Portfolio

mREIT valuation & interest rate risk

In today’s hunt for yield mREITs seem to be an increasingly popular choice. The sector offers yields in the range of 13%. With even high yield bonds trading down to yields of ~7% an almost doubling of potential yield is compelling. But have investors chased yield too much and what happens if rates change dramatically? Today I want to do…

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Stocks

mREITs: good risk reward setups in place

Its been a hell of a few weeks for mREITs. From the Friday freakout just over one month ago to the recent week’s 5%+ price declines investors are digesting multiple new risks to the mREIT’s businesses. In response to all this valuations for the sector have come down to a level that represents a very positive risk reward setup. First,…

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Portfolio

September 2012 portfolio review

I’ve been thinking about writing an income investing newsletter at some point….but haven’t quite committed to that concept yet. Baby steps, baby steps….so, with that in mind I thought I’d start out with a monthly commentary on the positions I hold or have held throughout the month. Feel free to comments and let me know what you think. For my…

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Bonds

Pray for higher interest rates

OK. I know. I’m schizophrenic.  In my last post I’m telling you why I think interest rates will stay low longer than people expect. Now, I’m going to explain how rates could go higher and why I’m hoping they do. One of the things that makes investing a challenge is that you’re dealing with the future. As Yogi Bera so…

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Portfolio

Income investor dashboard 2011 performance

2011 was definitely a wild and wacky year for investments. Volatility and uncertainty returned to the markets with a vengeance. In my mind, 2011 was the year of the contrarian in spades. Usually being contrarian pays off handsomely but 2011 delivered in that regard more than usual. Can you remember back to Dec 2010 what the ‘consenus’ was on US…

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Portfolio , Stocks

September income investor dashboard

Here is the updated income investor dashboard for September. Prices are as of the market close on Friday September 2nd. August overall had one general theme; stocks bad, bonds good. See the dashboard below. August was one of the worst months on record for stocks. Markets are trading mainly on macro level news, European bank and sovereign concerns, US economic…

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Portfolio , Uncategorized

August income investor dashboard

It’s time again for the monthly update of the income investor dashboard. July was an exciting month with stocks dropping in general, bonds defying the consensus chorus and rallying, and volatility spiking higher. Below is the updated income investor dashboard. As usual the highlighted green cells are for those areas that became less expensive, higher yields, during the month. The…

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Stocks

Mortgage REIT friday freakout

Yesterday was sure an interesting day for the mortgage REIT (mREIT) market. Early in the morning trade investors seemed to be fleeing mREITs. At one point the biggest mREIT, NLY, traded down 18% from its opening price then came back to close down about 3% for the day. This was a highly unusual move to say the least. Lets take…

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Stocks

Mortgage REIT Q2 2011 dividend announcements

I thought today would be a good day to discuss the recent Q2 2011 dividend announcements from the mortgage REIT (mREIT) companies that I track. Six out of the seven mREITs I follow have announced their Q2 dividends. For my previous posts on mREITs see here. Also, today the fed announced their latest policy decision which also has a potential…

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