• Two Harbors Disappoints but Future Is Bright

    By James Clarkson - August 15, 2013 | Tickers: AMTG, TWO, WMC

    Given the continued volatility in interest rates during the second quarter, analysts across the board preferred hybrid mortgage REITs over the Agency-only counterparts. That’s because their hybrid portfolios provided some diversification and protection against book value erosion. Among them, Two Harbors (NYSE: TWO) remained a top pick. However, investors and analysts bullish on Two Harbors were left quashed when it reported lower-than-expected earnings for 2Q. Let’s see what 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 »

  • Are Highly Leveraged Mortgage REITs the Next Target of a Witch Hunt?

    By Jeff Stouffer - April 27, 2013 | Tickers: AGNC, NLY, WMC

    The significant financial market downturn beginning in 2008 instilled a fear that has bred a constant vigil of heightened wariness. This feeling has caused many investment ideas to be targeted as the next source of market collapse.

    One sector that has recently gained this stigma is a subset of real estate investment trusts (REIT) that invest in mortgage obligations (mREIT), using borrowed funds to acquire and control large pools of more »

  • Dividends To Drool Over: Top 5 Yields of 2013

    By Gavin Spesock - January 26, 2013 | Tickers: MCHX, PT, WMC, WHZ

    Entering into 2013 with the financial uncertainty on the horizon it is a good time to start thinking about a few good income strategies. The idea here is to pad the pocket book thoughout the year to take the pressure off. Think of this as systematic inflow of cash set up to payout evenly through the year!

    Portugal Telecom S.A (NYSE: PT) comes in with the most generous pay more »

  • Five High Yield Companies With Insider Buying

    By Karin Hernandez - January 12, 2013 | Tickers: EPAX, AGNC, MTGE, VNR, WMC

    They say that there are many reasons for an insider to sell, but there’s only one reason for insider buying – insiders think the price is going higher.

    I found four high-yield companies that had over a half-million dollars’ worth of insider buying in the last few months.

    I know these companies aren’t going to be the stable, reliable dividend champions with many years of consistently paying and raising more »

  • Western Asset Mortgage Capital’s CEO Invests Another $100K

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - December 10, 2012 | Tickers: MO, NLY, NCT, RWT, WMC

    Western Asset Mortgage Capital (NYSE: WMC)’s CEO, James Gavin, bought almost 5,300 shares of the company’s stock on December 4 at an average price of $20.74 according to a Form 4 filed with the SEC.  Insider purchases are bullish signals and we think that this is because insiders should resist buying more shares of the company’s stock- preferring instead to diversify and invest in unrelated more »

  • High Yielding Stocks You Can't Miss

    By Piyush Arora - December 7, 2012 | Tickers: ARR, NCT, WMC