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Can You Spot the Next 830% Dividend Grower?

Brett Owens, Chief Investment Strategist
Updated: December 27, 2019

I don’t blame you if you think stock picking boils down to a choice between income or growth. That’s how the financial media has framed it for years.

But it’s not. Not by a long shot. In fact, for years, my Hidden Yields service has shown investors that rapidly growing dividends are something of an “early alert system” for red-hot price appreciation. That’s why I always keep an eye out on regular dividend growers, like the list of 56 stocks whose names and tickers I’ll share with you momentarily.

In fact, if patient investors sniff out the right dividend stocks, they’ll hit the trifecta: income growth, higher prices and big, fat yields.… Read more

3 Ways to Know When It’s Time to Sell a CEF

Michael Foster, Investment Strategist
Updated: December 26, 2019

With the whipsawing market we saw in early December—and now a snap back to near all-time highs—now is the perfect time to talk about one of the biggest questions you’ll face as a closed-end fund (CEF) investor: how do you know when to sell a fund?

Unfortunately, there’s no simple answer—and often investors who use conventional sell signals, like a falling market price, will end up selling at the worst time.

That leads me to my cardinal rule with CEFs: it’s easier to know when to buy than when to sell. If the fund is well managed, has a strong track record, is deeply discounted and has a relatively safe dividend, it’s generally a screaming buy.… Read more

This Handed Us a Fast 43.5% Win. History Is About to Repeat

Brett Owens, Chief Investment Strategist
Updated: December 24, 2019

Make no mistake: now is the perfect time to set ourselves up for 7%+ dividends, along with serious upside—I’m talking total returns well into the triple digits!

The key is my easy “dividend barometer” strategy. I’ll show you exactly how it works—and two stocks it’s flagged for big payout growth and price gains—shortly.

Your Ticket to “Rate-Proof” Gains in 2020

First, we need to talk about Federal Reserve chief Jerome Powell, who says he’ll hold interest rates steady next year. That’s despite President Trump, who’s been Twitter-bashing the poor fellow on the regular for not slashing rates to the bone.

If the smart money (betting through the Fed futures market) is right, The Fed chief will win this battle.… Read more

These 146 Funds Have Never Lost Money (and could pay you 8.3%)

Michael Foster, Investment Strategist
Updated: December 23, 2019

What if I told you there was a corner of the market where every single fund has turned a profit? And these amazing investments paid out a huge income stream that was entirely tax-free?

The kicker: many of these funds—including one throwing off a 4.6% dividend now (that could be worth 7% or more to you, depending on your tax bracket)—are trading at discounts to their “true” value now. I’ll name this low-risk income (and growth) play shortly.

146 Funds, 0 Losers

This story starts with municipal bonds, which are issued by cities, counties and states to fund buildings, roads and hospitals.… Read more

Roaring or Tearful ’20s? 5 Dividends (up to 11.6%) for A Market Meltdown

Brett Owens, Chief Investment Strategist
Updated: December 20, 2019

Are you worried about a market meltdown in 2020? Fair enough–stocks went straight up for an entire decade, making a pullback more than due as we head into the 20s.

Now, more than ever, it’s vital that your portfolio is anchored by bulletproof dividend payers. If it’s not, read on, and I’ll introduce you to a few of the market’s five-star income plays—payouts so safe that even a worst-case recession scenario won’t touch them.

BofA Merrill Lynch analyst Michael Harnett, looking at recent developments such as our “phase one” deal with China and the U.K.’s recent elections, said stocks are “primed for Q1 2020 risk asset melt-up,” projecting that the S&P 500 will rip off a quick 5% by March.… Read more

These Stocks Rained Cash This Year, and History Should Repeat in 2020

Michael Foster, Investment Strategist
Updated: December 19, 2019

Today we’re going to look ahead to 2020—and specific sectors to target for rising profits (and dividends!) in both stocks and 7%+ yielding closed-end funds (CEFs).

We’re also going to look inside a worrisome piece of news you might have heard about 2019—that analysts expect corporate profits to rise a meager 0.3% when they close the books on this year—and uncover why this is not a scary omen for the future.

Because when we hear numbers like that, we need to look further and see where they’re coming from. In this case, there’s a very simple reason no one is talking about.… Read more

Lemmings, Beware! Wall Street’s 2020 Dividend Picks, Yikes

Brett Owens, Chief Investment Strategist
Updated: December 18, 2019

“Hey Kevin, I think I’m going to look at doing one of those top 20 dividend picks for 2020 pieces. Cheesy, I know, but ‘tis the season.”

My always-supportive publisher knew how to rattle my cage, however:

“Funny, I just saw one of those ‘Wall Street favorite’ pieces cross my desk. Had one of your old favorites included…”

Our old flame Medical Properties Trust’s (MPW) inclusion caught Kevin’s eye. Classic Wall Street. Way to call the stock you should have bought in 2015 as the best buy for 2020!

Now don’t get me wrong, this is a well-run company with a timeless business model.… Read more

CEF Investors: Do This Now for 94%+ Upside (and 8.8%+ Dividends)

Brett Owens, Chief Investment Strategist
Updated: December 17, 2019

I’m about to reveal my very best strategy for pocketing 20%+ upside (and 7%+ dividends) from closed-end funds (CEFs) in the year ahead.

And in the long run, you could be in for truly monstrous gains, like the 94% return, and 8.8% dividend, I locked in using this simple plan just a few days ago.

I’m sharing this powerful tool with you now because this is the perfect time to get into CEFs. Unlike the (bubbly) S&P 500, many of these high-yield funds are cheap now—and spring-loaded for big “snap back” upside in 2020.

In fact, 380 of the roughly 500 CEFs out there—a full 75%—trade below their “true” worth as I write this.… Read more

The World’s Best CEF Soared 466%, Yields 6.4%. Here’s How.

Michael Foster, Investment Strategist
Updated: December 16, 2019

How the heck do you fund your retirement today, with regular stocks yielding a pathetic 1.8%?

Today I’m going to show you exactly how—and we’re going to use my favorite tool, closed-end funds (CEFs) to do it. In fact, we’re going to zero in on a particular CEF that’s the poster child for how these high-yielding funds can deliver the retirement you want on a modest nest egg—far less than that million bucks many advisors say you need.

To start, this solid fund pays a steady 6.4% dividend now—nearly four times the payout you’d get from a “regular” stock. Even better for retirees, it pays you that dividend monthly, in line with your bills.… Read more

3 Safe Dividends (Up to 15%!) for a Toppy Stock Market

Brett Owens, Chief Investment Strategist
Updated: December 13, 2019

The way to protect your portfolio isn’t large caps–it’s large yields. And the very best ones often come in small packages, such as the three “underappreciated dividends” yielding up to 15% that I’m about to show you.

I’m talking about funds that pay big, secure dividends. When pullbacks happen, these funds’ prices don’t move thanks to their yields. After all, a 15% annual payout (like the one we’re going to discuss shortly) buffers your portfolio against plenty of market volatility.

Here’s an example. Let’s consider Wall Street’s temper tantrum from late 2015 to early 2016, which greeted our launch of the Contrarian Income Report service focused on dividends that are big enough to retire on.… Read more