Financial Stocks

Financial Stocks are issued by a range of businesses operating in the broad financial sector. The major categories of financial stock issuers include banks, insurance companies (both life and property and casualty insurers as well as independent insurance brokers), real estate investment trusts (both industrial and residential), credit services (including card issuers), investment brokers, mutual fund and asset management companies, trust companies, mortgage investment companies and consumer finance companies. Financial stocks (especially REITs which are required to pay out to shareholders the large majority of their earnings) generally offer dividend yields at the high end of the broader securities market.

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