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Today I’m going to show you 3 funds that give you an income stream the taxman cannot touch.

These 5% dividends get even more exciting when you see their “real” yields, thanks to that tax-free status.

A Low-Key Cash Machine

It’s all thanks to unsung municipal bonds, a kind of debt that cities, counties and states issue to raise funds for building roads, bridges, schools, hospitals—all kinds of things that make life easier for their residents.

To encourage investors to get into this market, the US government allows the income from these bonds to be distributed to investors without any tax payable at the federal level.…
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Today I’m going to show you 3 funds that give you an income stream the taxman cannot touch.

These 5% dividends get even more exciting when you see their “real” yields, thanks to that tax-free status.

A Low-Key Cash Machine

It’s all thanks to unsung municipal bonds, a kind of debt that cities, counties and states issue to raise funds for building roads, bridges, schools, hospitals—all kinds of things that make life easier for their residents.

To encourage investors to get into this market, the US government allows the income from these bonds to be distributed to investors without any tax payable at the federal level.…
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There are, as I write this, 3 high-yielding funds giving investors over 5% in dividend income. Plus they pay out every month, tax-free.

All 3 sold off at the end of 2017. And I’m watching one group of investors who are waiting to buy back in when a “time limit” I’ll explain in a moment expires in the next few weeks.

That makes now a good time to buy. Because when this “deadline” comes and goes, I expect all 3 of these funds to rise.

Before I show you these funds, I want to give you the inside scoop on this unique situation.…
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I’ve been getting a lot of emails from readers worried about how closed-end funds (CEFs)—especially bond-oriented closed-end funds—will perform next year, when the Federal Reserve raises interest rates.

And that’s definitely a when and not an if—there is too much good economic data to suggest the Fed will back off its rate-hike plans, which both it and most US legislators desperately want to happen.

(A couple weeks ago, I gave you my outlook for the US economy in 2018 and named 5 non-bond CEFs to buy before the New Year arrives. Click here to read that article.)

The conventional wisdom on rates and bonds is simple: rising rates are bad for bonds.…
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The tax reform debate in Washington is roiling the municipal bond market—and that’s setting up a screaming buying opportunity for contrarians on the hunt for income.

I’ll tell you why, and show you exactly how to cash in, in a moment.

First, if you’ve been watching “munis” for any length of time, I probably don’t have to tell you that muni-bond investors detest uncertainty.

That’s because they’re risk-averse folks who just want a high, tax-free yield on their money.

After all, that’s what municipal bonds are for; they offer higher yields than US Treasuries; they’re untaxed for most Americans, unlike federal bonds and stock dividends; and their prices don’t fluctuate much.…
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Don’t be cheap when you buy bonds this holiday season (or ever, for that matter). Bargain shoppers, sadly, tend to be the most at-risk of outliving their fixed income portfolios!

But it’s easy for you and me to double up “regular” bond returns simply by swapping out popularity for quality.

Let’s walk through some of the most popular fixed-income plays today – and replace each with something that yields more (with superior price upside to boot).

The obsession with fees is understandable. Most investors are conditioned by their experience with stock-based mutual funds and ETFs to search out the lowest fees, almost to a fault.…
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One thing investors ask me about all the time is return of capital, or ROC.

In a nutshell, these folks are mainly worried that ROC is simply a fund taking your money and paying you a dividend from your money without actually making a positive return on it.

Worse, they’re doing this after taking out their fees, which are much higher than the fees you’d pay on an index fund!

Before you get your pitchfork out, know that this perception of ROC is wrong. In reality, return of capital is often very good for investors.

For starters, ROC isn’t simply a fund taking your money and giving it back to you.…
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Wall Street says you have to settle for the pathetic 2% yields most folks scrape by on from 10-year Treasuries, or your typical S&P 500 stock.

Don’t believe them.

Because there’s a far better way to bankroll your retirement that they won’t tell you about: municipal bonds.

While their name sounds boring, that’s the last word I’d use to describe the income they throw off: “munis” pay dividend yields of 5% and often much more, thanks to a unique tax advantage.

In fact, the 3 off-the-radar plays I’ll show you below can let you pull a steady (and safe) 6.5% out of some of the safest muni bonds out there.…
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There’s one very simple mistake millions of folks are making right now—and it’s costing them billions every year.

Of course, there are many boneheaded errors people make every day, like betting a lot of cash on a single stock. Or not having an investment plan.

While both of those will also drain your portfolio—and could even put your retirement on the rocks—neither is the most common pitfall you’ll find.

So what is?

Simple. Being scared.

That may sound strange, but hear me out.

Because fearful investors avoid risk, but they don’t realize that all investing involves risk. You might think putting your money in U.S.…
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Something wonderful happened last week: one of the municipal-bond CEFs I recommended to ContrarianOutlook.com readers more than two months ago raised its dividend.

The Pioneer Municipal High-Income Advantage Trust (MAV) hiked its payout by over 5%, giving the fund a 5.3% yield.

The stock price caught a lift on the news, bringing it to a 4.3% total return in a little more than two months, outperforming the municipal-bond fund benchmark iShares National Municipal Bond Total Return Fund (MUB) and the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY).

Trouncing Munis and Stocks

The hike came after a series of dividend cuts dragged down the fund’s share price over the last few years:

Falling Yields and Prices

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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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