This Growing 7.7% Dividend Is Our Top Natural Gas Buy for ’24

Brett Owens, Chief Investment Strategist
Updated: December 5, 2023

A 7.7% payer we watch very closely just did something weird for a stock with such a high payout: it hiked its dividend—for the 29th straight year!

Most folks will tell you a 7.7% payer with a dividend that consistently grows is a myth at best—or a “yield trap” at worst. But these hikes are just another mark on the calendar for this company’s investors.

Its latest hike—and forecast of more of the same in 2024—came out in a press release from the company late last week. The firm is a little-known (at least here in the US) natural gas shipper.… Read more

This Lame Stock Advice Could Cost You 8% Dividends (and Millions in Gains)

Michael Foster, Investment Strategist
Updated: December 4, 2023

When I see people touting the 60/40 portfolio, I kind of feel like Haley Joel Osment’s character in the Sixth Sense. But instead of seeing dead people, I see dead ideas.

You likely know what I’m talking about: a portfolio that seeks to automatically balance risk by holding 60% in stocks and 40% in bonds.

It sounds sensible enough, but history shows that people who invest by this rule have been leaving a lot of money on the table for a long time:

60/40 Portfolio Pays Too High a Price for Low Volatility

One quick glance at US stocks, seen here in purple through the Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF (VTI), and bonds, in orange through the Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF (BND), shows a problem.… Read more

5 Low-Vol Dividend Stocks Yielding Up to 10.4%

Brett Owens, Chief Investment Strategist
Updated: December 1, 2023

First-level investors think the key to retiring on dividends alone is to find the largest yields they can and ride them into the sunset.

But while it’s important to lock down fat yields—like the five-pack of 5.5%-10.4% yielders I’ll share with you today—that’s only part of the puzzle. We need two more things from our long-term income holdings:

  1. Dividend safety. A 10.4% payout is only helpful if it’s actually going to get paid for quarters and years to come. No dividend cuts, please.
  2. Principal safety. We’re also not looking to lose 10.4% per year in price. Or anything in price, for that matter.
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This Unfounded Worry Could Keep You From 20%+ Gains in 2024

Michael Foster, Investment Strategist
Updated: November 30, 2023

With the S&P 500 up double-digits this year, the media is at it again—cranking up worries that we’re headed for another crash.

“Stock-Market Crash: Expert Shares Huge ‘Red Flag’ Signaling Recession,” says Business Insider. “Will the Stock Market Crash? This Hedge-Funder Thinks So,” declares New York Magazine.

And on it goes.

I suppose it makes sense, given that the S&P 500’s roughly 19% gain so far this year is a lot more than its typical return. Thing is, 2023 does not exist in a vacuum divorced from history, and just a tiny bit of history shows we’re not yet in a bull market, and stocks are not overheated, despite their recent gains.… Read more

My Favorite Bond Fund for 2024 Yields 7.4%

Brett Owens, Chief Investment Strategist
Updated: November 29, 2023

This two-year interest rate trend is about to turn. When it flips, JPMorganChase CEO Jamie Dimon’s safe, somewhat-secret 7.4% dividend will directly benefit.

We’ll highlight the name and ticker of my favorite bond fund for 2024 in a moment. First, let’s discuss why we’re discussing it.

For two straight years, the US dollar has rallied relentlessly. Credit (or blame) the Federal Reserve. When the Fed hikes, the buck rallies.

But an inflection point is near. The Fed will pause in its interest-rate hikes soon. This means the greenback is near a top, give or take, because it moves along with its best friend, the Fed Funds Rate.… Read more

This Dividend Grew 3,500%, Yields 23% Now (Learn Its Secret Below)

Brett Owens, Chief Investment Strategist
Updated: November 28, 2023

Look, our dividends—and the profits that power them—are set to soar in ’24. So it’s prime time for us to shift our returns away from whipsawing share-price action like this:

A Brutal 2 Years—Capped With a Loss

This is the wild ride folks who bought an S&P 500 index fund have been on over the last two years. And what “thanks” did they get for riding that particular roller-coaster?

A loss! They’re still in the red.

Instead, we’re going to shift our profits toward the smooth and steady hum of dividend growth. Check out this sweet “dividend escalator” from insurer UnitedHealth Group (UNH)—more on UNH in a second—showing the company’s incredible 571% payout growth in the past decade:

The Dividend Staircase We’ll Climb—Starting in ’24

Why Dividends Are Primed for Growth

The upshot here is that almost nobody makes the connection between dividends and share prices.… Read more

3 Funds That Profit From “Economic Grumpiness” (Yields Up to 9.8%)

Michael Foster, Investment Strategist
Updated: November 27, 2023

Here’s something you might be surprised to hear: according to the numbers, the US economy is actually doing well—and yet (almost) nobody wants to admit it!

It’s a misconception we income investors can exploit with the three high-yielding picks we’ll cover below.

It’s a weird turn of events, but it makes sense. Since the pandemic, itself an event of shocking turmoil, it seems that the chaos around the world is getting worse, and our fundamental hope for humanity makes us think that this just can’t be good for growth.

Except that’s not how things typically play out.

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REITs Could Rebound. Will These Yields Up to 14.9% Join the Party?

Brett Owens, Chief Investment Strategist
Updated: November 24, 2023

Stick with me for some “next level” dividend thinking. We have a potential opportunity right now to buy five payers yielding up to 14.9% as the economy heads into recession.

Wait, what? Why would we want to buy stocks as the economy slows?

Well, we don’t want to own any names. We’ll pass on sky-high AI darling NVIDIA Corp (NVDA). Give us cheap REITs (real estate investment trusts) because they are likely to rise as rates fall.

Yes, that’s what happens in a recession. Investors flood into fixed income. Interest rates fall, and REITs—which tend to move opposite rates—rise.

These landlords are already getting up off the mat after a rough two years in which rates rose relentlessly.… Read more

Trading Too Much? You’ll Certainly Miss This Shot at 13.5% Dividends

Michael Foster, Investment Strategist
Updated: November 23, 2023

With stocks on the upswing, the appetite for risk is back! That might tempt some folks to abandon sound long-term investing and take a stab at day trading.

Before we go too far into whether this is a good idea, I’d say that to be a successful day trader, you should be aiming to beat the market … and a lot of ink has been spilled about how active managers—and I’d include individual investors here—can’t do that.

Well, that’s nonsense. Plenty of portfolio managers and individual investors do beat the market regularly. Consider closed-end funds (CEFs), for example, which yield 7%+ on average, with plenty sporting histories of beating their benchmarks.… Read more

Buy The Dip? Cool … But This 8.2% Dividend Almost Never Dips

Brett Owens, Chief Investment Strategist
Updated: November 22, 2023

Seriously. Alerian MLP ETF (AMLP) pays a dividend that is now a sizzling 8.2% (read: eight-point-two). Plus, the fund raises its payout regularly. It dishes 12% more today than it did twelve months ago!

As a result, AMLP is so popular that investors keep the price up!

Seriously, check out this quarter-ending stock price chart. AMLP’s quote may drift for a quarter, or two, max. That’s why any meanderings lower are great buying opportunities:

Source: Income Calendar

AMLP is up 19% since we added it to our Contrarian Income Report portfolio just over a year ago. Despite this stellar performance by an income stock, it may indeed be the one missed by most plain-vanilla investors.… Read more