Are These High-Yield CEF Deals Too Good to Be True?

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If your dividend portfolio is like that of most investors I know, you’re probably getting paid quarterly. That’s too slow, especially for dividend payments that are most likely too low.

Why not up that frequency to a monthly payout, and increase the total yield while we’re at it?

The secret to monthly payouts that add up to 9.1%, 9.4% and even 10.8% yields per year is a simple three-letter acronym: C-E-F.

For whatever reason, closed-end funds (CEFs) don’t have nearly the following that popular dividend-paying stocks boast. This “secret” is one of the last great efficiencies in an otherwise tough-to-beat market.… Read more

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As investment strategist at CEF Insider, it’s my job to tip you off to the best closed-end funds (CEFs) out there. But it’s also my job to steer you away from those that are, well, terrible.

So today we’re going to zero in on four CEFs whose massive dividends (up to 12.7%!) might tempt you to buy. But doing so will lock you into an ever-shrinking income stream while the share price crumbles beneath your feet.

The first red flag? All four of these funds are from Wells Fargo (WFC), a bank that’s been at the center of various scandals for years now, starting with the 2016 fake-account fraud that took down Wells’ CEO at the time.… Read more

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