Slide 4, I’ll just over this quickly, but again highlighting the performance that we’ve established over the past three years. You can see these numbers are both versus the Bloomberg Mortgage REIT Index as well as versus the S&P, and strong performance across the board – year-to-date almost 57%, one year 38%, and I mentioned three-year about 67% total returns.
Slide 5 is really here for more informational purposes. A lot of numbers on the page, so certainly not going to go through all of them, but some of the highlights – earnings per share and dividends remain competitive through some challenging times over the past few years. Asset selection and diversification and leverage are really what drives the strong ROE of the portfolio, and again the scalability of Invesco’s platform, one of the ways I think that shows through in is in the low operating cost, so that’s one of the places where aside from the people and that, just purely in operating cost perspective, we really benefit from IVZ.
So with that, I’ll just move into the portfolio. We’re a hybrid REIT so we invest both in resi and commercial asset classes. We find opportunities in both asset classes and really feel that the ability to move between sectors and go anywhere where we feel returns are good is one of the big advantages of the way we’re structured. The portfolio I mentioned was 16 billion. Current yield is about 3.58% with 6.3 times leverage, and I’ll move through each of the sectors in a little more detail over the next few slides.
On the agency side, the majority of our portfolio is in fixed rate prepaid protected pools. One of the things that’s been going obviously are you can see yields have continually declined over time as rates have gotten lower and prepayments have increased over the past couple years, but our net yield is still 130 basis points, has remained fairly stable over the past few quarters. The thing that’s really driving that is the box on the lower left – our agency prepayments have remained very stable considering how high the dollar prices in the mortgage market have gotten, so that really is a big driver of returns in terms of just keeping prepayment speeds under control. And you can see on the bottom right versus similar collateral, our speeds have been much, much slower, so that’s really been the driver of returns on the agency side. It’s been the entire key to that asset class (inaudible).
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