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March 14, 2014

REIT MBS Holdings Fell Sharply in 4Q; Can You Smell the Fed?

By John Bancroft

The five largest REIT MBS investors all reported double-digit drops during the final three months of 2013, while the mid-range companies generally had smaller declines and three smaller firms actually grew their portfolios.

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