At Livewire Live recently, Magellan’s Hamish Douglass revealed a chat with two former US central bankers that changed his view on where rates were going. The company's models had assumed rates would rise over the long term, however, the bankers told him:

"Hamish, you need to understand that every major central bank is going to start aggressively cutting interest rates now and your scenario of increasing interest rates is just incorrect, that's just not going to happen”. 

This was news to Douglass and, no doubt, to millions of investors relying on regular dividend payments for their daily expenses. 

It is one thing to know of the phrase 'lower for longer’ but quite another to live it. The cash and fixed interest components of a typical balanced portfolio can be significant. Sadly, the returns from these assets have been steadily diminishing over many years and are likely to diminish further. 

Rates are already low; they’re going lower and they’re likely to stay there for a long time. If you’re looking for income in all the places you used to find it, you’re going to be disappointed. 

Is there anything income investors can do other than cancel Netflix and crack open the cat food?  

We think so.

Lower rates for longer move liquid commercial real estate to the fore. As a cashflow-generating alternative to bonds and bank products, lower rates make AREITs relatively more attractive.

Derived from high quality commercial real estate, the ASX AREIT 300 Index currently yields 4.5% and the potential for sustainable capital growth.  

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Carlos Cobelas

no franking credits though. means I lose half the yield in my income tax

Pete Morrissey

Hi Carlos. While AREITs don't deliver franking credits they provide investors with other attributes such as lower volatility and performance divergence from equities. On top of their sustainable income these attributes can be very attractive to balanced investors seeking diversification.