NET LEASE PROPERTIES VERSUS MUNI BONDS
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“Moody’s Investors Service has lowered its outlook to negative on all municipal bond sectors”
According to the September 4, 2020, Wall Street Journal article, “Municipal bond defaults have reached their highest rate since 2011, the aftermath of the last recession, according to Municipal Market Analytics data. Still, Americans continue to pour money into municipal bond mutual funds, which are clocking 17 straight weeks of inflows since mid-May.”
And here’s the key take away they want you to believe: “Rock-bottom yields throughout the fixed-income market have left risk-averse buyers with few different interesting choices.”
Among the worst performers in the face of inflation are bonds: they provide regular coupon payments and the promise of principal repayment. But as inflation takes hold and the value of the dollar is reduced, so is the value of that bond’s cash stream. That’s why bonds offer the least protection of any major asset class against inflation.
Related Link: What Can You Do About Inflation To Protect Your Wealth?
“The Bond Market is the real problem. I wouldn’t touch a bond with a ten-foot pole”
In fact, legendary international investor Doug Casey was recently quoted on the Tom Woods Show as saying: “The Bond Market is the real problem. I wouldn’t touch a bond with a ten-foot pole, certainly not a government bond. It’s actually insane that people are buying negative interest rate bonds in Europe, because bonds are a triple threat to your capital today. Why are they a triple threat?
1.) the interest rate risk.
2.) the currency risk.
3.) the default risk. All these governments are bankrupt.”
Bonds Are The Worst Performers In Times Of Inflation
Perhaps you heard the Federal Reserve announcement in August 2020 that they are targeting 2% annual inflation. On current bond yields, that would wipe out the entire return. Among the worst performers in the face of inflation are bonds – they provide regular coupon payments and the promise of principal repayment. But as inflation takes hold and the value of a dollar is reduced, so is the value of that bond’s cash stream. That’s why bonds offer the least protection of any major asset class against inflation.
Wall Street pushes conservative investors towards municipal bonds because of their tax treatment by the US government and supposed security. Many municipal bonds are extremely risky because of out of control public pensions, faulty revenue projections and, most importantly, barely keeping up with inflation or losing value due to debased money. In some recent years, total returns for municipal bonds were negative. Last year, a Wall Street Journal headline emphasized this fact: “New Tax Laws Drive More Americans Into Muni Bonds”.
Related Link: How to Utilize Commercial Real Estate for Taxes
Net Lease Properties Versus Muni Bonds Comparison
Average Municipal Bond Yields
|AAA: 10 Year = .85%
|20 Year = 1.4%
|30 Year = 1.4%
|AA: 10 Year = 1.0%
|20 Year = 1.6%
|30 Year = 1.8%
|A: 10 Year = 1.2%
|20 Year = 1.8%
|30 Year = 2.0%
* Source FMSbonds, Inc. municipal bond firm tax-free and taxable municipal bond index as of October 30, 2020.
|Whole Foods (Amazon = AA) – Santa Barbara, CA
|Term: 15 Years = 4.0%
|T-Mobile Data Center – Sunrise, FL
|Term: 18 Years = 4.5%
|7-11 (AA-) – Tyler, TX
|Term: 15 Years = 4.9%
|CVS (BB) – Salt Lake City, UT/td>
|Term: 22 Years = 5.3%
|Tesla – West Palm Beach, FL
|Term: 10 Years = 5.75% (6.28% w/inc.)
View the Tesla property video. You don’t get this with bonds:
Smart Money Is Moving To Net Leases To Replace Bonds
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Commercial Real Estate Is Tax Sheltered Income Backed by Real Assets
Income-producing commercial real estate is currently creating higher yields than bonds (much higher than US Treasuries), plus some price appreciation potential without the risk associated with muni bonds. What Wall Street does not want you to focus on is that real estate provides some of the best tax breaks of any investment and will dramatically improve your after-tax yield.
Net Lease properties have long-term contractual rents backed by excellent brand name companies. With net-leased properties, especially investment grade, credit tenants (also known as a Credit Tenant Lease or CTL), the rental income is backed by financially secure entities while you have the value of the underlying real estate. Plus, the investor has all or a portion of the income sheltered from taxes through expenses, depreciation and interest deductions that can reduce taxable income. You can even get more bang for your buck with leverage. Mortgage rates are at an all time low for conservative investing.
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Jason Ricks, CCIM is a Concordia Equity Partners principal whose primary focus is on acquisitions, leasing, and development. Jason is a native Texan, professional real estate investor and certified commercial investment member (CCIM). Jason’s background in retail leasing and asset management make him an invaluable member of Concordia’s team for developing strategies to unlock the value of a property. Jason also has extensive experience and familiarity with south and southwestern US markets. Jason’s most recent experience is with AMLI Residential as the Vice President for Retail Asset Management where he established and has led the mixed-used Retail Asset Management team working on premier properties worth hundreds of millions across the country. Prior to that, he served as an Asset Manager for BH Properties where he oversaw a 2.2 million square foot value-add retail portfolio throughout Texas and Oklahoma. Jason broke into the commercial real estate business as a Shopping Center broker for Tarantino Properties. He received his BS in Business Management from Oklahoma State University, where he was a Team Captain for the Oklahoma State Football Team (The Cowboys). Jason is an active member of the International Shopping Counsel of Centers (ICSC). Most recently, he was featured in the #1 Amazon bestselling book: DESIRE, DISCIPLINE & DETERMINATION (2019).
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