NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Thanks in large part to the mere threat of rising interest rates, bond yields have clearly bottomed and will soon move closer to normal levels.
What some have referred to as a "taper tantrum" -- a pullback in higher-yielding assets that thrive on record-low rates -- has subsequently led to a more robust environment for collecting dividends.
Real estate investments trusts are one such asset class that has been hit hard, and the selling pressure doesn't match the risks of a rising interest rate environment,- particularly for those REITs with low leverage, termed-out debt structures and visible growth.
As we have seen, REIT exchange-traded funds sold out of the larger, more liquid names across the board with no regard for the strong REIT fundamentals, and hedge funds have since piled on with short positions (i.e. Digital Realty (DTR)).But hold on a minute.
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