Reason to Pull REITs from the Wreckage
What will investors abandon next? The first bout of jitters in July hit stocks. Then gold took its licks. The latest target: companies that own government-backed mortgages.
After holding up well through the summer, many mortgage real-estate investment trusts have fallen at least 15% in the last month. Such REITs tend to perform better when investors flee risky assets because they invest exclusively in government-agency-guaranteed mortgages. But Capstead Mortgage Corp. and CYS Investments now have valuations below 90% of book value, the lowest in over a year, ...