March 25, 2014 (Chinavestor) There is an increasingly nervous market now that QI is winding down with effects still to be seen. One thing mainstream investors agree: the quantitative easing has played a vital part in the recovery of equity markets. But the question of "what's next" is more timely than ever.
One alternative investment option is a royalty trust that pays over 10% dividend. This is the BP Prudhoe Bay Royalty Trust (NYSE:BPT). The trust collects royalty from the sale of oil and distributes those gains among shareholders. The last payment was $2.53 a share. Assuming the trust will distribute the same amount for the next four quarters, total payout will be $10.12/share. Given that BPT is trading at $84.4 right now, total payout ratio is 11.99% at current price levels.
Of course, investors have to assume certain risk. One of them being the ability of the trust to collect enough cash to keep current payout of $2.53 a share.