Fall for This Trap and You’ll Miss a Safe 5.8% Dividend

Michael Foster, Investment Strategist
Updated: May 20, 2021

Plenty of people blindly buy into the line that market volatility is a bad thing.

It’s easy to see why, after last year’s crash dented retirement savings around the world. Contrarians like us, of course, fight against the emotional pull to retreat when volatility stirs—and buy into a pullback instead.

The last year’s market run is proof this approach works. And it’s nothing new: we’re simply following the old Warren Buffett adage and buying when others are fearful. But it’s what we plan to buy now that separates us from the crowd, as I’ll show you in a moment.

It’s Not You—the Market Is More Skittish Than Before

One thing we can be clear on is that, yes, the market is more volatile these days.… Read more

CEF Investing for High Yields and Big Gains

Michael Foster, Investment Strategist
Updated: May 20, 2021

Let’s be honest: there are a ton of ways to collect passive income out there. But there’s only one that’s easy to get into (no matter how much money you have!), generates yearly cash payouts of 8% or more and is used by billionaire investment gurus on the regular.

I’m talking about an often-overlooked investment called a closed end fund (CEF). And today I want to show you how to invest in CEFs in just three simple steps.

CEFs are like mutual funds or ETFs in that they pool together money from investors, which the fund’s managers then use to buy a basket of stocks, bonds, real estate investment trusts (REITs) or other investments, depending on the CEF’s mandate.… Read more

The Simplest, Safest Way to Earn 14.6% Per Year from Stocks

Brett Owens, Chief Investment Strategist
Updated: May 19, 2021

Let’s chat about making some real money in stocks. I’m talking about 14.6% returns per year, every single year.

I know, my 14.6% annual number sounds pedestrian in a world where peddlers are hawking virtual (pretend?) coins with pups on the cover. But my returns are real—and spectacular for investors who are patient.

With this method we can double our money every four years and ten months (the wonderful Rule of 72 says so!). And we can achieve these gains safely—without gambling or buying and hoping—because these profits are fueled by dividends.

The only twist from the traditional income investing that we both know and love is that we’re playing the dividend growth plus the current yield.… Read more

1 Quick Trade to Beat Inflation, Grab Growing 4%+ Payouts

Brett Owens, Chief Investment Strategist
Updated: May 18, 2021

Don’t let this inflation panic rattle you. This market is really just shifting gears, and we’re going to shift along with it, riding the waves to some big dividends that are about to switch into growth mode.

But timing is critical here, because we’re not going to be sitting on these dividends forever. Consider them a “swing trade” to bag big payouts now, plus some hefty dividend hikes. Then you’d take your returns on to the next bargain high yielder when the time is right.

More on this week’s hot-potato dividend plan in a sec. First, let’s delve into what this inflation-panicked market is up to, and how we contrarians can catch a tailwind.… Read more

3 Ways to Safeguard (and Grow) Your Dividends as Inflation Ticks Higher

Michael Foster, Investment Strategist
Updated: May 17, 2021

Inflation worries are everywhere, so let’s dive into what’s behind them—and what we contrarian income-seekers should do right now. The three steps I’m about to show you could hand you a lot of fresh dividend income and price upside, too—even in this (still) overstretched market.

First up—is inflation a real fear right now? Let’s look at the numbers.

Inflation Rises Sharply …

That chart—and shortages of everything from microchips to ketchup—sure seem to indicate that a continued rise in prices is on the way.

But there’s a caveat: this chart compares today’s inflation rate to that of the crushed economy of last year, not to mention those supply-chain issues, which are likely to get ironed out as more of the economy reopens.… Read more

How to Grow Your Dividends By 23% – By Next Year!

Brett Owens, Chief Investment Strategist
Updated: May 14, 2021

“Don’t you own that, B.O.?”

Go figure. While some people are thought of for their jokes, their hobbies or their families, a reader thought of me when they read about a Vanguard fund underperforming of late.

The poor ol’ Vanguard Dividend Growth Fund (VDIGX). Longtime readers know I’ve yapped about this before. While I rarely mention (let alone endorse!) mutual funds, VDIGX is notable for two reasons:

  • I plow 100% of my 401(K) contributions into this fund, and
  • It’s a pretty good option as far as retirement plans go.

Why this fund? Because in my “Brett Inc.” company plan, I have a set list of Vanguard funds to choose from.… Read more

This Contrarian Tech Trend Is Ripe for Buying (for Big Dividends and Gains)

Michael Foster, Investment Strategist
Updated: May 13, 2021

We need to talk about SPACs, the popular kids of the investment world over the last year, because they could play a bigger role in our portfolios—and even our dividend income—in the future.

Few people associate SPACs (or special purpose acquisition companies) with dividends. That’s because these so-called “blank check” firms are all about growth: they’re set up and pushed through an IPO simply as a pile of money that’s been pooled by investors. Then, post-IPO, their managers purchase an existing private company (with many SPACs focusing on the tech space). By doing so, the newly acquired firm immediately becomes public, since the SPAC is already a public entity.… Read more

2 Big Reasons That Interest Rates Will Stall Around 2%

Brett Owens, Chief Investment Strategist
Updated: May 12, 2021

Corn Prices Hit 7-Year Highs

What a headline!

Mr. and Ms. Market could handle a spiking M2. They could turn a blind eye to higher 10-year yields. But now, JP has really backed himself into a corner. Fed Chair Jay Powell has lit a fire under corn prices, of all things:

That Ain’t Crypto—That’s Corn

“This is how inflation starts,” the pundits say. Higher commodity prices drive the Producer Price Index (PPI) up. Consumers (you and I) pay more at the grocery store, and this is reflected in a jump in the CPI (Consumer Price Index).

And the CPI, of course, is the inflation calculator used by the government.… Read more

Buy These Big Dividends Before June 30 (They’ll Soar Shortly After)

Brett Owens, Chief Investment Strategist
Updated: May 11, 2021

Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise: financial stocks are still a hotbed of dividend (and share-price!) growth for contrarian income-seekers like us.

I know what you’re going to say next: “Brett, everyone says finance stocks are overbought.”

I get it, and that sounds logical … on the surface. 

It is true that when the calendar flipped to January, finance stocks surged, more than doubling the price gains of the S&P 500, going by the performance of the benchmark Financial Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLF):

Finance Stocks on a Tear …

But here’s what most folks have missed: even with that gain, finance stocks are only 20% above where they peaked prior to the last financial crisis 14 years ago.Read more

Everyone’s Wrong About This 4.6% Dividend (It Will Double)

Michael Foster, Investment Strategist
Updated: May 10, 2021

Don’t listen to the naysayers—tech stocks are set to thrive in the coming months, and the sector is still a great place for us to go hunting for big, and growing, dividends.

Here’s one reason why: despite worries about rising interest rates, the Federal Reserve is likely to keep its key lending rate near zero. That, in turn, means businesses, and especially innovative tech players, will continue to have access to cheap money to invest in new products. 

This low-rate world also means investors starved for income will crowd into any higher-paying investments they can spot (including high-paying tech funds like the one we’ll discuss below).Read more