Interestingly, after 2 years of underperformance, REITs have staged a bit of a comeback (see chart), but why has WP Carey REIT (WPC) not kept pace? This diversified commercial property REIT has a tempting 6.2% yield, but this article considers the safety of that yield, as well as some important clues about the valuation and the opportunities going forward.
This particular Closed-End Fund (CEF) offers a big 8.3% yield, and it is currently trading at an attractively large discount to its net asset value (NAV). This article explains why this particular CEF presents a very attractive buying opportunity, and we also review the risk factors that investors should be aware of. If you like high-income and less downside risk, this one is worth considering.
REITs had been an extremely popular asset class up until the first half of 2016 when they took a turn towards significant underperformance. And as blind-value-chasers beat the REIT cheerleading drum, there are reasons to believe they could continue to underperform for decades. For example, REITs are no longer the attractive “bond proxy” as interest rates are now increasing, and these heavily-debt-reliant businesses could face tremendous headwinds if rates were to eventually rise back to over 15% as they were in the early 1980s.