An Ingenious “Hack” That Turns a 1% Dividend Into 6.8%

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Our man Jay Powell is talking a little more about raising rates. Right on cue, stocks have dropped, and dividend yields have popped!

Our contrarian buying opportunity is here.

But wait. Even with the latest pullback, the yields on the popular names of the S&P 500 are still only 1.3%. And how can you call the S&P 500 cheap when it still trades at a nosebleed P/E of 37?

You can’t.

But lucky for us, there are always overlooked assets out there. To find them, we’re going to skip the S&P and go with another acronym: “C-E-F,” for closed-end fund.

If you’ve heard of CEFs, you know that they’re famous for huge dividends.… Read more

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I get plenty of questions about specific closed-end funds from members of my CEF Insider service, which focuses on quick-moving smaller CEFs (here I mean those with sub-$1-billion market caps).

We love these CEF “small fry” because they hand us big dividends (7%+ yields are common in this corner of the CEF market) at a bargain, because these funds get little coverage from Wall Street and the mainstream media.

But when they do get “found,” their discounts disappear fast, catapulting us to some nice price gains to go along with our big payouts.

New 6.5%-Yielding PIMCO Fund: Buy, Hold or Sell?Read more

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Healthcare—along with consumer staples (“buying stuff”) and utilities (“keeping the lights on”)—provide portfolio stability. Plus, they usually pay dividends, too!

Of the three safety sectors, healthcare is a steady growth market, too. Consider these stats from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services:

  • National health spending is projected to grow at an average annual rate of 5.4% for 2019-28 and to reach $6.2 trillion by 2028.
  • National health expenditures are projected to grow 1.1 percentage points faster than gross domestic product per year during that same time period.
  • Between 2019 and 2028, healthcare’s share of the economy will rise from 17.7% to 19.7%.

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Far too many investors think inflation is bad news for closed-end funds (CEFs), for a simple reason: they fear it’ll boost CEFs’ borrowing costs. (Because CEFs, of course, use leverage to varying degrees.)

That sounds like a reason to worry. Inflation, after all, boosts interest rates, and higher rates obviously mean CEFs would have to pay more to service their loans.

Bad news, right?

Not so fast! Because nearly everyone forgets the other side to the story—that inflation (at least these days) comes with a strong economy—and that drives investment returns that’ll more than offset any small rise in CEFs’ borrowing costs.… Read more

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I recently accomplished something that had been on my “to do” list for no fewer than three months.

I figured out how to log into my 401(K)!

You would think a simple “password reset” would not be that difficult, especially for a guy who has started a software company or three in his day. Well, I’m not embarrassed, just glad that my long personal investing nightmare is over.

What is it about 401(K) access? It’s a circus when we try to log into my wife’s retirement plan, too. (Any task that starts with “logging into her company’s VPN” is off to a rough start.)… Read more

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In a levitating market like today’s, we dividend investors absolutely must have a portfolio that does three things:

  1. Automatically “times” the market for us.
  2. Frees up cash for us to grab bargain dividend stocks on pullbacks and, of course …
  3. Pays us a growing income stream!

We’ll get to point No. 1 in a second. Let’s start with point No. 2.

Most people panic when the market drops, but we dividend investors know that volatility is our friend. It’s easy to see this just by looking at what the S&P 500 benchmark SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (SPY) has done in the last five years.… Read more

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Let’s say you want to generate a middle-class wage using only dividends, but you’ve only got $300,000 to invest. Can it be done?

It certainly can—and it’s easy to do with just three funds you can buy right now.

Drop $300K into these three income generators and you’ll get an outsized 9.8% dividend stream. That translates into a steady $2,450 every single month. And since these funds pay dividends monthly (as opposed to your typical S&P 500 stock, which pays quarterly), you’ll start getting that income in just 30 days (or less) if you invest right now.

Best of all, none of these funds force you to buy into risky small companies, toxic financial derivatives or any other speculative investments.… Read more

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There are dozens of huge yields out there that no one ever talks about. I’m talking about payouts 6-times (or bigger) than the pathetic 1.4% dividend the typical blue-chip stock pays.

Swapping Dividend Yield for Shareholder Yield 

These big “hidden yields” really are hiding in plain sight. The key to finding them is to set aside dividend yield for a moment and focus on shareholder yield.

Shareholder yield is a simple measure that goes beyond dividends to show you the big-picture view of what you’re pulling in from a stock—including another way companies pay us that doesn’t get nearly enough press (or at least nearly enough positive press!).… Read more

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Most people don’t realize this, but there’s a simple, two-step way to grab serious gains in high-yield closed-end funds (CEFs).

I call it the Index Boomerang Effect. And when I say it’s simple, I’m not kidding around.

It goes like this: over time, we can expect a CEF in a particular asset class to perform around as well as the index that represents it (though to be honest, the best CEFs tend to beat their indexes handily, which makes our strategy even more powerful).

But even the best CEFs do lag their indexes from time to time. The key is to spot those times and buy—then ride your CEF to strong gains as the index “pulls” its share price higher.… Read more

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Oil stocks—and their fat dividends—are breaking out to new highs.

Question for you. If Fed Chair Jay Powell hadn’t printed a bunch of money over the past 14 months, would energy stocks still be this electric?

Chairman JP Prints Lots of Money

My take? No way. Their recovery would be (much) more muted.

According to the International Energy Agency (IEA)—the best and most unbiased source of industry information I know—world oil demand is projected to hit 96.7 million barrels per day this year.

Meanwhile, global supply is just 93.6 million barrels per day. Production was halted when the world shut down a spring ago.… Read more

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