12% Dividends, Monthly Payouts, Big Discounts. These 3 Funds Have ‘Em All

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Today we’re going to dive into three funds that, put together, could hold nothing less than the key to financial freedom.

I know that sounds like a bold claim, but it’s tough to argue when you’ve got a three-fund “mini-portfolio” that does all of the following:

  1. Pays a 12%+ yield that’s sustainable over the long term.
  2. Pays dividends monthly, making it even easier (and more convenient) for these funds to completely replace your salary.
  3. Offers a discount today, providing an opportunity for capital gains tomorrow.

Here’s how the numbers work out on this three-fund setup, consisting entirely of a special kind of fund called a closed-end fund (CEF): a 12% yield means you’re getting $100 per month for every $10,000 you invest.… Read more

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Usually in a bear market like this, something is working somewhere. But I think you’ll agree that since the beginning of 2022, that “something” has been tough to nail down.

Treasuries are down some 23% on the year. And we know where the stock market has been.

Cash, of course, will always free you from stock- or bond-market volatility. But staying in cash too long leaves you exposed to today’s high inflation. And of course, cash pays zero dividends—and that’s just not an option for those of us looking to fund our retirements on dividends alone. That strategy largely allows you to tune out market volatility, which is why it’s a goal we aim for at my CEF Insider advisory.… Read more

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“Buy and hope” investing has never been more hopeless.

With bond yields doing a “moonshot” to 1.8%, they are now looking down at the S&P 500’s sad 1.3% yield. Still, let’s admit—these aren’t enough for us to be able to retire on dividends alone.

Plus, we’re seeing serious volatility as the Federal Reserve hits the Pause button on its money printer. Basic income investors are losing these annual yields in one trading session!

Fortunately, there are serious dividends beneath the surface of the market. Today we’ll highlight five stocks that pay more than 7%. This is a big upgrade.

Back to the “spike” in bond yields.… Read more

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Don’t get me wrong—I love my kids. It’s just that I’ve loved “hidden yields” longer.

What are these long-term affectionate affairs of mine? These under-the-radar dividends require looking at the bigger-picture view of all the cash a company is spending on you and me. Sometimes it means looking past a low current yield and instead focusing on rampant dividend growth that will mean big income down the road.

But sometimes, that simply means looking where everyone isn’t—like five little-known stocks yielding a cool 7% on average that we’ll discuss today.

The Virtue of Hidden Stocks

To understand the power of investing in the relatively unknown, consider this quick story from a good friend of mine:

Used-car prices have skyrocketed over the past few months.… Read more

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