"Many people who carefully plan for their income needs in retirement do so based upon a fixed retirement horizon of average life expectancy and thus might give short shrift to the significant probability of living longer." - American Association of Actuaries Blues legend Albert King once observed, "Everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody [...]
A Real Estate Investment Trust, or REIT, is a real estate company that offers common shares to the company, thus giving those on the “outside” the opportunity to invest in stock that might otherwise be unavailable to them. While a REIT is similar to any stock that represents ownership in an operating business, there are two features unique to an REIT that similar types of stock do not share. With REITs, its primary function is to manage groups of income-producing properties, and it must distribute most of its profits as dividends.