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Power Checklist

  • Mortgage-backed securities are very safe investments, but the checks that they generate may vary significantly.

  • For an investment to be worthy of your consideration, there has to be a ready market and a measurable means of protecting your investment.

  • Real estate is typically much less liquid, though it can be a good investment, particularly when considered over the long-term.

  • Perhaps one of the best advantages of real estate is that it is a leveraged investment. You put down 10–20 percent and get 100 percent of the growth.

  • Real estate limited partnerships and time shares are not liquid investments, and the secondary market for these is not fluid at all. In addition, expenses can easily chew up any gain in value.

  • Since 1972, real estate investment trusts have provided their owners an average annual growth rate of 10.18 percent, well above the average inflation rate of 4.98 percent.

  • My personal belief is that real estate is a much better hedge against inflation than gold is, and it can produce income, which gold does not.


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