Sun, Feb. 1, 5:35 PM
Wed, Jan. 28, 4:05 PM
- The iShares Barclays MBS Bond Fund (MBB +0.2%) hit a new lifetime high, which should be good for the book values of mortgage REITs (assuming they weren't too hedged), but the yield curve continues to sharply flatten. The 10-year Treasury yield is all the way down to 1.71% and the 30-year at a record-low 2.29% - this as the Fed says it's on track for a mid-year rate hike.
- In addition to shaving margins for leveraged holders of mortgages, the lower rates could result in another refinance wave, and thus a surge in prepayments.
- Annaly Capital (NLY -1%), American Capital Agency (AGNC -1.6%), Armour Residential (ARR -0.7%), Hatteras Financial (HTS -0.7%), Western Asset (WMC -2.2%), Apollo Residential (AMTG -0.7%)
- ETFs: REM, MORT, MORL
- Previously: Bond yields slide after FOMC (Jan. 28)
- Previously: FOMC: Still "patient," but rate hike remains on the way (Jan. 28)
Sat, Jan. 24, 8:25 AM
- In a low-yield world, the newly launched iBillionaire High Dividend Index - which tracks the trading moves of 25 investing-savvy billionaire investors such as Stanley Druckenmiller, James Dinan and Nelson Peltz - actually lives up to its name with a dividend yield of 5.34%.
- At 24%, the index has a high allocation of energy shares, including OXY, TRP, CNP, COP, BP, ATLS, CVI, WMB, APL, RIG and ARP.
- Also worth noting is that the index contains some high-yielding mortgage REITs, an area most investors hate right now but where billionaires seem to find value; examples are NRF, AGNC and CIM.
- No mutual fund or ETF tracks this index, but it offers a fishing pond of income investment ideas to research further.
- The top 20 holdings: TLM, CVC, GM, TIME, AEE, D, STAY, KMI, TROX, EXC, STNG, PPL, IRM, PFE, KKR, KAR, F, MIC, LO, ABBV.
Tue, Jan. 20, 3:13 PM
- Borrowers struggling to navigate D.C.'s qualified mortgage rules might try ringing their local mortgage REIT for that refinance or new home mortgage.
- “There is demand out there for a broader credit box than what banks are providing," says JMP mREIT analyst Steve Delaney. “They’re looking at where the needs are, at borrowers in the market where funding is not available."
- Western Asset Mortgage (WMC -1.4%) is partnering with lenders to make loans which otherwise wouldn't qualify under the new standards. This lending will focus on borrowers with strong credit, but are shut out for complications surrounding things like being self-employed,
- Zais Financial (ZFC -0.1%) last year bought mortgage originator GMFS to get a pipeline to new loan supply, and Two Harbors (NYSE:TWO) has recently begun working with lenders to offer loans to those with less than stellar credit, or for those who want to make smaller down payments on jumbo loans (above the conforming $417K figure). “There continues to be a huge national cohort of people able to responsibly purchase a home that simply haven’t been able to get a mortgage,” says CEO Tom Siering.
- Ellington Financial (EFC) - a partnership, but operates similarly to a REIT - has invested in at least two lenders and built out its team to find non-QM business. “These will be relatively small investments to start with, but they should have the potential to generate a large pipeline of new investments for us, especially in the non-QM, non-prime space,” says CEO Larry Penn.
- Not all are getting involved. American Capital's (AGNC -1.7%) Gary Kain is waiting to see how others fare before stepping in.
Thu, Jan. 15, 4:15 PM
Wed, Jan. 14, 1:17 PM
- Agency MBS are off to their worst start relative to Treasurys since 1997 as the big drop in interest rates has investors nervous about a surge in refinancing. Returns on paper backed by Fannie, Freddie, or Ginnie Mae are 60 basis points less than those on Treasurys of similar duration so far this month.
- Also stoking the trend are changes to government programs aimed at making mortgage credit easier to obtain.
- Earlier today, the MBA reported applications for home-loan refis jumped 66% last week.
- Prices of agency MBS currently average 106.5 cents on the dollar, meaning owners would lose 6.5% if immediately repaid.
- Annaly Capital (NLY -1.3%), American Capital Agency (AGNC -1.2%), Armour Residential (ARR -2%), Two Harbors (TWO -0.9%), Invesco Mortgage (IVR -1.9%), American Capital Mortgage (MTGE -1.3%), Dynex (DX -0.5%), Apollo Residential (AMTG -1.2%), Anworth (ANH -0.9%), Western Asset (WMC -1.6%).
- ETFs: REM, MORT, MORL
Mon, Jan. 12, 10:03 AM
- The mortgage REIT space (REM -0.6%) is cut to Market Weight from Overweight at Wells Fargo, with Annaly Capital (NLY -0.4%), American Capital Agency (AGNC -0.2%), CYS Investments (CYS -0.7%), Capstead Mortgage (CMO -0.8%), American Capital Mortgage (MTGE -0.5%), AG Mortgage (MITT -1.3%), and MFA Financial (MFA -0.3%) - for now - individual names also being cut to Market Weight.
- It's an interesting move, especially in light of the significant discounts to book value nearly every stock in the sector trades at. The mortgage REITs have been especially notable of late for not being able to make any headway alongside the big rally in bond prices. Lower rates might do something for book values, but the sharply flatter yield curve (which could flatten even more once the Fed begins hiking) doesn't bode well for earnings power.
- Other ETFs: MORT, MORL
Tue, Jan. 6, 2:17 PM
- The 10-year yield has plunged all the way down to 1.94% and one would figure on some nice increases in book value for the mortgage REITs (REM -0.1%), but on the flip side are narrowing interest rate spreads (especially as the Fed still seems to be intent on hiking short rates), and what hedging losses the companies are taking.
- Other ETFs: MORT, MORL
- Individual names: Annaly Capital (NLY +0.4%), American Capital Agency (AGNC), Armour Residential (ARR -1%), CYS Investments (CYS -0.2%), Invesco Mortgage (IVZ -2.7%), New York Mortgage Trust (NYMT -0.5%), Hatteras Financial (HTS -0.3%), Western Asset Mortgage (WMC -2.7%), Ellington Residential (EARN -0.4%), Javelin Mortgage (JMI -3%).
Dec. 30, 2014, 12:37 PM
- Nearly all the mREITs sell at discounts to their most recently disclosed book value, with sector giants Annaly Mortgage (NYSE:NLY) and American Capital Agency (NASDAQ:AGNC) trading at double-digit discounts.
- Often a sizable haircut to book may make sense, as in the case of Armour Residential (NYSE:ARR) and Javelin Mortgage (NYSE:JMI), both of which just cut their dividend (they have the same external manager).
- Of the 24 companies examined, New York Mortgage Trust (NASDAQ:NYMT) and Capstead Mortgage (NYSE:CMO) stand alone in trading at premiums to book value.
- The full list
Dec. 15, 2014, 4:07 PM
Dec. 9, 2014, 12:57 PM
- Unable to catch a bid for a few sessions, mortgage REITs (REM +1%) have turned higher in afternoon action, led by Annaly (NLY +0.7%) and American Capital Agency (AGNC +1.5%).
- Helping are jitters in the stock market (though U.S. averages are well off the lows), and a 10-year Treasury yield that's retreated all the way to 2.21% after hitting the mid-2.30s on the back of Friday's strong jobs number.
- Armour (ARR +1.1%), Two Harbors (TWO +0.9%), CYS Investments (CYS +1.4%), Invesco (IVR +1.8%), American Capital Mortgage (MTGE +1%), Hatteras Financial (HTS +2%), Capstead (CMO +2%).
- Other ETFs: MORT, MORL
- Also showing some green are the recently beaten-up BDCs, including Prospect Capital (PSEC +0.2%), Fifth Street Finance (FSC +0.2%), Ares Capital (ARCC +0.5%), FS Investment (FSIC), Triangle Capital (TCAP +1.7%).
- ETFs: BDCL, BDCS, BIZD
- Previously: Money flows back into fixed income (Dec. 9, 2014)
Dec. 5, 2014, 10:12 AM
- This morning's big jobs number has pushed yields higher at both the short and long end of the curve, and has mortgage REIT investors mulling losses on MBS holdings.
- The mREIT ETF (REM -0.6%) Others: MORT, MORL
- Annaly (NLY -1.2%), American Capital Agency (AGNC -1%), Armour Residential (ARR -0.6%), Chimera (CIM -0.6%), MFA Financial (MFA -0.9%), Western Asset (WMC -1.3%).
- Previously: Short end of yield curve on the move after jobs number (Dec. 5, 2014)
- Previously: Bonds and dollar higher, gold slumps after strong jobs report (Dec. 5, 2014)
Nov. 19, 2014, 3:42 PM
- A check of the mortgage REITs following FOMC minutes which shows the discussion moving a bit more seriously towards rate hikes finds the sector (REM -0.5%) modestly lower.
- Individual names: Annaly (NLY -0.3%), American Capital Agency (AGNC), CYS Investments (CYS -0.3%), Invesco Mortgage (IVR -0.9%), New York Mortgage Trust (NYMT -0.4%), Hatteras Financial (HTS -0.8%), MFA Financial (MFA -1%), Capsteam Mortgage (CMO -0.6%), Ellington Residential (EARN -0.4%).
Nov. 17, 2014, 4:03 PM
Oct. 29, 2014, 1:43 PM
- Fed purchases of mortgage-backed securities are ending today, but reinvestments are likely to keep a firm bid in the market, says Deutsche's MBS team. The "real risk" to the MBS market won't come until the Fed ends reinvestments - early 2016 at the soonest, and maybe not until 2017.
- QE's end, says the team, leaves the Fed with $1.7T in MBS holdings and private investors with just $3.5T. The Fed's massive holdings - 1/3 of the universal amount, but 1/2 of dollar duration - keep a source of volatility out of the market.
- The end of the Fed as a net buyer will be about the first time since the early 1990s when MBS haven't been getting a bid from either the GSEs, Treasury, or Fed.
- ETFs" REM, MORT, MORL
- Names of interest: Annaly (NLY -1.6%), American Capital Agency (AGNC -2.5%), Armour (ARR -1.2%), Hatteras (HTS -1.6%), CYS Investments (CYS -1.7%)
Oct. 28, 2014, 11:31 AM
- "We expect those changes to be at the margin," says American Capital Agency (AGNC -0.6%) CIO Gary Kain, speaking on the earnings call about recent loud headlines suggesting the GSEs are about to sharply ease credit/down payment standards for mortgages. Kain doesn't see some of the changes being talked about as materially affecting the mortgage market.
- Webcast and presentation slides
- He describes current mortgage market conditions as right in company management's wheelhouse - i.e., more active portfolio management is a must.
- Previously: American Capital Agency beats by $0.10
- Previously: American Capital agency book value slips in Q3
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