NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- With the Bush tax cuts likely to expire at the end of the year and all current "qualified dividends" (i.e., on non-REITs) soon to be taxed as ordinary income, REITs -- having always been taxed the same way -- should soon be viewed as a "level playing field" alternative. Accordingly, Obama's re-election should be viewed as a positive for health care REIT stocks with meaningful exposure to hospitals medical office buildings.Also investors should expect rates to stay low which will make the REIT dividend that much more attractive vs. the 10-year (already lower) and corporates, and continue to provide a low cost of debt tailwind for commercial real estate and REITs.
Health Care REITs, an Attractive Pipeline for Dividends
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