16 CEFs That Crush the Market and Yield 5%+

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There are plenty of great reasons to invest in a closed-end fund, including my No. 1 reason: dividends! With CEFs routinely throwing out yields of 6% and up—often paid monthly—they’re tough to beat in a world where Treasury yields are stuck around 2.4%.

If you’re new to these funds, your timing couldn’t be better. I recently wrote a primer on CEFs that gives you all you need to know.

And today I’m going to show you 16 CEFs with juicy yields all the way up to 11%.

But before we get to that, we’re going to zero in on the one thing that makes the difference between a winning fund with a stable—and growing—dividend and a dangerous dividend trap: management.…
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I’m going to get straight to brass tacks. Let’s discuss 2 closed-end funds with up to 18% upside in the next 12 months, plus yields up to 5.8%. Both are leading a blockbuster trend almost everyone has missed.

I say “almost” because if you’re a canny contrarian (and if you’re reading this I’m betting you are), you probably know what I’m going to say.

I’m talking about the quiet rebound in actively managed funds (that is, funds with real humans in charge), including CEFs.

So far this year, more than half of active managers are beating their benchmarks. And when human stock pickers take the lead, they keep it, like they did from 2001 to 2011.…
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Most folks buy closed-end funds for one reason: big yields!

But that’s not the only reason—and depending on your situation, it may not even the best reason for you, as I’ll show you shortly. (I’ll also reveal 3 tricky, but easily avoidable, blunders many folks make with CEFs).

First, there’s no doubt CEF payouts are legendary.

According to BlackRock’s latest quarterly update, dividend yields range from an average of 2.25% in the lowest-paying CEF sector (emerging market equity) to 9.9% in the highest paying (municipal-bond funds). (The muni-bond fund yield is on a tax-equivalent basis and based on a 43.4% tax rate, as munis are exempt from federal income tax):

A Rich Hunting Ground for Yield Fans

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Brett

Hi, I’m Brett Owens – and I’m a financial junkie. My “problem” started incollege, when I got a little dose of the stock market – man, was I hooked…in no time, I was reading the Wall Street Journal religously.

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