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Government Properties Income Trust: Higher Yield Brings Higher Risk

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March 27, 2014 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: GOV

Government Properties Income Trust (GOV) is a real estate investment trust which owns properties primarily leased to the government.  GOV owns 68 properties, 49 of which are leased to the U.S. Government, 16 to state governments and one to the United Nations.

There are a number of benefits of being a landlord to Uncle Sam. The US government is the nation’s largest renter, it will likely never bounce a rent check, and it tends to lease for the long-term. Even though GOV enjoys such a reliable and sound renter of its properties the stock still yields nearly 7%.  

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