Whitestone REIT Class B Common Shares

  • REITs as an Inflation hedge: Three to Watch

    By Reuben Brewer - July 17, 2013 | Tickers: OHI, STAG, WSR

    Although interest rate increases may take real estate investment trusts (REITs) down a notch, REITs are also a long-term inflation hedge. That means it could be time to start considering names like Stag (NYSE: STAG), Whitestone REIT (NYSE: WSR), and Omega Healthcare Investors (NYSE: OHI).

    Interest Rate Sensitivity

    There's no question that REITs are interest rate sensitive. When rates head higher REIT shares will head lower. However, interest rates more »

  • What Are Insiders Buying These Days?

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - May 23, 2013 | Tickers: BBT, BSX, IBKC, X, WSR

    Studies show that stocks bought by insiders narrowly outperform the market (read our analysis of studies on insider trading) with our explanation for this finding being that company insiders have to be more confident than usual to buy the stock rather than diversify their wealth. Because the effect is not enormously large, as well as because of the fact that there are too many insider purchases for an investor to more »

  • 3 Unique High-Yielding REITs

    By Reuben Brewer - April 29, 2013 | Tickers: GOV, HPT, WSR

    Investors starved for income have been reaching further and further out on the risk spectrum for yield. Here are a few real estate investment trusts (REITs) that offer decent yields and solid business models.

    What's a REIT?

    Real Estate Investment Trusts are pass through entities that allow ordinary investors to benefit from the income stream of institutional level properties. REITs aren't taxed at the corporate level and must more »

  • REITs: The A Team or the B Team?

    By Reuben Brewer - April 24, 2013 | Tickers: KIM, PLD, STAG, WSR

    Real estate is about location and property quality. Some companies focus only on the best of both and others take on more risk by investing lower down on each. That may add risk, but it can also lead to impressive returns.

    Real Estate

    Real estate is a complex industry. The saying is location, location, location. And while that's true, there's also the question of property quality that has more »

  • These Three Small-Cap Growth Stocks Yield Over 5%

    By Ryan Glosier - April 4, 2013 | Tickers: UMH, WSR

    The market for small-cap stocks has some inherent advantages over larger, more well-known securities. In particular, many small-cap stocks are looked over by large institutional investors who need to put millions of dollars to work, and subsequently they do not get much attention from Wall Street analysts. As a result, the small-cap universe of stocks, it could be argued, is less efficient than the market for S&P 500 companies more »

  • These Three Small-Cap Growth Stocks Yield Over 5%

    By Ryan Glosier - April 4, 2013 | Tickers: UMH, WSR

    The market for small-cap stocks has some inherent advantages over larger, more well-known securities. In particular, many small-cap stocks are looked over by large institutional investors who need to put millions of dollars to work, and subsequently they do not get much attention from Wall Street analysts. As a result, the small-cap universe of stocks, it could be argued, is less efficient than the market for S&P 500 companies more »

  • Dividend Investors, The Fed Doesn't Get It-But You Do!

    By Reuben Brewer - December 13, 2012 | Tickers: ETP, JNJ, MCD, WSR

    A Bloomberg article in mid November highlighted the laments of the Federal Reserve over how retirees are causing the Fed's easing efforts to stall because retirees are saving rather than spending freely. This article stuck in my mind because retirees are acting rationally. When you can't earn a decent interest rate on a bank account and the economy is in a virtual stand still, is the Fed really expecting retirees to run out and spend money? But that leaves the question of what are retirees supposed to do with rates at such low levels and being at the point of needing to tap savings?

  • Profiting from the Lowly Strip Mall

    By Reuben Brewer - November 20, 2012 | Tickers: FRT, KIM, REG, WSR

    Strip malls, the very name probably makes you think of something undesirable. However, there are an awful lot of strip malls in this country and investing in them can be quite lucrative. While owning one yourself would probably be a bad idea, investing in a real estate investment trust (REIT) that focuses on this property type can provide consistent dividend income and growth. Companies like Kimco Realty (NYSE: KIM), Regency Centers (NYSE: REG), Federal Realty Investment Trust (NYSE: FRT), Equity One REIT (NYSE: EQY), and monthly dividend payer Whitestone REIT (NYSE: WSR) all provide direct exposure.

  • Recycling: Doing Good AND Making Money

    By Reuben Brewer - November 20, 2012 | Tickers: KMX, EBAY, WM, WSR

    When you think about recycling, the first thing that comes to mind is probably cleaning out a nasty tuna can and tossing it into a green bin. While this is a great example of living up to one's civic duty to save the environment, have you ever wondered if there was a way to make money off of recycling? The answer is yes, both directly and by taking a broader view of the topic.

  • Three REITs to Consider and Two to Avoid

    By Reuben Brewer - November 20, 2012 | Tickers: CCG, DLR, O, WSR

    I like to examine the portfolios of mutual funds to get new investing ideas. With the recent sell off in dividend paying stocks, I looked at Lazard U.S. Realty Income Fund (LRIOX). A few names that stood out in this top-performer's portfolio where high-yielding Whitestone REIT (NYSE: WSR), technology focused Mission West Properties (Nasdaq: MSW) and Digital Realty Trust (NYSE: DLR), student housing specialist Campus Crest Communities (NYSE: CCG), and triple net lease giant Realty Income Fund (NYSE: O), which I happen to own.

  • Three Small Dividend Payers with Unique Business Models

    By Reuben Brewer - November 12, 2012 | Tickers: BGS, KIM, KRFT, PEP, WRE, WSR

    Small cap dividend payers B&G Foods, Whitestone REIT, and Washington REIT compete in industries with giant participants like Kraft and KIMCO Realty. They use their small size to their advantage and that could benefit your portfolio.

  • SWOT Analysis: Whitestone REIT

    By Reuben Brewer - November 9, 2012 | Tickers: FRT, KIM, WSR

    I was recently reviewing the monthly dividend payer Whitestone REIT (NYSE: WSR) and created a strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats analysis. It helped to crystallize the picture around this interesting high yielding REIT.