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  • Don't Let Income Strategy Bias Intimidate You [View article]
    Total return vs. income ? I like 'em both. NRF has been better than a triple for me with a YOC > 20%. Best of both worlds. Any idea how I can find more of these babies ? :-D

    While I find Swedroe's refrain somewhat tiresome and he most certainly appears to be a 'One Eyed Jack', I think that much of his opinion on preferred stock rings true.
    Mar 26, 2014. 09:36 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Screamin' And Yellen Higher Rates Are Comin': Part II: Get Your Portfolio Ready With Bank Loan ETFs [View article]
    Take a look at some of the Senior Loan CEFs, most of which are selling at a discount to NAV. EVF has been around since 1998, PHD and FCT since 2004 and PPR since 1988, to name a few. CEFs are not for everyone, but I think they're worth exploring. These CEFs use leverage and usually hold less than investment grade loans. Because of the leverage, dividends/distributions are much higher than those of ETFs, and so are the fees. Try or or for more info. On SA, Spritzer and Bavaria are two authors who come to mind for having written on the subject of Senior Loan CEFs. Good luck.
    Mar 23, 2014. 01:41 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Utility And Infrastructure CEF Report: 6%+ Yields And Deep Value [View article]
    Similarly, BUI's distributions include ROC, but the fund writes options on ~30-40% of its holdings, which would account for it (along with its high portfolio turnover). And ROC or not, the fund's NAV trends up.

    BTW, the data in CEF Connect for BUI is not to be trusted. E.g., as of this writing, the top 10 issues account for >161% of the fund's ~82 holdings, yet the fund does not use leverage as far as I can tell. And CEF Connect states that the fund is 96% global, yet BlackRock says it's 63% USA. CEF Connect also routinely makes the mistake of extrapolating a fund's last distribution into an annual rate (>15% in the case of BUI).

    BTW, Doug Albo wrote a very favorable article re DPG back in Sept 2013. He also wrote favorably re BUI in May 2012, about 6 months after its inception.
    Mar 6, 2014. 03:42 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The Utility And Infrastructure CEF Report: 6%+ Yields And Deep Value [View article]
    According to the fund website, 9% of the portfolio is in Pipeline MLPs, including Enbridge, Markwest, Transcanada and Enterprise.
    Mar 5, 2014. 07:56 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Utility And Infrastructure CEF Report: 6%+ Yields And Deep Value [View article]
    Morgan, re UTF, management's AUM conflict aside, another reason for failure to execute the buybacks might be due to another conflict: a high discount (near a 52-week high -- or is it low ?) versus a rising NAV. Might they be waiting for a correction ? Just supposing.

    I own a PPL convertible preferred with a mandatory conversion in May, but I think I'd rather be in a fund than in just the PPL common. Thanks for a great review on these utility CEF alternatives which I'm going to bookmark.

    Long UTF.
    Mar 5, 2014. 11:45 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Should Real Estate Investors Trust REITs? [View article]
    Back in the 80s, there were lots of condos selling at deep discounts and we thought about becoming landlords. I mentioned it to a co-worker who told me how his tenants defaulted on several months rent, removed every inch of copper pipe in the place and then skipped town.

    Never wanted to be a landlord after that.
    Feb 8, 2014. 11:38 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Equity CEFs: Utility CEFs Are Back [View article]
    I don't think there are any pure water CEFs, but BQR has some holdings in water utilities. Here's a link to a recent article by another SA author:
    Feb 4, 2014. 02:45 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Equity CEFs: Utility CEFs Are Back [View article]
    I don't rely much on technicals, but I do like the Golden Cross as a buy signal, i.e., when a 10-week MA crosses above the 50-week MA. Such is the case for EOD's NAV recently, but not its market price, which is lagging. So I bought some. If I have learned anything from Doug's articles on CEFs, it is to watch NAV.

    Also long ETY, GRX and UTF.
    Feb 4, 2014. 02:36 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Danger Zone: Ashland [View article]
    Thanks, David.
    Jan 31, 2014. 11:58 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Danger Zone: Ashland [View article]
    No position in ASH and a couple of my DCF spreadsheets kick out a value less than 1/3 the current market price, so a short idea looks pretty good. Yet FY2013 FCF is the highest in several years and the 2nd best in the past decade.

    Explanation ? Not arguing, just trying to learn from someone who has obviously dipped deeply into the financial statements.
    Jan 30, 2014. 12:24 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • ETFs Let You Invest With Your Head, Rather Than Your Heart [View article]
    MUA is a CEF. Do you also venture there ?
    Jan 24, 2014. 02:31 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • PIMCO's Strategic Global Government Common Fund Is Now A Buy [View article]
    On a technical note, both NAV and price are in downtrends since October 2012. Falling knives are messy. Waiting a few months appears wise.
    Jan 21, 2014. 01:59 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Lessons From 2013: Part I [View article]
    Oh, I agree. It doesn't make sense, but I remain agnostic. I find the writing of the author to whom I provided a link interesting, but I never forget Andrew Lo's words. Data mining is a popular pasttime.

    Funny that you mention 1987. That was a year when I actually did sell in May, but not because of any Wall Street adages. Rather, as early as May, I thought things were getting somewhat frothy. I missed a lot of the fun and all of the pain. I happened to be working for The Very Large Brokerage Firm at the time, and on Black Monday I was surrounded by some very unhappy people watching the Quotrons. I only wish I had bought some puts.
    Jan 16, 2014. 05:44 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Lessons From 2013: Part I [View article]
    SA author Fred Piard presents evidence that "Sell in May and then go away" has validity:

    To paraphrase Andrew Lo, "torture a data set long enough and it will confess to anything".

    So who's right ?
    Jan 16, 2014. 10:22 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackRock International Growth & Income Trust Offers An 8% Distribution At A 12% Discount [View article]
    Thinking pretty much along the same lines as the author, I bought BGY back in late June. NAV has hit a multi-year high at a level last seen in August, 2011, up ~23% since a May, 2012 low.

    Steady as she goes.....
    Jan 15, 2014. 06:34 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment