Mortgage REITs Rise in Spite of Headwinds

Investopedia writes that according to a report from Barron’s, Mortgage REITs have climbed more than 10% year-to-date as measured by the value of the iShares Mortgage Real Estate Capped exchange-traded fund. This increase has occurred despite concerns that these REITs would face headwinds from rising interest rates. The report notes that investors have focused on particular mREITs that invest in securities that relies more on the overall health of the housing market.

On Thursday, March 30th, SFIG staff met with Craig Phillips, Counselor to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. The discussion focused on qualifying the GSEs' Credit Risk Transfer (CRT) securities as "good" MREIT assets.

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