From CNBC: "The Federal Reserve's minutes on Thursday hinted at an earlier-than-expected end to its unprecedented bond buying program, triggering a sell-off in equities as investors worried about an end to historically low interest rates. The upside? Analysts say this is the Fed's way of weaning markets off the drug of quantitative easing and reflects the central bank's confidence in the U.S. economy. " Now strong REIT's such as AGNC and ARR can grow and prosper without the artificial stimulus of QE. This is good for their Stock Price.