Why Institutional Investors Seek Income Stocks


The United States isn’t immune to a global economic slowdown. The U.S. labor participation rate dropped to its lowest level since 1977, while manufacturing struggles with a rising dollar and weak overseas demand. How are institutional investors positioning themselves? Increasingly, wealth funds like the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) are looking at income generating investments. The QIA recently was involved in a private placement with a U.S. commercial mortgage real estate investment trust (REIT) being managed by Apollo Global. Utilities are once again drawing interest from wealth funds and pension investors. These regulated entities are able to borrow cash at low costs, while financing projects to grow revenue and attracting co-investors for specific projects to lower overall risk.

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