A game-changing story about stocks just broke—and you almost certainly missed it.
That’s why I’m writing about this surprising news today: because it’s just what you need to know if you’re struggling with how to approach this interest rate–obsessed market, especially in the wake of the recent pullback.
Why haven’t you heard it?
Because good news like this doesn’t grab as much attention as Chicken Little panic articles, so the financial press skips it. But what I’m about to tell you is crucial to your financial well-being—and something I’ve been saying on Contrarian Outlook and in our CEF Insider service for months now.
Luckily, not everyone is ignoring the story. Bloomberg Businessweek just wrote an in-depth analysis of this piece of news, which is simply this: fears of a recession are way overblown, and the market is set for strong gains in the months ahead.
(In a moment, I’ll reveal a fund set to roll higher as the market surprises the doomsayers and takes off. Best of all, this ignored fund pays a safe 6.9% dividend.)
I was glad to read this upbeat news, because it echoes a piece I wrote over a year ago. The theme of that article was simple: there are several clear recession indicators and none of them have been in the danger zone for a while. Fast-forward to today and they still aren’t—and aren’t likely to be for a long time.
First, let’s take a look at the data Bloomberg compiled; as you can see, the chances of a recession happening in the next 0 to 12 months have nosedived:
Doomsday Predictions Turn Sunny
Also note that chances of a recession happening in the next two to three years have also plummeted, bringing all readings except for the 12- to 24-month one to at or near their lowest levels in the last couple years.
Taking this at face value, it seems the chances of a recession happening soon are diminishing.
But let’s dig a little deeper. What exactly is the data being charted by these lines? Bloomberg’s recession predictor blends a lot of information, but the factor that has caused the red and black lines above to fall steeply is US Treasuries.
The Yield-Curve Horror
A couple weeks ago, I took a close look at the “yield-curve panic” that has been facing markets in 2018. If you were paying attention in February and March, when the markets sold off, you’ll remember that the bears couldn’t stop talking about the flattening yield curve—specifically, the difference between 2-year and 10-year Treasury yields.
When this yield curve inverts (or when 2-year yields are higher than 10-year yields), a recession tends to follow in the next 12 months. And that curve has gotten flatter throughout 2018—up until my article a couple weeks ago, which said that “An inverted yield … isn’t coming yet.”
Recession Indicator Pulls a 180
Notice how this isn’t the first time that downward trend suddenly saw a reversal. The same thing happened in February.
But this time is different.
Back then, the widening yield curve happened during a sharp, sudden decline in stocks; and while stocks have had a rough few days, the decline we’ve seen (as I write, we’re just 6.7% down from the all-time high the S&P 500 set on September 20) is still well below the 10.1% plunge we saw in February. What’s more, compared to February, the current market downturn has lasted longer and been much less severe:
To call this the start of a bear market is just silly. What we are seeing over the longer term is a new trend: higher stock prices happening alongside a steeper yield curve.
This is a really good pattern to see.
Steep yield curves indicate higher expectations for inflation and, more crucially, economic growth. Just as negative yield curves are the market saying a recession is going to come, a positive yield curve is the market saying growth is going to get faster.
And what benefits when the economy is growing faster? Stocks.
A 6.9% Dividend From Your Favorite Blue Chips
So what should you buy?
An index fund like the S&P 500 SPDR ETF (SPY) would get you exposure to the stocks that will win in such a market, but you can compound your gains and get a higher total return by buying an equity fund that’s trading at a large discount to its portfolio value, or NAV.
While ETFs almost never trade below their NAVs, closed-end funds (CEFs) do—and that unusual inefficiency in CEFs is an opportunity for contrarian investors to get high-quality stocks at a discount.
For example, the Dividend and Income Fund (DNI) has a 7.2% dividend yield while also holding high-quality stocks like Apple (AAPL), CVS Health (CVS) and AutoZone (AZO), but it trades at an almost unthinkable 24.8% discount to NAV, meaning $1 of those shares is up for sale with DNI for just 75.2 cents.
DNI isn’t the only fund with many high-quality companies in its portfolio and a double-digit discount. Right now, our CEF Insider service is keeping tabs on 37 US equity CEFs with discounts of 10% or more—and 27 of those funds have yields above 5%, or roughly 3 times what SPY pays.
I think the choice here is obvious. And here’s the best news: I’ve got 4 more CEFs for you today that boast even higher dividends than DNI …
My 4 Top CEFs to Buy Now (7.1% dividends and fast 20%+ gains ahead)
I’m talking about 4 funds throwing off a 7.1% average dividend yield (with the 2 highest payers throwing off near 8% cash payouts!).
All 4 also trade at unbelievable discounts to NAV as I write this.
I say “unbelievable” because these markdowns are far wider than normal—and they simply must return to their usual levels (it’s the “law of gravity” in CEF land). When they do, they’ll ignite these 4 funds’ share prices and catapult us to easy 20%+ price upside in the next 12 months.
And that’s not even the best part.
Unbeatable Nest Egg Protection
This is: even if these latest recession predictions somehow turn out wrong and the market falls out of bed tomorrow, you’re still covered! Because these 4 funds give us crucial “insurance”— they’re already so heavily discounted that they’ll simply trade flat.
And we’ll still collect their massive 7.1% average dividends!
Plus, these 4 bargain CEFs also pay dividends monthly, so your cash stream will perfectly line up with your bills. Or you can reinvest your dividends faster than you would if you were getting quarterly payouts, further boosting your gains and income stream.
Add it all up and you’re looking at 27%+ in gains and dividends over the next 12 months, with a nice chunk of that profit in CASH thanks to the outsized 7.1% average payout on these 4 unsung funds.
Many investors know that this is the right way to invest for retirement. But they don’t know where to find the 7%+ dividends and upside to get there. That’s where CEFs like these 4 come in.