Author: Tim Plaehn

Lock in 10% Yields Today

Lock in 10% Yields Today

With the Federal Reserve ratcheting up interest rates, preferred share prices have tumbled. The lower prices offer the chance to lock in excellent yields of 10% or even more – all from secure dividends. However, there are some crucial features of preferred shares that you need to understand first. Let me show you how to […]

How to Invest for What’s Coming in the Markets

How to Invest for What’s Coming in the Markets

I have never believed you can see the future by comparing current economic factors to the past. The current economic conditions validate my belief: they are so different that making that type of comparison would not provide valid signals. Instead of trying to guess the future based on history, let’s look at the last three […]

Why Bonds Will Be Among the Biggest Winners of 2023

Why Bonds Will Be Among the Biggest Winners of 2023

Along with a bear market for stocks, 2022 has, according to Morningstar, been the worst year ever for the bond market. Bond values have fallen up to 30% this year, putting a bigger dent in many retirement accounts that hold bond ETFs. Fortunately, in the current, higher interest rate world, you can invest safely in […]

The Only Retirement Strategy That Actually Works

The Only Retirement Strategy That Actually Works

You may have seen the quips about how this year the 401k accounts of many have become “201k” accounts this year due to the bear market for both stocks and bonds. Hardly funny. So if you want to be able to stop worrying about your retirement income, read on… 2022 has proven the traditional retirement […]

Big Banks Just Gave You a 10%+ Yield Opportunity

Big Banks Just Gave You a 10%+ Yield Opportunity

A recent article on mortgage-backed securities (MBS) had me going, “huh?” The story covers MBSs being very popular when mortgage rates were less than 3%, but now with rates over 7%, large, institutional buyers are staying away. That’s one reason why mortgage rates are so high, despite MBSs in theory being more profitable today. That’s […]

The Three Best Income Plays on the Future of Energy

The Three Best Income Plays on the Future of Energy

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine massively disrupted the European energy scene. The crisis revealed what I believe will be the energy story for the next decades: liquefied natural gas (LNG) is the fuel source to power the globe. A recent report from Texans for Natural Gas highlights how the LNG market has shifted dramatically in response […]

An Idea to Fight Inflation That Actually Works

An Idea to Fight Inflation That Actually Works

In late 2021, when it became apparent that inflation would stay persistent and increasing, I started to get a lot of questions about where to invest. When inflation rears its ugly head, there is no magic list of investments that help you beat inflation all of the time. While it would be good if there […]

Two Surprise Dividend Hikes from High-Yield ETFs

Two Surprise Dividend Hikes from High-Yield ETFs

Last week, I made several presentations at the MoneyShow conference in Orlando. For one talk, I covered the pros and cons of covered call ETFs. These high-yield ETFs can bring a lot of income into your portfolio. This week, two of my recommendations announced surprisingly large distributions. I’ll take the money! Let’s take a look […]

The Pros and Cons of Investing in Whisk(e)y

The Pros and Cons of Investing in Whisk(e)y

Last week I made several presentations at the MoneyShow in Orlando. I enjoy shows like this, where I can meet you, my subscribers, and get information on other investment ideas. With the stock bear market this year, many investors wanted information about alternate investment ideas. Investing in whiskey barrels or casks has become a hot […]