3 Keys to 960% Returns, 6% Dividends From Blue Chip Stocks

Brett Owens, Chief Investment Strategist
Updated: June 5, 2020

Imagine investing a million dollars and getting back … a pathetic $19,000 in income every year.

You don’t have to imagine—because that’s exactly what you’d get if you bought the typical S&P 500 stock today, which yields a sad 1.9%. That’s not much and these days, you can lose that in one afternoon!

No wonder dividends get no respect!

But I’ve got good news: that 1.9% doesn’t matter a bit to us. In fact, it’s a distraction from the real opportunity I want to show you: a dead-simple, 3-step shot at a much bigger payout.

I’m talking about 6%+ in cash here.… Read more

My No. 1 “Buy Test” for 6%+ Paying CEFs

Michael Foster, Investment Strategist
Updated: June 4, 2020

If you invest in closed-end funds (CEFs) or are thinking about it (and you should be!), I’ve got great news: there’s one simple indicator that tells you exactly when to buy (or sell) these high-yield income plays.

(If you’re a member of my CEF Insider service, you probably know what I’m going to say next.)

I’m talking about the discount to net asset value (NAV), which you can find on pretty well any fund screener. Today we’re going to see how one group of investors rode this simple metric to an amazing 662% in gains and dividends.

Your 1-Click CEF “Buy Alarm”

The discount to NAV is unique to CEFs.… Read more

The Key to Retiring on Dividends Regardless of a Pandemic or Social Unrest

Brett Owens, Chief Investment Strategist
Updated: June 3, 2020

“How fast should I deploy my cash into your dividend stocks?”

It’s a common question from the new income investors that are always finding their way to us (welcome!) We publish a plethora of dividend analysis on our website ContrarianOutlook.com. And, for premium subscribers, we also issue specific buy, hold and sell recommendations for select stocks and funds.

So, where should a new reader (or, better yet, premium subscriber!) start? Let’s walk through some steps you can take to make the best use of our information as you build your dividend-powered retirement portfolio.

First, Pick Your Stocks

Stock picking is step one, and as discussed, we have no shortage of dividend coverage around here.… Read more

A Proven “Crash-Resistant Strategy” for 7%+ Dividends, 77% Upside

Brett Owens, Chief Investment Strategist
Updated: June 2, 2020

I’m no mind reader, but I’m guessing you’d leap at an investment with the stability of a bond and the upside of a stock right now.

Sounds like something tailor-made for a crisis, right?

The good news is that it’s no pipe dream. These handy “crash-resistant” plays are out there and ripe for buying. We’re going to take a close look at how we can tap them for huge dividends now—yearly cash payouts all the way up to 9.7%!

It’s a retirement strategy every investor should take a look at. Unfortunately, too few even know these “shapeshifter” investments exist.

Lender Today, Shareholder Tomorrow

I’m talking about convertible bonds.… Read more

3 “Boring” Funds That Crush Stocks, Pay Up to 8.6%

Michael Foster, Investment Strategist
Updated: June 1, 2020

Today we’re going to dive into the three best closed end funds of all time. These retirement-changing dividend plays—yielding all the way up to 8.6%!—have not only been crushing all other CEFs, but they’ve been demolishing the S&P 500, as well.

That’s just not supposed to happen!

After all, the pundits are constantly telling us that actively managed funds should not beat the S&P 500, and you’d be better off with a low-cost index fund like the Vanguard S&P 500 ETF (VOO).

But these three CEFs have been crushing VOO for years—and they’re on track to keep doing so.

That’s not all they offer—these funds also pay dividends more than three times higher than the S&P 500 average, boosting your nest egg while giving you a much bigger cash stream than you could ever get from index funds.… Read more

Buy and Hold Forever: 7 Safe Yields Up to 7%

Brett Owens, Chief Investment Strategist
Updated: May 29, 2020

Have utility stocks been stripped of their safe-haven status?

I’ve fielded that question from a few readers who have rightly pointed out the utility sector’s unimpressive performance during 2020’s market rout and partial recovery.

The short answer? No, it hasn’t. At least not for those of us who look through short-term price jitters to lock-in long-term payouts.

Back in the “good old days,” utility stocks delivered enough income to actually retire on. And thanks to this once-in-a-decade panic, that’s the case once again. Even though utility stocks are well off their bottom, investors still can grab perfectly safe yields of up to 7% in the space.… Read more

This Weird Disconnect Sets Us Up for 7% Dividends, Upside, Post-Crisis

Michael Foster, Investment Strategist
Updated: May 28, 2020

If you’re like most people, you’re wondering how in the world the market can be doing this when the country has been on lockdown for the better part of two months:

Stocks Soaring

As you can see above, stocks spiked 22% since late March, going by the performance of the Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF (VTI). Meantime, the economy is a shadow of its former self: the Federal Reserve expects it to shrink 40% in the second quarter—worse than the 23% drop seen at the depths of the Great Depression.

Before you ask, no, this disconnect isn’t a recipe for another crash.… Read more

These Blue-Chip Dividends are Backdoor Tech Plays

Brett Owens, Chief Investment Strategist
Updated: May 27, 2020

Somehow, some way, the stock market continues to levitate higher. Yet I see very little that’s worth buying here.

We can’t argue with the tape. Markets will do their thing, while we must do ours. And today, it’s a good time to be cautious and prepare for the possibility of another sharp pullback. (The old “retest” of the lows that most investors expected until they were swept away by the allure of rising stock prices!)

Our dream shopping list, as we’ve discussed before, should contain some blue-chip dividend stocks. Nasty bear markets are the only time we can buy these names cheap!… Read more

2 “Guard Dog” Monthly Dividends That Fight Off a Crisis

Brett Owens, Chief Investment Strategist
Updated: May 26, 2020

Right now, millions of people are plowing cash into this market, gambling that the worst of the dividend cuts is behind us.

I hope you’re not one of them, because this “dividend trap” is likely to spring—and steal away the income (and value) these folks have spent years building!

Just look at the numbers: unemployment is likely over 20%. Consumer spending cratered 7.5% in March, before this mess even really got started. And now Uncle Sam is demanding that any company seeking government aid first send its payout to the scrapyard.

Meantime, even cash-rich companies are pulling in their horns, like the Walt Disney Co.Read more

A 5.8% Dividend With 126% Upside Ahead (contrarians only)

Michael Foster, Investment Strategist
Updated: May 25, 2020

There’s a strong buying opportunity unfolding in an ignored corner of the market right now. Steady dividends of 5.8% (and higher) are waiting for savvy contrarians who jump on it.

By “savvy contrarians,” I, of course, mean us!

And the corner of the market I’m referring to is municipal bonds.

If you’ve been following the muni-bond saga over the last two months, you might find my enthusiasm a bit unfounded. After all, the coronavirus is hammering the finances of cities and states across the country and driving up the risk of muni-bond defaults—right? Not so fast.

Your Muni Default Risk? 0.042%Read more