Late Cycle Investing: Dividend Stocks for 2020 and Beyond

Late Cycle Investing: Dividend Stocks for 2020 and Beyond

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Until a flu-like virus emerged halfway around the world, it’s been three peaceful months since we’d seen a “1% up or down day” in stocks. As usual, the volatility inspired investors to reflect upon the advanced age (almost eleven years) of our current bull market.

To paraphrase the legendary rock band Chicago, does anybody really know what time it is in the rally right now? “Late cycle” is a popular guess. But how late?

Did the streetlights just pop on, or is it 2am with money managers stumbling into their taxis and Ubers outside?

Most rallies don’t make it to eleven, but then again, most don’t follow financial crises either. As Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff outlined in their unique read This Time Is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly, the big meltdowns eventually give way to economic expansions that:

  1. Have less “pop” than standard-fare recoveries. The previous financial wounds take longer to heal, so the ensuing good times take a (long) while to get rolling. And,
  2. They last longer, too. Participants pace themselves and everyone worries about the next hangover. The calmer party has more longevity!

Yet I often hear from readers who are concerned that our decade-plus market rally is ready to end. I can appreciate the concern. After all, stock prices usually precede economic news—drops precede recessions, bumps precede expansions—and ten-plus years is a long time to go between recessions (regardless of their severity).

Fortunately, we don’t have to choose between safety and income. We can begin to position our retirement portfolio to sail along “just in case” the lights are about to come on with the revelers being sent to the streets.

Here are three late cycle income ideas to consider moving money into right now. Many of these were rare “green tickers” in the recent seas of red losses on most portfolio screens. Their impressive relative strength is a clue that these dividend havens will become quite popular as investors and money managers increasingly seek safety.

Late Cycle Dividend Play #1: “Bargain” Bonds

I know, bonds—how boring. Plus, haven’t bonds rallied like crazy across the board? Do they even pay enough to warrant our cash?

If you think that bonds pay less than 2% today, you’ve been watching too much CNBC. Sure, most American “paper” isn’t much more than a guarantee that you’ll get your initial money back in two, ten or thirty years. But, if you know where to look, you can actually find secure bonds like these that yield up to 8.75%:

But wait, there’s more. You can buy this basket for just 90 cents on the dollar to its true value—a 10% discount in other words—by simply purchasing the closed-end fund (CEF) that put this high-paying portfolio together. If you know where to look, of course.

This one-click purchase gives you a diversified monthly distribution that adds up to 7.6% per year. And if interest rates drop more (because, say, we creep into a recession) the fund’s assets are going to increase in value. Lower rates will simply make its high, fixed rate holdings more popular.

Late Cycle Dividend Play #2: “Boring” Landlords

Is there any reason to ever sell a dividend like this?

An Ever-Rising Payout

If there is, my Contrarian Income Report subscribers and I haven’t found it yet. This ever-rising payout belongs to Omega Healthcare Investors (OHI), a real estate investment trust (REIT) that owns skilled-nursing facilities.

Extra rooms in these assisted-living properties are becoming increasingly difficult to come by. Within the decade, US demographics are going to result in a deficit in available SNF rooms (which is bad for baby boomers but great for OHI investors).

If you’re ever tempted to overtrade and potentially “time” the next downturn, let me point out a blip on our 73% total returns from this trade to put that in perspective. In the fourth quarter of 2018, the broader market completely melted down with the S&P 500 dropping almost 20%. It was “nearly an official bear.” Yet, big picture, it couldn’t have mattered less to OHI longs:

Don’t Let Permabears Scare You Out of Positions Like These

While the rest of the market tanked, OHI most decidedly did not. Not all REITs are as recession-proof as OHI, so make sure you consider the revenue model before you buy. Nuances in businesses, by the way, can also be the best way to buy yesteryear’s favorite income stocks: Safe, reliable utilities.

Late Cycle Dividend Play #3: “Backdoor” Utility Plays

Utility stocks are perhaps the “original” dividend plays. There’s nothing like monopoly status to guarantee reliable cash flow, after all.

We are not the only income investors thinking about utilities, unfortunately. Year-to-date the Utilities Select SPDR ETF (XLU) has returned more than 7% while the S&P 500 has barely trod water:

A Popular Late-Cycle Income Idea

The problem with high prices, especially for those of us who don’t yet own the stock (or, in this case, ETF) is a lower yield. XLU hasn’t paid this little since—wait for it—early 2008:

XLU Hasn’t Paid This Little in 12 Years

Ominous parallels aside, the 2.76% yield is a strong enough reason to avoid XLU and the “first-level” utility stocks it holds. Plow a million bucks into this ETF and you’ve got a diversified portfolio that pays just $27,600 per year. You could lose that in one trading session!

A better bet is a “backdoor” utility play such as the Cohen & Steers Infrastructure Fund (UTF). Unlike XLU, an ETF that usually trades for the “par value” of its underlying assets, UTF is a CEF which means it can often trade well below the value of its portfolio.

For example, I originally recommended UTF to my Contrarian Income Report subscribers four years ago to this day (happy anniversary, UTF!), when its price lagged its NAV (net asset value) by a fat $3+ per share, which represented an amazing 16% discount.

In other words, we found a way to buy blue-chip utility stocks for just 84 cents on the dollar. Over time, other investors learned about our “secret” and bid UTF’s price up towards its fair value:

A Backdoor Way to Play Utilities

“Perfect” Late Cycle Dividend Plays That Pay 10% Today

Our newest “perfect” late cycle income play pays a safe 10%. That’s right. A secure 10%!

Put $50K into this stock and you’ll see $5,000 per year in dividends. Or $50K in annual dividends on a relatively modest $500,000! You get the idea.

What’s the ticker? Well, that’s what I’m here to show you today.

After years of keeping it my personal secret, I’m finally revealing my “Perfect” Late Cycle Income Portfolio. A simple, proven, and time-tested strategy you can use to double, triple, even quadruple your income–almost immediately!

Plus, I’m also going to give you THREE specific investments you can buy right now for MAXIMUM income combined with MAXIMUM stability!

This is a strategy I could easily charge thousands of dollars for.

But today, I’m handing you the keys to the kingdom right here on this page.

All you’ve got to do is take action and implement what you’ve discovered. If you want to take charge of your retirement income, you can easily build a portfolio which returns 10%+ per year—without EVER having to withdraw from your savings.

Now, compare this to the S&P 500’s 1.9% dividend and we’re talking about a $40,500 difference on a $500,000 portfolio—every single year! That’s the sort of life-changing money that can provide true security and freedom.

Best of all, as you’ll see today, it only takes a few minutes to set up this vastly more profitable portfolio.

When I talk about the Perfect “Late Cycle” Income Portfolio, I’m speaking about a collection of safe dividend stocks and funds that:

  • Pay you 7%, 8% or more consistently and predictably—even if there’s a crisis, crash, or pullback.
  • Give you a safe, secure, and steady income of $10s of thousands per year in cash—not just ‘paper gains.’
  • Pay out exclusively from your investment income and NOT require you to withdraw cash from your savings or assets.
  • Avoid overly complex, high-risk investments that can wipe out decades of hard-earned money in a matter of weeks or months!
  • Are simple to set up and simple to manage—so you’re not glued to your screen all day and you can actually enjoy life.
  • Are backed up by a proven track-record of 10% total returns per year since inception.

As I mentioned, this was built from years of painstaking research, trial and error, and financial modelling. I designed it for my own personal portfolio and my desire to enjoy a large income…without exposing myself to too much risk or withdrawing from my savings.

And, in the obsessive pursuit of this goal, I quickly realized traditional income strategies just weren’t going to cut it.

So, instead of listening to the mainstream advice like:

  • “Invest in the Dividend Aristocrats” …
  • “Withdraw 4% per year”…
  • “lower your expenses”…
  • “cut back on luxuries”…

I decided to carve my own path instead.

This journey led me to uncover three little-known investment “vehicles” that can safely and securely double, triple or even quadruple your incomealmost immediately.

So, right now, I’m pulling back the curtain and showing you how you can build the Perfect “Late Cycle” Income Portfolio today. Click here and I’ll show you how to get access to my full research, recommendations and stocks to buy today (including their tickers and buy prices).


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