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  • Tracking Carl Icahn's Portfolio - Q4 2014 Update [View article]
    What is happening with the dividend on IEP? Seems like they are late on the Feb 15 quarterly.
    Feb 26, 2015. 03:15 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Prospect Capital Cuts Dividend, Now Yields 11% [View article]
    On December 3 and 4, the CEO, CFO and COO each made major share purchases ($1M+) at prices over $9. I find this very interesting and somewhat mysterious. Any insight?
    Dec 8, 2014. 06:17 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Is Tesla Model S Really A Quality Green Car? [View article]
    SeekingAlpha needs to do something about people who post dishonest reviews like this one to bolster their short positions.
    Jun 21, 2014. 05:48 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Was I Wrong? Reassessing American Capital Agency's Situation [View article]
    Your analysis hangs on "This is because the Fed does taper in December, we will see a moderate increase in the ten year from 2.5% to as high as 3.25%."
    Where is the support for this statement?
    Nov 9, 2013. 06:18 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • 5 mREITs That Survived A Hellish Quarter Yielding 14% [View article]
    Thanks for another fine analysis. With the taper looming, it seemed time to lighten up on mREITs in favor of BDCs and mREIT preferred issues. Could you comment on the risk-reward profile of those sectors?
    Aug 14, 2013. 12:12 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Annaly Capital: A Sinking Ship? [View article]
    Gary Kain doubled his position in AGNC on May 13th. They appear to be grant shares.
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    American Capital Agency Corp [ AGNC ] 5. Relationship of Reporting Person(s) to Issuer
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    Code V Amount (A) or (D) Price
    Common Stock, par value $0.01 per share 05/13/2013 A 332,794 A (1) 703,472 (2) D
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    1. Date of final allocation of number of shares of AGNC common stock purchased with a cash award made under the American Capital Mortgage Management, LLC Performance Plan - AGNC,
    2. Includes 9,646, 10,765 and 11,403 shares of common stock received pursuant to the reinvestment of cash dividends declared by the Company to holders of record of common stock as of 6/21/12, 9/21/12 and 12/27/12, respectively.
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    May 30, 2013. 04:49 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Silver Bay Realty Trust: A Disaster Waiting To Happen [View article]
    It would be a huge error to short SBY in the face of strong buying from multiple insiders.
    May 23, 2013. 12:47 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • mREITs Facing Attack From Regulators [View article]
    I put it into BRK and IEP, seeking equities without European risk. Got very lucky! Clearly the danger to mREITs did not materialize and I will buy back in to the sector opportunistically.
    May 7, 2013. 03:48 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • mREITs Facing Attack From Regulators [View article]
    Fair comments, but I do not think that the worst case is temporary management distraction. It is certainly conceivable that limits on leverage are implemented and investors dump shares. Then you could find yourself with big paper losses and dividends that are cut in half.
    Apr 26, 2013. 12:51 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • mREITs Facing Attack From Regulators [View article]
    Good question, Jerbear! There is a short term element to my trade.

    I like mREITS and have done well with them, enjoying share price appreciation alongside the big dividends. I have noticed that this is an extremely controversial sector, with even supporters saying "only allocate a few percent because it's so risky". It seems that everyone is thinking "I can't resist the 15% dividends, but I know this won't last forever and I'll sprint to the exits when the time comes." Well, that is an impossible strategy.

    There have been a couple of very sharp dips in share prices driven by herd mentality exits, notably one that started in late September, 2012 when the REM index dropped from $15.61 to $13.11 before slowly returning to the highs.

    Given the WSJ articles, there is a high probability that we will see some regulators calling for limits on leverage or other changes that would adversely affect the sector. So I decided to park my cash elsewhere and watch from the sidelines. Hopefully, not for long.
    Apr 26, 2013. 12:30 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • mREITs Facing Attack From Regulators [View article]
    I think you're too harsh, pompanofrog. The Fed's ZIRP policy was designed to provide liquidity to the economy. As a consumer, small businessman or small investor it was impossible to access money and anything close to .25%. The banks sat on the money and showed record profits and credit card rates stayed stuck at rates near 20%.

    mREITS actually provide important liquidity to housing/mortgages by accessing ZIRP-fueled ultra low rates. It seems that mREITS are doing exactly what the Fed and Congress (through the zero corporate tax rate) hoped for and intended. They serve another purpose: Small investors can earn 12% yields short term, versus near-zero in banks or bonds. That is a real value to knowledgable investors who understand and accept the risks and volatility.

    Contrary to your comment, individual investors cannot buy mortgages and lever them ten to one while paying 1.5% for the funds. At least, I don't think so? Can you really do that?
    Apr 26, 2013. 12:13 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • mREITs Facing Attack From Regulators [View article]
    This is a pretty good list, jweissman.

    There are many subsets, including government backed (agency) versus non-agency mREITS, commercial property versus residential, etc. Companies also differ in their use of leverage (typically 6-10X) which no doubt contributes to concern of the part of some regulators. Likewise, they all use interest rate hedges in different ways. Quality of management is key as this is a complex sector. There are lots of articles on SA that explain the sector in detail.
    Apr 26, 2013. 12:03 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • 6 REIT Plays Receiving Plenty Of Investor Attention [View article]
    I agree with your (and Kain's) view that m-reits are useful, benevolent and provide yields well in excess of the risk. Many people reason that if T-bills are are paying less than 2% then m-reits paying 10-15% are simply too good to be true and therefore must be a scam. My own view is that the Fed is handing out free short term credit and the m-reit operators have simply found a way to monetize the spread with no scam involved. Nonetheless, this is a very 'nervous' sector where investors are keeping an eye on the exit door at all times. Note the 'flash crash' in m-reits where the REM index dropped from $14.78 to $13.11 in two weeks, for no obvious reason, before resuming the climb to new highs.
    Apr 23, 2013. 12:07 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • 6 REIT Plays Receiving Plenty Of Investor Attention [View article]
    M-reits have been very good to us but there are growing regulatory risks that may surface as early as this week.

    On Friday April 19th, the Wall Street Journal ran two articles that suggest the m-reit sector is about to face regulatory action. In an article titled "Regulators Worry Mortgage REITs Pose Threat to Financial System",,

    Deborah Solomon wrote:
    "A panel of top financial regulators is targeting mortgage real-estate investment trusts as a potential risk to the U.S. financial system, the latest example of Washington's growing concern with market bubbles.
    Next week, the Financial Stability Oversight Council, a panel comprising the top U.S. financial regulators, is expected to cite mortgage REITs as a source of market vulnerability in its annual report, according to people familiar with the matter, a distinction that could set the stage for stricter oversight of the industry.
    Eager to avoid the mistakes of the past, regulators are attempting to identify overly frothy activity before it poses problems. Even though the economy continues to recover only slowly, regulators see potential bubbles forming in a range of financial markets, in part because of the Federal Reserve's easy-money policies, which have driven interest rates to near-record lows and prompted investors to seek higher returns elsewhere."

    These warnings are repeated and expanded upon in a second WSJ article, by Telos Demos, which begins with “Regulators are casting a skeptical eye on a fast-expanding corner of Wall Street amid worries about the risks posed by mortgage real-estate investment trusts.”

    My belief is that m-reits provide useful liquidity to the housing market and do not pose a threat to the financial system as a whole. Nonetheless, regulators and legislators who were burned by the housing crash and subsequent great recession are apparently on a path to increase regulatory requirements on the industry which could derail the m-reit gravy train.
    Apr 23, 2013. 10:10 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • CYS Investments: An Undervalued mREIT With A 10.8% Yield [View article]
    What is "DROP income"?
    Apr 18, 2013. 10:20 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment