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Today I want to show you three funds that are highly unusual in a way that matters a lot to many folks: all three are free from a management-fee perspective.

In fact, these three funds—closed-end funds (CEFs), to be precise—are more than free: they have negative management costs!

What do I mean? Well, usually index funds sell themselves on being cheap. Fees on the Vanguard S&P 500 ETF (VOO), for example, are just 0.03%, or $300 in annual fees for every $1 million invested, in other words.

There are even funds out there that cost nothing, like the Fidelity ZERO Total Market Index Fund (FZROX), which has no expenses at all.… Read more

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This market has reached a once-in-two-year turning point. And it’s made our favorite income investments—closed-end funds (CEFs)—terrific contrarian buys.

That’s because the best of these funds pay high dividends, usually on the order of 7%+ yields, that can get us through a market downdraft. The vast majority of CEFs pay dividends monthly, too.

Then, when markets bounce, our CEFs’ discounts to net asset value (NAV, or the value of the stocks in their portfolios) snap shut, giving their prices an extra shove higher. The 7.9%-yielding CEF we’ll talk about in a second is a perfect example: its discount rises and falls in a predictable cycle, and that discount is now sitting near once-in-two-year lows.… Read more

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The crowd is about to pile into monthly dividend stocks, and we’re going to beat them to it with three of the best of them—and grab ourselves hefty yields up to 7.7%, too.

The three monthly payers we cover below will be very appealing to folks who are getting shaken down as the S&P 500—and especially the tech-heavy NASDAQ—crumble.

Dividends—even monthly ones—normally get a collective yawn from investors in bullish times. But they’ll be darlings this year as Jay Powell switches off his money printer to try to clean up an inflation mess of his own making.

Jay’s Money Printer Works a Little Too Well

Meantime, “regular” stocks and Treasuries still dribble out sorry payouts way south of 2%.… Read more

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As dividend investors, we don’t usually read the tea leaves in employment reports (that, after all, is the domain of economists!). But there is something happening in the working world that’s set to power the payouts, and prices, of a select group of closed-end funds (CEFs) for years to come.

That is this: people are spending less time in the office. But productivity isn’t falling. And of course, demand for workers is surging right now, setting the stage for pay hikes, bonuses, stock options—just about any way to put more money in workers’ pockets that you can think of.

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Fed Chair Jay Powell’s overheating money printer has been great for our portfolios—it’s sending our dividend stocks through the roof! But where the heck do we invest new-found gains for further payouts?

I know I don’t have to tell you that this inflated market has clobbered dividend yields (as yields move in opposition to prices), but there are still bargain-priced dividend payers out there, some throwing off recession-proof payouts yielding over 6%!

Last week, we talked about one “Fed-fueled” corner of the market—energy stocks like ExxonMobil (XOM), payer of a gaudy 6% payout itself. It’ll thrive as inflation climbs, driving up oil prices.… Read more

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The chicken littles fretting about inflation are ignoring something: the “bonus” $2.9 trillion that’s primed to ignite stocks—one group of stocks in particular.

The $2.9 trillion isn’t a new stimulus plan (although those seem to roll out daily). It’s the extra savings hoarded by consumers around the world. To put that in context, global GDP is about $89 trillion, so the total saved will amount to 3.3% of extra growth when it’s finally unleashed.

You’d think most economists would have already accounted for this savings glut in their projections. You’d also expect markets to price in this information. But neither is the case.… Read more

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As contrarians, we know we need to buy when everyone’s selling. Because that’s when we get gains like this:

Buying Into the March Crash Was Hard—But It Paid Off

Of course, anyone who sold their stocks in the depths of the March crash learned just how damaging that can be. But if you played the contrarian and bought in March, you did great.

But where should contrarians be shopping today, with US stocks, especially tech stocks, at all-time highs? We’re going to explore beyond big tech and focus on a contrarian hunting ground few investors consider: emerging markets.

One reason why developing economies don’t make it onto most investors’ radar is that they’ve been underperforming: in the last three years, their returns have been a fifth of those of US tech stocks, even as these markets have seen strong growth and technological improvements (especially in less-developed Asian nations).… Read more

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If you noticed American stocks selling off last week and you’re confused as to why, it’s because of an obscure corner of financial markets that might become one of the biggest stories of 2018: the Turkish lira.

Turkey’s Money Implodes

Where a dollar would get you less than four lira at the start of the year, it now gets you more than six lira—in other words, Turkey’s currency has lost nearly half of its value in 2018 alone!

This is something some investors need to fear a lot. And today I’m going to show you how to avoid being on the losing end of this crisis (including 11 funds you need to sell or avoid now, before they get crushed).…
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