How My “Dividend Sell Signal” Can Help You Avoid 40%+ Losses

Brett Owens, Chief Investment Strategist
Updated: August 2, 2022

I hear from readers of my Hidden Yields dividend-growth service all the time—and many are wondering why their “dividend guy” has suddenly become a “cash guy”!

Truth is, there’s been nothing for us to buy! We’ve unloaded 17 positions since last October in Hidden Yields and are sitting on a big cash pile—waiting for our chance.

And that chance is coming. In fact, if you’re using dollar-cost averaging—or investing a fixed amount of money on a fixed date, in other words—to build your portfolio, now is a great time to put money toward the safest stocks you own—especially as we get closer to “stock season”: the period from November to May, when markets are typically stronger.… Read more

These 3 Funds Could Hand You $5,000 a Month in Dividend Cash

Michael Foster, Investment Strategist
Updated: August 1, 2022

One nice thing—and probably the only nice thing—about the 2022 market selloff is that it’s given us dividend investors an opportunity to grab 10% yields we can count on for the long haul.

They come to us from closed-end funds (CEFs), a (too) long-neglected asset class that, frankly, is looking better and better every day for those looking to retire on dividends alone—and frankly we all should be.

I do want to emphasize the long haul here, though, because at this stage of the market correction, you can put some money to work effectively, either by picking up individual funds here and there or by dollar-cost averaging (DCA) to build up your income stream (and portfolio) at a reasonable price.… Read more

Should You Pounce on These 8%-Yielding Preferreds?

Brett Owens, Chief Investment Strategist
Updated: July 30, 2022

Boring is perfect when we’re talking retirement investing.

We’ll let others take the S&P 500’s sad 1.7% yield and frequent mood swings. While we direct our attention to an elite trio that yields 8.2%.

You read that right. Eight-point-two-percent per year… in dividends alone! That’s an excellent $82,000 in annual income on a million dollar portfolio. Or $41,500 on a $500K nest egg. You get the idea.

Plus our yield cushion will help soften a September selloff. (Because let’s face it, this is most likely a bear market rally we’re in the middle of.)

No, the stock market doesn’t just give out 8.2% yields for nothing.… Read more

This “Antifragile” Sin Stock Pays 8.4% with Continued Upside in 2022

Jeff Reeves, Senior Investment Analyst
Updated: July 29, 2022

Statistician and trader Nassim Nicholas Taleb published his book “The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable” in 2007 – just months before the global financial crisis and Great Recession hit full swing. In this, and in other writings, he explores the importance of preparing for the unexpected.

After a brutal year or so on Wall Street, I recently went back to Taleb’s works. They offer some very important lessons on resilience and risk, and I highly recommend them.

But since most people prefer simple, real-world examples to a homework assignment, let me give you the Reader’s Digest version – using tobacco giant Altria Group Inc.Read more

Here’s a 10%-Yielding CEF With Surprising Upside in the Next 12 Months

Michael Foster, Investment Strategist
Updated: July 28, 2022

I get a lot of readers asking me when this market will bottom. We don’t know for sure, of course, because market bottoms are only visible in hindsight. But I would say that now is a good time to buy dividend-paying stocks—especially if you use dollar cost averaging (DCA), which you probably used to build your portfolio.

DCA (or buying a fixed amount on a fixed date throughout the year, say) is particularly effective for high-yield CEFs, which are, of course, our beat at my CEF Insider service.

That’s because of these funds’ above-average dividends and deep discounts to net asset value (NAV, or the value of the stocks in their portfolios).… Read more

When the Fed Pivots, We’ll Buy This Monthly Dividend Payer

Brett Owens, Chief Investment Strategist
Updated: July 27, 2022

Why would anyone want to pay full price for a stock?

Many common tickers can be bought for 5%, 10% and even 12% off in the closed-end fund (CEF) aisle. These discounted CEFs are the closest thing to a free lunch we have on Wall Street. And most investors don’t know about them because, well, they don’t read enough Contrarian Outlook!

CEFs are unique vehicles. They are one of the last corners of the stock market with a sweet inefficiency. Unlike their mutual fund and ETF cousins, CEFs have fixed pools of shares. Which means they can trade at premiums and discounts to the values of their underlying assets.… Read more

This Gimmicky Dividend Strategy Will Cost You Money (Do This Instead)

Brett Owens, Chief Investment Strategist
Updated: July 26, 2022

These days, everyone is looking for safety—and that’s got some folks pondering some pretty, er, unusual strategies that seem secure but are in fact anything but.

One such strategy is known as dividend capture, which sounds like a way to bag a company’s quarterly cash dividend without taking the risk of owning the shares. I don’t like the name because it sounds like something we dividend investors should be interested in. I don’t like the approach itself because it doesn’t really work.

The theory seems innocent enough:

  1. Find a stock that is about to pay a dividend,
  2. Buy it before it’s “ex-dividend date,”
  3. Pocket the payout, and
  4. Sell the shares after.
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5 Ways to Invest in Oil (Ranked From Worst to First)

Michael Foster, Investment Strategist
Updated: July 25, 2022

When oil spikes, like it has in recent months, many folks get tempted, wondering if there’s a way to time their way into—and out of—crude for maximum profits and dividends.

Unfortunately, timing markets is tough—especially the oil market, which is global and highly complex. Heck, the experts have trouble doing it! Consider this chart:

Bloomberg analysts looked at how the price of energy commodities trended over the last 20 years and how an index of energy-related investments performed over the same period. They found that professional investors whose job is to turn changes in commodity prices into cash profits had a hard time doing so.… Read more

This Megabank Is a Megabuy After Earnings

Jeff Reeves, Senior Investment Analyst
Updated: July 22, 2022

Last week, I shared with you one of my top picks right now in pharmaceutical giant AbbVie (ABBV). The stock has tripled its dividend in about 10 years and is one of the rare investments that’s actually up in an admittedly rocky 2022.

And the week before that, I detailed another “MVP” stock in Stellantis (STLA). This automaker is plotting big cost-savings after a recent merger, currently delivering more than 5X the yield of the typical stock in the S&P 500.

This time around I want to share with you another recommendation, megabank JPMorgan Chase (JPM). This financial stock also exhibits the three must-have factors I look for – strong management, attractive value and generous payouts – but has recently been making headlines after earnings that make this trade a bit time-sensitive.… Read more

This “Trick” Lets Us Play the VIX for Strong 7.5% Payouts

Michael Foster, Investment Strategist
Updated: July 21, 2022

Today we’re going to look at how we can play the market’s “fear gauge”—known as the VIX, for a 7.5% dividend that’s as steady as they come.

As you can guess, the VIX has been on the rise this year as the Fed-induced market selloff has deepened:

Fear Gauge Rises. A Plus for Our Dividends?

You can’t outright buy the VIX, and even if you could, you wouldn’t get any dividends from it. But there is an asset class that uses the higher volatility the VIX is showing us to generate extra cash, resulting in a higher (and safer) income stream for you: closed-end funds (CEFs) that sell covered-call options.… Read more