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Volatility Ahead? Watch For Opportunity + Labor Day Sale

Sep. 07, 2020 1:01 PM ET1 Comment
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CEFs, Dividend Growth Investing, Dividend Investing, ETF investing

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Nick Ackerman is an avid student of the markets and has been investing in his own accounts for over 14 years. He is a former Financial Advisor and has previously qualified for holding Series 7 and Series 66 licenses. These licenses also specifically qualified him for the role of Registered Investment Adviser (RIA), i.e., he was registered as a fiduciary and could manage assets for a fee and give advice. Since then he has continued with his passion for investing through writing for Seeking Alpha, providing his knowledge, opinions, and insights of the investing world. His specific focus is on closed-end funds as an attractive way to achieve income as well as general financial planning strategies towards achieving one’s long term financial goals.


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  • VIX is rising after some big red days in the market.
  • Markets have become quite stretched since their March lows.
  • Our swap strategy in the CEF space can potentially work best when market volatility increases.
  • The Income Lab isn't just for traders though, buy and hold type investor can benefit from finding out what we are buying too!
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Market volatility, as measured by the VIX has crept up the last couple of days as the markets turn red. Tech has been the primary driver, no surprise either as the largest tech companies in the world have become quite stretched in valuation.

Data by YCharts

At the CEF/ETF Income Laboratory, our strategy generally works BEST with increasing volatility.

In March alone, we sent out 11 trade alerts for investors - that doesn't even count the following couple of months that also saw an unusually high amount of OPPORTUNITY. Many of these had multiple trade opportunities in the same alerts too! That is how much our strategy can really kick into high gear during those times of volatility.

Take this, for example, a trade alert went out on March 9th, 2020.

Income Generator portfolio

  • Bought: PIMCO Corporate & Income Strategy (PCN) (~4.5% position) at $15.75
  • Sold: PIMCO Corporate & Income Opportunity Fund (PTY) (~4.5% position) at $16.42
Data by YCharts

This was followed up by another trade alert sent out to members on May 22nd, 2020.

Income Generator portfolio

  • Sold: PIMCO Corporate & Income Strategy (PCN) at $15.26 (~4.5% position, 370 shares) (+30.37% premium, +0.8 z-score, 8.76% yield)
  • Bought: PIMCO Income Opportunity Fund (PKO) at $20.78 (~4.5% position, 270 shares) (+4.06% premium, -1.1 z-score, 10.97% yield)
Data by YCharts

Not only did we avoid PTY's steeper losses by buying PCN in March, but we also followed that up by swapping to PKO from PCN to rebound higher too! That is only one of the examples of the opportunity presented in the last sell-off!

11 trade opportunities sound like a lot for most investors and not every investor is that active in trading positions. We understand that - that's why we were also sharing what we were buying throughout the crash too, with the members of the CEF/ETF Income Laboratory getting first looks.

On March 23rd, 2020 we released an article suggesting buys in BDJ and CII. Both BlackRock option-based funds. In hindsight, we didn't know March 23rd was going to mark the lows of the market. We just knew that there were some great opportunities out there.

Data by YCharts

We also covered on March 19th, 2020 - the three options that an investor could do following the worst day since the GFC for CEFs on March 18th, 2020. There we highlighted staying the course, continuing to capitalize on swap opportunities that presented themselves due to the volatility.

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Analyst's Disclosure: I am/we are long PKO.

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