Yes, You Can Retire on Dividends Alone. Here’s How.

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Do yourself a favor and shut out all the “experts” who say it’s impossible to retire on dividends alone. They’re just plain wrong! Because even today, with stocks soaring (and dividend yields in the tank), you absolutely can build a portfolio yielding a solid 7%+.

We’re going to do it now, and we’re going to do it easily—with just three funds. These funds—part of a unique asset class called closed-end funds (CEFs)— pay 7.6% between them, and the biggest yielder of the bunch throws off a huge 8.7% payout!

And they’re just the start.

A 7.6% dividend yield is enough to pay you $38,000 a year on just $500K invested, and you wouldn’t have to draw a single penny of your principal to get that cash stream.… Read more

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It pains me when I see regular folks take the flawed “advice” to simply plow their money into an index fund and call it a day.

The biggest problem with this “strategy” is there’s basically no income: the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) yields just 1.2% today, so you’d need a million-dollar portfolio just to generate a pathetic $12,000 a year in dividends!

Poverty-level income on a million bucks! That’s unacceptable. And it’s precisely why I’m going to share a much better option with you—yielding an mammoth 7.8%—in a moment.

I was thinking about the “lazy” ETF strategy recently when I was reading a blog post by fintech startup Acorns, which suggested going with an ETF like the Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF (VTI), which invests in a whopping 3,935 US companies of all sizes, and combining it with the Vanguard Total International Stock Index (VGTSX) for international exposure.… Read more

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The big data explosion is finally here.

We’ve gone from no phones, to flip phones, to iPhones that let you buy groceries, make a stock trade, or even watch a movie on Netflix.

We are all using our phones more often and consuming more and more data.

In fact, mobile data usage has increased by nearly 60% per year for the last fifteen years!


Source: AMT Investor Presentation

It is however the advent of new technologies that have helped improve our access to things that might have once been considered unimaginable.

Enter 5G, which is known as the ‘fifth-generation mobile network’, and the newest technological evolution which will greatly improve speeds (up to 100x), responsiveness, and the ability to connect more devices.… Read more

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Cheap stocks are fun. We can buy a lot of shares without shelling out too much dough.

Generally speaking, most single-digit stocks are “cheap for a reason”—they are losers. But we contrarians leave no discarded stone unturned. Especially in our search for dividends that we can retire on.

There are a few inexpensive stocks that actually pay. And a select set of them that are even worth buying for their dividends.

In a minute we’ll discuss five “economy lot” yield plays that pay from 6.3% to 11.8%. These are all single-digit share prices that sell for $9 or less today.… Read more

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If anyone tells you that all the big dividends have been bought up in this inflated market, do yourself a favor: tune them out.

Because while stocks are up—and dividend yields are down as a result—there are still high, cheap payouts to be had out there. And we closed-end fund (CEF) investors know exactly where to find them. In a moment, we’ll nail down a couple of funds that are still attractively priced today, and they pay you 6%+ dividends, to boot.

That said, deals certainly aren’t falling out of trees in CEFs these days—we have to dig deeper to uncover them than we ever have before.… Read more

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“Regular” REITs typically buy physical properties, find someone to manage them, and lease them out. They collect rent checks and avoid paying taxes on most of these profits if they distribute 90% of their profits as payouts. This is the reason REIT stocks typically boast big yields.

Mortgage REITs (mREITs), on the other hand, don’t own buildings. They own paper. Specifically, they buy mortgage loans and collect the interest. How do they make money? By borrowing “short” (assuming short-term rates are lower) and lending “long” (if long-term rates are, as they tend to be, higher).

This business model prints money when long-term rates are steady or, better yet, declining.… Read more

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If you’re worried the stock market is too expensive, well, I agree with you. This is why we’re going to discuss my two-step “12% Dividend Plan” today—so we can bank big yields without having to worry about a pullback.

Best of all, we can collect this income without having to sacrifice principal. In fact, our nest egg will generate some nice upside in addition to these big dividends.

But first, a reality check. A yield north of 12%? How the heck is that possible?

I realize it sounds like a pipe dream—especially with the S&P 500 trading at a nosebleed 31-times earnings and yielding a miserly 1.3% as I write this.… Read more

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Overbought stock markets—and pathetic 1% dividends—here in the US just might have you tempted to look overseas for higher payouts.

It’s a smart move. After all, plenty of countries offer investors higher dividends than America. For example, the yield on the FTSE 100 index, which consists of the 100 biggest companies on the London Stock Exchange by market cap, is 3.4% today, nearly triple the average S&P 500 payout of 1.3%.

(And you can get strong diversification across the globe—with a strong North American base—when you buy the 8%-yielding fund we’ll get to shortly.)

But as we discussed a couple weeks ago, we need to steer well clear of (or at least be very careful with) any exposure to China, because as fast as the country’s growth has been, the governing Chinese Communist Party’s respect for free markets is questionable—and has been growing more so of late.… Read more

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Investors are suffering from dividend anxiety, searching far and wide for extra income to help compensate for low yields.

Could 10%+ Yielding Mortgage REITs help calm the jitters?

The yields offered by the S&P 500 or safe government bonds are near decade lows.

Even REIT investors are getting squeezed, with the average dividend yield now at about 2.4%.

Simply put, the majority of income provided by safe bonds, high-yielding equities, or REITs may not provide the income needed to meet retirement goals.

However, I’ve found a better path to the retirement promised land. 

There is one area of the REIT market that can provide exceptional yields and in some cases more than 4x the income of the average equity REIT, and 8x that of the S&P 500.… Read more

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“Son, I am old. But I am not dead!”

There was a pause.

“Now get me another beer…”

His 40-year-old “boy” froze, then complied. I, meanwhile, busted out in laughter.

Is there anything better than a dad that likes to party? I challenge you to think of something while we discuss the next best thing.

A safe, secure stock that delivers 4,000%+ gains.

Plenty of financial hucksters promise to reveal “the next Amazon,” “the next Facebook” or “the next Tesla.” We income investors know better, however. We can double our money—quickly—over and over again. We just need to find “the next Bank OZK.”… Read more

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