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2 Stocks Set to Soar 25%+ in 2018 and 3 to Sell Now

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

Interest rates are soaring, the market is panicking … and dividend stocks are yesterday’s news. Right?

Yes and no.

While some double-digit paying dogs should be sold immediately—market meltdown or no—there are other stocks (here I’m talking about top-notch dividend growers) that are ripe to be bought for 25%+ upside in the next 12 months.

There’s no doubt the 10-year Treasury yield’s recent run to 2.8%, an 18% rise since January 1, has slammed the brakes on the stock-market rally and hit high-yield plays like REITs particularly hard.

10-Year Rises, High-Yielders Wobble

If you hold high-yielders in your portfolio, you know what I’m talking about.…
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How to Wreck Your Retirement in 2 Buys

Michael Foster, Investment Strategist
Updated: February 5, 2018

In my years in the markets, I’ve seen some dangerous financial products come on the scene, but the two I’m going to show you in a moment might be the most dangerous.

No, I’m not talking about Bitcoin—although cryptocurrencies are pretty risky, since, as I wrote on January 1, most people don’t understand just how big a failure Bitcoin really is.

I’m talking about two new funds that have recently been released by BMO Capital Markets in conjunction with REX Exchange-Traded Funds.

Before I go into just how terrible these two funds are, let’s do a bit of digging into who BMO and REX are.…
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9 Dividends Due for a Raise in March

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

Dividend growth is the key to retirement because it fends off the effects of inflation. Even amid low inflation of 2% to 3% a year, a stagnant dividend will actually lose 2% to 3% of purchasing power a year. The only way to actually grow your income over time, then, is to invest in companies whose management makes rising dividends a priority.

That’s one reason you should buy stocks before their dividend increases. And we’ll review nine upcoming payout raises in a moment.

But there’s a second reason that’s coming to the fore of late: interest rates.

While the Federal Reserve has tried to put the spurs to interest rates with five bumps to the Fed funds rate since December 2015, bond yields haven’t cooperated much.…
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7% Dividends and Upside (Guaranteed By the Fed!)

Michael Foster, Investment Strategist
Updated: February 1, 2018

Preferred stocks are in the doghouse, and you just might be wondering whether this is the start of a buying opportunity.

Let me put that question to rest: it is.

Today we’re going to look at what’s behind this superb chance to buy, as well as 3 preferred-stock funds to consider: the Flaherty & Crumrine Dynamic Preferred & Income Fund (DFP), Flaherty & Crumrine Preferred Securities Income Fund (FFC) and John Hancock Premium Dividend Fund (PDT).

As you can see, all 3 of these funds are in the dumps.

A Steep Slide Down

But these are great funds, not only because of their sustainable 7% dividend yields and diversified portfolios, but also because this preferred-stock selloff is misguided.…
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3 Steps to 51% Returns in 5 Months with Dividend Payers

Brett Owens, Chief Investment Strategist
Updated: January 31, 2018

Looking for dividend payers with the most price upside? They’re available, even in this pricey market. You just need to follow the free lunch signs…

Five months ago, I told readers to grab the “hurricane dip” in the best reinsurers. My Hidden Yields subscribers specifically were told to buy shares in Validus (VR) on September 15.

Why reinsurance? Why then? And why Validus?

Let’s answer these three questions, because they’re the reason Hidden Yielders woke up to 44% gains last Monday morning (and banked 51% total returns in 5 months).

This “Free Lunch” Was Cashed at Once (for 51% Gains)

(Then I’ll share my top 7 dividend growers with 51% upside by July 4th, too – for those of you who missed our reinsurance party.)

Step 1: Pick a Great Business Model

The first step to successful investing is to buy fantastic businesses.…
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How to Front Run “Dividend Splits” for 123%+ Returns

Brett Owens, Chief Investment Strategist
Updated: January 30, 2018

Most investors are familiar with stock splits, but the real money is made when dividends “split.”

I’m talking about secure triple-digit returns in just 5 years (or less). And you could wind up with two dividend streams instead of one!

I’ve seen this strategy pay off time and time again.

And there’s really only one step: buy a recently spun off dividend-growth stock (or hold on to the “new” company if one of your holdings splits up) and tuck it away. Then watch as one—or both—take off into the stratosphere, cranking up their payouts as they go.

In the next few paragraphs, I’ll show you 2 spinoff stocks that have done just that, handing shareholders a 123% average return since they broke off from their parent companies no more than 5 years ago.…
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Buy This Dip for 8.7% Dividends and Massive Gains in 2018

Michael Foster, Investment Strategist
Updated: January 29, 2018

There’s one income-producing sector you probably hold in your portfolio—and you may be wondering why it’s crashing out this year.

I’m talking about utilities, which are famous for their rock-steady dividends (and predictable dividend hikes). These companies literally power the economy. But if utilities are so important, why are they in the toilet while the rest of the market is on fire?

Investors Loathe Utilities

Before we go further, if you’ve noticed your portfolio’s utility sleeve taking a dive like the one above—or bigger—don’t worry. This dip is a buying opportunity! I’ll give you one option paying a fat 8.7% dividend below.…
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These Fat 9% to 24% ETF Yields are Traps

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

I told you that the Infracap MLP ETF (AMZA) was a dog. Well, the fund just cut its dividend by 37%.

This is one of the biggest ETF payout cuts in recent memory, and it’s a gut punch to shareholders who rode out massive underperformance for the income tradeoff. That payout mattered. Just look at the difference between price returns and total returns in the chart below:

Just because a yield is wrapped in a fancy ETF wrapping doesn’t mean it’s safe.

This ETF dividend slash could be the first of several. So let’s talk about three ETFs – which pay between about 9% and 24% – whose dividends are far from secure.…
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These 3 Dividend Stocks are Dead Meat on the Next Pullback

Brett Owens, Chief Investment Strategist
Updated: January 26, 2018

The stock market is overdue for a correction (to say the least). And when the rising tide pulls back, certain dividend dogs will be exposed.

It’s all well and good to chase 5% and 6% dividends as “bond proxies” when the market continually grinds higher. It’s another story when stocks begin to wobble – and an entire year’s worth of yield is jeopardized in a down week!

Of course some dividend stocks will hold up just fine. But we’re going to pick on three that are likely to be exposed when the bullish music stops.

Gladstone Investment (GAIN)
Dividend Yield: 6.8%

Back in July, I highlighted Gladstone Investment Corporation (GAIN) as a business development company stud amidst a pair of BDC duds.…
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These 2 Stocks Are Circling the Drain: Sell Now

Michael Foster, Investment Strategist
Updated: January 25, 2018

The S&P 500 has already increased in value by over $1 trillion in 2018—and January isn’t even over yet!

What’s behind this incredible bull market isn’t euphoria or hysteria—it’s actually sound investing principles. As I wrote in a January 18 article, the bull market is being driven by the best possible trend: higher earnings and sales for America’s best companies, which is itself the result of improving economic conditions for everyday Americans.

Parties ultimately end, of course. And this one is no different—the bull market is being driven by a solid and reasonable belief that American companies will go up in value.…
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