FBR Declares Quarterly Dividend of $0.20 Per Share Payable April 28, 2006
Annual Shareholders' Meeting Set for June 8th
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Arlington, Virginia

 ARLINGTON, Va., March 15, 2006 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- Friedman, Billings, Ramsey Group, Inc. (NYSE: FBR) today announced that its Board of Directors has declared a dividend of $0.20 per share for the first quarter of 2006. The dividend will be payable on April 28, 2006 to shareholders of record on March 31, 2006 (ex-dividend date of March 29, 2006).

FBR also announced today that the company will hold its annual shareholders' meeting on June 8, 2006. The meeting will be held at The Ritz- Carlton Georgetown Hotel, 3100 South Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. FBR shareholders of record as of April 17, 2006 will convene at 9:00 a.m. U.S. EDT.

Friedman, Billings, Ramsey Group, Inc. provides investment banking*, institutional brokerage*, asset management, and private client services through its operating subsidiaries and invests in mortgage-related assets and merchant banking opportunities. FBR focuses capital and financial expertise on eight industry sectors: consumer, diversified industrials, energy and natural resources, financial institutions, healthcare, insurance, real estate, and technology, media and telecommunications. FBR is headquartered in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area with offices in Arlington, Va., Boston, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Irvine, London, New York, Phoenix, San Francisco and Seattle. Friedman, Billings, Ramsey Group, Inc. is the parent company of First NLC Financial Services, Inc., a non-conforming residential mortgage originator headquartered in Deerfield Beach, Florida. For more information, see http://www.fbr.com.

*Friedman, Billings, Ramsey & Co., Inc.

Statements concerning future performance, developments, events, market forecasts, revenues, expenses, earnings, run rates and any other guidance on present or future periods, constitute forward-looking statements that are subject to a number of factors, risks and uncertainties that might cause actual results to differ materially from stated expectations or current circumstances. These factors include, but are not limited to, the effect of demand for public offerings, activity in the secondary securities markets, interest rates, costs of borrowing, interest spreads, mortgage pre-payment speeds, risks associated with merchant banking investments, the realization of gains and losses on principal investments, available technologies, competition for business and personnel, and general economic, political and market conditions. These and other risks are described in the company's Annual Report and Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q that are available from the company and from the SEC.

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For further information: Investors: Kurt Harrington +1-703-312-9647, kharrington@fbr.com, or Media: Lauren Burk, +1-703-469-1004, lburk@fbr.com, both of Friedman, Billings, Ramsey Group, Inc.