SOURCE: The Bedford Report

The Bedford Report

November 30, 2011 08:16 ET

High Yielding American Capital Agency and Annaly Capital Remain Buoyed by Bernanke

The Bedford Report Provides Equity Research on American Capital Agency & Annaly Capital

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Nov 30, 2011) - High yielding Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) have been a popular investment since the low interest rate environment set in two years ago. Several REITs earn their money on the spread between low-interest short-term borrowing and purchasing high-interest long-term securities, making the present economic climate highly lucrative for REITs. The Bedford Report examines the outlook for diversified REITs and provides equity research on American Capital Agency Corporation (NASDAQ: AGNC) and Annaly Capital Management, Inc. (NYSE: NLY). Access to the full company reports can be found at:

Federal Reserve Officials kept policy unchanged earlier this month, saying they would lengthen the maturity of the Fed's bond portfolio and hold the benchmark interest rate near zero through at least mid-2013 if unemployment remains high and the inflation outlook is "subdued." High yielding REITs must pay out 90 percent of their taxable income in dividends. With the risk of higher interest rates of the table for the foreseeable future, profits -- and therefore dividends -- should remain stable.

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Annaly Capital Management, Inc., invests primarily in mortgage pass-through certificates, collateralized mortgage obligations, agency callable debentures, and other mortgage-backed securities representing interests in or obligations backed by pools of mortgage loans. Annaly Capital also invests in Federal Home Loan Bank, Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, and Federal National Mortgage Association debentures. Presently the company pays an annual dividend of $2.40 for a yield of around 15.1 percent. Annaly was in the headlines earlier this month after a (former) Cantor Fitzgerald equity analyst, Michael Diana, released a highly critical report that openly mocked Annaly's disclosures on conference calls with analysts and investors.

American Capital Agency Corp. is a real estate investment trust (REIT), which invests in residential mortgage pass-through securities and collateralized mortgage obligations on a leveraged basis. The company currently pays an annual dividend of $5.50 per share for a massive yield of around 19.9 percent.

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