This Could Earn You $2,500 in Monthly Income in 2018

Today we’re going to take on one of the biggest investing myths there is—and expose this so-called “gospel” for the dangerous falsehood it really is.

It goes like this: diversification protects you from big losses in a downturn, but that “shield” costs you in the form of income and missed gains.

Well, I’m here to tell you that this statement couldn’t be more wrong. The truth is, you can have both.

I’ll tell you how in a moment. Then I’ll show you 6 unsung funds that hand you instant diversification plus market-beating gains and a special extra bonus: a dividend yield that triples up the payout on the average S&P 500 stock.

That’s right: a retirement-friendly 6% cash payout! Enough to hand you $2,500 a month on a $500,000 investment.

I know this sounds like a tall order, but it’s 100% achievable, even, dare I say, easy.

But before we go further, let’s spell out exactly what we mean by “diversification.”

For a lot of people, it simply means buying a fund that holds a lot of stocks, like the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY). The thinking goes something like this: “I’ve got 500 stocks, so there’s no way I can lose a ton of cash, right?”


The problem is that this isn’t real diversification. Sure, you’ve got stocks in 500 companies—but you’re still holding only stocks. And the reality is that stocks go down more than any other investment during rough economic times.

In the chart below, we’ve got 6 asset classes that would give you a diversified portfolio if you held all of them. They are: US Treasuries, municipal bonds, preferred stocks, corporate bonds, high-yield (or “junk”) bonds and common stocks.

(You can go even further and add international exposure—including in the one part of the world I pounded the table on in my October 25 article—but for simplicity, we’ll keep the focus on the good old U.S. of A. today.)

Source:; all calculations are from recent peak to bottom prices during downturns from 1979–2017.

As you can see, the maximum loss from the highest level is massive for common stocks—a whopping 56.8% drop!

It’s no surprise that Treasuries see the smallest loss, since federal government bonds are the safest investment on earth. Municipal bonds are pretty close, so their similar decline makes sense. And corporate debt instruments—preferreds and bonds—are snugly in the middle, with junk bonds the worst of them all.

Again, no surprises here.

But what you should really pay attention to is how adding these different asset classes together protects your portfolio from a huge loss. Even if you don’t cash out during a bear market, like a lot of retirees were forced to in 2007–09, you still face an uphill battle to recover those losses.

Why? Because a 50% portfolio loss means you’ll need a 100% gain to make up for it! And if your stock portfolio fell 56.8%, you’d need 131.5% just to get back to where you started!

This is exactly why savvy investors don’t just buy stocks; you need a lot of different asset classes to protect your hard-earned—and hard-saved—cash.

Deciphering the Diversification Riddle

So let’s go ahead an address the question of diversification and the size of our return now—because the answer isn’t as straightforward as you’d think.

If you just buy passive index funds, the answer is, yes, diversification will depress your return. To demonstrate this, let’s go back to the indexes for these 6 asset classes and see how they’ve performed over the last 8 years.

The Clear Winner: Stocks

With gains more than double the average of our other 5 asset classes, the S&P 500 was the clear winner. So if you bought equal amounts of each of these assets in 2010 and held them to today, your profits would be 54%—much lower than you’d get from stocks alone:


So if you just diversify by tracking the indexes, you’re going to leave a lot of money on the table. That’s the price of smaller declines during bear markets.

But before you start questioning whether you should diversify into these other 5 investments at all, read on, because there’s a better answer—one that gives you the market-beating gains, income and downside protection I mentioned off the top.

I’m talking about…

The CEF Alternative

The answer to the diversification riddle is simple: skip the indexes and go back to the good old-fashioned strategy of picking winning funds managed by superior teams.

If that sounds outdated, keep in mind that this approach not only yields a more diversified portfolio but also a superior return relative to just buying the indexes. It also delivers a higher income stream, to the tune of $2,500 a month on a $500,000 investment!

This, by the way, is why billionaires and professional investment managers prefer this approach to the passive index fund craze the middle class is being herded into.

And the best way to do it is through closed-end funds, or CEFs. (If you’re unfamiliar with these funds, click here to check out my complete primer on them—including how they can triple your income and give your gains a continuous yearly boost.)

CEFs are a small group of funds that provide a large income stream while delving into other investments that go well beyond stocks. And the best ones offer superior returns, too.

To prove this, I’ve taken a top-notch fund from each asset class and blended them into a diversified portfolio.

These funds are: the Western Asset Managed Municipals Fund (MMU) for muni bonds, the JH Tax-Advantaged Dividend Fund (HTD) for stocks, the PIMCO Corporate & Income Opportunity Fund (PTY) for corporate bonds, the Neuberger Berman High Yield Strategies Fund (NHS) for junk bonds and the JH Premium Dividend Fund (PDT) for preferred stocks.

There isn’t a CEF for US Treasuries, so to pick up that part of the portfolio, we’ll add the iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (TLT). That gets us a 6-fund portfolio with exposure to all the major asset classes the smart money focuses on.

Now, if we had bought these 6 funds 8 years ago, what kind of returns would we have bagged?

The answer: big ones.

Massive Returns Across the Board

This “best-of-breed” portfolio includes 3 funds that crush S&P 500 index funds, and all 6 funds beat their indexes. On average, this portfolio delivered a 154.2% total return!


Not only is our diversified CEF investment giving us the diversity we need to avoid the extreme crashes that strike common stocks, but we’re also getting a superior return—154.2% versus the S&P 500’s 142.5%.

We’re also getting a superior cash flow from this portfolio, too. On average, these funds pay a 6% dividend yield, so we’re getting a bigger income stream than the S&P 500 while also facing a lower risk of a major loss.

The bottom line? Not only is diversification an important defense, but it can also be an incredible offense that boosts your wealth.

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Source: Contrarian Outlook

Capture the Next Big Trend in Solar Energy

I don’t know what I’d do without electricity. Honestly, I start to get bored after about 30 minutes.

And the thought of there being only 40 years of coal resources left to power our world is pretty terrifying.

But that’s just me.

In today’s world, electricity is one of the most important resources we have. It powers almost every single business around, and about 83% of people around the globe depend on it every day.

And while most have realized how finite resources such as coal are, we’re finally starting to move to the next step: solar.

There have been huge gains in the use of solar energy, but there is a new tech in development that could change the collection of solar energy…

A Shining Source of Energy

Humanity has literally had the answer to all of the global power needs staring down at them the entire time. That would be the sun.

Obviously, it’s a powerful resource. It can damage our skin or blind us from 93 million miles away.

But what people are just starting to realize is that we could power the entire world by harnessing its energy.

Here are two statistics to put this in perspective:

Statistic No. 1: The amount of power from the sun that hits the earth in one hour in direct sunlight is enough to meet the power needs for the entire world for a whole year.

Statistic No. 2: The total harness-able potential of solar energy per year is 23,000 terawatts. The yearly need for the whole world per year is about 16 terawatts. In comparison, we have 900 terawatts of coal and 215 terawatts of natural gas left.

Here’s an image to get the point across:

global energy

Thankfully, we have made significant progress in harnessing this abundant energy resource.

Currently, there are a number of projects going on around the world to phase solar power in to the primary source of energy that we would use.

The Next Advance in Solar Energy

New technology is in the works for solar windows as well.
These windows don’t look any different from normal windows, but they contain technology that can capture solar energy as well. Placed in homes and offices, they can provide an easy, alternative source of energy.

Solar window could be the future of solar technology. Instead a home covered in solar panels on the roof, the window are the solar collectors.

A breakthrough in this technology has occurred just this past June. Physee, a company in The Netherlands, installed 323 square feet of their “PowerWindow” solar window product in the headquarters of Rabobank, The Netherlands’ biggest bank.

In America, there’s a company called SolarWindow Technologies (OTC: WNDW) that is making significant progress in the field as well. Described as “liquid energy,” SolarWindow’s technology is a clear coating placed windows or plastic. When exposed to light, the coating turns that light into electricity.

So far, the product has been tested in 11 cities across the country, and the results have been amazing. The SolarWindow coating generated over 10 times that of other solar technology:


It’s also much cheaper than the cost of manufacturing solar panels. In fact, the company has stated that when applied to high-rise buildings, the product could pay for itself on electricity bill savings in just one year.

Lastly, SolarWindow took a huge step in August when it entered into an agreement with Triview Glass, allowing SolarWindow to start receiving revenue from actual customers.

Keep in mind that these are the very early stages of this technology, and while it has very little commercial application so far (and therefore no revenue); it will become more and more relevant over the next three to five years.

I believe it will eventually overtake solar panels due to the cost and efficiency benefits that it provides.


Ian Dyer

Internal Analyst, Banyan Hill

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