Summer is the busiest season for weddings, and it’s very important for couples that are getting married to get their financial vows right, too.
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One of the biggest contributors to a successful marriage is communication and agreement over finances. Couples should openly discuss their core values and priorities with money. Do you enjoy shopping, or are you a spendthrift? More often than not, there will be differences that can be worked out in a healthy way, as long as you have mutual respect for each other.
As part of this conversation, you should discuss what each of you is bringing into the marriage financially. What are your current assets and debt? Look at savings and checking accounts, retirement accounts, school loans, credit-card debt, mortgages, etc. Don’t leave anything out!
Hot Consumer Service Companies To Invest In Right Now: American Assets Trust, Inc.(AAT)
American Assets Trust, Inc., incorporated on July 16, 2010, is a full service, vertically integrated and self-administered real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company owns, operates, acquires and develops retail, office, multifamily and mixed-use properties in high-barrier-to-entry markets in Southern California, Northern California, Oregon, Washington, Texas and Hawaii. The Company operates through four segments: retail, office, multifamily and mixed-use. The Company’s portfolio consists of approximately 10 retail shopping centers; over seven office properties; a mixed-use property consisting of approximately 370-room all-suite hotel and a retail shopping center, and approximately five multifamily properties. The Company owns land at over five of its properties that it classifies as held for development and construction in progress. The Company’s markets include San Diego; the San Francisco Bay Area; Portland, Oregon; Bellevue, Washington, and Oahu, Hawaii.
The Company’s retail segment includes rental of retail space and other tenant services, including tenant reimbursements, parking and storage space rental. The Company’s retail properties include Carmel Country Plaza, Del Monte Center, Carmel Mountain Plaza, Geary Marketplace, South Bay Marketplace, The Shops at Kalakaua, Waikele Center, Lomas Santa Fe Plaza, Alamo Quarry Market and Solana Beach Towne Centre.
The Company’s office segment products include rental of office space and other tenant services, including tenant reimbursements, parking and storage space rental. The Company’s office properties include Torrey Reserve Campus, Lloyd District Portfolio, Solana Beach Corporate Centre, City Center Bellevue, The Landmark at One Market, One Beach Street and First & Main.
The Company’s multifamily segment products include rental of apartments and other tenant services. The Company’s m ultifamily properties include Loma Palisades, Imperial Beach! Gardens, Mariner’s Point, Santa Fe Park RV Resort and Hassalo on Eighth. The multifamily portfolio includes over four apartment properties, as well as an RV resort with a total of over 1,580 units (including approximately 120 RV spaces), which are available for lease. Approximately 73.4% of these properties are leased.
The Company’s mixed-use segment products include rental of retail space and other tenant services, including tenant reimbursements parking and storage space rental and operation of approximately 370-room all-suite hotel. The Company’s mixed-use property includes Waikiki Beach Walk Retail and Embassy Suites Hotel. The mixed-use property consists of approximately 97,000 rentable square feet of retail space. The retail portion of the property is approximately 100% leased.
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Owens Realty Mortgage’s competitors include American Assets Trust (AAT), Alexandria Real Estate Equities (ARE) and Boston Properties (BXP). American Assets Trust has seen five insider buy transactions and four insider sell transactions this year. American Assets Trust has a dividend yield of 2.78%. Alexandria Real Estate Equities has seen 14 insider sell transactions this year. Alexandria Real Estate Equities has a dividend yield of 4.10%. Boston Properties has seen one insider buy transaction and four insider sell transactions this year. Boston Properties has a dividend yield of 2.43%.
Hot Consumer Service Companies To Invest In Right Now: Retail Properties of America, Inc.(RPAI)
Retail Properties of America, Inc. is a real estate investment trust. It engages in acquisition, development and management of properties. The trust invests in the real estate markets of United States. Its portfolio consists of retail properties, including lifestyle, power, neighborhood, and community centers, in addition to single-user net lease properties. The firm was formerly known as Inland Western Retail Real Estate Trust, Inc. Retail Properties of America, Inc. is based in Oak Brook, Illinois.
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Retail Properties of America Inc (NYSE: RPAI) has been in an impressive rebound since the lows of August and the stock price action continues to become Bullish. However, RPAI has run into the downtrend line resistance again and this could lead to a brief period of sideways consolidation or price correction from current levels. On watch.
Top 5 Net Payout Yield Stocks To Invest In Right Now: ARMOUR Residential REIT, Inc.(ARR)
ARMOUR Residential REIT, Inc. invests in residential mortgage backed securities in the United States. The company is managed by ARMOUR Capital Management LP. Its securities portfolio primarily consists of agency securities backed by fixed rate, hybrid adjustable rate, and adjustable rate home loans, as well as unsecured notes and bonds issued by the government-sponsored entities and the United States treasuries; and money market instruments. The company has elected to be taxed as a real estate investment trust under the Internal Revenue Code. As a result, it would not be subject to corporate income tax on that portion of its net income that is distributed to shareholders. ARMOUR Residential REIT, Inc. was founded in 2008 and is based in Vero Beach, Florida.
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This development will likely give battered mREITs like Annaly Capital (NYSE: NLY ) , Armour Residential (NYSE: ARR ) , and American Capital Agency (NASDAQ: AGNC ) a huge boost as investors begin to feel less panic regarding a tapering of the current QE3 program. Markets have responded to the Summers announcement by soaring skyward, apparently feeling relief and confidence about the fate of the taper.
- [By Amanda Alix]
It was just about one year ago that QE3 made its debut, and mortgage REITs, particularly agency-only players like Annaly Capital (NYSE: NLY ) , Armour Residential (NYSE: ARR ) , and American Capital Agency (NASDAQ: AGNC ) began moaning about the increased competition for mortgage-backed securities guaranteed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
Hot Consumer Service Companies To Invest In Right Now: Bloomin' Brands, Inc.(BLMN)
Bloomin’ Brands, Inc. (Bloomin’ Brands), incorporated on October 24, 2006, is a holding company engaged in operating casual dining restaurants. The Company has a portfolio of four restaurant concepts: Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Bonefish Grill and Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar. The Company owns and operates approximately 1,340 restaurants and franchises over 170 restaurants across approximately 50 states, Puerto Rico, Guam and approximately 20 countries. The Company operates through two segments: U.S. and International. The U.S. segment includes all brands operating in the United States, and brands operating outside the United States are included in the International segment. OSI Restaurant Partners, LLC (OSI) is its primary operating entity. New Private Restaurant Properties, LLC (PRP), a subsidiary of Bloomin’ Brands, leases the Company’s owned restaurant properties primarily to OSI subsidiaries.
The Compan y’s Outback Steakhouse is a casual steakhouse restaurant focused on steaks, signature flavors and Australian decor. The Outback Steakhouse menu offers seasoned and seared or wood-fire grilled steaks, chops, chicken, seafood, pasta, salads and seasonal specials. The menu also includes various specialty appetizers, including its Bloomin’ Onion and desserts, together with bar service featuring Australian wine and beer. Carrabba’s Italian Grill is a casual authentic Italian restaurant featuring handcrafted dishes. The Carrabba’s Italian Grill menu includes a range of Italian pasta, chicken, beef and seafood dishes, small plates, salads and wood-fired pizza.
Bonefish Grill is an upscale casual seafood restaurant that specializes in fish from around the world, wood-grilled specialties and hand-crafted cocktails. In addition, Bonefish Grill offers beef, pork and chicken entrees, as well as various specialty appetizers, including the Company’s Bang Bang Shrimp and desse rts. Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar is a steakhouse f! eaturing cuts of beef, chops, fresh fish, seafood and poultry, salads and side dishes. The steak selection features the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Prime corn-fed beef, both wet- and dry-aged, in a range of sizes and cuts. Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar offers a selection of domestic and imported wines, with over 100 selections available by the glass.
The Company’s international operations are integrated with its corporate organization to leverage enterprise-wide capabilities, including marketing, finance, real estate, information technology, legal, human resources, supply chain management and productivity. International Outback Steakhouse restaurants have a menu similar to the United States menu with additional range to meet local taste preferences. In addition to the traditional Outback Special sirloin, an international menu features local beef cuts, such as the Aussie Grilled Picanha in Brazil. The Company has a Carrabba’s Italian Grill concept restaurant in Brazil, known as Abbraccio Cucina Italiana, which offers a blend of traditional modern Italian dishes. The Abbraccio Cucina Italiana menu varies, with additional pasta and pizza menu offerings, to account for local tastes and customs. Abbraccio Cucina Italiana also has a range of beverage options, including cocktails and local favorites.
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Tony Tribble, Invision/AP Forget about Bloomin’ Onions or boneless wings, for many consumers, the choice of where to dine often comes down to a different factor: which restaurant has the best booze. “Alcoholic beverages can be a key driver of traffic, differentiation, and loyalty,” said David Decker, president of Consumer Edge Insight. According to the firm, two factors that keep customers coming back are “selection” and “pricing.” Consumer Edge Insight recently surveyed restaurant customers to find out which casual-dining spots generated the most loyalty with their alcoholic beverages. Taking the top spot for “selection” was Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD), with 29 percent of those surveyed saying they were “most likely to visit it most often due to its good selection of alcoholic beverages.” Applebee’s (DIN) took the second spot, with 24 percent, and Outback Steakhouse (BLMN) and T.G.I. Friday’s tied for third place with 22 percent each. Prices also keep customers coming back to Buffalo Wild Wings. When asked which casual-dining brand they were “most likely to visit most often due to its good prices of alcoholic beverages,” Buffalo Wild Wings came out on top with 30 percent. Chili’s (EAT) was No. 2 at 23 percent, and Ruby Tuesday (RT) was third with 22 percent. Buffalo Wild Wings has always made alcohol a part of its experience, even making it part of its tagline: “Wings.Beer.Sports.” The chain is the No. 1 account for more than 50 different beer brands and recently launched Game Changer, a new beer in a partnership with Redhook Brewery. Priced between cheaper domestic lagers and pricier craft beers, Game Changer became the fourth-most-popular draft beer at company-owned locations within two weeks of its release. “Among casual-dining restaurants, Buffalo Wild Wings is seeing the greatest positive effect in terms of building customer loyalty with its alcohol offerings,” Decker said. “There are many steps other restaurants can take to improve their alcoho