65%, respectively, for the quarter ended June 2019. Do the numbers hold clues to what lies ahead for the stock?
Let's delve into the factors that will likely impact Q2 performance of W. P. Carey (WPC), Chesapeake Lodging (CHSP) and Saul Centers (BFS).
With the U.S. stock market up so much year to date, investors should also be focusing on investments that will be sustained even if the S&P 500 Index takes a pause. And real estate Investment Trusts (REITs) are stocks that are literally based on solid foundations.When most investors think about growth in the stock market, REITs don't immediately come to mind. After all, how can sleepy bits of real estate compete with all of the other facets of the stock market?But real estate has a few things going for it. To start, as the adage goes: when it comes to land, they aren't making any more of it. Well, that's mostly true except for certain markets such as the territories around Hong Kong and Victoria Harbour.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsThen there are the many adaptations of land -- from residences for technology workers to housing the actual technology, from residential to office and of course data centers.And of course, there is the income that comes from real estate. And for REITs, the dividends are in general much higher than the general market. The yield for the S&P 500 Index is currently 1.87% while the yield for REITs are tracked by the Bloomberg U.S. REIT Index is much higher at 4.15%. * 7 Stocks to Sell This Summer Earnings Season Moreover, thanks to the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act of 2017, REIT dividends are worth even more on an after-tax basis. This comes from a line-item in the TCJA whereby investors get to deduct 20% of the dividend income from their taxable income. Growth & Income from REITsThe great combination of underlying property value improvement and tax-advantaged income continues to result in better performance in REITs.For the past trailing year, REITs -- as tracked by the Bloomberg REIT Index -- have earned a return of 14.8%, which is significantly higher than the return for the S&P 500 Index at 9.24%. In addition, during the big sell-off in stocks during the fourth quarter of last year, REITs did drop in return by 6.1% -- but that was way better than the drop in the S&P 500 Index of 13.5%.Bloomberg US REIT Index & S&P 500 Index Source BloombergNow, the same question has to be asked of REITs as of the S&P 500 Index -- is the market still a value?Well, to start, the REITs reporting so far for the second calendar quarter have shown revenue gains averaging 14.6%, with earnings advancing by 17.2%. That's significantly better than for the general stock market reporting so far.But what about value? On a price-to-book basis REITs are sitting on average at 2.56 times which is well-below highs seen early this year and highs over the past five years. And the underlying book value itself has been strongly on the rise. This is important as buying REITs just like for individual properties means not paying too much for the land and buildings.Bloomberg US REIT Index Price to Book Value (Orange) and Underlying Book Value Per Share (Olive) Source BloombergI have a large and diverse collection of REITs in the model portfolios of Profitable Investing. And from a value standpoint, the average price to book value for all of them is at a bargain level of less than 2 times. This means that my REITs are even better buys right now than even the value-priced general REIT market.And as noted above, REITs are reporting higher revenue and earnings so far for the quarter. But one of the specific metrics for profitability comes from the rate of return from funds from operations (FFO). This measures the profits that REITs make from just the core business of collecting rents from their tenants.There are several REITs with significantly higher FFO returns, but on average for our collection the FFO return is running at over 10%, which remains quite positive and is supportive for higher dividend payments. 3 REITs to RecognizeAs noted above, I have a collection of REITs in my model portfolios. All make for great buys. But here are three to recognize for their particular opportunities.I'll start off with American Campus Communities (NYSE:ACC). This REIT has educational properties focused primarily on dorms for colleges and universities. This is an attractive market since it has a captive market for students that need or want to live near where their classes and activities are happening. The space has been so good that one by one, the leading public REITs in this market have been bought out by non-public investments and private equity.American Campus Communities (ACC) Total Return Source BloombergACC is the one focused REIT still here. And it is performing with the trailing-year return of a much better 20.7%. Revenues are up by 10.6% with a return from funds from operations (FFO) at a nice 10%.It is a value too at only 1.91 times its book of business, including its properties. And the dividend is an attractive 4% and has been climbing over the past five years by an average of 4.85%.Next is WP Carey (NYSE:WPC) which I've followed since it came to the public market back in the late 1990's. WP Carey is a large, diversified REIT with assets around the U.S. and the globe. Its focus is on doing sale-lease-back transactions, which have owners and occupiers sell their properties and in turn lease them back from WPC. And it also focuses on triple-net leases, whereby tenants pay insurance, upkeep and taxes leaving WPC to avoid these costs and risks.WP Carey (WPC) Total Return Source BloombergThe return over the past trailing year is a whopping 38.7%. And while revenues have slowed a bit recently to a gain of 4.4%, the FFO return is better at 11.6%. And it is also a bargain at only 2.05 times its book value.And the dividend which keeps rising every quarter by policy is even more attractive at 4.9%.And last up is Medical Properties Trust (NYSE:MPW) which I added to the Total Return Portfolio in the March Issue. This REIT is focused on health care properties from hospitals to other facilities. And like WP Carey, MPW focuses on net leases, which lowers costs and operating risks.Medical Properties Trust (MPW) Total Return Source BloombergThe trailing year return is running at 32.9%, and yet the stock is only trading at 1.42 times its book value. Revenues are rising at 11.3% and the FFO return is running at 10.9%. And it has a dividend distribution yielding 5.7%, with the distribution rising on average over the past five years by 3.8%.Now that I've presented my way to invest in the solid and lucrative real estate investment trust market, perhaps you might like to see more of my market research and recommendations for further safer growth and bigger reliable income. For more, look at my Profitable Investing. Click here to learn more.In addition, if you find yourself in San Francisco on Aug. 15-17, please join me at the MoneyShow, where I'll be presenting my economic and market analysis and my latest investment themes and recommendations. For more information, click here.Neil George is the editor of Profitable Investing and does not have any holdings in the securities mentioned above, but they may be held in his model portfolios. 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You probably know from experience that there is not as much information on small-cap companies as there is on large companies. Of course, this makes it really hard and difficult for individual investors to make proper and accurate analysis of certain small-cap companies. However, well-known and successful hedge fund managers like Jeff Ubben, George Soros […]
With built-in rent escalations, weighted average lease term of 20 years and an asset class experiencing high demand, W. P. Carey's (WPC) industrial investments seem a strategic fit.
On the surface the first quarter was rough for W.P. Carey, but you need to look deeper to understand what's really going on here.
WP Carey Inc NYSE:WPCView full report here! Summary * Bearish sentiment is low * Economic output for the sector is expanding but at a slower rate Bearish sentimentShort interest | PositiveShort interest is low for WPC with fewer than 5% of shares on loan. The last change in the short interest score occurred more than 1 month ago and implies that there has been little change in sentiment among investors who seek to profit from falling equity prices. Money flowETF/Index ownership | NeutralETF activity is neutral. ETFs that hold WPC had net inflows of $1.56 billion over the last one-month. Economic sentimentPMI by IHS Markit | NegativeAccording to the latest IHS Markit Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) data, output in the Financials sector is rising. The rate of growth is weak relative to the trend shown over the past year, however, and is easing. Credit worthinessCredit default swapCDS data is not available for this security.Please send all inquiries related to the report to email@example.com.Charts and report PDFs will only be available for 30 days after publishing.This document has been produced for information purposes only and is not to be relied upon or as construed as investment advice. To the fullest extent permitted by law, IHS Markit disclaims any responsibility or liability, whether in contract, tort (including, without limitation, negligence), equity or otherwise, for any loss or damage arising from any reliance on or the use of this material in any way. Please view the full legal disclaimer and methodology information on pages 2-3 of the full report.
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The trade tirade is now a full trade war between the U.S. and China. And how do you know that it's a war? Well, there's a new "fight song" with lyrics like: "Trade war! Trade War! Not afraid of the outrageous challenge! Not afraid of the outrageous challenge! A trade war is happening over the Pacific Ocean!"Source: Shutterstock The song borrows its music from a 1960's-era theme in a Chinese film titled "Tunnel War" that depicts a fictional conflict with Japan. The song is being hyped up, and is making its way through the excellent WeChat app that's part of Tencent (OTCMKTS:TCEHY) which I've used for years for messaging with my friends in the mainland and beyond via my Blackberry (NYSE:BB).China was working with advisors who came from the traditional U.S. political sources in negotiating with the current U.S. administration. That has apparently come to an end. Beijing has finally come to the conclusion that the U.S. is being led by a different kind of leadership.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsFor now, it appears that the rhetoric on both sides is being ratcheted up and that tariffs are not set to go away.This is very bad news. Consider that Huawei, a privately held company that is one of the leading makers of smartphones and telecom equipment, has been in the crosshairs lately. The U.S. government has been unsuccessfully campaigning to force nations around the globe to ban telecom equipment for their networks. * 6 Stocks to Buy for This Decade's Massive Megatrend But this week came news that Alphabet's (NASDAQ:GOOG, NASDAQ:GOOGL) Google was instructed to cease doing business in providing support and some access to its open-source Android operating system to Huawei. And similar reports are coming from Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) as well as Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) and other U.S. tech companies. The Markets Were Not FansThe stock market didn't like this at all -- on top of the fears that had already sent the S&P 500 Index down 2.9% from its 2019 high, and the S&P Information Technology Index down 5.4% for the same period.This price action didn't sit well at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. So, we got a 90-day reprieve similar to last year's similar deal that allowed U.S. telecom companies to continue to do business with ZTE (OTCMKTS:ZTCOY). So, we're seeing some buying again in the general market and the tech market.Don't get too comfortable with this. I see more volatility on the horizon. The precedent of instructing U.S. companies to cut off vital customers and suppliers -- and getting cooperation from those companies -- is truly frightening for us as investors. This has me now evaluating how this may play out, as the stock market has plenty of exposure to the technology companies of the globe.My original call was that China was going to cut a deal as Beijing is fearful of a further economic slowdown which could lead to instability. Instability is the number one thing that it wants to avoid. But the second thing it wants to avoid is looking like it caved into the U.S. It doesn't want to show that weakness.Plus President Donald Trump faces his own if the markets slide and the U.S. economy slows as the 2020 election is fully underway.But you don't have to wade into all that. I am directing your attention to more of the purest of domestic income and growth plays that are completely separate from the trade war. U.S. Real EstateU.S. real estate investment trusts (REITs) are one of the safe havens to own through the trade war. They as a nearly pure Buy American strategy for growth and income. And the market sector continues to perform even during the recent trade tension sell-off.For the past year, REITs as tracked by the Bloomberg REIT Index have earned a return of 17.9% which is significantly higher than the return for the S&P 500 Index at 7.1%. In addition, during the big sell-off in stocks during the fourth quarter of last year, REITs did drop by 6.1%. However, that was way better than the drop in the S&P 500 Index of 13.5%.Bloomberg US REIT Index & S&P 500 Index Source BloombergNow, the same question has to be asked of REITs -- whether the market is still a value in light of its strong performance?Well, to start the REITs inside the S&P 500 Index reporting in the first calendar quarter have shown revenue gains averaging 4.4%, with earnings advancing by 6.9%. That's significantly better than for many of the other segments in the S&P 500 Index sector members reporting so far.But what about value? On a price-to-book basis REITs are sitting on average at 2.47 times which is well below highs seen early this year and highs over the past thee years. This is important as buying REITs just like for individual properties means not paying too much for the land and buildings.I have a large and diverse collection of REITs in the model portfolios of my Profitable Investing. And from a value standpoint the average price-to-book value for all of them is at a bargain level of only 1.87 times. This means that our REITs are even better buys right now than even the value-priced general REIT market.And as noted above, REITs reported higher revenue and earnings for the first quarter. But one of the specific metrics for profitability comes from the rate of return from funds from operations (FFO). This measure the profits that REITs make from just the core business of collecting rents from their tenants.There are several REITs with significantly higher FFO returns, but on average for my collection, the FFO return is running at 10.3%. That's quite positive and is supportive for higher dividend payments. REITs to RecognizeAs noted above, I have a collection of REITs in the portfolios of Profitable Investing -- all make for great buys. Here are three to recognize for their particular opportunities.I'll start of American Campus Communities (NYSE:ACC). This REIT has educational properties focused primarily on dorms for colleges and universities around the nation. This is an attractive market with a captive market for students looking for housing near their classes and activities. The space has been so good that one by one the leading public REITs there has been bought out by non-public investments and private equity.ACC is the one focused REIT still here. And it is performing with the trailing year return of a much better 25.3%. Revenues are up by 10.6% with a return from funds from operations (FFO) at a nice 9.5%.It is a value too at only 1.88 times its book of business, including its properties. And the dividend is an attractive 3.9% and has been climbing over the past five years by an average of 5.02%.Next is WP Carey (NYSE:WPC), which I've followed since it came to the public market back in the late 1990s. WP Carey is a large, diversified REIT with assets around the U.S. Its focus is doing sale-lease-back transactions, where owners and occupiers sell their properties to and then lease them back from WPC. It also focuses on triple-net leases, whereby tenants pay insurance, upkeep and taxes instead of WPC.The return over the past trailing year is a whopping 29.6%, and while revenues have slowed a bit recently to a gain of 4.4%, the FFO return is better at 10.6%. It is also a bargain at only 1.9 times its book value.And the dividend which keeps rising every quarter by policy is even more attractive at 5.4%.Last up is Medical Properties Trust (NYSE:MPW). This REIT is focused on health care properties from hospitals to other facilities. And like WP Carey -- MPW focuses on net leases which lowers costs and operating risks.The trailing year return is running at 44.6%. And yet the stock is only at 1.41 times its book value. Revenues are rising at 11.3% and the FFO return is running at 11.6%.Now I've presented some of my favorite stocks that are separate from the trade war risks. For more -- look at my Profitable Investing. Click here to learn more: https://profitableinvesting.investorplace.com/Neil George is the editor of Profitable Investing and does not have any holdings in the securities mentioned above. 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One thing is certain. In volatile markets, income is a great alternative. And real estate investment trusts (REITs) are delivering some of the best returns in the space. What's more, that outperformance should continue for a long time to come, with the perfect blend of slow growth and low interest rates in the US.Because these REITs are U.S.-focused, it also means that they're not vulnerable to external forces for their further successes. I did some digging and found seven high-yield REITs that will pay you inflation-beating yields while they also grow their asset values. These are some of the top names in the business that are in the best sectors for growth well into the future. * 10 Baby Boomer Stocks to Buy These picks are also smart, conservative ways to play sectors like tech, healthcare and the bond markets. And they all get top ranks from my Portfolio Grader for timeliness, as well as strength.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips High-Yield REITs That Will Pay You: Arbor (ABR)Arbor Realty Trust Inc (NYSE:ABR) is a unique REIT in that it doesn't own properties as much as it finances properties. Its specialty is multifamily and senior housing as well as healthcare and diverse commercial properties.While it only has a $1 billion market cap, this is actually a great advantage for growth investors looking for a serious income kick. Because it's relatively small, it's leveraged to growth - and the REIT sector is growing fast.For example, year to date, ABR stock is up nearly 30% and in the past 12 months it's up over 40%. But the kicker is, it's still trading at a P/E of 9.If that isn't enough for you, it's delivering a whopping 8.2% dividend, even after all that growth. Realty Income (O)Realty Income Corp (NYSE:O) is one of the founding REITs in the market, established in 1969. Another unique aspect of this tried-and-true trust is the fact that it delivers its income monthly.Usually, REITs and other dividend stocks pay out their dividends quarterly. If you're an income investor, setting up a varied income stream from your holdings is a good way to keep income flowing regularly.But beyond convenience, O is a rock-solid REIT that has some of the top names in the industry leasing its properties from coast to coast. That means its nearly 4% dividend is solid. * Top 7 Dow Jones Stocks of 2019 -- So Far It also means, the O can build off its clients' successes. O stock is up 33% in the past 12 months and is a good choice if you're looking for a conservative consumer retail play. Blackstone Group (BX)Blackstone Group LP (NYSE:BX) isn't technically a REIT. It's an investment and fund management service that operates as a limited partnership.The reason it's in this list is because it's an excellent firm that has significant investments in real estate around the world, as well as all the other investment services it provides.What's more, it also delivers a substantial - and reliable - 5.3% dividend.BX is another firm that like the REITs, will benefit mightily from this Goldilocks economy. Up 35% year-to-date with a P/E of 16, there is still plenty of headroom and opportunity for BX to keep on running. Digital Realty (DLR)Digital Realty Trust Inc (NYSE:DLR) specializes in owning and managing properties for data centers as well as co-location services.The latter is a space where data centers are available for rental to retail customers. For example, if you're a smaller company that is ready to launch your product but you don't want to spend a ton of money on a data center until you know how much capacity you need, you use a co-location service so you can right-size your build.DLR is the leader in this fast-growing sector and has been on a tear for a while, since it's also a way to play the cloud computing trend without having to invest directly in volatile cloud stocks.As 5G ramps up in the U.S, there will be another wave of demand for data centers and server space since 5G is almost 1,000x faster than current 4G networks. That means more streaming as well as AI-driven systems and internet of things (IoT) communication (e.g., smart houses, driverless cars, etc). * 10 Baby Boomer Stocks to Buy Because of its promise and sector leadership, DLR stock is very popular, so its dividend sits around 3.7% and its growth in the past 12 months is around 11%. It's a solid, steady way to play tech growth. WP Carey (WPC)WP Carey Inc (NYSE:WPC) is another REIT that has been around for a very long time, founded in 1973. Basically, it owns buildings and manages them for its clients. It also manages buildings for clients, as well as runs its own real estate investment business, including placements for other REITs.What makes WPC unique is its 'triple net lease' model, where its clients pay for taxes, maintenance and insurance on the buildings the lease, in addition to rent and utilities. So, WPC just owns the buildings and manages the properties. That's a pretty good deal and means WPC can run a much leaner operation since it isn't dealing with all these other aspects.And those improved margins get passed through to investors as its impressive 5.1% dividend. The stock is also up a solid 25% in the past year. This is a great choice if you're looking for a conservative play in commercial real estate stronger corporate growth. American Campus Communities (ACC)American Campus Communities Inc (NYSE:ACC) is a REIT that specializes in owning, developing and managing on- and off-campus housing for college students.Gone are the days of the rough-and-ready college dorms. Nowadays, the dorms are like nice apartments. Granted, for the money it costs to go to college these days, that may not be too surprising.But the fact is, housing is a big part of the competitive process for colleges. If a student is choosing one school over another, many times, all other things being equal, housing could be the tipping point.ACC currently has 206 communities on or around 96 campuses, with 83 on-campus developments. Plus, this model is a great feature for many schools that don't want to take on the massive efforts and costs to develop and manage these projects themselves. * 10 Stocks to Sell Before They Tank Your Portfolio ACC is up 26% in the past year and is still delivering a solid 4% dividend. Medical Properties Trust (MPW)Medical Properties Trust Inc (NYSE:MPW) rounds off the group as the featured medical and healthcare facilities REIT.Like WPC, MPW is a triple net lease company -- the tenant pays taxes, maintenance and insurance on the property as well as rent and utilities -- that also offers financing to its clients. It can provide 100% financing to companies looking to develop projects from $10 million to $1 billion. Most conventional lenders only offer 60-70% financing.Given the fact that healthcare in the US is a significant long-term issue, especially as the population ages and baby boomers begin to retire in significant numbers, MPW is in the middle of a significant megatrend.With scores of properties across the US, it also has expanded its business to Europe where it has facilities in the UK, Germany, Spain and Italy.Up 40% in the past 12 months and still delivering a robust 5.5% dividend and a PE ratio of a mere 6.7, MPW is a compelling way to play the global healthcare trend in industrialized countries.Louis Navellier is a renowned growth investor. He is the editor of four investing newsletters: Growth Investor, Breakthrough Stocks, Accelerated Profits and Platinum Growth. His most popular service, Growth Investor, has a track record of beating the market 3:1 over the last 14 years. He uses a combination of quantitative and fundamental analysis to identify market-beating stocks. 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