ETFs

5 Best Bank ETFs To Ride The Bullish Wave

5 Best Bank ETFs To Ride The Bullish Wave

Financial stocks are roaring to life, and these bank ETFs are looking good right now The financial services sector is shedding its laggard status in noteworthy fashion. Just look at the Financial Select Sector SPDR (NYSEARCA:XLF), the largest financial services exchange-traded fund (ETF) by assets. The benchmark financial services ETF is higher by more than 9.3% over […]

A Former ETF Head At Lehman On How To Choose The Best ETF

A Former ETF Head At Lehman On How To Choose The Best ETF

There is a massive price war going on in ETF-land. Issuers are falling over themselves in the race to the bottom in fees. Clearly, they’re doing it because it works. For many investors, low fees were the main reason you are invested in ETFs. I saw some funds the other day that had a .04% expense ratio. That’s […]

Here’s The Biggest Mistake People Make With ETFs

Here’s The Biggest Mistake People Make With ETFs

Pretty cheap to trade these days—$7 or whatever. Costs less than lunch. Some online brokers will give you the first 50/100/200 trades free. What a deal! But there are consequences. Have you ever gotten nervous about one of your positions, sold out of it, then watched helplessly as it shot up 40% in six months? Chances […]

Owning The Top Preferred Stock For High-Yield And Safety

Owning The Top Preferred Stock For High-Yield And Safety

Preferred stock shares can be viewed as a hybrid of common stock shares and corporate bonds. Preferred shares pay a fixed dividend rate, similar to bond interest. Technically preferred shares are equity like common shares. The preference feature is that preferred dividends must be paid before any dividends can be paid on a company’s common […]

These Are the Only 5 Funds You’ll Ever Need

These Are the Only 5 Funds You’ll Ever Need

Vanguard admiral funds, investor shares and ETFs cover all your bases Exchange-traded fund (ETF) investing has undeniably revolutionized the way Wall Street works. But depending on your strategy, that could be a good or a bad thing. Living in an age of ever-growing investment options sometimes means there’s a lot of noise to sort through. […]

Closed-End Funds

3 CEF Traps (237 Funds In Total) You Must Avoid

3 CEF Traps (237 Funds In Total) You Must Avoid

The term closed-end fund (CEF) is a bit of a double entendre. An unintended one, I’m sure – and one we can leverage for safe 6%, 7% and even 8% yields with upside to boot. The “closed” in CEF technically means that the fund’s number of shares are fixed. Which is why these vehicles can have wild price swings […]

Why You Need To Invest In Closed-End Funds

Why You Need To Invest In Closed-End Funds

By now you probably either invest in closed-end funds (CEF) or have heard more folks talking about them. There’s a good reason why: dividends! With 10-Year Treasuries yielding around 2.3% and your typical S&P 500 stock paying even less—just 1.9%—there’s a very good chance none of the folks you know are clocking dividends that can even beat […]

1 Dangerous Fund To Sell Now – 3 Bargains To Buy Instead

1 Dangerous Fund To Sell Now – 3 Bargains To Buy Instead

After months of grinding higher, stocks have taken a bit of a breather. And one obscure corner of the market went lower still. I know I don’t have to tell you that when that happens, contrarians like us are set up for some nice gains, so long as we don’t let emotion cloud our judgment. And […]

These 3 Funds Hand You A 6.5% Yield And Big Upside

These 3 Funds Hand You A 6.5% Yield And Big Upside

Today I’m going to show you three funds that are clobbering the market while throwing off a princely income stream. These three funds have all gained 30% so far in 2017, even though the market is up a more modest (but still solid) 10%. And thanks to their skilled management teams and the exploding corners […]

3 Safe Yields Up To 9.5%, With 20% Upside

3 Safe Yields Up To 9.5%, With 20% Upside

If you want to find the best high-yield opportunities on Wall Street, you don’t follow bright neon signs – you turn over rocks. Years of research has shown that the most widely recommended names are typically overcrowded trades, killing any chance you have at wringing out any value. Worse, analysts’ and pundits’ picks are often […]

Dividend ETFs

3 Dividend Growth ETFs You Probably Didn’t Know Existed

3 Dividend Growth ETFs You Probably Didn’t Know Existed

Diversify away from strictly high yield with ETFs that are consistently growing dividends Dividend growth stocks are public companies that have shown a track record of successive year-over-year increases in their dividend payments to shareholders. They represent an attractive way for income investors to augment and further diversify their portfolios away from a strict high-yield focus. One […]

3 Top Preferred ETFs To Buy For High Yield

3 Top Preferred ETFs To Buy For High Yield

Want an alternative way to achieve high yield? These three ETFs offer different ways to tap dividend-rich preferred stocks. The Federal Reserve has boosted interest rates twice this years, and bond traders widely believe the central bank will hike rates one more time before the end of the year, but that’s not derailing high-yield asset […]

5 Top High-Yield Dividend ETFs To Buy

5 Top High-Yield Dividend ETFs To Buy

Truly high yield is difficult to find in the ETF space, but a few select funds offer big income. Just be careful. If you’re looking for dividend ETFs that actually dole out high yield … well, the good news is, you don’t really have to look far. In the world of 2,013 exchange-traded funds listed in […]

3 High-Yield ETFs That Pay Up To 16%

3 High-Yield ETFs That Pay Up To 16%

Whether you want good, safe yield, or you’re happy to hunt down riskier double-digit yield, these ETFs have you covered Exchange-traded funds are great for a lot of things — diversification, easy-to-understand access to difficult-to-understand areas of the market, and cheap exposure to just about every kind of investment you could possibly want. But on […]

10 ETF Dividends In Serious Danger

10 ETF Dividends In Serious Danger

Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) can be an easy “one-click way” to diversify your dividends. Instead of grinding on the viability of any single payout stream, why not build a basket of them? But be careful – some pooled payouts are all bad and don’t even keep up with the broader market. In a minute, we’ll review […]

REITs

7 Dividend-Growing REITs That Cost Next To Nothing

7 Dividend-Growing REITs That Cost Next To Nothing

Thanks to recent stumbles, real estate investment trusts are cheap Real estate investment trusts (REITs) have been one of the go-to investments over the past few years as investors have looked toward securities with high yields. And thanks to their tax structures, most REITs have yields in the 4% to 7% range. However, with interest […]

3 Healthy Yields Of Up To 7.3% In Housing’s Sweet Spot

3 Healthy Yields Of Up To 7.3% In Housing’s Sweet Spot

Residential real estate is hot right now – and apartment owners are making money hand-over-fist. But don’t worry, I’m not going to recommend you run out and buy an entire complex. Instead, I’ve got three apartment REITs you can buy from the convenience of your computer (or phone, for that matter!) for yields up to […]

3 Must-Buy REITs For 100% Dividend Growth And Double-Digit Gains

3 Must-Buy REITs For 100% Dividend Growth And Double-Digit Gains

They call it the “silent wealth killer” for a reason: it takes the 2.2% yield you’d get from say, a 10-year Treasury note today and almost completely wipes it out. And if this hidden threat perks up even a little bit (as it’s certain to do), it will push your average Joe (or Jane) into […]

3 Retail REITs To Salvage For Their Inflated Yields

3 Retail REITs To Salvage For Their Inflated Yields

Many retail stocks are taking a thrashing, and rightfully so. But some retail REITs are being thrown out with the bathwater, juicing their yields. It’s no secret that retail is in a tailspin. The rise of online shopping has cratered sales at long-time retail stalwarts like Macy’s Inc (NYSE:M) and Kohl’s Corporation (NYSE:KSS). And while share […]

The 7 Best REITs You Must Buy Right Now!

The 7 Best REITs You Must Buy Right Now!

If you’re looking for growth and income, look no further than this sector Real estate investment trusts (REITs) suffer from one key myth: When rates rises, REITs lose. Part of that logic — and short-term self-fulfilling prophecy — is that cash is the lifeblood of REITs and when rates rise the cost of borrowing for […]

Bond ETFs

4 Stocks Safe From The Fed’s Next Move

4 Stocks Safe From The Fed’s Next Move

Operating in a long-term bull market that doesn’t look over yet, these four stocks represent great buys for the investor looking for safety and returns. Add these stocks to your portfolio and you’ll never worry about what the Fed will do next. Many experienced investors’ antennae were twitching in alert earlier this year as Wall […]

These 6%+ Yielders Are A Screaming Bargain

These 6%+ Yielders Are A Screaming Bargain

If you’ve invested in municipal bonds lately, you may be coming down with a serious case of buyer’s remorse. But you shouldn’t, as I’ll explain in a moment. In fact, now is the perfect time to double down and buy more of these high-yielding, ultra-stable investments. First, let’s look at why “munis” have fallen off […]

5 High-Yield Funds To Buy Before The Fed Hikes Rates

5 High-Yield Funds To Buy Before The Fed Hikes Rates

Today I’m going to show you a crystal-clear, highly predictable market pattern we can cash in on—and 5 safe, high-yield funds we can use to do it. It’s all thanks to the Federal Reserve’s cat-and-mouse game with interest rates. Let me explain. Now that we’re past the days of quantitative easing boosting stocks, investors’ attention […]

How To Get 5% Dividends Tax Free

How To Get 5% Dividends Tax Free

Municipal bonds are popular with retirees because they provide tax-free income. Some pay secure yields above 6%, which translates to 10% tax-equivalent payouts to folks in high tax brackets. But buying individual municipal bonds isn’t easy. Many brokers don’t offer them, and the ones that do usually try to sell low quality munis that big […]

A Safe 3-Stock Portfolio That Pays 5.9%

A Safe 3-Stock Portfolio That Pays 5.9%

When planning for retirement, most investors try to split their assets between stocks (higher risk, higher return) and federal U.S. government bonds (lower risk, and these days, much lower return). Problem is, stocks are enjoying an overextended winning streak. The S&P 500 is up over 7% year-to-date: S&P 500 Moves Up and To the Right […]

What's Going On

How To Avoid 5 Common Investing Mistakes

How To Avoid 5 Common Investing Mistakes

Investing is not a game. The stakes are very real. If you make a mistake, real money is lost… money that you have worked very hard to attain. Mess up here and you can foul up your plans for your ‘golden years’ Or perhaps helping your children with skyrocketing college costs. Or whatever you’re planning […]

Trends In The US Economy

Trends In The US Economy

Differences between the Canadian and US economy I rather focus my attention on the US economy than on the Canadian economy. I see the Canadian economy as huge gas station for the US and a huge ATM machine. The biggest drivers of the Canadian economy are the oil companies and the banks. You take those […]

What Should Value Investors Be Buying In 2017?

What Should Value Investors Be Buying In 2017?

While the stock market “Santa rally” seems to be continuing, US market valuations are now looking stretched. That’s not the case for value stocks, though, which have underperformed for several years as investors have either fled for “safe” but expensive defensives, or gambled on highly valued growth stocks. Value is now trading at its biggest […]

These 6%+ Dividends Will Thrive As Interest Rates Rise

These 6%+ Dividends Will Thrive As Interest Rates Rise

You can take it to the bank: interest rates are going up. Everyone from Janet Yellen to Donald Trump says it needs to happen. Traders betting through the Fed futures markets agree, pegging the odds of a quarter-point rate hike at the Fed’s December 14 meeting at 94.9%: More hikes seem likely next year, if […]

How To Live Off $500,000 Forever

How To Live Off $500,000 Forever

A half-million dollars is a lot of money. Unfortunately, it won’t generate much income today if you limit yourself to popular investments. The 10-year Treasury has “rallied” to 1.85%. Put your $500K in them and you’re well below the single-person poverty level at $9,250 annually. Yikes. Dividend paying stocks are masquerading around as bond proxies […]