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Another Day In REIT Paradise: "Keep Moving"

Jan. 18, 2021 9:01 AM ET9 Comments
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  • U.S. markets, banks, and government offices are closed today in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
  • Dr. King delivered the speech on Aug. 28, 1963 from the Lincoln Memorial at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
  • It was an homage to President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and also aimed to pay tribute to the centennial anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation (signed Jan. 1, 1863).

Bill Gates might not be the richest man in the world anymore. In fact, I believe he’s down to No. 4 these days after the newly crowned Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and luxury-products conglomerate CEO Bernard Arnault.

But that still makes him an intensely wealthy man with a lot of power, a lot of connections, and a lot of insider information. So when he becomes the biggest owner of a certain very important segment of the U.S. economy, I’m going to take note.

And I’m especially going to take note if it pertains to property. Which it does.

The Land Report just released its analysis that Gates and his wife now own 242,000 acres of farmland after adding to their already sizable portfolio of such. Fox Business reports the multi-billionaire has:

  • 69,071 acres in Louisiana
  • 47,927 acres in Arkansas
  • 20,588 acres in Nebraska
  • 25,750 acres in Arizona
  • 16,097 acres in Washington.

And those are only the states where he holds the most land.

I’m going to take that as a vote of confidence for the farming REIT sector. That’s even true as rural ranchers across the U.S. brace for the tighter EPA regulations they’re expecting under Biden.

It definitely happened under President Obama. And Biden is already promising a number of changes that resemble the last administration he was a part of.

The truth is that the little guys always suffer the most under such rules. They don’t have the resources to deal with them like Bill Gates and other bigwigs do.

As such, many might end up having to raise their prices to deal with their own increased financial burdens. It’s either that, go under… or sell themselves over to REITs that – while not nearly as powerful as a big tech giant – can still give them some recognition and relief to better plant and plough and produce.

Trust me that I’ll be monitoring the situation closely, as with your other investment opportunities going into this new era of ours.

To quote Martin Luther King, Jr., “If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl. But whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.”

With that said, I don’t think he would begrudge us a day of rest in his honor. We can all use a breather here and there. So that’s all the news we have today considering how it’s a U.S. holiday recognized by markets, banks, and government offices alike.

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