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US regulators see mortgage REITs as source of market vulnerability

Posted on 22 April 2013

In the latest sign of Washington’s growing concern with market bubbles US financial regulators are setting their eyes on mortgage real estate investment trust companies as a potential risk to the country’s financial system, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday. The Financial Stability Oversight Council is expected to cite mortgage REITs as a point of vulnerability in the real estate market in its annual report next week, according to an inside source quoted by The Journal.
Mortgage REITs (mREITs) are publicly traded companies that borrow funds to invest in real-estate debt. Unlike regular real estate investment trust (firms that invest in physical properties), mREITs buy mortgage securities backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and offer returns to investors of as much as 15 percent………………………………………..Full Article: Source


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