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  • This High-Yielding REIT Has Soared Along With the Housing Market

    By Emmanuel Floriann - August 8, 2013 | Tickers: AI, MFA, TWO

    If you are a dividend investor, Arlington Asset Investment (NYSE: AI) should be on your radar. This company has consistently paid dividends since 2003, and currently yields a whopping 14%. On top of that, its shares are also doing well, gaining an astounding 26.9% growth this year.

    Arlington Asset Investment is a small-cap investment firm with a market capitalization of $425.34 million. The company specializes in the acquisition more »

  • Real Estate Is a Bargain

    By Jake Pompeo - June 27, 2013 | Tickers: IFGL, MFA, WMC

    A Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) is "any corporation, trust or association that acts as an investment agent specializing in real estate and real estate mortgages" according to U.S. Federal income tax law.

    In layman's terms, this means a REIT is a company that owns and operates real estate, typically in the form of office buildings, retail stores, hospitals, warehouses, hotels and more. Being able to avoid part more »

  • This mREIT Offers Double-Digit Yield

    By Nur Tarkak - June 24, 2013 | Tickers: NLY, ARR, IVR, MFA

    Invesco Mortgage Capital (NYSE: IVR) is one of the most attractive dividend stocks, yielding an astounding 14.26%. But it is quite risky, as well. The stock performance is a roller coaster, with numerous dips and jumps for this year. The bottom-line is a loss for this year so far. However, this is offset by its yield, which is higher than its share growth. Shares of Invesco might soar if more »

  • Mortgage Lessons of the Past Are Quickly Forgotten in This ETF

    By Jeff Stouffer - May 16, 2013 | Tickers: AGNC, NLY, MORT, MFA

    The ability to forget and repeat mistakes is well recorded in the history of humanity. Back in the hey-days of mortgage originations, the idea of pooling individual mortgage obligations and restructuring the payment streams to fit investor appetites seemed like a great way for a bank to free up its balance sheet and create new mortgages. History reminds us that the demand to produce such mortgage pools led us down more »

  • What I Think Of ARMOUR Residential REIT

    By Ron Chatterjee - February 21, 2013 | Tickers: AGNC, ARR, IVR, MFA

    While rising mortgage rates increase the chance of higher revenue, higher leverage still concerns me in regards to Armour Residential (NYSE: ARR). It is not a people's favorite these days, as the monthly stock price graph shows--yet you have a "buy" rating from my end. With increasing stability in the housing market, a lower valuation, and improving fundamentals, the company might be worth a glance.

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  • Billionaire Leon Cooperman’s New High Dividend Pick

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - February 14, 2013 | Tickers: AGNC, NLY, CMO, CIM, MFA

    Omega Advisors, a hedge fund managed by billionaire Leon Cooperman, has reported a position of over 55 million shares in Chimera Investment Corporation (NYSE: CIM) in a 13G filed with the SEC. Omega now owns 5.4% of the outstanding shares of the $3.1 billion market cap company, which invests in mortgage backed securities (including residential MBSs) and other mortgage loans and is organized as a real estate investment more »

  • Vantage Investment Three Stock Picks

    By Madhukar Dubey - January 31, 2013 | Tickers: CTL, MFA, MSFT

    Vantage Investment Partners LLC, an investment advisory firm, recently announced its latest holdings. The total market value of its investments was ~$213 million on Dec. 31. With around 20 years of experience in investing, the firm is known for its unique investment approach during volatile markets. In my article today, I have picked up three stocks from Vantage's portfolio in which it increased its holdings in the recent 13F more »

  • Insiders Are Buying These High Dividend Stocks

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - January 30, 2013 | Tickers: HTA, IRC, MFA, NMFC, NS

    We track insider purchases because stocks bought by insiders tend to outperform market indices (see our analysis of studies on insider trading). While this is somewhat interesting on its own, the relationship becomes considerably stronger (though it still does not work in many cases) when considering stocks that multiple insiders, or a “consensus” are buying (Read more about consensus insider purchases). We looked through our database of insider trading filings more »

  • How to Capitalize on the Mortgage Market

    By Mohsin Saeed - December 13, 2012 | Tickers: AGNC, NLY, ARR-A, CMO, MFA, PMT

    To stimulate growth in the sluggish US economy, the Fed announced the launch of QE3. QE3 was aimed at particularly supporting the US housing and labor markets. However, the US labor market is still not close to the kind of improvement imagined by the Fed. I believe QE3 will stay even if the financial cliff is averted. Given the situation, I recommend investors stay away from pure play Agency Mortgage more »

  • The Dividend Farm

    By Chris Hodge - December 5, 2012 | Tickers: ANH, BFR, CMO, MFA, TNH

    Dividends come in a lot of different forms, but REITs and other kinds of trusts are some of the best ways to supercharge your income from stocks. One of my favorite inventions of all time is the DRIP (dividend reinvestment plan), because it allows your dividends to automatically purchase more shares and literally build your wealth for you.

    Now, I would never suggest you fill your entire portfolio with REITs more »

  • Subprime: The Sequel

    By Alexander MacLennan - October 27, 2012 | Tickers: BAC, MFA, JLS, JMT, TWO

    Remember that subprime thing in 2008? Banks melting down ring a bell? Well those toxic assets didn't just disappear; they are still being traded by some financial institutions and investment funds and thanks to the creation of two ETFs, average investors can buy into non-agency mortgages as well.

    The Return of the Debt

    One may wonder why anyone would ever want to revisit the same investments that wreaked more »

  • Can These REITs Keep Paying Big Dividends?

    By Michael French - January 29, 2012 | Tickers: AGNC, NLY, AINV, ARR, CIM, MFA

    For years now, REITs have been seen as an investment vehicle to generate a stable and consistent income stream for investors.  Since they are required to pay at least 90% of their taxable income in the form of dividends, they have been an attractive option for income-minded investors. 

    Many investors make the mistake of making broad statements with regards to REITs.  In fact, they are very complex and very different more »

  • 5 Dividend Stocks Yielding 7% or More

    By Robert Fisher - January 29, 2012 | Tickers: AGNC, CTL, MFA, ORAN, PDLI

    Dividend paying stocks have gained a lot of attention since the economic crisis due to their ability to pay out, hard, solid cash when other stocks were loosing value drastically. However, as returns on a dividend paying are slow, it is important to analyze the ability of the company to sustain its dividends in future years as well. Some major factors which need to be taken into account include the more »

  • 10 High Yield MidCaps Going Ex-Dividend Next Week (December 26 - January 01)

    By DividendYields - December 25, 2011 | Tickers: NLY, CBL, CIM, EPR, LRY, MFA, PGH, PWE, PT, WIN

    Dividend stocks are wonderful because they increase my cash with regular payments. One major date in relation to the payment is the ex-dividend date. If you own a stock before this date, you get the next payment. This is very interesting because in the case of a high yield stock, I can earn at least one percent in cash for a short period of investing.

    I screened stocks with ex-dividend more »