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Dividend Investors Set to Face Major Dividend Tax Increase in 2013

Five Star Equities Provides Stock Research on American Capital Agency and Annaly Capital

NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwire) -- 12/10/12 -- Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) by law are required to pay out a minimum of 90 percent of their taxable income through dividends. A dividend tax increase has been a major concern for investors as current top tax rate is set to expire in the New Year. Five Star Equities examines the outlook for dividend yielding companies and provides equity research on American Capital Agency Corp. (NASDAQ: AGNC) and Annaly Capital Management, Inc. (NYSE: NLY).

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The current top tax rate on dividends, which was set in the Bush-era, will expire in January. If lawmakers fail to take action dividends will be taxed at the same level as wages and salaries in 2013. President Obama's plan would see the top tax rate on dividends rise to from 15 percent to 39.6 percent for high-income earners, which doesn't include the new 3.8 percent tax on investment income added by Obama's health-care law. Since mREITs are already taxed as ordinary income they are likely to see just a slight increase in taxation, compared to almost triple for other high yielding companies.

"The prevailing fear is that if taxes for dividends increase, dividend yielding companies could grow less attractive and could see a multiple de-rating," said Savita Subramanian, a strategist at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

Five Star Equities releases regular market updates on dividend yielding companies so investors can stay ahead of the crowd and make the best investment decisions to maximize their returns. Take a few minutes to register with us free at www.FiveStarEquities.com and get exclusive access to our numerous stock reports and industry newsletters.

American Capital, both directly and through its asset management business, originates, underwrites and manages investments in middle market private equity, leveraged finance, real estate and structured products. The company offers investors an annual dividend of $5.00 per share for a dividend yield of approximately 16.0 percent.

Annaly's principal business objective is to generate net income for distribution to its shareholders from its Investment Securities and from dividends it receives from its subsidiaries. The company offers investors an annual dividend $2.00 per share for a dividend yield of approximately 13.85 percent.

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