Hey, did you hear? Interest rates are going up.
You know what that means: We should sell our real estate investment trusts (REITs).
Well, that's what Wall Street would like you to believe during periods of rising interest rates.
After all, REITs borrow a lot of money, so their borrowing costs will go up and cash flows will shrink, and they might have to cut their dividends. Higher rates mean more competition from fixed-income investments. That urges investors to sell their REITs, then take that cash to go buy bonds, thus dragging REIT prices lower.
I mean, the U.S. Federal Reserve began raising rates in June 2004, going from 1.25% to 5.25% by summer 2006. That's a massive increase in just two years and had to have been horrible for REITs.
There's just one small problem with this thinking, though…
In fact, if you look at the most recent period of rising interest rates, REITs performed exceptionally well.
And it looks like we're entering yet another period of rising interest rates, in which we can outsmart Wall Street at its own game, collecting profits from undervalued REITs every step of the way…
About the Author
Tim Melvin is an unlikely investment expert by any measure. Raised in the "projects" of Baltimore by a single mother, he never attended college and started out as a door-to-door vacuum salesman. But he knew the real money was in the stock market, so he set sights on investing - and by sheer force of determination, he eventually became a financial advisor to millionaires. Today, after 30 years of managing money for some of the wealthiest people in the world, he draws on his experience to help investors find "unreasonably good" bargain stocks, multiply profits, and build their nest eggs. Tim tirelessly works to find overlooked "hidden gems" in the stock market, drawing on the research of legendary investors like Benjamin Graham, Walter Schloss, and Marty Whitman. He has written and lectured extensively on the markets, with work appearing on Benzinga, Real Money, Daily Speculations, and more. He has published several books in the "Little Book of" Investment Series and a "Junior Chamber Course" geared towards young adults that teaches Graham's principles and techniques to a new generation of investors. Today, he serves as the Special Situations Strategist at Money Morning and the editor of "Max Wealth" and Heatseekers.