What Every Investor Must Know About Bonds in 2018

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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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If you want to find the best high-yield opportunities on Wall Street, you don’t follow bright neon signs – you turn over rocks.

Years of research has shown that the most widely recommended names are typically overcrowded trades, killing any chance you have at wringing out any value. Worse, analysts’ and pundits’ picks are often so conservative that they actually pose a danger to your retirement by producing sleepy returns and only so-so dividends.

That’s why I love closed-end funds (CEFs) like the three high yielders (between 7% and 9.5%) that I’m going to show you today. They garner no media coverage, so they’re less likely to develop into bubbles.…
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Something strange happened recently, and it’s set up a terrific—and almost totally overlooked—profit opportunity for you.

What is it?

The European Union is going to ensure that people who held bonds in two recently failed banks (Veneto Banca and Popolare di Vicenza) will get a 100% bailout.

Now unless you’re holding these specific bonds, you’re probably wondering what this could possibly have to do with you.

Stick with me—I’ll get to that in a second. First, back to the bailout.

The EU’s move isn’t actually all that surprising. We’ve seen governments bail out bondholders many times since 2007 (and the EU has been doing even more bond bailouts in the last couple years).…
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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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