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The case for dividends over real estate


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BMO senior economist Robert Kavcic continued to bang the drum for equity dividend and fixed income investment over real estate in a Thursday research report.

Earlier this month, Mr. Kavcic noted that speculators were “almost completely absent” from the domestic housing market, particularly in Toronto. The reason, he wrote, is that a real estate investor putting a 20-per-cent down payment on the average income property could not generate enough rental income to make full mortgage payments at current borrowing costs.

In Thursday’s report, the economist argued that dividend stocks are superior to income properties as investments. For one, even a one-year T-bill generates more yield than the average Toronto income property. High dividend stocks can easily be found with yields that exceed returns from an income property in the current market.

Mr. Kavcic noted that both real estate and high quality dividend stocks offer capital appreciation over time and regular payouts can be expected to at least increase at the same pace as inflation. What makes dividend stocks superior is the preferred tax treatment of payments, liquidity, and bypassing a regulatory environment favouring tenants.

The conditions that make income properties uneconomic now by BMO’s calculations won’t last forever. Some combination of housing price, average rent and mortgage rate data could make real estate much more profitable in the coming weeks.

At the same time, it is important to remember that the domestic housing market benefitted significantly from more than 30 years of steadily falling borrowing costs starting in late 1990. If we have entered an extended period of rising rates, Canadians’ reflexive faith in real estate investment is likely to be tested.

– Scott Barlow, Globe and Mail market strategist

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A year ago, macroeconomic factors such as interest rates and GDP growth accounted for 69 per cent of stock market returns, according to Goldman Sachs chief U.S. equity strategist David Kostin. This year, individual company news dominates, responsible for 71 per cent of returns. Based on this, investors should look at companies like Moderna MRNA-Q, Netflix NFLX-Q and Tesla TSLA-Q. Scott Barlow has more.

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