The 5 Best Stock Funds for 9.9% Dividends and 10% Upside

For those of you shaking your head at your portfolio’s low yield, you can actually 2X or 3X your portfolio’s yield and improve your upside potential to boot using this strategy. And it’s actually simpler than traditional stock picking.

Many income investors have mistakenly parked their capital in “safe” consumer staples like General Mills (GIS), Kimberly-Clark (KMB) and Procter & Gamble (PG) in search of yield and security. Their money was safe, all right: their cash went nowhere – straight sideways – for the last five years!

They’d have been better off “outsourcing” their dividend decisions to the great Mario Gabelli.

His namesake Gabelli Dividend & Income Trust Fund (GDV) tends to pay around 6% or so (it yields 6.6% today).

Mario’s dividends show up between the 14th and 24th of the month – every month – to the tune of $0.11 per share. Sounds like a sweet deal, right?

His investors get the benefit of a legendary money mind along with his access to ideas and cheap money. And get paid monthly to boot.

It really is quite the opportunity. The monthly dividends plus the boss’s smarts have rewarded investors who made the “one-click” investing decision to buy shares in GDV and let Mario take care of the rest:

Super Mario: 310% Returns in 10 Years

His secret sauce is his stock selection. Meanwhile our opportunity lies with the discount – the fact that we can wait patiently and buy it for one, to be specific.

But as I write GDV trades at an 8.4% discount to the value of the stocks it holds. This means we can buy these blue chips for less than 92 cents on the dollar! Which means it also sells for far less than the management fee. It’s as if Gabelli’s paying us to own his fund.

This deal shouldn’t be available, but it is from time-to-time thanks to the inefficiencies in CEF-land. Being able to snag Mario’s brilliance at a bargain is one example of our “CEF edge.” With $1.6 billion in assets, this particular fund is too small for big players to put money to work. Which works out perfectly for us.

Another fund with a sustainable edge is the Cohen & Steers Infrastructure Fund (UTF), which holds stock and bonds in the top infrastructure and utility companies in the world. These smart businesses own and operate utilities, airports, toll roads, railroads, and other physical framework. This CEF regularly trades for a discount to NAV and has returned an outstanding 9.2% per year since inception – and shows no signs of slowing down. This 9.2% return on NAV is what powers an 8.4% dividend.

Cohen & Steers Infrastructure’s managers are free to travel the globe in search of a bargain. One-quarter of the fund’s portfolio is invested in electric utilities. The rest is a mix ranging from toll roads to airports to pipelines and more. All of these, when bought at the right price, gush growing cash which the fund’s managers both reinvest and pays to us.

Why don’t we just buy these issues directly and cut out the middleman? For starters, the fund also owns positions in preferred stock shares that pay higher yields, and these generally aren’t available to individual investors like you and me.

Plus, the fund gets to use leverage. Not only are we grabbing this collection of assets for just 94 cents on the dollar for an 8.4% annual yield with upside, but we’re also putting ourselves in line for future dividend hikes.

Cohen & Steers Infrastructure’s management team recently raised its monthly distribution nearly 16% (yes, you read right, from $0.134 to $0.155 per month). That’s a more than generous gesture, rarely seen in the CEF world. Plus, it’s not unique for this fantastic fund. This is the third big dividend increase since 2013!

This track record has landed the fund in our top five “Hall of Fame” list for equity CEFs. As with our previous rundowns, we are ranking funds by their return on NAV since inception. To qualify, the fund must pay 5% or more and trade at a discount to its NAV. Here’s the list as I write to you today:

Tekla Healthcare Investors (HQH) invests in the stocks of biotech and pharmaceutical firms. Its “edge” is provided by the medical doctors and researchers it hires to pick winners. And they sure do earn their money – the Tekla fund has outperformed its “dumb” ETF counterpart by a margin of 292% to 241% since inception:

The Docs Pick Winners Better Than the Computers

Reaves Utility Income (UTG) is a more conservative play focused on traditional utilities and telecoms. Its holdings are cash cows that will keep dishing money to investors regardless of Washington politics. Reaves Utility Income pays 6.6% today, trades at a modest 1.2% discount to NAV and has an excellent 15-year track record:

Big Boring Dividends Beat the Market

John Hancock’s Tax-Advantage Dividend Income Fund (HTD) buys a blend of common stocks and preferred shares, the latter of which are not readily available to individual investors. The firm’s inside track on preferreds and smart picking of common shares has helped it handily outpace the broader market while yielding more to boot. HTD pays a generous 7.3% today:

More Dividends and Better Returns with HTD

Finally you can get the best of both REITs and CEFs by picking up a closed-end fund that owns REITs, like the Cohen & Steers Quality Income Realty Fund (RQI). RQI holds some of the top REITs in the space, including apartment landlord Essex Property Trust (ESS), cell-tower owner Crown Castle International (CCI) and data-center operator Equinix (EQIX). As you can see, its portfolio is nicely diversified across the space, so you’re insulated if one particular segment hits a wall:

Management firm Cohen & Steers has been around since 1986, and its team takes the outsized dividends REITs already pay, adds in these stocks’ price gains and tops things off with a conservative amount of leverage (around 24% of the portfolio) to hand us a huge 8.5% dividend that rolls in every month like clockwork:

A Predictable 8.5% Payout

And in case you’re wondering, this team knows how to spot bargains in REIT land: check out how RQI dominated the go-to REIT benchmark Vanguard Real Estate ETF (VNQ) in the last decade:

A Proven Performer

The best time to buy is right now. As I write, RQI trades at a ridiculous 8.8% discount to NAV. That sets us up for price upside as RQI’s discount window slams shut.

You can build a great retirement portfolio using CEFs alone. With smart selection and purchase timing, you can collect 7% to 8% yearly dividends that are 100% powered by the fund’s annual profits. Whether you choose to buy bonds, stocks or something in-between, there are excellent performers that you can purchase for 90 or 95 cents on the dollar.

— Brett Owens

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Smart CEFs like these are your “dividend lifeboats” when the markets get rough. That’s because their massive cash payouts give you more of your profits in cash, rather than here today, gone tomorrow paper gains.

And by focusing on CEFs and also individual stock and bond funds with steady cash flow, you can make sure your nest egg stays intact—and grows for the future.

$40,000 in Income on $500k

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