If you dabble in the closed-end fund market long enough, you are probably going to own a fund that sees its dividend cut. This seemingly innocuous event can have numerous ripple effects for shareholders that should be carefully evaluated before you respond with any knee-jerk reactions. Read more
High yield municipal bond income seems like a dream come true in today’s market. The ability to capture a 4%+ income stream with little taxable impact in a strongly trending credit environment is the ideal situation for many retirees. This is particularly true for investors who have more money stashed away in taxable trusts and brokerage portfolios than traditional retirement accounts. Read more
This month’s video takes an in-depth look at the closed-end fund marketplace. Charts include both diversified CEF indexes and single fund names. Overall the trend remains solid, however we are starting to see stretched premiums and tight discounts across the entire spectrum. Risk is high and caution should be warranted at this stage of the cycle. Video recorded after the market close on February 8, 2017.
The churning in the stock market has created little net gain in the major domestic indices over the last four months. In this video, I look at areas of the market that are showing strong momentum, alongside those that should be viewed with caution. Charts include: large cap stocks, technology stocks, U.S. dollar index, emerging markets, interest rates, and municipal bonds. Recorded on October 25, 2016.
Municipal bond funds are typically held for their tax-free income properties and low risk profile rather than their growth prospects. These investments are beloved and often over-weighted in large taxable accounts for their ability to skirt IRS levies that traditional bond income generates. Read more