How To Dodge Whiplash With Rock Steady Dividend Stocks

Jeff Reeves, Senior Investment Analyst
Updated: October 21, 2022

No investment portfolio moves up in a straight line. But in a fast-changing environment like this one, it is important for investors to do their best to limit volatility as much as they can by a focus on high-quality, low-risk stocks.

Too bad most investors are obsessed with chasing fads, though.

First, it was the outperformance of energy stocks in early 2022. Now it’s the resurgence of select biotech stocks that have snapped back 20% or 30% in just a few weeks. And undoubtedly, it will be something else with even more hype behind it by Christmastime.

The problem with fads is that you can almost never predict how long they will last, or what will come next.… Read more

A “Heads You Win, Tails You Win” Way to Play the Recession (With a 7.3% Dividend)

Michael Foster, Investment Strategist
Updated: October 20, 2022

A recession is on the way—and stocks are … rallying? It makes zero sense on the surface, but there is good reason for the bounce we’ve seen this week. And we’re going to play it with a 7.3%-paying fund that’s set to roll higher with a recovering market.

No, we’re not talking about an index fund like the SPDR S&P 500 Trust ETF (SPY). My colleague Brett Owens calls SPY “America’s ticker” for good reason: pretty well everyone owns it!

Instead we’re going with a fund that pays us a 7.3% dividend today. That’s more than 4-times SPY’s meager 1.7% payout.… Read more

This “Hidden Yield” Stock is Ready for 18.4% Yearly Returns

Brett Owens, Chief Investment Strategist
Updated: October 19, 2022

This dividend stock yields 10.4%. But really it boasts an annual “hidden yield” of 18.4% when we consider buybacks.

Eighteen-point four percent per year. Wait, what?!

(Your strategist pauses to point upwards towards the late, great Norm Macdonald.)

A Hidden Yield Formula for 18.4% Yearly Returns

Now what if I told you this stock was also being heavily shorted? Over 11% of this company’s outstanding shares are being sold short. This is fuel for a potential rally because these positions must be bought back later.

Remember, when traders sell a stock short, they book the sale in advance. “I think this stock is so terrible, I want to sell it at today’s price.”… Read more

2 Cheap Dividends (Growing 275%) Insiders Are Buying Hand Over Fist

Brett Owens, Chief Investment Strategist
Updated: October 18, 2022

We have plenty of cheap dividend stocks to buy today. But which ones are really bargains—and which are cheap for a reason?

The P/E ratio won’t tip us off. We’re heading into a recession. That “E” stands for earnings. Profits can disappear quickly if we’re not careful.

Let’s look past the vanilla headline metrics and instead search where almost no one else does. Let’s have what the corporate insiders are having.

This strategy can set us up for 275% gains or more. We’ll discuss why in a moment, featuring a trio of bullish factors that are lining up for a select group of stocks.… Read more

These 8%+ Dividends Could Fall Hard in a Recession

Michael Foster, Investment Strategist
Updated: October 17, 2022

Members of my CEF Insider service and I always look for big dividends we can collect for the long haul. I’m talking 8%+ payouts here, many of which come our way monthly. (This is possible with CEFs, and these funds’ discounts to net asset value, or NAV, give us some nice upside to go along with those payouts).

By thinking long term, we give our CEFs’ discounts the time they need to close, propelling their share prices higher. (There are exceptions to this, however, such as with covered-call CEFs, which do better when markets are volatile—we tend to swing in and out of these as volatility ebbs and flows.)… Read more

How to Collect $132,000 in Dividends on a Million Dollars

Brett Owens, Chief Investment Strategist
Updated: October 15, 2022

While vanilla investors worry along with the herd, we contrarians are buying. And oh, the yields we have available!

As I write to you today, I’m staring at no less than 29 income funds that yield more than 8%. Twenty-nine paying more than eight!

For retirees with a million-dollar portfolio, this is $80,000 per year in dividend income. Actually, more, because some of these funds pay up to 13%.

Why would we sell when this is the best time to buy in years? I explained this while yapping with Moe Ansari on his Market Wrap program. Moe asked me: “We hear all the ‘Doom and Gloomers’ out there.… Read more

How To Break the “Boom, Bubble and Bust” Cycle in Your Dividend Portfolio

Jeff Reeves, Senior Investment Analyst
Updated: October 14, 2022

In September, the S&P 500 logged its worst performance since 2002. And after further pain to start October, stocks touched on a two-year low.

Many investors are convinced that the worst will be over soon, and then they can get right back to the business of reaping 25% to 50% a year in Big Tech stocks the way they used to in the good ol’ days.

Fat chance.

The sheer volume of naïve investors out there, full of excuses and wide-eyed optimism about the market, is staggering.

They say the war in Ukraine that began last winter was a once-in-generation conflict, and it’s only a matter of time before Big Tech comes roaring back…

They shrug at 500-point declines in the Dow, pointing out that at least things aren’t as grim as they were during the financial crisis or the dot-com crash…

And when all else fails, they point out that, hey, at least we aren’t living through another Great Depression.… Read more

This “2-in-1” 8.8% Dividend Lets You Buy 2023’s 2 Hottest Sectors

Michael Foster, Investment Strategist
Updated: October 13, 2022

At CEF Insider, we focus on digging up strong 8%+ yielding closed-end funds that are based here in the US. Even our international picks have a solid base in America!

The 2022 mess has vindicated this strategy and helped protect our dividends from the many messes beyond America’s borders, like the collapsing UK economy, continued COVID-19 shutdowns in China and, of course, Russia continuing to prosecute its despicable invasion of Ukraine.

To be sure, America isn’t an island: all these problems have a knock-on effect on our economy, too. Not to mention the Fed, which is raising rates faster than almost any other central bank in the world.… Read more

The Best Bonds to Buy in a Recession

Brett Owens, Chief Investment Strategist
Updated: October 12, 2022

Generally, recessions are bullish for bonds. Which makes this 3.8% bond yield a “best recession bet.”

Why are we talking bonds in a year where they have all been crushed? Well, that’s the reason. The cure for poor bond performance is the high yields that are now staring us in the face. We look forward, not backward.

If you took our cue and used cash under your mattress as a bond proxy for the year, then you are sitting pretty. Because now, we finally have attractive fixed-income yields!

Granted, safety is the key here. Remember, we are picking an economic slowdown as our catalyst.… Read more

3 “Megatrend” Dividends Primed for Big Hikes in ’23 (and Beyond)

Brett Owens, Chief Investment Strategist
Updated: October 11, 2022

One thing we always demand in a stock is a megatrend-powered dividend that grows. And there aren’t many megatrends bigger than the soaring need for (and tight supply of) food.

I’ll share three tickers from three different parts of the food business—a fertilizer maker, a crop trader and a seller of packaged foods here in the US—in a second.

These “megatrend” plays have grown their payouts fast, driving quick pops in their share prices. (Pick No. 3 could easily 3X its payout tomorrow without breaking a sweat!) The best part is that these payouts have staying power through inflation, recession, geopolitical mayhem, you name it.… Read more