SOURCE: The Bedford Report

The Bedford Report

March 02, 2011 11:25 ET

Volatile Markets Send Investors to REITs

The Bedford Report Provides Analyst Research on American Capital Agency & Anworth

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - March 2, 2011) - With the markets showing signs of volatility this week, investors are once again looking for safe havens. Investors usually count on dividend paying stocks during hectic times in the market believing in the company's security and real earnings power. REITs' ability to generate this significant capital appreciation is one of the industry's main allures, as most investors flock to REITs for their hefty dividends and stability. In fact, most of the success of the industry in the last year can be attributed to low interest rates. When interest rates get this low the return on dividends can far exceed that of bonds. The Bedford Report examines the outlook for diversified REITs and provides research reports on American Capital Agency Corporation (NASDAQ: AGNC) and Anworth Mortgage Asset Corporation (NYSE: ANH). Access to the full company reports can be found at:

www.bedfordreport.com/2011-03-AGNC

www.bedfordreport.com/2011-03-ANH

Companies such as AGNC earn their money on the spread between low-interest short-term borrowing and purchasing high-interest long-term securities. 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. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke says that he is prepared to keep rates in the range of 0 - 0.25 percent for an extended period if the unemployment numbers don't drop significantly.

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Solid profits for a REIT keep those dividend payments stable. Presently, American Capital pays an annual dividend of 5.60 for yield of about 19 percent. Anworth meanwhile, pays an annual dividend of 88 cents for a yield of around 12.3 percent. Recently Anworth reported core earnings of $25.7 million, or $0.21 per diluted share, for the quarter ended December 31, 2010, consisting primarily of $27.1 million of net income less $1.4 million of dividends paid to preferred stockholders.

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