The "Sexy" Facts about Debt Markets

By: Chris Tell at
Like a bad case of hemorrhoids, debt is a topic too often left out of polite conversation. It’s a good thing then that you don’t come here for polite conversation. It is a topic previously written about in these pages and one which has the power to keep me awake at nights when I really ought to be …

Guggenheim Debuts First EM Real Estate ETF

By Tom Lydon:

By Todd Shriber & Tom Lydon

Guggenheim Investments, the seventh-largest U.S. issuer of exchange traded funds, launched the Guggenheim Emerging Markets Real Estate ETF (NYSEArca:

Pros And Cons Of The American Capital Agency Switch To Monthly Dividends

By Tim Plaehn:

Tuesday, September 30, mortgage REIT American Capital Agency Corp. (NASDAQ:AGNC) announced that starting in November, investors will receive mo…

Is the U.S. Secretly Egging On Hong Kong Protesters?

The mass demonstrations in Hong Kong are dramatic, indeed. And given that Hong Kong has long enjoyed a more liberal existence under British rule, protests against a more authoritarian Chinese government (at least it used to be more authoritarian) are not entirely surprising.
But Chinese officials accuse the U.S. of egging on the protests.  As th…

Debt Hysteria

I have been reading the Geneva 16 report, which came out yesterday. It’s scary stuff. If you thought the world was reducing its debt pile – forget it:

Will Rising Rates Hurt REIT Performance?

The prevailing wisdom on real estate investment trusts (REITs) is that they’ll be doomed once interest rates start to rise. Because of the way REITs are structured for tax purposes they have to pay out at least 90% of their taxable income in the form of dividends.