Ventas Inc. (VTR) has significantly restructured its portfolio in the last two years to address a downturn in operational performance. The adverse impacts of these changes are expected to continue through 2019. This article analyzes the various challenges that have brought Ventas to its current position, and then considers the health of the business, valuation, risks, dividend safety, and concludes with our opinion about whether Ventas is an attractive choice for investors seeking stable long-term returns.
Caterpillar has a lot more long-term upside potential, but we sold 100% of our Caterpillar shares this morning for a gain of +110% after owning them for 19 months. Before describing the 5 better income-producing investments, we review why we sold our shares of Caterpillar. Our 5 better options than Caterpillar for income-seeking investors are organized from least to most risky, but they’re all attractive, in our view.
Healthcare stocks (XLV) have gained 14.5% over the last year, thereby keeping pace with the overall market as measured by the S&P 500 (SPY) which gained 15.0% over the same time period. However, there are a variety of reasons why healthcare REITs have significantly underperformed, many of them delivering negative returns, as shown in the following table.
Ventas (VTR) and Welltower (HCN) are both healthcare REITs focused mainly on senior housing. They face similar risks and similar opportunities. This article describes ten similarities between the two and then provides 10 reasons why we believe one is more attractive than the other. We've also ranked the winner on our broader list of Top 5 Big-Dividend Healthcare REITS Worth Considering.