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The Tax Plan Tees Up 20%+ Yearly Gains From REITs, Forever

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

The IRS already allows REITs (real estate investment trusts) to avoid paying income taxes if they pay out most of their earnings to shareholders. As a result these firms tend to collect rent checks, pay their bills and send most of the rest of the cash to us as dividends.

But the IRS considers the dividends you and I receive from our REITs “nonqualified” dividends. This means they are taxed at our regular income rate.

Until now, that is. REIT investors will benefit from the tax breaks that “pass through” businesses will receive in the 2018 tax code. Investors will be allowed deduct 20% of their REIT dividend income (per U.S.Read more

4 Cash Machines That Soar With Rates (and Pay 7%+ Dividends)

Brett Owens, Chief Investment Strategist
Updated: September 25, 2018

Right now, there are 2 fears giving first-level investors night terrors (and costing them huge gains and income).

  1. Rising interest rates will kill stocks, and…
  2. Nosebleed valuations (along with more record highs for the S&P 500) will kill stocks.

The problem? Both are nonsense!

Let’s take the second one first—then we’ll push on to 4 buys that not only survive rising rates but soar faster than rates do!

A Painful Wait on the Sidelines

Sure, the market’s current P/E ratio looks scary at around 23, and that alone could keep you clear of stocks now. Trouble is, sitting in cash isn’t exactly comforting as stocks rise and inflation chews up your nest egg.… Read more

2 Clicks for 8% Dividends and 115% Gains

Michael Foster, Investment Strategist
Updated: September 24, 2018

Today I’m going to show you a “1 click” way to buy real estate and squeeze an 8% income from it year in and year out.

So if you drop $300k into this investment—the price of the average American home—you’ll instantly trigger a $24,000 yearly income stream.

And no, we’re not going to parade through open house after open house to do it. We’ll buy in right from the comfort of our brokerage accounts!

Best of all, we can be assured that our “properties” will be in the hottest neighborhoods, setting us up for fast price gains, too.

Zero Deadbeat Tenants, Zero Hidden Costs

If you already own rental property, I don’t have to tell you that it’s far from a passive investment.… Read more

7 REITs to Buy Now and Hold Forever

Brett Owens, Chief Investment Strategist
Updated: September 22, 2018

Real estate investment trusts (REITs) and their typically high dividend yields are a key part of a payout-powered retirement portfolio that’s built to dish out higher and higher dividends every single year.

The five REITs we’ll discuss today will pay you 4% to 7.3% per year in dividends alone. And this income stream will only grow as time passes, because these firms have growing cash flow streams they must pass on to shareholders in order to keep their privileged REIT status.

REITs may not get much mainstream coverage, but the academics are starting to catch on to these dividend machines. Last year, I pointed you to a study from Wilshire Research that showed “dramatic” results when REITs were added to a retirement portfolio.… Read more

Invest Alongside These 2 Company Insiders for Yields up to 8.6%

David Peltier, Senior Investment Analyst
Updated: September 21, 2018

The best way to learn about a company is directly from the executives that run the business on a day-to-day basis. However, there are thousands of actively traded stocks in the U.S. alone and CEOs rarely make the time to speak directly with anyone outside of their largest investors.

That’s why I keep an eye out for Form 4’s, which is the SEC filing insiders are required to submit within two business days of trading shares in their own company.

You don’t need to take my word for it, rather famed investor Peter Lynch is my inspiration to sift through a virtual stack of regulatory filings.… Read more

This “Hidden” Fund Is Set to Rip Higher (and pays 10% in cash)

Michael Foster, Investment Strategist
Updated: September 20, 2018

The third quarter is ending soon, so we need to talk about earnings—and especially how this soaring market can hand us a fat 10% cash dividend (and upside), starting today.

Earnings have been an obsession of mine this year, because a lot of investors are ignoring terrific news. If you follow them, you can easily miss out on big profits.

For instance, remember when trade-war threats and tensions with North Korea did this to the S&P 500?

First-Level Investors Took a Hit …

Anyone reading the headlines who panicked and sold into this mini-correction lost a lot of money—in total, billions of dollars of wealth disappeared in a matter of days.… Read more

Want Dividends and Price Upside? 7 Stocks for 162% Returns

Brett Owens, Chief Investment Strategist
Updated: September 19, 2018

If you’re not yet as rich as you hoped you’d be by now, don’t worry – we still have plenty of time to get you there.

And I’m not talking about investing your “growth capital” into risky fly-by-night names like Tesla (TSLA) and Snap (SNAP).

We can scale our money more securely – but just as spectacularly – by purchasing sound dividend payers that happen to be growing their payouts rapidly. Here’s why.

The Most Lucrative Way Shareholders Get Paid

There are three – and only three – ways a company’s stock can pay us:

  1. A cash dividend.
  2. A dividend hike.
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3 Shocking Ways to Get a Double-Digit Dividend From Amazon

Brett Owens, Chief Investment Strategist
Updated: September 18, 2018

Amazon.com (AMZN) blatantly defies all of my investing rules, and gets away with it every time.

It drives me crazy! But instead of staying mad, we’re going to “get even” by banking some backdoor payouts the firm’s landlords dish out.

Of course Jeff Bezos’ company pays no dividend, nor does it buy back shares (and as I’ve written before, growing dividends and well-timed buybacks are sacred cows to me—and 2 keys to a rising share price).

In fact, the e-commerce giant has done the opposite, thumbing its nose at repurchases—busily adding to its share count since the late ’90s!

Amazon Waters Down Its Shares …

But just to show you what an incredible business this is, you can see that even though Amazon has diluted investors’ holdings with these share issues, that’s done zilch to crimp its massive per-share earnings and cash-flow growth:

… and Banks Huge Profits Anyway

To top it off, this stock is the definition of pricey: it’s never traded below 25 times earnings in its history—and today it trades at an absurd 158 times!Read more

2 Top Contrarian Buys for the Rest of 2018

Michael Foster, Investment Strategist
Updated: September 17, 2018

Remember seven months ago, when investors were freaking out over North Korea and a future trade war?

They were also wringing their hands over popular volatility funds like the VelocityShares Daily Inverse VIX (XIV), which blew up in February and destroyed millions of dollars of invested cash.

All of these shocks sent the S&P 500 tumbling over 10% in a matter of days!

But if you sold off then, you missed out on huge profits:

The High Cost of Giving in to Fear

This chart makes it pretty clear that dumping stocks on scary headlines is a terrible idea. But that doesn’t stop a lot of investors from making this same mistake over and over.… Read more

2 Dangerous Double-Digit Dividends to Sell NOW

David Peltier, Senior Investment Analyst
Updated: September 14, 2018

One of the best characteristics about dividends is they usually offer a consistent, preferably growing stream of income. However, investors can easily fall into the trap of becoming complacent that future payments will continue to flow in, even when the business isn’t generating enough cash to fund the dividend.

The higher the yield being offered generally means the riskier the dividend is and sometimes losses can outweigh the expected income. For example, Dynagas LNG Partners (DLNG) cut its 16% yield back in April and shares are down 24% since.

With government bonds paying around 2% to 3%, dividends above 10% need to be scrutinized closely and I’ve identified two that are in danger of disappearing.… Read more