Investors who are looking for income should spend some time looking at real estate investment trusts (REITs). Many have long track records of solid performance over many (and varied) economic cycles. Realty Income (NYSE: O) is a defensive REIT that has a long track record of performance that goes back all the way to the late 1960s.
Income investors, by their nature, tend to look at stocks with stable business models that have a nice payout. As a result, the core of an income investor's portfolio will often contain real estate investment trusts (REITs), master limited partnerships (MLPs), and regulated utilities. Kimco Realty (NYSE: KIM) is a REIT that operates grocery-anchored shopping centers and other mixed-use assets.
Kimco's (KIM) focus on its grocery-anchored centers, mixed-use assets and solid balance sheet bode well for its growth. However, the rise in e-commerce adoption and higher interest rates are woes.