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Grow Your Income with Floating Rate Securities

By Dr. Carla Pasternak

 

With interest rates at historic lows, one corner of the income universe that still throws off huge and unusually safe huge yields is preferred shares.

 

The benchmark S&P U.S. Preferred Stock Index carries a generous yield of 5.96%. That's more than twice the 1.95% yield on the S&P 500 and far richer than the you can get on investment grade bonds in the by the benchmark Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Index or the benchmark 10-year Treasury.

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Ride the Tech Rally with Yields of Up to 8.5%

By Dr. Carla Pasternak

 

Tech stocks are on a roll. The Technology Select Sector SPDR (XLK) the largest technology exchange traded fund by assets has been hitting record highs. The technology-rich Nasdaq Composite has also been breaking new records and is now trading at its highest level ever. The Dow Jones U.S. Technology Index is trouncing the S&P 500, with year-to-date returns of nearly 18%, almost triple the benchmark's.

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Look Overseas for Value and Yield

By Dr. Carla Pasternak

 

Investors are turning to Europe amid concerns that U.S. equities are overvalued. At a forward P/E of 18 times 2017 earnings, the S&P 500 is trading well above its 10-year historical average of 14 times. By comparison, the benchmark STOXX Europe 600, which represents 17 countries across the European region, offers better value.

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High-Yield, Low Risk ETFs Outpacing the S&P 500

By Dr. Carla Pasternak

 

The markets have undergone a seismic  shift of massive proportions since November 8th, and after-shocks are in the wind.

 

Industrials, small caps, and banks have seen major gains on expectations that President-elect Donald Trump will push for tax cuts and deregulation that could accelerate economic growth and stoke inflation. Trump's fiscal policies could force the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates more aggressively, which would help bank stocks benefit from higher lending rates.

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