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The Contrary Investing Report > NYSE:ERC

It’s a question that’s absolutely critical when judging a closed-end fund: how safe is the dividend?

This is particularly crucial when you consider the huge yields the average CEF offers compared to their ETF cousins. For the 2,918 ETFs available to US investors, the average payout is 1.9%, partly because 735 of these funds pay nothing at all. But even without those, the average ETF yield is still a pathetic 2.5%.

CEFs? For the over 450 covered by my CEF Insider service, the average yield is 7.3%, and only nine yield less than 1%. In fact, over 85% of CEFs yield more than 4%, while just 9% of ETFs do!… 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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