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June 12, 2014

REIT Investments in MBS Fell Ever So Slightly in First Quarter

By John Bancroft

American Capital Agency Corp., the second-largest REIT MBS investor, reported a sharp 14.6 percent drop in its holdings during the first quarter. But officials are upbeat about the future.

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