To annuitize or not to annuitize: that is the question that the author of today’s article tackles – and a question that he notes “nearly all retirees and soon-to-be-retirees face at one time or another.” Do annuities have a place in your retirement portfolio? Is there a better alternative when it comes to having a stream of income that is guaranteed to last as long as you do? And what may be the optimal amount of your retirement portfolio to allocate to annuities? CLICK HERE.
The energy sector has had a rough year – and the five energy-focused closed-end funds highlighted in today’s article have gotten beaten up right along with it. For the contrarian investor, then, the author of today’s article advises that “if you think 2018 is going to be oil’s year and you want a big income stream while you wait for the market to realize the commodity’s potential, these are the funds for you.” For these five funds – each of which offers a yield above 10% – CLICK HERE.
With retirement comes a shift from receiving a consistent paycheck to needing to tap your various income streams to cover your various expenses – and the author of today’s article argues that “this shift requires a new investment strategy and mindset.” In order to develop this strategy and mindset, she advises to think of retirement as consisting of three unique stages – the “Go Go” years, the “Slow Go” years, and the “No Go” years – and outlines “five key areas” to address when it comes to planning for each of these stages. For more, CLICK HERE.
“Preferreds are one of the very few places where you can still get a reasonable income stream by historical standards,” states one manager of preferred funds in today’s article which examines the unique traits of preferred stocks that make them appealing (e.g. the aforementioned reasonable income stream), as well as the unique considerations that buyers of preferreds need to be aware of (e.g. the potential impact of rising interest rates). To read more – including how investors can go about finding the strongest issuers of preferred stocks – as well as for three preferred stocks and two preferred stock exchange-traded funds the author highlights as “prime picks”, CLICK HERE.