An “Instant” 3-Fund Portfolio for 9.8% Dividends and 40% Upside

Michael Foster, Investment Strategist
Updated: November 19, 2018

Do you remember the biggest threat to the stock market in the summer of 2017?

Let me refresh your memory: a nuclear war with North Korea.

It was barely a year ago, but financial pundits and so-called experts were screaming from the rooftops about volatility spiking with the risk of a nuclear war. Here’s what actually happened as Armageddon fears fizzled:

Market Tunes Out Pundits’ Panic

So much for heightened fears! In fact, despite unusually large spikes in volatility earlier this year, as a whole, this measure of market fears has been on a steady decline.

Oh, and those spikes in volatility you see earlier this year were because of a new risk du jour.… Read more

3 Best REITs for the Next 55 Years

Brett Owens, Chief Investment Strategist
Updated: November 17, 2018

I’ve said for years that dividend-happy real estate investment trusts (REITs) are the superior play for long-term wealth generation. And yet another set of data – this one spanning more than half a century – proves just how powerful the REIT space really is.

Let me show you the latest findings – and introduce you to a handful of stocks that should deliver market-beating returns for the next several decades.

A couple months ago, I highlighted a CEM Benchmarking study of asset-class returns going back to 1998 that showed publicly listed REITs trounced everything in retirement-focused accounts: large-cap stocks, small-cap stocks, bonds, private equity, hedge funds – you name it!… Read more

These 2 MLPs Outrun Lower Oil Prices With 100%-Plus Earnings Growth

David Peltier, Senior Investment Analyst
Updated: November 16, 2018

Energy commodity prices have been extremely volatile of late. Crude oil is down more than 20% in the past month, while natural gas is up more than 40% over the same period.

The result is that some of the most stable names in the energy sector, master limited partnerships (MLPs), have lost 6% or more in the past month, wiping out the benefit of an attractive annual dividend yield.

However, one thing that remains constant over time is that the market rewards faster earnings growth in stocks, even with income-oriented names. Higher profits can lead to higher future dividends, which in turn helps investors build wealth, even as inflation is rising.… Read more

These 7,643 Funds ALL Crush the Market. Here’s the 1 to Buy Now

Michael Foster, Investment Strategist
Updated: November 15, 2018

If you’ve been told it’s impossible to outperform low-cost index funds because the market’s too efficient, you’ve been lied to.

The truth is, there many funds out there that have been beating the broader stock market for years. And here’s something really surprising: there are more funds pulling off this feat now than there have been in a long time!

In fact, across ETFs, mutual funds, and closed-end funds (CEFs), there are 7,643 funds that have beaten the S&P 500’s 7.62% return over the past year.

So much for not beating the market!

Besides the fact that not choosing the low-fee passive fund will get you superior returns, you might be also be surprised by one other fact I just threw out there: a 7.62% return for stocks in general over the past year.… Read more

How to Generate $7,050 in “Bonus” Payouts Next Month

Brett Owens, Chief Investment Strategist
Updated: November 14, 2018

“Buy and hope” traders are, understandably, terrified today. Their portfolios are paying nearly nothing in dividends. Don’t you think fat 10% payouts would put them at ease a bit?

The unfortunate situation for our “B&H” friends is that they bought stocks without a plan to generate cash flow from them. They purchased their shares – probably after much of the decade-long run up – and now must hope that this old bull market is not aging in dog years!

A better idea? Demanding big dividends. After all, without cash flow, what is a stock really worth besides what someone will possibly pay us for it tomorrow?… Read more

3 Post-Midterm Buys for 6.5% Dividends and 240% Payout Growth

Brett Owens, Chief Investment Strategist
Updated: November 13, 2018

Now that the election’s over, it’s time for us contrarians to get greedy!

And I’ve got just the thing: 3 hated buys we can use to rack up serious gains and dividends while the rest of the herd struggles to get its bearings.

Where do these 3 cash machines come from? The defense and infrastructure sectors.

Now you might see where I’m coming from on infrastructure. Probably the one thing Republicans and Democrats agree on is that our ramshackle roads, bridges and power plants need a lot of work.

More on this, including a rock-solid play for 6.5% dividends and “steady as she goes” upside, at the end of this article.… Read more

2 Perfect Post-Midterm Funds for 8% Dividends and Upside

Michael Foster, Investment Strategist
Updated: November 12, 2018

I’m sure you noticed that when America decided on a Republican-majority Senate and Democrat-majority House, the markets jumped.

The best news: it’s just the beginning of what’s likely to be a long-term uptrend in stocks. So if you sold during the recent market panic, you’re going to miss out on that upswing—that is, unless you buy now.

But what to buy? While the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) is already up 3.6% since the end of October, it still has gains ahead because of slower investors who haven’t come back into the market  after last month’s panic selling. If you buy now, you might beat a lot of them to the punch.… Read more

5 Retail Dividends with an Amazon-Proof Story Paying Up to 10.4%

Brett Owens, Chief Investment Strategist
Updated: November 10, 2018

“Brett, I bought something for the girls. From Carter’s. Let me know when you get it.”

My mom thinks that postal delivery is a 50-50 proposition. She hedges her downside by purchasing 4X as many clothes as my young daughters actually need!

“Mom – thanks. Will do. And, you know, they’re probably good on dresses for now. They’ll be up another size in a few months.”

“Oh don’t you worry about that. I’ve got plenty of coupons,” she countered.

My folks live 2,562 miles from their granddaughters. And while long-distance grandparenting can be a challenge, the (increasingly online) experience provided by Carter’s (CRI) satisfies two of my mom’s favorite pastimes:

  1. Spoiling grandkids, and
  2. Shopping.
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2 Stocks Under $10 Offering Solid Dividends Up to 10%

David Peltier, Senior Investment Analyst
Updated: November 9, 2018

When investors look for dividends, they usually think about blue-chip names that are just as common on Main Street as they are on Wall Street. However, there are a large number of single-digit stocks flying under the market’s radar that also offer attractive yields.

Individual investors tend to gravitate toward stocks trading under $10 for multiple reasons. For one, it can psychologically feel more powerful to buy 100 shares of a company trading for $7 than just seven shares of a $100 name.

While both investments are just as likely to generate attractive returns over time, low-dollar stocks have historically proven to be more volatile.… Read more

Revealed: My Safe Fund-Picking Strategy for 7.5%+ Payouts

Michael Foster, Investment Strategist
Updated: November 8, 2018

Here’s something few people realize about closed-end funds (CEFs): sometimes, when it comes to these funds, matching the market means you’re actually beating the market.

Let me show you what I mean using the AGIC Equity and Convertible Income Fund (NIE), a CEF I recommended earlier this year. NIE has been meeting the S&P 500’s performance, though most people don’t know it.

And by meeting the S&P but giving investors a 7.5% dividend yield, it’s helped income investors actually beat the market if they’d chosen a “dumb” index fund like the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) instead.

First, let’s address the hidden returns.… Read more