This “Stamford Secret”
Can Triple Your
With the “preferred” dividends I’ll reveal below, you can get …
- TRIPLE the payouts a typical stock pays …
- Dividends with unique “protection” from being cut, and …
- Full details on 2 high-yielding funds that “automatically” beat the market — like clockwork!
Most regular days, two portfolio managers roll into their parking spaces at an unassuming cluster of office buildings just off the Merritt Parkway, in Stamford, Connecticut.
If you’re like many folks, you probably haven’t spent much time in Stamford. It’s a bedroom community to New York, home to commuters and boring industries like real estate and insurance.
It’s the polar opposite of the go-go greed of Wall Street, with a slower pace, quiet, green parks, manicured yards and a beautiful historic waterfront on Long Island Sound.
But our two investment pros have all the connections and tools of any Wall Street trader. More, in fact.
They actually have an inside edge that makes their downtown colleagues sick with envy. When new shares come on the market, their cellphones ring first!
And their clients, owners of the high-performing fund this pair manages, reap the rewards!
“Sleepy” Stamford Hides a Stock-Picking Secret
Imagine that for a moment. Say your advisor always got first crack when the next big IPO was being put together and was able to get you an early position. It could be like getting in on the next Microsoft before the rest of the crowd has any clue.
No wonder our “Stamford sharks” ALWAYS beat the market. They get the call, run the stock through their database and then, if all checks out, they BUY …
… and ride their new shares straight past the benchmark!
True Market Wizards
I don’t know if you’ve read the Market Wizards books by Jack Schwager.
In them, Schwager interviews the best investment managers you’ve never heard of: pros who quietly toil away in strip malls and low-rise buildings across America, grinding out huge returns for their lucky clients, far from the din of Wall Street.
Well, this duo could easily be lifted from Schwager’s next volume.
They’re not fly-by-night speculators. Their fund collects big dividends from its holdings, then sends them our way in the form of its big 6.5% payout.
This duo’s consistent market-beating performance and big dividend are thanks to their deep connections within their market and the attention that their firm, which has more than $27 billion under management, can command.
This is exactly how high-flying “accredited investors” — those with a net worth of a million dollars or more — make their money. They hire savvy, well-connected pros like these two to do it for them!
And I’ve found a way for us to hire this pair to bring their magic to our portfolios, too. What’s more, they’ll do it for free (I’ll explain how we’ll get their services gratis in a moment).
So what’s their secret?
First up, they don’t play in the same sandbox as most investors who focus on “regular” S&P 500 stocks.
Instead of buying low- (or no-) dividend payers and hoping for gains, their fund buys what I call “VIP Shares.”
This on its own gives our duo a head-start, because these VIP Shares’ payouts crush those of regular stocks.
Heck, even a “dumb” computer-driven ETF holding VIP Shares, like the one shown in blue below, demolishes the payout on the typical S&P 500 name:
VIP Shares Triple Stock Payouts …
And bonds? They’re not in the same league! Here’s how a “plain vanilla” ETF holding VIP Shares stacks up against benchmark bond yields:
… And Put Bond Dividends to Shame, Too
But our VIP Shares really take off when you add the stock-picking prowess of our Stamford pros. Buy VIP Shares through their fund, which we’ll talk about further in a moment, and you’ll drive your yield up more, to that outsized 6.5% I mentioned a second ago:
Huge “Stamford Secret” Dividend Reigns Supreme
Add our two pros’ big dividend payout to the price upside they’ve seen in the last decade, and you get that market-beating total return I talked about: they’ve clobbered the benchmark two to one!
Team Stamford Doubles Up the Benchmark
So what are the VIP Shares our team buys, anyway?
Well, they’re a preferred (hint!) type of stock that boasts three things holders of “common” shares can only dream of:
- BIG dividends that dwarf those of regular stocks and government bonds.
- A “Dividend Shield” that helps protect your payouts from an unexpected cut (more on this in a second), and …
- Pullback resistance: These VIP Shares have price stability that helps them hold their own in a market panic and bounce back faster than normal stocks. I think of them as the “dividend rubber duckies” of the investment world.
The funny thing about these VIP Shares is that they’re sitting right out in the open, but few folks have taken the time to look into them. You may have heard them called by their actual name: preferred shares.
Here’s how they work:
When you buy the likes of Apple (AAPL) or Amazon (AMZN), you’re buying what’s called a “common stock.”
They’re all roughly the same: you enjoy price appreciation, depending on the company’s fortunes. Maybe you get a dividend, maybe you don’t.
Preferred shares are different. They give you most of your return in the form of big, fat and stable dividends.
This is where that “Dividend Shield” I mentioned a second ago comes in — it helps protect your income if a company does happen to run up on the rocks.
That’s because many preferred shares are “cumulative,” meaning that if you do have the misfortune of holding a company that misses a dividend payment, it has to restart payouts — and repay any missed payouts — to preferred shareowners before “common” shareholders see another penny of dividends.
A good way to think of preferreds is as stock/bond hybrids. They trade around a par value and dole out a set regular payment, like a bond, but they can also trade on an exchange, like any common stock.
That means you’ll often have to trade off some upside to get preferreds’ high dividends. But in a levitating market like this one, this is a deal most folks would gladly take — especially as it gives us most of our return in safe dividend cash.
The best part is, when you buy preferreds through the “Stamford Secret” fund I’ll show you in a second, you won’t even have to make this tradeoff!
That’s because our two pros give us the best of all worlds: a history of outperformance, price stability and high, steady dividends your friends can only dream of.
Stick with me as we go further into these powerful investments.
But before we do, let me take a second to tell you a bit about myself and how I can help you multiply your portfolio’s dividend stream and steadily build your nest egg without taking heart-stopping risks. And without paying outrageous commissions to your advisor, either.
How I Beat Wall Street — and Turned $2,000
Into a $154,000 Windfall
You see, I’ve learned the hard way that no one is going to care for my family and my financial security more than me.
The year was 2003, and I’d recently graduated from Cornell University. I’d landed a job designing computer systems for Fortune 500 companies. For the first time in my life, I was making money. So I decided to hire a “professional” to help grow my savings.
This guy had countless credentials and certifications, years of experience, and he talked a great game.
Without hesitation, I hired him.
Just one year later, this so-called expert had literally lost all my money.
Everything. Years of saving and investing gone.
As you can imagine, I was furious. However, thanks to this experience, I came to a breakthrough. If I wanted to give my family the financial security they deserve and retire comfortably, I needed to take control of my money.
With this realization, I decided to learn everything I could about investing. I was absolutely relentless. And, after a few bumps in the road, it paid off … I started with a measly $2,000 and turned it into $154,000 in just 48 months!
Obviously, this sort of performance doesn’t go unnoticed …
Shortly afterward, I was invited to join a famous financial publication as an editor.
At first, it was great. We helped our readers take home huge profits, exponentially grow their portfolios and create the financial freedom they’d been chasing their whole lives.
However, as time passed, things started to change …
Instead of focusing on secure stocks with strong upside, they started recommending all sorts of highly speculative, high-risk “investments” like obscure cryptocurrencies, penny stocks and other volatile assets.
This didn’t sit well with me.
I believe financial analysts like me have an ethical and moral duty to help readers safely grow their money — not recklessly gamble it away on some pie-in-the-sky idea.
Which is why I decided to set up my own research firm — Contrarian Outlook.
From the beginning, the goal of Contrarian Outlook has been simple:
And we do it without making ANY highly speculative bets …
Without recommending anything that will have you lying awake at night, worried sick about your portfolio’s rollercoaster performance …
Most importantly, we do it without putting your retirement, your way of life or your income at risk.
Since starting Contrarian Outlook, I’ve racked up an impressive record. And I’m thrilled to say that I’ve helped thousands of readers earn exponentially more investment income and grow their wealth fast, while safeguarding their money and retirement.
We’ve enjoyed huge profits like these:
A 57% Return in 10 Months!
A 95% Return in Under 4 Years!
A 130% Return Since April 2020!
Best of all, we’ve achieved our record of success while getting a big slice of our returns in SAFE dividend cash.
In fact, all of the three picks above boasted outsized dividends when I recommended them, with yields ranging from 7.2% all the way up to 11.8%.
The really satisfying part of these winning calls for me and my team is when we hear about how they’re changing our readers’ lives. Here are a few of the things they’ve told us:
And the truth is, I’m expecting big returns like the three examples I just showed you from the two preferred-stock funds I’ll reveal in a few seconds.
First, though, we need to talk about a common blunder that rookie preferred-share buyers make. Fall into this trap and you’re guaranteed to leave 50% or more of your profits on the table.
The Right Way to Buy Preferred Shares
(for Big 6.5%+ Dividends)
As you may have guessed by now, the preferred-stock market is small and tough to access for individual investors.
I’ll be honest: buying preferreds on your own involves hours parked in front of a computer — time I’m sure you’d rather spend doing just about anything else.
That’s why buying preferreds through a fund is the way to go. And that leads most folks to an exchange traded fund like the iShares Preferred & Income Securities ETF (PFF).
It sounds like a no-brainer: PFF pays 4.8%, triple the yield on the average stock, and charges just 0.46% in management fees — a pretty good deal by any investor’s standard.
So you figure what the heck and put in your buy order.
Because buying preferred shares through an ETF is a one-way ticket to thousands of dollars in missed gains and dividends.
And the longer your cash languishes in a fund like this, the bigger this “profit hole” gets.
This may come as a surprise to you, because in “common” stocks, we’re constantly hearing that active managers never beat the market. So a low-fee ETF is the way to go.
But preferred shares are NOT the same as their “common” cousins. In this corner of the market, in-depth research is critical, and it’s absolutely essential to have a pro — or better yet two pros, like we get with our Stamford duo — at the helm.
That’s something a computer-controlled ETF just can’t match. It’s tied to an index, so it can’t switch direction when its managers see an opportunity pop up.
And like the Titanic, it can’t steer its way around a looming iceberg. It has to represent the entire index, so it can’t sell a certain company or industry, even if its managers know there’s trouble ahead.
The bottom line is that when it comes to preferred shares, an ETF is NOT the way to go.
Instead, we’re going to buy our preferreds through another investment called a closed-end fund, or a CEF.
Unlike ETFs, CEFs are run by professionals who know the preferred-stock market inside and out. They also have deep connections, which, in the tiny world of preferred shares, is vital.
That’s because, like our Stamford-based duo, they’re first in line to get a call when a new preferred stock hits the market. This is a huge edge over their colleagues in the “regular” stock market, which is, of course, much larger and a lot harder to “front run.”
You can see this advantage play out in the benchmark-doubling 146% return our “Stamford Secret” fund has delivered in the last decade.
So if you really want to make out like a bandit in preferreds, with the biggest monthly dividends, the biggest upside and the SAFEST gains …
… doing it through a CEF is your best route.
There’s something else that helps CEFs lock in this outperformance, too. It has to do with how these funds are built.
We don’t need to go into the weeds here, but CEFs have one of the most predictable “gain indicators” I’ve ever seen.
It goes like this:
A CEF, once it’s launched, can’t issue new shares to new investors, except under very rare circumstances.
That sounds like an obscure fact, but it results in a highly profitable “disconnect” you and I can jump on. It’s called the discount to net asset value (NAV), and you can spot it on any fund screener worth its salt.
It simply means a CEF can — and often does — trade for less than the value of its portfolio.
This is something you NEVER see in ETFs, which always trade at par.
It also makes our profit plan simple: buy our CEFs at a big discount, then collect our profits as the “discount window” closes, driving the fund’s market price higher as it does.
CEF Discounts: “Close the Window”
I’ve seen it happen over and over again! And it’s yet another reason why, when it comes to preferred stocks, a CEF, not an ETF, is the way to go.
Which brings me to the first preferred-stock CEF I want to talk to you about today. It’s the one run by our Stamford-based pros …
Preferred-Stock CEF No. 1: Our “Stamford
Secret” Pick Pays 6.5% — and
Could Double Your Money
The first member of the two-man team at the top of our “Stamford Secret” fund has been working the fixed-income markets since the 1980s, and today he’s the firm’s chief investment officer. Our second manager actually founded the firm back in 1987.
From their unassuming offices off the Merritt Parkway in Stamford, they run their fund on behalf of one of the leading names in the CEF business. And as I showed you earlier, they’ve delivered, doubling their investors’ money and crushing the benchmark’s return in the last decade.
Team Stamford’s Easy “Double Double”
This is truly a fund you can buy now, tuck away forever and simply sit back and collect your nice monthly 6.5% dividend!
Our duo has a very nice risk/reward setup happening for us that comes in three parts. First, they’ve built their base on some ultra-stable investment-grade bonds and preferred shares, which give the fund’s portfolio some nice ballast.
Then they work outward, buying preferreds with coupon rates averaging around 6%, then rolling those our way in the form of the fund’s sweet monthly dividend!
There’s one more driver of our upside and dividends you need to know about: this fund recently changed its mandate to allow it to invest in convertible securities, bonds that can be switched over to stocks if management sees upside ahead for one of their convertible-bond holdings.
That fits our managers’ skill sets to a T — and I expect it to add some extra upside to an investment made today.
Oh, and remember how I said we could hire these two pros for free? Well, this fund trades at a nice 3.3% discount now, which is more than double the 1.29% they charge us to run the fund, so their services are basically “comped” by the fund’s discount! Not even a “low-fee” ETF can offer up a deal like that.
Preferred-Stock CEF No. 2: A 6.8% Dividend
That Soared Through a Crisis
Our second CEF has such a strong track record that I can’t believe how ignored it is.
To start, it pays us a 6.8% dividend, and it pays us every month.
And get this: it actually raised its payout through COVID-19 market crash — a time when many big-name dividend stocks were rushing to slash their already meager payouts!
Dividend Grows Through a Once-in-a-Generation Crisis
This fact alone tells us this management team has swagger.
And with good reason.
This fund is run by a seven-person squad captained by a manager who started his own company solely to manage preferred-stock portfolios more than 37 years ago!
Few people know the preferred-stock market better than this grizzled vet.
He’s managed this success by “avoiding strikeouts rather than hitting home runs.” They shoot for “attractive levels of income” while balancing credit, liquidity and interest-rate risks.
It’s a savvy strategy that’s well-supported by his company’s expertise: his crew has, at their command, a powerful database that gives them instant access to the specific terms and interest rates on each and every preferred security on the planet.
Their approach has delivered: since the fund rolled off the line in May 2013, it’s manhandled the hapless ETF, trouncing it by nearly three to one!
Another CEF Clobbers the Index
I know I’m starting to sound like a broken record, but I’m sure you can see by now that buying preferreds through an ETF is a losing strategy — in fact, the lousy performance of the benchmark preferred-stock ETF is one reason why a lot of folks think preferred shares are just not worth the hassle!
Nothing could be further from the truth, as this superb 6.8%-paying CEF shows. Let’s grab our position now, before its price races away from us.
To help you do just that, I’ve prepared an in-depth guide giving you all the details on the two funds we’ve just discussed.
Special Report #1: 2 “Preferred” Dividends
That Could Triple Your Payouts Immediately
That brings me to my new free special report, which I’ve prepared to give you all the details on my two favorite preferred-stock funds.
Inside you’ll find everything you need to know to buy these two funds today — and start tapping their 6.5%+ dividends now.
You’ll get full details on their management teams, dividend histories and everything else you need to know about their proven strategies for driving big gains in preferred shares.
And, of course, because these payouts roll your way monthly, they line up perfectly with your bills. That, plus their high yields, could put you on the path to retiring on dividends alone on a relatively modest investment.
And that’s not all I have for you today. I’m also going to give you …
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Yields Up to 8% With Double-Digit Upside
This report is the perfect companion to our two preferred-stock CEFs. It gives you the full details on three other CEFs that hold the best corporate bonds from the US and around the world. Best of all, they pay yields up to 8% that come your way every month.
Inside you’ll find the ticker symbol, in-depth backstory and my rationale behind recommending each of these stout monthly payers, including:
- A well-hedged 8% payer in one of the most in-demand sectors right now,
- The brainchild of one of the top fund managers on the planet that pays an outsized 7.3%,
- And a rock-steady 6.6% dividend trading at a massive discount to NAV.
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