The Secure 7%
Now you can retire on dividend income alone –
without ever touching your capital…
First the bad news: If you are relying on rising stock prices to get you through retirement, you are asking for trouble.
“Buy and hope” is never a good idea, but with stocks at all-time highs, it could prove to be absolutely devastating right now.
Fact is, according to Warren Buffett’s favorite market indicator, stocks have never been this overvalued.
The “Buffett Indicator” is simple: He takes the total value of the U.S. stock market and divides it by the GDP. A healthy reading hovers around 1:1, where the stock market equals the GDP.
But look at it now and you might feel sick. The market cap of U.S. stocks is twice the size of our GDP. Buffett’s “crash predictor” hasn’t been this high since the dot-com bubble 21 years ago, just before stocks plummeted 46%.
Buffett’s not alone. Yale professor Robert Shiller won the Nobel Prize for his groundbreaking work on stock valuations. The “Shiller P/E” smooths out the impact of economic cycles by comparing a company’s stock price to its average earnings over 10 years, adjusted for inflation.
Looking back at 150 years of data on the S&P 500, the Shiller P/E has averaged 16.8.
But recently it was just over 38—an all-time high. The last two times this happened, stocks dropped 20% and 34%.
We’ve never seen anything like this before. If Buffett and Shiller are right, millions of Americans could see their retirement accounts crushed.
So… if there was ever a time to step off the stock market roller coaster… and lock in a reliable income stream from dependable dividend payers, it’s now.
But living off dividends has its own challenges. Yields haven’t been this low in decades.
The S&P 500 pays 1.2%. On a million-dollar portfolio, that’s a lousy $12,000 per year. Pathetic.
The good news is that I can show you how to get a 400%+ raise and pocket a 7% yield instead. That’s $70,000 in passive income on a million bucks, or $35,000 annually on $500K.
But first, let’s debunk the logical – but wrong – assumption that most dividend investors make.
They look at a “consumer staple” like General Mills (GIS), see it paying a “generous” 3.2%, and think it’s a good buy. But anyone who bought this “safe” stock at its peak in 2016 has had to stomach a 50% price drop, and is still 20% in the hole:
Problem is, these investors are looking at the wrong chart.
Check out these two charts. Which would you rather rely on?
The chart on the right, of course. It has increased steadily for the past 10 years with no blips. It shows the dividends paid by Johnson & Johnson (JNJ). Its jittery companion on the left is JNJ’s stock price over the same period.
If you’re like most investors, you’re probably looking at the chart on the left. Which means you’re exposing yourself to short-term price risk to collect a 2.7% dividend.
There are two issues with this approach. First, you’re putting your retirement portfolio—and your entire standard of living—smack dab in the path of the next stock market crash (which will take down JNJ, too). Which brings me to the second – and much bigger – problem.
You’re risking WAY too much for a lousy 2.7%!
Even if you buy $1 million worth of JNJ, you’re only collecting $27,000 a year. That’s about the same as your neighborhood Starbucks barista makes.
Now how about these two charts?
The chart on the left is the stock price of Microsoft (MSFT) over the past decade. Anyone who bought and held did fine – and also enjoyed the steady dividend growth on the right. In fact, they’re now pocketing a 9.8% yield on their initial investment – nice.
But what if you didn’t buy Microsoft a decade ago? Where do you put your “new money” to work for income? After all, MSFT only yields 0.8% today.
Even the “Dividend Aristocrats”
Can’t Do the Job
When it comes to dividend investing, many “first-level” investors head straight to the list of Dividend Aristocrats—the S&P 500 companies that have hiked their payouts for 25 years or more.
That kind of dividend growth is impressive. But here’s the problem: a company doesn’t need a high yield to join this club.
The S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats ETF (NOBL), which holds all 65 Aristocrats, yields just 1.9%!
So a million bucks in NOBL will only give you a $19,000 yearly income stream.
That’s not even President Biden’s proposed $15 minimum wage. How sad.
To make ends meet, you’ll be forced to sell some of your shares for expenses. Speaking of which …
Most financial advisors pitch a “4% withdrawal rate”. These guys (who have not successfully retired yet themselves, by the way) say that you should supplement your dividend income by withdrawing 4% or so of your capital a year. Looks good on paper, but in reality they are hiding some disastrous market math …
The 4% Withdrawal Plan Is
Reverse Dollar Cost Averaging (Not Good!)
Here’s the fatal flaw with the 4% withdrawal strategy. Every few years, you’re faced with a chart like this, and you have to sell a stock when it’s dipping:
Instead of selling high, you’re selling low!
This is exactly the wrong time to sell. Remember the benefits of dollar cost averaging that built your retirement portfolio by giving you more shares when prices dipped? This is the same phenomenon, but in reverse!
With a 4% withdrawal portfolio, where you routinely withdraw a fixed amount of money from your assets you siphon off more shares when prices are low, and fewer when prices are high. It’s a recipe for running out of money.
What you should be doing, especially with the stock market at record highs and facing a potential correction – is transitioning your portfolio away from the casino of stock prices into the steady staircase of dividends.
Basically, it’s time for a paradigm shift.
Instead of investing in the stock market, you need to be investing in the dividend market.
When you shop for dividends, you lock in rising cash flows that you can spend forever.
Look, it’s not your fault that the Fed crushed savers by lowering interest rates to near zero. If you were preparing for retirement in any normal era, you’d have some legitimate options in bonds.
But in this “new normal” rates are likely to remain low for a long time, even after the Fed starts inching them up from zero. Wall Street’s “magic 4% rule” – the fantasy that you can draw down 4% of your portfolio every year after you retire – is asking for trouble.
The better way? Create a portfolio that actually generates meaningful income. Ditch the aristocrats that pay you like you’re making lattes for a living, and secure yourself a 3-4X pay raise while still keeping your capital intact.
The 7% “No Withdrawal”
The solution is a No Withdrawal portfolio that relies entirely on dividend income and leaves your principal 100% intact. Of course, the trick is finding yields high enough to make that work.
You have to go off the beaten path here. Because the only time you’ll find blue chips yielding good money is after they’ve crashed.
You could look at alternative retirement products, such as annuities, where you swap your capital for an income stream. But in most cases you are giving up your principal while being charged outrageous fees. These vehicles usually don’t account for cost of living increases. Plus you’re trading in your legacy – and your grandchildren’s inheritance.
However there are three other vehicles available today that pay reliable yields of 5%, 6%, 8% and even higher.
They have market caps between $1 billion and $3 billion. So they’re plenty liquid enough for you and me, but not for the massive institutions that hold two-thirds of all shares in public stocks. Combined they make up only a fraction of the stock market’s total capitalization – so they don’t get much coverage from the financial media, either.
And that makes these ignored corners of the markets ideal hunting grounds to bag secure yields with stable prices and even 7%-15% upside in many cases.
Here’s where you can earn a stress-free $35,000 on a half-million … $70,000 on a million … and $100,000+ annually on anything higher.
Plus, you won’t even have to tap your initial capital or “draw down” any of your priceless principal.
Like a wise farmer, you will never sell your seed corn and put your future recklessly at risk.
I’ll even give you the stock names and ticker symbols to buy to make this happen. But first, a bit about myself.
My name is Brett Owens. I first started trading stocks in college, between classes at Cornell.
I graduated cum laude with an Industrial Engineering degree—which is actually pretty popular with Wall Street recruiters.
But I couldn’t stand the thought of grinding it out in a cubicle for 80 hours a week. So I moved to San Francisco and got into the tech scene. A buddy and I started up two software companies that today serve more than 26,000 business users.
The result was a nice piece of change coming in … and I had to decide what to do with my money.
I had seen plenty of young “techies” come into sudden cash and burn through their windfall in a year, ending up right back where they started.
Not for me. I already had dreams of living off my wealth one day, decades before I retired.
I got plenty of cold calls from brokers wanting to “help” me. But I knew that nobody would care as much about my money as me. So I went out on my own and invested my startup profits in dividend-paying stocks.
I’ve been hunting down safe, stable, and generous yields ever since, growing my wealth with vehicles paying me 6%, 7%, even 8%+ dividends.
In recent years, I started writing about the methods I use to generate these high levels of income.
Today I serve as chief investment strategist for Contrarian Income Report – a publication that uncovers secure, high-yielding investments for thousands of investors. Since inception, my subscribers have enjoyed dividends 4 times the S&P 500 average, plus big annualized gains!
And that brings me to a crucial piece of advice…
If I could leave you with just one nugget of investing wisdom today, it would be to NEVER overlook the incredible wealth-building power of dividends.
Few investors realize how important these unglamorous workhorses actually are. Here’s a perfect example…
If you put $1,000 in the dividend-paying stocks of the S&P 500 back in 1972 you would have $69,460 about now. Almost 70x your money. But the same $1,000 in the non-dividend payers would have grown to just $8,440—88% less.
That’s why I’m a dividend fan. The stock market is a fantastic wealth-building machine, but it doesn’t always go straight up! There have been plenty of 10-year periods where the only money investors made was in dividends.
And that’s what gives Contrarian Income Report readers such an edge. When you lock in a 7% yield, you’re matching the stock market’s long-term average return right off the bat. Everything else is gravy.
Of course you can’t just buy every ticker symbol out there with a flashy yield. Or you’ll get burned pretty fast.
But I’ve discovered that if you stick to three overlooked corners of the market, you can collect big dividends and never have to tap into your savings to pay your bills. Isn’t that what we all want?
Now let’s look at the first way to get you that secure 8% income…
“No Withdrawal” Stealth Play #1:
If you feel trapped “grinding out” dividend income with traditional 2% or 3% payers, you can double your payouts by moving to closed-end funds (CEFs). In fact, you can often make the switch without actually switching investments.
For example, JPMorgan Chase (JPM) investors can trade in their 2.5% yield for the Gabelli Dividend & Income Trust Fund’s (GDV) 5.1% payout. And guess what? One of GDV’s largest holdings is JPM!
GDV is run by superstar money manager Mario Gabelli. He uses a modest amount of leverage to create his outsized yield – which he delivers every month (unlike most funds, which only pay quarterly). It’s a sweet deal.
Retail investors have been running away from closed-end funds like this one for the past few years. A lot of these funds borrow money to jack up their yields … and investors were afraid that the Fed could raise rates and end this “free lunch,” hurting CEFs.
But that’s just not true.
The last time the Fed hiked rates significantly, CEFs did just fine. In June 2004, Fed chair Alan Greenspan began boosting rates from then-historic lows. Over a two-year period, he increased the federal funds rate from 1% to 5.25%. An earthquake.
How did CEFs perform? Three prominent funds – Gabelli’s along with the Calamos Strategic Total Return (CSQ) and the Eaton Vance Limited Duration Income Fund (EVV) – all outperformed the market during this two-year span!
And wait ‘til you see the three closed-end picks I have for you. They are yielding up to 8.1%. And they trade at attractive valuations, which means they’re perfect for retirement portfolios because your downside risk is minimal. Even if the market takes a tumble, these funds will hold their own, drawing in new investors with their high, safe payouts … which we’ll be enjoying, with yields up to 8.1%.
More likely, they’ll jump 5% or 10% in price as they close the “free money” discount … and we’ll still collect those fat dividends!
I’ll share the details on my three favorite CEFs in a minute – but let’s get to our next strategy.
“No Withdrawal” Stealth Play #2:
Not familiar with preferred stock? You’re not alone – it’s a criminally underpublicized corner of the market.
Unlike run of the mill “common” stocks that everyone buys and sells all day long, preferred stocks are a different animal. They are the half-breeds of the market, in the best sense of the word, because they give you the steady income of a bond AND the appreciation of a stock.
Why are they called “preferred”? Because they’re ahead of “common” shareholders in line when dividends are paid. If times get tough and a company cuts its dividend, common stockholders are the first to get the axe.
Not long ago, Wells Fargo (WFC) announced plans to offer $600 million in preferreds with a 5.6% perpetual coupon. That’s more than 5X the common stock’s yield. If you’re looking for income, the preferreds will pay you 5.6% as long as you own them.
In this case I’m not recommending you buy a generic ETF, like the PowerShares Preferred Portfolio (PGX) and the iShares Preferred and Income Securities ETF (PFF), that holds preferred shares. I recommend going with a fund with an active manager, because in this niche of the market, you need a specialist working for you.
Experience counts here, and I have two favorites today that each pay rock-solid 6.5%+ dividends. The manager of one of these picks has been analyzing preferred stocks for 38 years. He has his own database with the specific terms and interest rates on every preferred security on the planet. It’s a level of sophistication that you want on your side in the preferred-stock arena. And his strategy has paid off: his fund (purple line in the chart below) has more than doubled the preferred stock ETF run by iShares (orange line below).
I’ve got the details on these two opportunities in a special report that I prepared exclusively for my premium readers. I’ll show you how to get your own copy in a minute – right after we talk about the third pillar of my secure retirement income strategy.
“No Withdrawal” Stealth Play #3:
Collecting Rising Rents
It’s not the flashiest way to grow your wealth, but more Americans have become wealthy thanks to real estate than any other investment. In fact, seven out of every 10 American millionaires owe their wealth to the steady appreciation of property values.
Unfortunately, most investors never venture beyond owning their own home. It takes a good chunk of change to get started in real estate… and being a landlord can be a real headache.
But in the past few decades, a Wall Street invention called the real estate investment trust (REIT) has radically changed the work/profit equation. By pooling a group of income-producing properties and selling shares of the pie to small investors, it has opened the high-stakes world of commercial real estate to everyone.
There’s no easier way to be a landlord than buying into one of these REITs. You can instantly own shopping centers, office towers and apartment buildings … and pocket the cash these tenants are paying. It’s the fun part of being a landlord without the hassles or headaches.
What I love about REITs is that the IRS lets them pay ZERO income taxes as long as they pass on the bulk of their earnings to shareholders. So they collect the rent, pay their bills and send what’s left to you as a dividend. As a nice bonus, your REIT income is taxed at a lower rate than regular rental income.
What’s more, because REITs tend to “zig” when other investments “zag,” they are a great way to diversify your assets, reduce your volatility and improve your overall returns. Meanwhile, you’ll be getting more than twice the payout of the broader stock market.
All of which means … if you don’t have a burning desire to change light bulbs and play landlord yourself, it’s smarter to simply sit back, make a few clicks and buy real estate stocks instead of physical properties.
But it pays to be choosy here. There are more than 200 REITs trading on U.S. exchanges. Some have bloated expenses and a few have dangerous levels of debt.
We’ve boiled the universe down to two rock-solid, well-priced proven performers. (In fact, we’ve owned both of them before, buying and selling them for big profits. More details on that in a minute.)
Now let’s see how you can get hold of my complete No-Withdrawal Portfolio research today, including names, tickers and buy prices.
Up to 8.1% Yields, With Upside
To make it easy to transition into this new way of investing… where you are buying “bird in the hand” cash flows… instead of stocks that you just hope will go up… I’ve prepared three in-depth guides, outlining each of the strategies I mentioned above…
Special Report #1:
Monthly Dividend Superstars: Yields Up to 8.1%, With 10% Upside
This is where you’ll find the bargains that investors are leaving on the table in their misplaced fear of the Fed.
Inside you’ll find the ticker symbol, my buy-up-to price and in-depth backstory on my three favorite CEFs:
- A well-hedged 8.1% payer in one of the most in-demand sectors right now,
- The brainchild of one of the top fund managers on the planet throwing off an amazing 7.8%,
- And a rock-steady 6.3% dividend that boasts a lot of insider ownership. That’s something we love to see because it aligns management’s goals with our own.
Special Report #2:
2 ‘Preferred’ Dividends That Can Triple Your Payouts Immediately.
This report gives you everything you need to know on my two favorite preferred-stock funds now and start tapping their outsized 6.5%+ monthly dividends.
You’ll get full details on their management teams, dividend histories and an inside look at their proven strategies for driving strong, steady gains in preferred shares.
And these two funds’ huge monthly dividends are reliable, with reassurances that investors in “common” shares just don’t get. That’s the beauty of being a “VIP” shareholder!
Special Report #3:
Landlording the Easy Way: Big Rents and Zero Hassles
Finally your third guide, reveals my two favorite REITs. If you want to pocket a steady stream of rental income, with none of the headaches and costs of actually owning property, you’ll love these two workhorses.
- The 5.4% payer whose properties hummed along at an incredible 98.5% occupancy through the pandemic shutdown, and
- My other top cash-gusher: a 5.2% payer with 87% of its rental income locked in until 2030!
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People often ask me, “I get the income part, but where does “contrarian” fit in?”
My answer is simple: You’ll never beat the market by following the herd.
If you buy the same investments as everyone else, you’re going to have the same results as other people—which is always mediocre. This is why my advisory is defiantly contrarian.
It all boils down to one simple principle: If you want to make money, really big money, do what nobody else is doing.
Contrary investing is probably the simplest, sanest, most powerful and reliable money-making technique ever devised to buy low and sell high. It works in any market, from stocks and bonds to gold and real estate—because human nature is the same everywhere.
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As much as I love a fat payout, I never let myself forget an extraordinary yield can be a warning sign of a stock in trouble.
Just ask the investors who chased the mouth-watering yields that RadioShack was offering.
As the yield rose to 8%… 10%… 12% and higher, investors piled in.
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Let me tell you … it wasn’t pretty for anyone who stuck with RadioShack.
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