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Brett Owens is the Chief Investment Strategist at Contrarian Outlook.

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My Personal 8-Step Plan For 8% Dividends In CEFs

| April 11, 2018 | 0 Comments
My Personal 8-Step Plan For 8% Dividends In CEFs

Today, the 10-year Treasury pays just 2.7%. Put a million bucks in T-Bills, and you’re banking $27,000 per year. Barely above poverty levels! Hence the appeal of closed-end funds (CEFs), which often pay 8% or better. That’s the difference between a paltry minimum-wage income of $27,000 on a million saved or a respectable $80,000 annually. […]

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These Fat 9% To 24% ETF Yields Are Traps

| February 5, 2018 | 0 Comments
These Fat 9% To 24% ETF Yields Are Traps

I told you that the Infracap MLP ETF (AMZA) was a dog. Well, the fund just cut its dividend by 37%. This is one of the biggest ETF payout cuts in recent memory, and it’s a gut punch to shareholders who rode out massive underperformance for the income tradeoff. That payout mattered. Just look at the difference between price returns […]

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The 5 Dumbest High-Yield Funds (Ranked Worst to Just “Bad”)

| January 22, 2018 | 0 Comments
The 5 Dumbest High-Yield Funds (Ranked Worst to Just “Bad”)

Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) shattered growth records in 2017, with inflows topping $464 billion last year. The global ETF market now boasts more than $4.5 trillion in assets, and a large part of the appeal has been driven by dirt-cheap fees. But many of these fund’s fees are “cheap for a reason.” We’ll talk about five […]

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4 REITs To Buy Before December 13 – And 45 To Avoid

| November 8, 2017 | 0 Comments
4 REITs To Buy Before December 13 – And 45 To Avoid

Today I’m going to show you 4 REITs with high—and growing—yields that are bargains now. But you’ve only got weeks to act here, and likely less. Why? Because real estate investment trusts have underperformed the broader market by a lot in the last six weeks … but a proven contrarian signal is about to send the […]

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5 REITs That Are Just Right For Retirement

| October 30, 2017 | 0 Comments
5 REITs That Are Just Right For Retirement

Real estate investment trusts (REITs) are a must-have holding for any and all retirement accounts. The five REITs I’m about to show you are pivotal to both growing your nest egg, then delivering consistent cash to pay the bills once you’ve called it a career. Slowly but surely, market research is starting to agree with […]

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

| October 2, 2017 | 0 Comments
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 […]

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12 High-Yield Funds Paying Up To 21%

| August 14, 2017 | 0 Comments
12 High-Yield Funds Paying Up To 21%

Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) offer “one-click” diversification. Investors buy ETFs to hedge against individual stock collapses. ETFs can also offer big yields. We’ll look at 11 of them today, with dividends starting at 4% and climbing all the way up to an amazing 21%! Is the 21%er a trap? Of course it is. But my favorite […]

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

| July 24, 2017 | 1 Comment
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 […]

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

| June 21, 2017 | 0 Comments
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 […]

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

| June 14, 2017 | 0 Comments
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 […]

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