3 Funds That Profit From “Economic Grumpiness” (Yields Up to 9.8%)

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Here’s something you might be surprised to hear: according to the numbers, the US economy is actually doing well—and yet (almost) nobody wants to admit it!

It’s a misconception we income investors can exploit with the three high-yielding picks we’ll cover below.

It’s a weird turn of events, but it makes sense. Since the pandemic, itself an event of shocking turmoil, it seems that the chaos around the world is getting worse, and our fundamental hope for humanity makes us think that this just can’t be good for growth.

Except that’s not how things typically play out.

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The hardest part of convincing folks they can lock in high dividends for the long haul (I’m talking 9%+ yields here) is that many just don’t believe it.

And frankly, I can’t blame them. Too many people are paid a lot of money to tell investors that yields like that are impossible. But the truth is you can get a 9.5% yield today—and even more. But even at 9.5%, we’re talking about a middle-class income of $4,000 per month on an investment of just a touch over $500K.

Source: CEF Insider

Below, I’ll reveal how to start building a portfolio that could get you an even bigger income stream than this today.… Read more

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Today, more than 18 months after the press started ringing the recession alarm, they’re still at it! And we contrarian income seekers are still happy to take the other side of that argument.

After all, this overdone fear mongering has handed us an opportunity to “lock in” bigger dividend yields than we’ve been able to grab in years. Our buy window is still open—at least for now.

Even the banks are spreading fear these days. Like Société Générale, which recently warned that even a “hint” of a recession could cause a 1987-style crash in stocks. DC-focused sources are taking up the story, too, with Politico plaintively writing: “If the bond markets aren’t scaring you yet, they should be.”… Read more

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I just read one of the best articles on personal finance I’ve ever seen.

The piece, titled “I Saved Too Much for Retirement: What I Wish I’d Done Instead,” by Martin Dasko and published on Yahoo Finance, warns of a very real danger: “If you save too much for retirement,” Dasko writes, “you could find yourself missing out on your best years, and even end up with a higher tax liability when you stop working.”

Of course, the article also says that it’s better to overprepare financially and warns of how difficult it is to retire on your own (“hire a professional!”… Read more

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People often don’t believe me when I tell them there are great funds out there paying sustainable 8%+ dividends—it just sounds too good to be true.

But there are literally hundreds out there that pay that much and way more, including the 9.6%-yielding Liberty All-Star Equity Fund (USA). Beyond having the best ticker out there, this one just hiked its payout even higher (by 6.7%, to be precise). The move came as no surprise to anyone already in the know about this smartly run closed-end fund (CEF). 

USA (in purple below) has a terrific track record, too, soundly beating the S&P 500, shown below by the performance of the benchmark Vanguard S&P 500 ETF (VOO), in orange, over the last decade.… Read more

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Forget the latest blather from the Fed: folks just trying to get a decent income stream are still getting a raw deal these days. Treasuries pay 3.7%. Stocks? Just 1.6%.

Too bad inflation is at 4%, so our real returns are negative on both!

Sure, stocks do give us price upside, but we have to sell to get a decent income stream, shriveling our portfolio and our dividends as we do.

We can do better with high-yielding closed-end funds (CEFs). These days, plenty of CEFs yield 10%+. The three we’ll cover below do even better, yielding 11.1% on average. That means these CEFs are beating the S&P 500’s historical return in dividends alone.Read more

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When I talk to investors about closed-end funds (CEFs), I get an almost universal reaction: they simply can’t believe the outsized dividends—and upside potential—these funds boast are for real.

I’ll admit, if you’re not familiar with CEFs, their many benefits do sound a bit over the top: a pocket of funds that yield 7.5% on average, yet hold investments we’re all familiar with, such as shares of Alphabet (GOOGL) and Mastercard (MA)? 

The outsized payouts seem particularly unreal when you consider that most of these blue chips pay low (or no) dividends themselves. And that’s before we get into the fact that CEFs can hold a range of other investments beyond stocks, like corporate bonds, real estate investment trusts (REITs) and municipal bonds.… Read more

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Let’s say we want to quit working and attain financial freedom—not in decades, but in just a few years. Or heck, maybe less. How do we do it?

One “must-have” is the need to clock out on dividends alone. It’s the only way to retire without being forced to sell stocks into a downturn, shriveling our wealth and income at the same time.

To hit our “dividends-only” retirement goal, then, we’d need a minimum yield of 8% on our $500K. That way we’re assured of banking at least $40,000 in dividends a year. But with inflation still “sticky,” we’d ideally like to do better—pulling in around $50,000 or more.… Read more

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With the recent pullback from the market’s high this year, we’ve got a nice second chance to buy some terrific dividend stocks cheap. But don’t waste your time with lame payers like General Mills (GIS), with its 2.5% yield. Or the miserly 2.1% you get from a so-called “Dividend Aristocrat” like McDonald’s (MCD).

Even though inflation is trending downward, it’s still at 5%. That’s well ahead of these pathetic blue-chip yields—and with the economy still performing well, it could be a while yet before it slows meaningfully from here.

Bottom line: We just can’t afford to own low payers like these any longer.… Read more

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If you’ve missed out on this market’s roughly 6% gain this year, don’t worry. There’s an easy way to grab that same 6%—and more–and do so in safe dividend cash.

The key, of course, is closed-end funds (CEFs), our favorite high-yield vehicles, specifically the 8%+ payouts these funds offer.

Before we get to a couple of high-yielding CEF tickers (yielding 8.8% and 10.2%), let’s dive into the market’s gain and go sector by sector, because it tells a clear story of how some investors have seen that 6% rise and some have seen even more (or less!).

First up, if you’re not holding a significant amount of tech, you’re likely already behind, as the sector, a laggard last year, is up 16% so far in 2023.… Read more

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