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Analyst: Look at Bonds and REITs

By CNBC.com
Tuesday, 14 Oct 2008 | 10:47 AM ET

Focus on yields, says John Merrill, Tanglewood Wealth Management, because there are some "incredible bargains."

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One area is in bonds, he said on CNBC. Yesterday, the average 5-year AA corporate bond yielded 7.5 percent, roughly 4.5 percentage points higher than the comparable Treasury bond, he said. "That's unprecedented," he noted. There's a similar opportunity for some municipals, Merrill suggested. (CNBC Bond Page)

He also suggested that investors look at real estate investment trusts, either through indexes or individually, like Realty Income Corp. : "It owns a portfolio of ... properties all across America."

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