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5 Funds That Pay $2,375 a Month on a $300K Portfolio (forever)

By Michael Foster

I'm going to show you a dividend portfolio that gets you an incredible 9.5% payout—and you won't have to take on stomach-churning risk (which, let's face it, no one's keen on doing now) to get it.

Imagine what a 9.5% dividend could mean. Take a $300,000 portfolio and you've suddenly got $2,375 in passive monthly income. A million bucks? You're talking about almost $8,000 a month—miles ahead of the $1,500 a month you'd get if you just put it in an S&P 500 index fund.

Here's the kicker: the investments in this five-fund portfolio, all closed-end funds (CEFs), invest in the same companies that make up the S&P 500.

CEFs: Your Ticket to "Sleep Well at Night" 7%+ Dividends

CEFs have been around for over a century, and they work a bit like a mutual fund or ETF, with two big exceptions.

One is that, as the name says, they're closed, so when the fund issues shares for the first time, that's pretty much it; new shares aren't issued to new investors. Instead, you can only buy shares from previous investors.

This means your ownership of the assets within the fund is locked in; there's no dilution, and there's much less volatility than you get with some other high-yield assets, like business development companies (BDCs) or mortgage REITs. CEF prices tend to trend in a straighter line, with less volatility.

That's not even the best part. This is: CEFs take conventional assets—think blue-chip stocks like Apple (AAPL) and Microsoft (MSFT)—and make them big yielders. They do this because fund managers are constantly buying and selling assets in their large (sometimes multi-billion-dollar) portfolios, and as one asset is sold for a profit, they can use some of those profits to buy something else and put money aside in the form of dividends to shareholders.

This strategy is sustainable. As I mentioned, some CEFs have been around for nearly a century, and many of the younger ones have seen their portfolios grow in recent years, pointing to a bright future.

5 CEFs Primed for Big Yields (and Upside)

Now let's get into it—how can you use CEFs to build a diversified portfolio with big, sustainable dividends? Take a look at the table below.


These five CEFs come from different fund managers and have different strategies, so we get exposure to utilities, US stocks, real estate and corporate bonds. An equal investment in each of these funds gets us to that 9.5% average yield.

Put these together and you've got a great variety of high-quality assets. GAB looks for hidden value, so it holds stocks like Rollins (ROL), Mastercard (MA) and Honeywell (HON); ASG's focus on big-cap growth gives you Amazon (AMZN), Microsoft (MSFT), Facebook (FB), Alphabet (GOOG), Autodesk (ADSK), Chegg (CHGG) and Illumina (ILMN). 

Meanwhile, PTY will get you a variety of corporate bonds from S&P 500 companies and beyond; JRS makes you the landlord (without the work!) of hundreds of offices, apartment buildings and other properties around the country; and GUT gives you a piece of the utility companies people depend on—and will continue to, crisis or no.

Growing Your Wealth and Your Income

This portfolio does more than that, too. Because these funds are all top performers, averaging 11% annualized returns over the long term and either matching or beating their index, they'll grow your investment to stratospheric heights.

A Few Years to a Million


If you put just $300,000 in these funds and reinvest your dividends, you'd have a million dollars a little more than a decade later and over $2 million in 20 years. Throw an extra $1,500 per month into this portfolio over a 20-year timeframe and you'd have over $3 million while getting to seven figures even sooner.

Little Investment for a Big Reward


That's a pretty small amount to put away in a short period of time! But at the end you'd have a portfolio that yields a whopping $25,479 per month.

Bankroll Your (Wealthy) Retirement With My 4 Top High-Yield CEFs

Let's not stop with these five funds, though, because I've just released my top 4 CEFs for your retirement portfolio—and on the surface, they look a lot like the 5 I just showed you here.

For one, they're diversified across the economy, giving you instant exposure to retirement-friendly utilities, corporate bonds and blue-chip US stocks.

High dividends? You bet. These 4 cash-rich picks throw off a rich 9.4% yield now—almost exactly the same as the payouts on the 5 funds above.

But here's the key difference: my top 4 CEFs trade at massive discounts—so much so that I'm calling for 20%+ price upside. Think about that: invest $500K in these 4 CEFs and, in just 12 months' time, you could be looking at $100,000 in price gains and $47,000 in dividend payouts!

These 4 reliable CEFs are the secret to a well-funded retirement, especially in the age of COVID-19. Don't miss out. Click here to get instant access to these 4 funds' names, tickers, dividend histories and every bit of research I have on them.


The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.

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