Author: Tim Plaehn

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Picking Out the Good Mortgage REITs From a Market Filled With Bad Ones

Individual real estate investment trusts (REITs) fall into one of two distinct categories. Equity REITs own commercial properties, including apartments, hotels, offices, industrial properties, and even prisons. Finance REITs operate on the lending side of real estate, either by making residential or commercial mortgages or owning a portfolio of mortgage backed securities. Finance REITs can […]

Buy These 3 High-Yield Stocks With Oil About to Spike

Buy These 3 High-Yield Stocks With Oil About to Spike

As the current stock market bull market starts to look long in the tooth, I have broadened my search for income investments that are not directly tied to company business results and share prices. Direct commodity exposure provides one way to diversify a portfolio that is loaded with dividend paying stocks. Yet, I want all […]

3 High Yield Stocks for Bottom Fishers

3 High Yield Stocks for Bottom Fishers

Dividend investors face an extra challenge of timing stock purchases. No dividends will be earned until shares are bought. There are several techniques on when to buy that I use and recommend to investors who follow my Dividend Hunter system. For more aggressive income stock investors, jumping into out-of-favor high yield stocks can produce excellent […]

Buy These 3 High-Yield Stocks Up Over 20% YTD

Buy These 3 High-Yield Stocks Up Over 20% YTD

The signs are that the energy infrastructure/midstream sector have set up for a multi-year bull market recovery from the declines of the previous two years. A handful of energy midstream companies have gotten a jump on their peers and have already put up nice gains to date in 2018. Even with the 20% to 30% […]

The Dangers of Closed End Funds

The Dangers of Closed End Funds

With my focus on higher yield investments, I often receive questions about various closed-end funds. CEFs are actively managed investment pools with shares that trade on the stock exchanges. A lot of these funds carry very attractive yields. The danger is that this is an asset class where it is hard to separate the good […]

Buy These 3 High-Yield Stocks Thriving With Higher Fed Rates

Buy These 3 High-Yield Stocks Thriving With Higher Fed Rates

Last week the Federal Reserve Board increased its Fed Funds Target rate for the second time this year, to 1.75%. The Fed Funds rate controls yields on the short end of the yield curve. Rate increases typically push fear-driven investors to sell the income stock categories like REITs and Utilities. Informed investors use these sell-offs […]

3 Stocks Raising Dividends in July

3 Stocks Raising Dividends in July

There is a general misconception that rising interest rates are always bad for real estate investment trust (REIT) values. However, history shows that REITs have outperformed 75% of the time during the last 16 periods of rising interest rates. One reason is that quality REITs will grow their dividends, and if the dividend increases keep […]