By Michael Foster
Forget the 2018 market dropaEUR"because itaEURtms handed us a golden opportunity to grab some double-digit aEURoebounce-backaEUR gains in as 2019 rolls out.
IaEURtmll tell you why IaEURtmm so excited about the year ahead in a moment. Then IaEURtmll give you eight cheap funds set to arc higher as we move through 2019.
The kicker? Not only are these eight funds poised for big gains in the next 12 months, they throw off incredible dividend yields up to 12.6%, too!
Putting 2018 in Context
First, back to last yearaEURtms return, which came in at negative 6.1%, including dividends.
The first bit of good news here is that despite their decline, US stocks still led the rest of the world. And if youaEURtmre like most Americans, you invest most of your cash at home, so you likely sidestepped the 14.1% drop in emerging markets, say (going by the MSCI Emerging Markets Index), or the 12.6% decline in developed countries outside the US and Canada (according to the MSCI EAFE Index).
I know that might still be cold comfort, but IaEURtmm just getting started here.
For one, in the last decade, 2018 is the only year in which stocks have gone down, so if youaEURtmre a long-term investor, youaEURtmre still way ahead of the game.
And hereaEURtms a little-known fact that bodes well for 2019: since 1950, the S&P 500 has gone down two years (or more) in a row just twice (1973 and 1974, and 2000 through 2002). The early 2000s weak market had an obvious explanation: stock prices had gone up a ridiculous 210% in the five years before the dot-com bubble burst in 2000 (the aEURtm90s were a wild time).
We arenaEURtmt living through such a crazy bubble. While stocks did well in the five years leading up to 2018, theyaEURtmre up just half what they were back in the late aEURtm90s:
A Sustainable Rise
With a 16.1% annualized gain in the five years before 2018, stocks have roughly doubled their historical average rise. But a lot of that is because stocks were depressed from the prior five years. Add those five years in and the annualized return for the decade leading up to 2018 falls back to an annualized 9%aEUR"close to the marketaEURtms long-term average of about 7.5%.
Steady Gains Over the Long Term
The bottom line: stocks are still in a healthy uptrend, but temporarily depressed, making now the perfect buying opportunity. But if youaEURtmre still not sure whether stocks are a good buy today, let me show you just one more thing (and then weaEURtmll move on to those eight big yielders I mentioned off the top).
Thanks to last yearaEURtms crash in stock prices and a 20% year-over-year increase in earnings, the S&P 500aEURtms P/E ratio has fallen to its lowest level since late 2015:
Soaring Earnings + Falling Prices = Time to Buy
The lower price-to-earnings ratio is happening at the same time earnings growth is rising, and is far above where it was in the late aEURtm90s, before the market collapsed:
Earnings Growth Remains Solid
Source: CEF Insider, Multpl.com
What weaEURtmre seeing now isnaEURtmt a stock market bubble but the exact opposite . A bubble is when people overpay more and more for an asset relative to its earnings. But today people are paying less and less relative to earnings.
And thataEURtms why itaEURtms time to buy.
An Easy Way to Double Your DiscountaEUR"and Your Upside
Since investors will soon realize their mistake in letting the marketaEURtms P/E ratio fall so far so fast, we can think of stocks as heavily discounted relative to their fair value.
And we can compound that discount by buying stocks through a closed-end fund ( CEF ) .
If youaEURtmre unfamiliar with CEFs, theyaEURtmre similar to ETFs in that you can buy them through any broker, and they trade on an exchange. This makes them very liquid while also providing instant diversification, since CEFs, like their ETF cousins, invest in hundreds of stocks at once.
One crucial difference is in their structure. Since CEFs canaEURtmt issue new shares to new investors after their IPO (ETFs, on the other hand, can), the market price of a CEF is determined by its total number of shares and not by the fundamental price of the assets the CEF holds (its net asset value, or NAV). As a result, many CEFs trade at a discount.
8 Cheap CEFs Yielding up to 12.6%
In fact, there are right now eight amazing CEFs that are ridiculously discounted thanks to recent market jitters.
But thataEURtms not the only reason theyaEURtmre amazing. In addition to giving you great stocks at a compounded discount, they also offer retirement-changing income streams of 9% or more without exposing you to risky high-yield assets like leveraged ETFs, energy royalties or other losing aEURoesucker yieldaEUR schemes.
Note also that each of these funds has had an annualized return of 6%, on average, since their IPO, and some are well over 20 years old, having survived several market panics and upsets.
With such a track record and outsized dividend yields, you canaEURtmt expect these discounts to last for longaEUR"and if a new bullish appetite for stocks comes to dominate 2019, the discounts on these funds will likely vanish in a heartbeat.
Make These Your First 5 Buys of 2019 (for 28% Returns and 8% Dividends)
My proven 52-point CEF-picking system just released its top 5 CEFs for you to buy in 2019aEUR"and if you want to maximize your upside (and your income) the time to buy these potent cash machines is NOW.
What makes my top 5 CEFs so special? If I had to point to just one thing, IaEURtmd say itaEURtms the discount: my top 5 aEURoemust buyaEUR CEFs for 2019 (which IaEURtmll GIVE you when you click here ) are so cheap that theyaEURtmre set for 20%+ aEURoesnapbackaEUR gains in 2019, as their bizarre discounts to NAV (inevitably) come back to normal.
ThataEURtms not all, though.
Because my top 5 CEFs for 2019 also pay 8% average dividends as I write. Tack that onto our expected 20% gain and weaEURtmre looking at a 28% total return by the end of 2019!
Now with the way the markets have been behaving lately, I know what youaEURtmre going to say next: aEURoeMichael, what happens to these 5 funds if the market tanks in 2019?aEUR
ThataEURtms the best part.
Growing Your Nest EggaEUR"Securing Your Retirement
You see, my top 5 fundsaEURtm huge discounts also let us sleep well at night. Because if the market falls on its face this yearaEUR"which, as I just mentioned, is the opposite of what I expectaEUR" these funds are already dirt-cheap
, so theyaEURtmll have plenty of built-in downside protection aEUR