Trust Deed Investments – High Return and Short Term

Time and credit are associated with coupon rates for fixed income investments. Longer maturities have a bigger time window for surprises and investors want to be compensated accordingly. Meanwhile, high yield mutual funds may buy debt from issuers with spotty cash flow, collateral or performance history. Money has time value and investors seeking monthly cash flow may have to settle for quarterly or balloon payouts in some instances. This positive correlation between risk and reward underpins many alternative investments.

Trust deed investments offer a counterpoint to this logic. Secured by real property with a low loan-to-value, first deeds of trust secure loans that can generate annualized returns of 7 to 9% with maturities of 3 years or under.

How is this achieved?

High Demand-Limited Supply

Borrowers who repay the interest on trust deed investments are different than typical borrowers on consumer loans.  As opposed to consumers, real estate investors may seek a short term bridge loan because of the time and complexity of traditional financing. As real estate investor may need to close a transaction more quickly than a bank may be able to react.  Further, many traditional guidelines may be inflexible or create additional red tape, notwithstanding the quality of the borrower or the real estate.  That said, some may argue that trust deed investments carry more risk than traditional loans.

A closer look at the economics and structure of trust deed investments may dispel many misconceptions. In terms of collateral, a first trust deed holds a priority lien position over real property collateral. Lower loan-to-values (LTVs) of 65% or less provide added peace of mind with respect to collateral coverage as property prices rise or fall. The burst of the most recent housing bubble featured loans with high LTVs against collateral with much less margin for error.

Meanwhile, a limited supply of short-term real estate loans and high demand from real estate investors translates to favorable yields compared to other high yield investments. This includes real estate investment trusts, mortgage backed securities and junk bonds.

Stable NAV

Unlike a mortgage backed security or exchange traded REIT, a trust deed investment or a pooled mortgage fund investing in trust deeds is privately held and not securitized. This simply means the net asset value (NAV) does not price daily with changes to the market and underlying portfolio. As a pooled mortgage fund investing in first trust deeds and mortgages, the WFP Income Fund typically holds those investments to maturity, which further reduces concerns over near term volatility.

Accredited investors can invest in single trust deeds or access these investments through a pooled mortgage fund, such as the WFP Income Fund.

Monthly Cash Flow

Money has time value that is maximized by more frequent cash flow. Trust deed investments pay monthly interest that can be leveraged for dollar cost averaging into securities, buying other deeds of trust or simply as income. This monthly payment also provides greater peace of mind over the short maturity.

Liquidity is at a premium given recent history of the global crisis in 2008. Investors seek the ability to unwind positions as fundamentals or personal need change. While a trust deed investment is not publicly traded, concerns over liquidity are also mitigated by the monthly cash flow and near term maturity.

Short Maturity High Yield Investments

Looking to boost yield and better manage the duration of your fixed income portfolio?

Contact Wilshire Finance Partners at (866) 575-5070 to learn more about investing in trust deeds and pooled mortgage funds.




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