The Denouement of mREITs

In December of 2011, many mortgage real estate investment trusts -- REITs that held mortgage-backed paper to generate income -- were paying stated yields of between 14% and 20%, based on their share prices at the time. As a result of the Federal Reserve's zero-interest-rate policy (ZIRP), yield-starved investors looked to this industry as the last bastion of double-digit current income.

Yield spreads between short- and long-term borrowing costs allowed mREITs to leverage up to create ultra-high payouts. These should have been seen as obviously not sustainable. But, back then, three major players in that group were all beloved back then by income-seekers: Annaly Capital Management (NLY), Agency Capital Management (AGNC) and Hatteras Financial (HTS)....314 more words left in this article. To read them, just click below and try Real Money FREE for 14 days.

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