UBS ETRACS Monthly Pay 2x Leveraged Mortgage REIT ETN
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  • Jan. 6, 2015, 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%).
    | Jan. 6, 2015, 2:17 PM | 20 Comments
  • 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. 9, 2014, 12:57 PM | 16 Comments
  • Dec. 5, 2014, 10:12 AM
    | Dec. 5, 2014, 10:12 AM | 33 Comments
  • Nov. 5, 2014, 1:27 PM
    • The First Trust Emerging Markets Local Currency Bond ETF (NASDAQ:FEMB) is an active fund that seeks to maximize total return and income, while also minimizing volatility, by investing in bonds that are denominated in the issuer's local currency.
    • Another active fund, the First Trust Low Duration Mortgage Opportunities ETF (NASDAQ:LMBS) will invest at least 80% of its net assets in investment-grade, mortgage-related debt securities and other mortgage-related instruments in the search of current income for investors.
    • The third fund launched by the group today was the First Trust International IPO ETF (NASDAQ:FPXI), which tracks a basket of the 50 largest and typically most liquid companies that are domiciled outside the U.S. within the IPOX Global Composite Index.
    • Other emerging market bond ETFs: EMB, PCY, ELD, EMLC, VWOB, LEMB, EMAG, EBND, EMSH
    • Other mortgage REIT ETFs: REM, MORL, MORT
    • Other IPO ETFs: FPX, IPO, IPOS
    | Nov. 5, 2014, 1:27 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. 29, 2014, 1:43 PM | 7 Comments
  • Oct. 24, 2014, 7:07 AM
    • A trend now? JMP Securities' Steve Delaney cashes in his chips on his buy recommendation on AG Mortgage Investment Trust (NYSE:MITT) downgrading to Market Perform and pulling the price target after a big move higher in the stock this year.
    • Earlier this week: JMP's Delaney rings the register on American Capital Agency
    • The downgrades for both come before they and most of the industry report Q3 results (CYS Investments has already done so).
    • ETFs: REM, MORT, MORL
    | Oct. 24, 2014, 7:07 AM | 3 Comments
  • Oct. 13, 2014, 4:19 PM
    • Both equity and mortgage REITs saw plenty of buying as nearly all of the rest of the market was lit up bright red, and Treasury ETFs signaled a sharp drop in yields when government bonds reopen for trade tomorrow (closed this session for Columbus Day).
    • A sampling of equity names: Senior Housing Properties (SNH +1.2%), Medical Properties Trust (MPW +1.4%), Gramercy Property Trust (GPT +1.7%), Equity Residential (EQR +0.7%), Inland Real Estate (IRC +0.9%), Sovran Self Storage (SSS +1.1%), Highwoods Properties Trust (HIW +1%).
    • One equity REIT sector in the red along with the rest of the market is lodging amid worsening Ebola fears: Ashford Hospitality Trust (AHT -2.9%), Sunshine Hotel Investors (SHO -1.4%), LaSalle Hotel Properties (LHO -1.5%), Summit Hotel Properties (INN -1.5%).
    • Mortgage REITs: American Capital Agency (AGNC +1.4%), CYS Investments (CYS +2.2%), Invesco (IVR +1.1%), American Capital Mortgage (MTGE +1.5%), Western Asset (WMC +1.1%).
    • ETFs: IYR, VNQ, REM, MORL, MORT, DRN, URE, REZ, SRS, RWR, SCHH, ICF, ROOF, DRV, KBWY, RTL, REK, FRI, FTY, PSR, IFNA, FNIO, WREI
    | Oct. 13, 2014, 4:19 PM | 5 Comments
  • Oct. 10, 2014, 11:42 AM
    • The FTSE NAREIT All REITs Index gained 13.08 during the year's first nine months, and had a dividend yield of 4.31% as of September 30. The S&P 500 had a total return of 8.34% over the same period, and a dividend yield of 2.06%.
    • The big YTD performance comes even after a 2.63% decline in the just-ended Q3 (vs. the S&P's 1.13% decline).
    • Apartment REITs (EQR, AVB, ESS, PPS, UDR, to name a few) have been the biggest winner so far this year, with total return of 20.29% In second place at 16.76% are self-storage REITs (PSA, SSS, CUBE, EXR).
    • Mortgage REITs (REM, MORT, MORL) had a total return of 12.69%.
    • Broad REIT ETFs: IYR, VNQ, WPS, VNQI, DRN, RWX, URE, SRS, RWR, SCHH, ICF, RWO, IFGL, DRV, KBWY, DRW, REK, FRI, GRI, FTY, FFR, RWXL, PSR, WREI, REET
    | Oct. 10, 2014, 11:42 AM | 2 Comments
  • Oct. 9, 2014, 10:40 AM
    • It's been a good week for mortgage REITs (REM +0.7%) which rose on Tuesday as the broad market tumbled and brought yields down with it, rose more on Wednesday, this time alongside a major broad market rally on dovish FOMC minutes, and are on the move higher again today as the averages again head south.
    • Down to 2.28% earlier in the session (a 16-month low), the 10-year Treasury yield is now flat on the day at 2.32%.
    • This week's strong move comes following a tough September in which the mREITs gave back a nice chunk of their YTD gains.
    • Annaly (NLY +1.2%) is up nearly 5% over the last four sessions. American Capital Agency (AGNC +1.5%) is ahead more than 6%.
    • Others: Armour (ARR +1%), Chimera (CIM +1%), CYS Investments (CYS +1.2%), New York Mortgage (NYMT +1.3%), Anworth (ANH +0.8%), Dynex (DX +1%), Javelin (JMI +1.5%), Five Oaks (OAKS +0.9%).
    • Other ETFs: MORT, MORL
    | Oct. 9, 2014, 10:40 AM | 5 Comments
  • Oct. 7, 2014, 11:12 AM
    • Sector giants Annaly Capital (NLY +1.2%) and American Capital Agency (AGNC +1%) are pacing gains in the mortgage REIT sector (REM +0.3%) on a day when the major averages are lower by about 0.75% and the 10-year yield at 2.39% has about erased all of its big post-Labor Day gain.
    • Additional ETFs: MORT, MORL
    • Among other names, there's CYS Investments (CYS +0.5%) - whose management has been the most publicly skeptical of the higher interest rates meme.
    | Oct. 7, 2014, 11:12 AM | 11 Comments
  • Sep. 30, 2014, 3:05 PM
    | Sep. 30, 2014, 3:05 PM | 32 Comments
  • Sep. 19, 2014, 3:32 PM
    • Leading the mREIT sector (REM +0.2%) higher this session are American Capital Agency (AGNC +1.9%) and American Capital Mortgage (MTGE +1%) after the two maintained their $0.65 per share quarterly payout last night. Neither move should have been a surprise as both comfortably out-earned their dividend last quarter.
    • Also maintaining its payout ($0.30 per shares) after the bell yesterday was Annaly Capital (NLY +0.8%).
    • The sector is also getting a break from rising rates with the 10-year Treasury yield lower by four basis points to 2.58%
    • ETFs: MORT, MORL
    | Sep. 19, 2014, 3:32 PM | 49 Comments
  • Sep. 18, 2014, 1:10 PM
    • The entire sector is in the red, but the biggest declines are being seen in the industry giants, about the only spots large investors can move a lot of shares quickly: Annaly Capital (NLY -1.6%), American Capital Agency (AGNC -1.6%).
    • Yesterday's FOMC statement may have left in the "considerable period" language, but the committee remains on course to begin a rate hike cycle in less than a year.
    • Further, the selloff on the long end of the curve can has reached the sizable stage - the 10-year yield is up 32 basis points in a month, and has now erased about all of the summer's decline. Book values could take a hit (though hedging is likely to ease the pain).
    • REM -0.7%
    • Other ETFs: MORT, MORL.
    • Other names: Armour (ARR -1.3%), Invesco (IVR -0.7%), Hatteras (HTS -3%), Capstead (CMO -0.3%), Western Asset (WMC -0.4%)
    | Sep. 18, 2014, 1:10 PM | 32 Comments
  • Sep. 16, 2014, 12:27 PM
    • Residential mortgage REITs (REM +0.3%) have been under pressure ahead of the FOMC meeting as traders mull the possibility of higher short-term rates in the nearer-than-expected future, and FBR continues to see trading risks thanks a higher chance of something hawkish rather than anything dovish or unchanged coming from the Fed statement (has the FBR team seen the latest from Hilsenrath?).
    • For those who want to buy the dip, FBR calls MFA Financial (MFA +1%) a "top choice" thanks to a portfolio comprised 65% of adjustable-rate mortgages.
    • Also don't forgot that higher rates alongside an improving economy would be a boost to MFA's high-quality credit book.
    • Commercial REITs are a different animal, says FBR, thanks to differences in how they're funded. The group is less susceptible to a rise in short-term rates, and FBR says Blackstone Mortgage Trust (BXMT +0.6%) should actually see improving earnings power alongside higher rates.
    • ETFs: MORT, MORL
    | Sep. 16, 2014, 12:27 PM | 4 Comments
  • Sep. 2, 2014, 2:26 PM
    • REITs and other so-called "shadow bankers" for the last several years have used captive insurers to join Federal Home Loan Banks, thus getting access to more dependable financing and better terms than they otherwise could.
    • The FHFA for some time has voiced its concern over the practice, and under new rules just proposed, would sunset those existing memberships over a five year period.
    • ETFs: REM, MORT, MORL
    • Two Harbors (TWO -1.8%), Invesco Mortgage (IVR -1.9%), Hatteras Financial (HTS -1.2%), Dynex Capital (DX -1.1%), PennyMac Mortgage (PMT -1.5%), Annaly Capital (NLY -0.8%), American Capital Agency (AGNC -0.3%).
    | Sep. 2, 2014, 2:26 PM | 16 Comments
  • Jul. 10, 2014, 10:17 AM
    | Jul. 10, 2014, 10:17 AM | 7 Comments
MORL Description
The ETRACS Monthly Pay 2xLeveraged Mortgage REIT ETN (NYSE: MORL) ("MORL" or the "ETN") is an exchange-traded note linked to the monthly compounded 2x leveraged performance of the Market Vectors® Global Mortgage REITs Index (the "Index"), reduced by the Accrued Fees. MORL is listed on the NYSE Arca exchange, is denominated in USD, and pays a USD-denominated variable monthly coupon linked to 2 times the cash distributions, if any, on the Index constituents, less any withholding taxes.
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