The Best Monthly Dividends (for an 8% Yield) in 2018

Brett Owens, Chief Investment Strategist
Updated: December 12, 2017

If you make just one New Year’s resolution this year, make it this: buy monthly dividend stocks. Today I’m going to give you 3 that should be at the top of your list.

The benefits of monthly payouts go way beyond the convenience of getting paid every month, just as our bills show up (although that’s a great bonus that can save you a lot of time watching your cash flow in retirement).

There are a couple other overlooked benefits monthly payers give you:

  • They’re a sign of dividend safety: Smart C-suite types know that a dividend is a promise to investors, and they wouldn’t commit to sending one out every month if they weren’t serious about keeping—or raising—the payout.

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What Every Investor Must Know About Bonds in 2018

Michael Foster, Investment Strategist
Updated: December 11, 2017

I’ve been getting a lot of emails from readers worried about how closed-end funds (CEFs)—especially bond-oriented closed-end funds—will perform next year, when the Federal Reserve raises interest rates.

And that’s definitely a when and not an if—there is too much good economic data to suggest the Fed will back off its rate-hike plans, which both it and most US legislators desperately want to happen.

(A couple weeks ago, I gave you my outlook for the US economy in 2018 and named 5 non-bond CEFs to buy before the New Year arrives. Click here to read that article.)

The conventional wisdom on rates and bonds is simple: rising rates are bad for bonds.…
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These 4 Big Dividends Will Benefit Big Time From the Tax Plan

Brett Owens, Chief Investment Strategist
Updated: December 11, 2017

Congressional Republicans are closer than ever to passing wide changes to America’s tax code. From 10,000 feet, they largely feature:

  • Varying levels of tax cuts for individuals,
  • A massive tax cut for businesses, and they
  • Weaken (or negate) the estate tax.

There’s debate regarding how much individuals will actually benefit, but there’s little debate that certain public companies will gain. Both the Senate and the House are looking to cut the corporate tax rate from 35% to 20%. Plus, companies will be allowed to pay a low, one-time repatriation tax on profits already sheltered overseas.

The idea is that U.S. corporations will use this windfall to hire more people, and many likely will … but that’s not the only place that money is going.…
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GOP Tax Plan Will Send These High Yielders Soaring

Michael Foster, Investment Strategist
Updated: December 7, 2017

The tax reform debate in Washington is roiling the municipal bond market—and that’s setting up a screaming buying opportunity for contrarians on the hunt for income.

I’ll tell you why, and show you exactly how to cash in, in a moment.

First, if you’ve been watching “munis” for any length of time, I probably don’t have to tell you that muni-bond investors detest uncertainty.

That’s because they’re risk-averse folks who just want a high, tax-free yield on their money.

After all, that’s what municipal bonds are for; they offer higher yields than US Treasuries; they’re untaxed for most Americans, unlike federal bonds and stock dividends; and their prices don’t fluctuate much.…
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The Best 6%+ Yields for the New Tax Plan

Brett Owens, Chief Investment Strategist
Updated: December 6, 2017

As income investors react to the new tax plan, it’s a good bet that some are overreacting to certain aspects of it. They always do.

There’s confusion between high yielding fixed income, and pure junk. There’s also a flood of tax-advantaged paper about to hit the market, creating bargains for smart buyers.

The result? Yields up to 10%, with some price upside to boot!

Bargain #1: “Smart” High-Yield Bond Funds for 7.5%+

If you hold high-yield (often called junk) bonds, you may have noticed they’ve sold off as the Republicans’ tax talk became serious. They’ve taken down other assets, too – some for good reason, some not.…
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The Ultimate 3-Step Strategy for Big REIT Profits

Michael Foster, Investment Strategist
Updated: December 5, 2017

I’ve spoken to a lot of investors who are still scared of real estate after the housing bubble burst in 2008. These folks have a lot of cash on the sidelines, and they’re desperate for income, but they’re too scared to jump into real estate.

Usually when investors express these fears, I show them this chart:

Real Estate Beat Stocks in the Real Estate Crash

This is a chart of the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) and the SPDR Dow Jones REIT ETF (RWR). The latter only holds real estate investment trusts (REITs), which are companies that rent out real estate and pass most of the rental income to shareholders as dividends.…
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56% Dividend Growth From an Unstoppable Trend

Brett Owens, Chief Investment Strategist
Updated: December 7, 2017

It’s the biggest demographic tidal wave ever to sweep the US. And today I’m going to give you 3 quick ways to profit from it.

I’m talking about the retirement of the baby boomers—10,000 of whom are clocking out of the workforce every day.

And if you’ve been reading my columns, you know I’ve been banging the drum on the most obvious way to cash in: by investing in real estate investment trusts (REITs) that own senior-care facilities.

But that’s not the only way.

Today I want to show you 3 other investments that are turning the surge in America’s senior population into soaring dividends and double-digit annual gains.
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Your 2018 Wish List: 13 Funds Yielding 5%-10%

Brett Owens, Chief Investment Strategist
Updated: December 2, 2017

Let’s discuss 13 funds that offer substantial, retirement-fueling payouts, as well as diversification that will serve you well in most market conditions.

The second-longest bull market in history is long in the tooth, and Wall Street has baked in more than its fair share of the corporate tax cuts likely coming to the U.S. at some point. Diversification and dividends are the proverbial tortoise versus the high-growth hare – so it will pay to turtle up, especially if this go-go market goes sour next year.

You could dive into individual blue chips with long-standing payouts, but even some of the market’s most conservative, defensive names have swelled to outrageous valuations, putting them at risk for a reckoning should the bears take the wheel.…
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Dividend “Century Aristocrats”: Ranking 5 Buys Today

Brett Owens, Chief Investment Strategist
Updated: December 1, 2017

Today we’re going to rank the longest-lasting dividends on the planet – five stocks that have written checks to shareholders for at least a century.

Dividends don’t get more secure than that.

Think about what the world was like in 1917. The United States was in the midst of World War I. Girl Scout cookies and Converse Chuck Taylor All-Stars were in their infancy. And the Dow Jones Industrial Average made several attempts on the 100 mark.

Yes, 100.

Since then, the United States has suffered 16 recessions and a pair of depressions, including the granddaddy of them all, the Great Depression of 1929-1933.…
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These 10%+ Dividends Will Get Chopped in 2018

Michael Foster, Investment Strategist
Updated: November 30, 2017

I usually write about the beauty of closed-end funds (CEFs) and how we can tap them for yields of 7% or more while also beating the S&P 500 index.

Today I want to talk about the dogs of the CEF world.

And there are plenty of dogs to talk about—they’ll kill your returns while promising big income streams that aren’t what they seem.

It’s a shame, because a lot of these rotten CEFs attract first-level investors who don’t look beyond the dividend yield. As a result, these folks often get buyer’s remorse when they discover those big dividends were actually hiding a grim—and riskier—reality.…
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