The other noteworthy trend on the current list is that traditional havens for income-producing investments have started to come back with top yields. Real estate investment trusts are required to pay out the vast majority of their income in order to keep favorable tax status, and that makes them sensitive to interest rate movements. Healthcare-industry REIT HCP has made some key strategic moves lately, including spinning off its skilled nursing properties last year. That resulted in a nominal dividend cut, but HCP has held onto an attractive yield. With the Fed moving to raise interest rates during 2017, investors have demanded more from income-focused investments like HCP and other REITs, and if that trend continues, more real estate investments could make the cut in the future.
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