Articles

7 REITs (Paying Up to 8%) With Big Dividend Raises Coming

Brett Owens, Chief Investment Strategist
Updated: April 7, 2018

“First-level” investors – those who buy and sell on headlines – mistakenly believe that real estate investment trust (REIT) profits will suffer if rates continue to rise. They’re wrong. This is actually an ideal time to buy the strongest names in the sector.

Note that I said strongest. The sector’s popular proxy is something you should avoid, despite its popularity. I’ll call it out in a moment.

Overall, rising rates are actually good for the best REITs because it signals a rolling economy. These landlords have no problem raising their rents when their tenants are making money.

Unfortunately, the business world is increasingly becoming a neighborhood of “haves” and “have nots.” And some REITs are not doing well, despite the broader tailwinds.…
Read more

My Personal 8-Step Plan for 8% Dividends in CEFs

Brett Owens, Chief Investment Strategist
Updated: April 6, 2018

Today, the 10-year Treasury pays just 2.7%. Put a million bucks in T-Bills, and you’re banking $27,000 per year. Barely above poverty levels!

Hence the appeal of closed-end funds (CEFs), which often pay 8% or better. That’s the difference between a paltry minimum-wage income of $27,000 on a million saved or a respectable $80,000 annually.

And if you’re smart about your CEF purchases, you can even buy them at discounts and snare some price upside to boot!

Unfortunately this rising-rate environment has income seekers scared of CEFs. Many of my readers have asked me if they should bail on our high paying vehicles.…
Read more

3 Cheap Selloff Buys Yielding Up to 6.4% (sale won’t last)

Michael Foster, Investment Strategist
Updated: April 5, 2018

It’s happening again: blood is in the streets.

And if you remember the timeless advice of Warren Buffett, you know what to do: be greedy.

Because this selloff shouldn’t be happening (I’ll show you why in just a couple paragraphs)—and as a result, there are plenty of extremely undervalued bargains just waiting to be snapped up.

Toward the end of this article, I’ll reveal 3 funds chock full of high-quality, oversold stocks and yielding up to 6.4%. But first, let’s look at what’s driving this income (and gain) opportunity. It comes down to a glaring (and very temporary) disconnect in the market.…
Read more

These 5% Payers Will Soar (Even More) if Stocks Sink

Brett Owens, Chief Investment Strategist
Updated: April 4, 2018

Had enough market drama? If so, it’s time to trade in your overly-sensitive stocks for some domestic cash cows paying 5% or more.

I’ll show you how to find these secure yet somewhat-obscure payers in a minute. They are ideal income investments (especially today) because…

  • Their monthly payments are comfortably powered by secure cash flows,
  • They pay us more than Treasuries (5%+), and
  • Their coupons reset higher as rates rise.

Facebook’s folly, the Fed’s latest murmurs and even trade tariffs are mere noise in this corner of the income universe. Cash is king in these parts, and these firms have plenty to cover your yield no matter what Zuck mumbles to Congress or how much China taxes pork.…
Read more

3 “Forever” Stocks With Big Upside and Imminent Dividend Hikes

Brett Owens, Chief Investment Strategist
Updated: April 3, 2018

The 10-Year Treasury yield is holding at 2.85%, but another run to 3% is coming soon. Let’s use this breather to sell our weakest dividends and replace them with stocks that should actually head higher as rates rise.

You know the playbook by now. When the 10-Year yield rallies, it crushes stocks with pathetic yields or meager dividend growth. These “bond proxies” get dumped for the real thing as first-level investors scamper to the 3% yields on “safe” US government debt.

If your portfolio relies on laggards like these—I’m talking about penny-a-year hikers like AT&T (T) and Walmart (WMT), or stocks that haven’t hiked their payouts in years, like Wynn Resorts (WYNN)—I have two words for you:

Sell now!
Read more

The #1 Blunder Investors Are Making Now (and how to tap it for 7.5% dividends)

Michael Foster, Investment Strategist
Updated: April 2, 2018

Today I want to show you one of the most ridiculously oversold funds. Not only is it absurdly cheap right now, but it also pays a 7.5% sustainable dividend.

Before I get into those big cash payouts and how they’re possible, let me first explain why this fund is such an incredible bargain today.

Imagine that you could get shares in Microsoft (MSFT), Alphabet (GOOG), Apple (AAPL) and JPMorgan Chase (JPM) for 5.4% less than the market price of all of these companies.

Wouldn’t you buy as much as you could?

Well, now you can, thanks to the Eaton Vance Enhanced Equity Income Fund (EOI).…
Read more

Hot Buy (& Sell) Signals for 5 REITs Paying Up to 8.6%

Brett Owens, Chief Investment Strategist
Updated: April 2, 2018

Real estate investment trusts (REITs) are as cheap as they’ve been since the financial crisis right now. The sector as a whole has been battered for more than half a year, driving yields on the Vanguard REIT ETF (VNQ) to their highest point since 2009:

The REIT ETF VNQ Pays Nearly 5% Today…

If you bought REITs then, you doubled your money in less than four years:

… A Bullish Sign for Those Who Like 100%+ Gains!

And while this may be a fine time to buy VNQ, there are even better deals to be had amongst the “niche” landlords – both in, and outside, of the benchmark REIT index.…
Read more

3 Funds That Slash Your Tax Bill and Pay Up to 8% Dividends

Michael Foster, Investment Strategist
Updated: March 29, 2018

Today I’m going to show you 3 funds that give you an income stream the taxman cannot touch.

These 5% dividends get even more exciting when you see their “real” yields, thanks to that tax-free status.

A Low-Key Cash Machine

It’s all thanks to unsung municipal bonds, a kind of debt that cities, counties and states issue to raise funds for building roads, bridges, schools, hospitals—all kinds of things that make life easier for their residents.

To encourage investors to get into this market, the US government allows the income from these bonds to be distributed to investors without any tax payable at the federal level.…
Read more

Bank $3,333 in Monthly Dividends with Rising Rates

Brett Owens, Chief Investment Strategist
Updated: March 28, 2018

The Fed funds rate is 0.25% higher now than it was this time last week. What does this mean for our income investments – especially our monthly dividend payers?

We’ll explore in a minute. First, let’s allow ourselves a moment to appreciate the attractiveness of meaningful monthly distributions.

Our bills arrive every 30 days. But most stocks only pay their dividends every 90. So why don’t we bridge the gap and line up our income with our expenses?

Electricity bill? No problem – got an emerging market bond distribution to cover that.

Cable? No hurry to cut the cord (and risk live sports) when we have a REIT stock that covers this month’s bill.…
Read more

3 Battle-Hardened Dividends Up to 8.3% (and 1 to Sell Yesterday)

Brett Owens, Chief Investment Strategist
Updated: March 27, 2018

A few weeks back, I revealed my proven 3-step process for a “do-it-yourself” 10% dividend yield.

I’ll sum it up for you in 5 words: buy stocks with “accelerating” dividends. That is, payouts that grow faster and faster every year.

It’s a double win!

Take Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines (RCL), a stock I focused on in a March 6 article (and still like today). Plenty of dividend investors look at RCL’s current dividend yield—a meager 2.0%—shrug and walk away.

Terrible move!

I’ll show you why in 2 charts … well, make that one chart with 2 different layers.

Let’s start with this one:

“Accelerating” Payout Drives a 500% Income Boost!
Read more