Mortgage REITs, like Annaly Capital Management, are often grabbing investors' attention because of their big dividends, but what do these companies actually do?

In this segment of The Motley Fool's everything-financial show, Where the Money Is, analysts David Hanson and Matt Koppenheffer take a question from their mailbag from a viewer requesting an "Idiot's Guide to Annaly Capital Management."

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The article The "Idiot's Guide" to Annaly Capital Management originally appeared on Fool.com.

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