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In this exclusive special report, I’m going to show you something most investors think is impossible: five funds that hand you an average dividend more than six times bigger than the weak 1.6% payout you get from the typical S&P 500 stock.
All five also trade at attractive valuations now. So if we grab these five low-key investments today, we’ll quietly collect their incredible cash dividends while we watch their prices spike, too!
These five funds all have something else in common: they’re all actively managed funds called closed-end funds (CEFs). I’ll have more to say about CEFs—and reveal the names of my “fabulous five”—in a moment.
First, if you saw the phrase “actively managed” and immediately thought “high fees, low returns,” you need to hear what I have to say next:
You’ve probably heard a lot of folks in the media tout low-fee index funds as the best way to invest these days.
It makes sense—these funds, which are managed by no one and simply track a “dumb” index, charge you lower management fees than managed funds, so your profits should be higher, right?
This is really bad advice, for four reasons.
- With municipal- and corporate-bond funds, passive funds massively underperform those with a real human manager, and that gap is huge. In just a moment, I’ll show you how going with an index fund over a CEF would have meant missing out on $320,000 in gains!
- Some of the best actively managed stock funds have outperformed the S&P 500 for a decade or longer—and they’re still winning.
- What about cash flow? Maybe a 1.6% dividend is all right for you, but what if it isn’t? Do you want to be stuck selling part of your portfolio to meet your income goals, even in a bear market?
- If you save a bit in fees and miss out on $320,000 because your passive funds underperformed active funds, can you really call that a win?
These are just a few reasons why we need to choose the best-performing funds on the planet. But instead of obsessing over saving a fraction of a percent in annual fees, let’s look past the herd’s fee phobia and simply zero in on funds that have a history of outperforming the market.
And that’s where closed-end funds come in.
Everybody knows about mutual funds—closed-end funds’ “open-end” cousins. So what’s the difference between “open-end” and “closed-end” funds?
Simple: a CEF is “closed” in one specific way—it typically can’t issue new shares to new investors. That’s different from an open-end fund, which can issue new shares at will.
That matters because it means shares of CEFs are much more dialed into market demand. It also means there can be a big disconnect between the fund’s net asset value (NAV, or the value of the actual holdings in its portfolio) and its market price.
Stick with me for just a moment more because this is where our opportunity lies—including our shot at big, safe CEF dividends—especially through the five powerhouse funds I’ll reveal at the end of this report.
Let’s say a closed-end fund has $1 million in assets and five million shares. That means the fund starts out the same way as a similar-sized open-end fund would, with each share worth $0.20.
Now let’s say an investor wants to invest $100,000 in the CEF. The investor can only get in if another shareholder sells to the new investor.
Already you can see a big difference between open-end and closed-end funds. With CEFs, management has a lot less power; instead, shareholders have a lot more power over whether to allow new capital into the fund or not.
It gets better.
Let’s say no one wants to sell to the new investor. In that case, the new investor needs to create an incentive to get those shareholders to sell. They won’t sell $0.20 of assets for $0.20? Okay—what if the investor offers $0.21 for every $0.20 of assets?
If that isn’t enough, the investor may want to go higher … and higher. Let’s imagine, for this example, that the investor is able to buy $100,000 in assets from three CEF shareholders at three different prices:
- Shareholder #1 sells $20,000 worth $0.25 per share.
- Shareholder #2 sells $50,000 worth $0.27 per share.
- Shareholder #3 sells $30,000 worth $0.32 per share.
After these transactions are completed, the new market price for the CEF is $0.32 per share—even though the NAV is still $0.20!
In other words, the CEF is trading at a 60% premium to its NAV. At the same time, the total number of shares in the fund has remained constant.
Keep in mind that the opposite can occur—and it does all the time. Investors can be eager to sell their shares, causing the price to go below its NAV, thus causing the CEF to trade at a discount. This is where the magic really happens.
Most CEFs trade at discounts to NAV, which actually helps them sustain dividend payouts of 7% or more.
I know the connection between discounts and dividends might be tough to spot, so let me clear that up now.
Let’s say a CEF is trading at a 10% discount, as many regularly do, and yields 8% on its market price. But the fund’s managers are really only concerned with yield on NAV. And in that case, the fund would only need to yield 7.2% on its NAV—an easier target—to sustain its dividend payout.
This is what makes CEFs particularly attractive to income investors: you’re getting a higher and safer dividend than you can get with an ETF or a mutual fund.
And you choose how to use that income: you can reinvest your payouts, building your upside potential (and your income stream) as you do. Or you can use your CEFs’ outsized dividend streams to pay your bills, and possibly even retire early. It’s your call!
Keep in mind that a $500,000 nest egg gets you $4,250 per month in income with CEFs yielding 10.2%, which is the average payout on the five funds discussed below. That’s easily enough for many folks to clock out of the workforce.
There’s another reason why CEFs are a better choice than mutual funds, and it comes down to two words: “crisis survival.”
Let me take you back to the market crash we experienced in March 2020 and put you in the shoes of a mutual fund manager at the height of the pullback. You see the market crashing, but you feel that it’s going to recover.
You see tons of investment opportunities you’d love to put money into … but you can’t.
Why? Because panicked investors are selling shares of your mutual fund left and right, and you’re being hit with a huge wave or redemptions that takes money out of the pool you can use to invest in that fire-sale market.
This happens every time the market heads south, and it’s a big reason why mutual funds underperform the S&P 500.
This never happens with CEFs.
It’s another hidden benefit of the fund’s “closed” structure: if investors want to exchange their shares for cash, they’ll have to sell them on the stock market. But that has zero effect on how many assets the fund is managing.
That means the fund does not have to sell assets during a panic—and the pros who manage CEFs go to work for investors like us, using their expertise to grab the bargains their research is telling them will snap back with a vengeance.
Just how powerful is that freedom? Let me show you an example using a fund whose savvy management team did a legendary job of cashing in where the market wisdom says they shouldn’t have been able to.
The Cohen & Steers Infrastructure Fund (UTF) is a CEF that yields 7.9% and specializes in shares of utilities. You may know of utilities as a “widows and orphans” sector—a sleepy group of companies that yield a lot but return a little over the long term. Yet UTF has not only beaten the S&P 500 throughout its history, but it’s done so handily.
And UTF has beaten passive funds like the SPDR Utilities ETF (XLU), too. Just look at this chart:
A $500,000 investment in UTF turned a $873,500 profit in a decade, which is $17,300 more than XLU. Admittedly, that’s pretty close, but the deal-clincher here is that far more of UTF’s return was in cash, thanks to its high yield (again, 7.9% today), versus the index fund’s more middling yield (of about 2.7%).
In other words, the indexers missed the boat on the well-managed, superior fund because of their misguided focus on low fees.
It’s easy to fall into this trap because UTF’s fees are high, clocking in at 2.5% of assets, compared to a minuscule 0.13% for XLU. But the returns you see in the chart above are after fees, which are taken out of the fund’s total assets (investors don’t pay the fees directly). So we can see right away that this is one “high” fee that’s well worth paying!
And don’t worry, that 2.5% fee rate isn’t normal for CEFs. The average expense for CEFs is 1.6%—a lot lower than what UTF charges.
Now let’s get to the good stuff: five CEFs you can add to your portfolio today.
These five CEFs have impressive past returns and strong upside potential. The best part is the yield: buy all five now and you’re looking at an incredible 10.2% average payout!
That means, as I mentioned a second ago, that you can invest $500,000 and get $4,250 per month in income. With an S&P 500 index fund, you’re stuck with a measly $633 per month, as of this writing.
The other nice thing is that these funds are well diversified, including stocks, real estate, corporate bonds and utilities.
So let’s get to them, starting with …
The first fund I want to show you has three things all income investors crave: diversification, big dividends and prudent management. And it all comes from a respected source: Prudential, which manages the PGIM Global High Yield Fund (GHY).
Let’s start with diversification. As a global fund, GHY focuses its assets around the world while zeroing in on countries with the steadiest economies. In addition to just under half of its assets in the US and Canada, the fund also has been buying oversold assets in western Europe, where Ukraine jitters have caused some speculators to throw the baby out with the bathwater.
GHY has also made some buys in emerging markets in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, where its managers find particular value. And thanks to the higher yields in those parts of the world, GHY pays out an amazing 11.4% dividend today.
That makes GHY one of the highest-yielding global bond funds, and its dividend has actually risen slightly in the last three years.
The reason? Outsized returns. With wide fluctuations in currency markets, GHY has had a lot of opportunities to go in and out of bonds denominated in different currencies around the world. Plus, with Prudential’s global reach and client contacts, GHY’s managers can foresee those trends and invest accordingly. This is a rare fund on sale, and now is the time to grab it.
The Flaherty & Crumrine Preferred Securities Fund (FFC) is managed by one of the savviest companies in the CEF game: Flaherty & Crumrine. Not only are they top-notch financial minds, but they also pay a healthy 9.3% dividend to FFC shareholders. They also beat the index, in this case represented by the iShares Preferred and Income Securities ETF (PFF).
FFC’s return—nearly three times better than that of the “dumb” preferred-stock index fund—gives it a lot of appeal. Plus its 9.3% dividend stream exceeds the 4.9% PFF pays out.
This is one of those “set it and forget it” CEFs you could buy and hold for years.
A lot of retirees see real estate as a go-to for income. It just feels more “real” than stocks. Even if you don’t live in the house and instead rent it out for income, owning property means you can go and see your asset.
But America’s love affair with real estate has often been misguided. Just look at what happened in 2020, with many landlords having to go without monthly rent checks as the COVID-19 crisis threw their tenants out of work.
Even when there aren’t crises to deal with, landlords need to manage deadbeat tenants, vandalism, leaky faucets, sagging roofs, you name it. Renting out real estate is hardly the way to get “passive” income—landlords work hard for their money.
Fortunately, you can outsource all of that management and benefit from economies of scale by buying stocks in companies that rent out property. And when it comes to real estate investing, we want to be sure we’re going with a team that has a proven track record.
Enter the Cohen & Steers Quality Income Realty Fund (RQI), which has long been a solid option for investors looking for real estate exposure. Instead of buying property directly, or originating mortgages itself, RQI buys shares of REITs, companies that own real estate—everything from doctors’ offices to cell towers—and hands most of the rental income back to investors as dividends.
Individual REITs trade on the stock market, just like other publicly traded companies, and RQI is the best “one stop” shop to buy a collection of the best REITs out there, with the most desirable properties.
RQI also pays you a much higher dividend than you’d get by buying REITs yourself: a nice 8% income stream. That’s net income on your investment. How many landlords do you know who are getting that level of profit after all expenses (repairs, taxes, mortgage, insurance, property managers, lost rent from vacancies, etc.)?
Thirdly, you are diversified over literally thousands of tenants. No need to worry about a vacancy—there are plenty of occupied units to make up for that!
Finally, RQI has performed well. The fund is up 136% in the last 10 years, even after the 2022 selloff—and the real estate market is likely to continue on a strong growth path as high demand for retail and industrial space allows REITs to continue to boost their rents and roll out profitable expansion plans, as we have begun to see in 2022. That, in turn, will offset any higher borrowing costs REITs experience due to rising rates.
If you want to invest in real estate without the hassle, RQI should be high on your list.
Utilities are a wonderful all-weather investment. They perform well in a crisis, because no matter how bad things get, people still need power, water and phone and Internet service. And in the ensuing recovery, utilities see even stronger demand for their services.
The Macquarie/First Trust Global Infrastructure/Utilities Dividend & Income Fund (MFD) is one of the best ways to add utilities—and their above-average dividends—to your portfolio now.
For one, MFD is ridiculously cheap, trading at a nice 3.6% discount to NAV.
That low price is one selling point; another is the fund’s huge diversification. MFD has 60% of its portfolio outside the US, including some of the safest utility companies in Europe and Asia.
Those firms have been growing their dividends for years, which is why MFD can pay out a massive 9.7% income stream to shareholders. And since utilities provide the safest dividends of any asset class, we can sleep at night knowing this income stream isn’t going anywhere.
My final pick for you is a really misunderstood one: the Western Asset High Income Fund II (HIX).
A lot of people are scared of funds like HIX for one reason: the Fed.
The Federal Reserve is fully into its rate-hike cycle in response to high inflation. That’s caused a lot of uncertainty among investors because bond prices tend to move inversely to the direction of rates.
But we can trust HIX’s experienced management team to navigate this uncertain period; plus this fund specializes in high-yield bonds that tend to be the best bond performers no matter what happens to interest rates. That’s why HIX has been outperforming the index for years, even after the recent downturn that has hit all junk bonds pretty hard:
Not only has HIX easily beaten the index over the last decade, it’s outperformed its benchmark, the SPDR Bloomberg Barclays High Yield Bond ETF (JNK), when interest rates were going down (until 2015) and when they started going up (from 2015 through 2018), meaning this fund is set to outperform as interest rates rise likely head higher from here.
Of course, its recent weakness means the market has forgotten its outperformance during the last rate hike cycle, but that also means HIX is a bargain, especially with its 9% discount to NAV. This is a fund you can buy now at a temporary discount to lock in a hefty 12.6% payout, then sell later as its discount narrows for profits after getting your steady income stream.
These five funds are a great first step toward secure, stable income and solid gains in the months ahead.
But to show you just how much the very best closed-ends can juice your returns, I’m going to take it one step further.
I want to share with you 4 of my absolute favorite recommendations right here, today.
These four funds are the “cream of the crop” when it comes to outsized discounts to NAV and safe high yields … the kind of funds that could easily spin off annual total returns of 30% and more!
My research indicates they’re perfectly positioned to do well no matter which way the broader market swings … regardless of what happens in Washington or beyond America’s borders … and irrespective of interest-rate trends.
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The first is called “4 Great CEFs to Buy Now: 9.5% Yields and 20% Upside Ahead.”
Just like the title says, this off-the-radar “4-pack” boasts outsized upside AND huge dividends!
I’m especially excited about one high yielder, which throws off a rich 8.6% payout and trades at an absurd 10.8% discount today.
That’s our cue, especially when you consider that the team at the top has carefully calibrated its top holdings to focus on the infrastructure that will be in the highest demand as the 21st century continues to unfold!
It’s only a matter of time before the masses bid the silly discounts on this fund and my 3 other top picks shut … which would help propel us to 20%+ price gains in the next 12 months. PLUS we’ll be collecting these 4 funds’ outsized CASH dividends while we wait.
Add it all up and you’re looking at a potential 30% return from just these 4 buys, with a big chunk of that in cash.
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- The relationship between CEF performance and management fees (it’s not what you think!)
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Your third guide is called “5 Toxic CEFs That Could Ruin Your Retirement.”
These 5 funds look attractive but contain hidden traps waiting to snap on the unwary, including:
- Outrageously high fees hidden deep in the fine print (in one case, management is snagging about half of the fund’s investment income for itself!).
- Way too much leverage: one of these funds uses borrowed cash to fill its portfolio with other CEFs that are propped up by borrowed cash themselves! That’s far too aggressive, and it leaves this fund particularly vulnerable in the next downturn.
- Dangerous dividends, like the 21% yields two of these funds pay. But because these CEFs trade at ridiculous premiums, they need to vastly out-earn their huge yields in the market, year in and year out, just to keep their dividends going. You and I both know that’s impossible.
These reports give you four rock-solid funds that pay handsomely while growing your portfolio … a complete roadmap to investing in closed-end funds … while also protecting you from some of the worst disasters in the CEF universe.
But there are two things those reports can’t give you—ongoing updates and all my FUTURE income recommendations.
That’s why, in addition to giving you these three reports—worth $297 on their own—I also want to give you a risk-free 60-day trial to my premium newsletter called CEF Insider.
My CEF Insider picks are perfect for savvy investors looking for strong cash dividends backed by smartly run funds that are overlooked by the mainstream crowd.
Right away, you’ll get access to many more discounted picks in the publication’s portfolio, plus all the new buys I uncover in the coming months.
I do all the digging for you, recommending only the safest CEFs and keeping you well clear of questionable funds that will crumble at the first hint of a downturn.
What’s more, I send out new recommendations whenever they’re worth buying, plus I give you regular updates on earlier recommendations … all in plain, everyday English.
Sounds great, right?
After all, who wouldn’t want double-digit gains from their dividend investments? Given that most people look to these holdings for income alone, this is basically free money!
Even so, CEF Insider isn’t for everyone.
It’s a unique service I’ve custom built for folks who want to go further than the average investor to get in on the very best CEFs for high, safe income and massive upside.
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This one-of-a-kind fund-picking tool is backed by a rigorous 6-point assessment that judges each CEF by its current and historical NAV, 10-year return, fees, yield on NAV (the best measure of dividend safety) and much more.
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If you’ve read this far, I’m guessing you think these high-yield funds may be a good fit for your portfolio.
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