SOURCE: The Bedford Report

The Bedford Report

November 10, 2010 11:25 ET

REIT Dividends Continue to Impress Investors

The Bedford Report Provides Analyst Research on Annaly and MFA Financial

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - November 10, 2010) - Following last week's $600 billion "QE2" announcement, consensus is that interest rates will remain at exceptionally low levels for the foreseeable future. When interest rates are low investors tend to put their money into dividend paying stocks. A popular dividend play is via Real Estate Investment Trusts or "REITs" for short. To be classified as a REIT, a company must distribute at least 90 percent of its taxable income to shareholders annually in the form of dividends. While this makes paying its dividend more volatile, given the current economic conditions, REITs continue to be appealing. The Bedford Report examines the outlook for diversified REITs and provides research reports on Annaly Capital Management, Inc. (NYSE: NLY) and MFA Financial, Inc. (NYSE: MFA). Access to the full company reports can be found at:

This year REITs have been one of the better performing segments of the financial sector. The Vanguard REIT Index ETF which holds nearly 100 different REITs, has soared an impressive 31% in contrast to the Financial sector for the S&P 500, which is up a mere 8.1% this year.

REITs earn their money on the spread between low-interest short-term borrowing and purchasing high-interest long-term securities. Several analysts believe that as long as interest rates remain low -- which is all the more likely after the QE2 announcement -- REITs should continue posting strong earnings, which in turn is likely to keep those hefty dividends stable.

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Presently, Annaly pays an annual dividend of 2.72 for yield of about 15.30%. Annaly has successfully paid a dividend for the last thirteen years, with its average yield in that time span being well over 10%. The company recently reported third quarter core earnings of $371.1 million or $0.60 per share.

MFA Financial pays a dividend of 0.90 annually for a yield of 11.70%. While high yielding dividend paying stocks are appealing, be forewarned that companies can cut, slash, or suspend dividends at any time, often without notice.

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