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Dividend stocks, REITs are market darlings for a reason

There’s no deep mystery behind the rally in income-generating investments: The market is giving up on the idea that central banks, faced with serious economic challenges, will boost their key interest rates any time soon.

The market can get caught up in some baffling obsessions from time to time, but it is hard to fault it on this one. If it’s right, dividend-paying stocks and real estate investment trusts remain attractive, despite their shrinking yields.