NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Oct 4, 2012) - Mortgage REITs have garnered increased attention among investors in recent weeks after the Federal Reserve announced stimulus measures focused on the purchases of mortgage backed securities. The Market Vectors Mortgage REIT Income ETF (MORT), which seeks to replicate the price and yield performance of the Market Vectors Global Mortgage REITs Index, has gained over 20 percent year-to-date. Five Star Equities examines the outlook for diversified REITs and provides equity research on Chimera Investment Corporation (
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The Federal Open Market Committee last month announced the third round of quantitative easing in which the Fed would purchase $40 billion of mortgage debt per month until the economy showed "sustained improvement." The main interest rate is now forecasted to remain near zero until at least mid-2015.
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke has recently pledged to sustain record stimulus even after the U.S. economy has strengthened, but at the same time does not expect the "economy to be weak through" 2015. "We expect that a highly accommodative stance of monetary policy will remain appropriate for a considerable time after the economy strengthens," Bernanke said in a recent speech in Indianapolis.
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Chimera Investment Corporation invests in residential mortgage loans, residential mortgage-backed securities, real estate-related securities and various other asset classes. The company in June lowered its quarterly dividend from $0.11 per share to $0.09 per share. Chimera now offers investors a dividend yield of roughly 13.2 percent.
Invesco Mortgage Capital is a real estate investment trust that focuses on financing and managing residential and commercial mortgage-backed securities and mortgage loans. The company's Board of Directors declared a cash dividend of $0.65 per share for the third quarter of 2012. The dividend will be paid on October 29, 2012 to shareholders of record on September 24, 2012.
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