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Buyer Beware: The Highest-Yielding REITs May Be Dividend Traps


[Updated: Aug 12, 2020 ] Sep 16, 2019 by Matt Frankel, CFP

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Dividends that are attractive but unsustainable are often referred to as dividend yield traps or dividend traps.
Company Name (Stock Symbol) Property Type Dividend Yield
Washington Prime (NYSE: WPG) Shopping centers 23.0%
Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (NYSE: PEI) Shopping malls 12.8%
Global Net Lease (NYSE: GNL) Various single-tenant 11.6%
American Finance Trust (NASDAQ: AFIN) Various single-tenant 10.6%
Sabra Health Care REIT (NASDAQ: SBRA) Healthcare (skilled nursing and senior housing) 9.4%

Data source: CNBC. Yields as of 5/30/19

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