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The Best Way to Get Double-Digit Income from ETFs

We launched our new ETF Income Edge two months ago, and the response has been tremendous. I want to share with you what we do at ETF Income Edge—maybe what we do will help you invest better.

ETF Income Edge provides research and recommendations in the new world of what I call option strategy ETFs. You may have also seen them referred to as covered-call ETFs.

The number and popularity of these funds have exploded. From assets of around $7 billion a couple of years ago, covered-call ETFs now hold over $70 billion of investor money.

Once you look at some of these funds, the appeal is obvious. The funds pay between very attractive (think 12% to 15%) and massive (over 100%!) yields.

Of course, the massive yields raise the “Is this too good to be true?” question. Answering that is what ETF Income Edge is all about…

This group of funds uses a wide range of options strategies with a host of underlying assets. If you have studied or done any options trading, you know there are hundreds of ways to combine options contracts to achieve targeted investment outcomes.

Covered-call options trading involves owning an underlying asset and selling calls against that asset. While the concept of covered-call writing is simple, there is a myriad of ways to employ the strategy.

Fund companies have the advantage of being able to employ securities and options strategies that are not available to individual investors.

While the opportunity to invest in these high-yield funds is exciting, there are a number of factors an investor should consider before buying shares.

The strategies employed by these funds can be complicated. The strategies are laid out in the fund prospectuses, and it takes some digging, reading, and a deep knowledge of how options work to understand how a fund should perform.

Many of the funds have very short track records. Often less than a year or only a few months. Only time will prove out which of the covered call ETFs are managed to provide superior returns.

The range of fund types in the group can be overwhelming. The 80 or so funds in my database are divided into 18 categories. The categories cover the types of underlying assets and the option strategies the funds have chosen to employ.

As I started learning about these funds, I realized there is a need for actionable information about the covered call ETF universe.

We launched ETF Income Edge two months ago. With the service, we provide researched information on the funds, updates on new funds hitting the market, and a recommendations list of the best funds to buy now.

The response from investors has been tremendous! The ETF Income Edge subscriber base has exploded and continues to grow every day. If you are interested in earning 20%, 40%, or even 70% yields from an ETF, you need to check out ETF Income Edge – more on how to do that below.

This is as easy as investing in any stock…No special privileges or account access is required!And you’re instantly signed up to receive an up to 26.2% dividend yield. PAID MONTHLY!With a $25,000 stake, your life would change seriously instantly. We’re talking over $5,000 per year in your pocket the first year you’re invested.Click here now before you miss out

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The Three Things You Should Be Doing About Yesterday’s Inflation “Surprise”

How about yesterday’s inflation numbers? One thing is for sure. The stock market hated the fact that inflation was running much hotter than the economists and experts expected. The stickiness of inflation is causing investors to rethink the risks and rewards of investing in stocks. So, what should you be doing now? There are three

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The High-Yield Stock for Energy Investing

Since breaking out of its $65 to less than $80 per barrel trading range, WTI crude oil has continued to trend higher, and as I write this, it is trading near $86 per barrel. The investing public is gaining interest in the energy sector, and as crude prices keep rising, so will energy stocks.

With a $473 billion market cap, Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM) is the largest company in the energy sector. Exxon Mobil is an integrated energy producer, which means it operates across the full spectrum of energy production, from drilling oil wells to selling retail fuels and lubricants.

Exxon Mobil is a Dividend Aristocrat with 25 years of dividend growth but currently yields only 3.2%.

So let me show you a better way of getting yield from Exxon…

The YieldMax ETF family of funds takes popular large-cap stocks and packages them into an ETF that employs a covered call strategy to enhance the income earned from the specified stocks. Covered call trading involves selling call options on the underlying stock. Selling calls generates cash income.

Covered call trading can significantly increase the income earned from stocks. The primary downside of call option selling is that the calls cap the potential share price appreciation.

Covered call selling and the YieldMax ETFs perform best (outperforming the underlying stocks) when share prices are flat to moderately appreciating. The majority of the YieldMax ETFs cover the popular large-cap tech stocks such as Amazon, Apple, Google, and Meta. Somehow, an energy stock snuck into the mix, and that stock is Exxon Mobil.

The fund is the YieldMax XOM Option Income Strategy ETF (XOMO). Based on the most recent dividend, XOMO yields 16.5%. The fund sells monthly call options and pays monthly dividends.

Also, XOMO trades for about $19 per share compared to $120 per share for XOM. For smaller investors, the lower share price provides an opportunity to invest.

The energy sector is hot, and rising crude oil prices should keep company share prices strong. XOMO offers a chance to participate in the share price appreciation and earn an outstanding cash yield at the same time.

If you want to enjoy a new income stream instantly…You simply have to buy and hold THIS—it’s NOT a single stock or bond, and you don’t have to do any options trading—it’s a brand new way to enjoy yields as high as 26.2%…If you have $25,000, you’re set. That can turn into $11,162 per year by holding.Click here now to get in before the next payout

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Dogfight: Amazon Covered Call ETFs One v. One

During my time as a fighter pilot, a one-versus-one dogfight was one of the most challenging types of flights. This type of mission pitted one pilot’s skills against his opponent. This air combat training was not the type of flight in which you wanted to come home second best.

The new category of single-stock covered call ETFs now has two sponsors offering competing funds covering the same underlying stocks. This type of ETF is new, with the oldest funds operating for just over a year. Many have track records that are only a few months in length.

The funds have been in the market long enough to compare returns for covered call ETFs with the same underlying stock.

So let’s pit two head-to-head in a virtual dogfight of Amazon-trading ETFs.

The YieldMax ETFs were the first with this type of ETF, launching their initial funds in November 2022. Currently, YIeldMax offers 19 single-stock ETFs, with more on the way. These funds have caught the attention of investors with eye-popping distribution yields.

The six Kurv single-stock covered call ETFs launched at the end of October 2023. These funds have lower distribution yields, but the stock price charts for the last four-plus months have very positive slopes.

With at least a few months of track records, I want to compare the returns of the YieldMax and Kurv funds covering the same stocks.

Let’s start at the top of the alphabet and compare the two Amazon.com (AMZN) covered call ETF returns since November 1, 2023.

The current quoted yield for the YieldMax AMZN Option Income Strategy ETF (AMZY) is 34.14%. Since November 1, the AMZY share price has appreciated by 10.35%. The $2.70 in dividends paid add 13.12% to the share price gains. A little math gives a total return of 23.47% since November 1.

The Kurv Yield Premium Strategy Amazon (AMZN) ETF (AMZP) shows a current distribution rate of 15.85%. That’s almost 20% less than the current yield quote for AMZY. From November 1 through March 18, AMZP share price appreciation came in at 17.04%. Over the selected period, AMZP paid $1.40 in dividends. Due to the funds’ ex-dividend schedule, over my selected time frame, AMZP paid one fewer dividend than AMZY. The dividends earned add 5.46% to the share appreciation return, giving a total return of 21.68%.

Those returns are surprisingly close. Or maybe not surprisingly, since the two ETF sponsors use a covered call strategy on the same stock. AMZN has been in a strong uptrend over the past months, and both funds captured a solid portion of the share price appreciation.

I will do the same calculations for the other five Kurv funds against their YieldMax counterparts over the next five weeks and publish my findings here.

I will also track comparisons over the longer term. That information will be shared with subscribers of my ETF Income Edge service – to join, click below.

This is as easy as investing in any stock…No special privileges or account access is required!And you’re instantly signed up to receive an up to 26.2% dividend yield. PAID MONTHLY!With a $25,000 stake, your life would change seriously instantly. We’re talking over $5,000 per year in your pocket the first year you’re invested.Click here now before you miss out

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The Only Real “Secret” to Making Millions in the Market

Can you really get rich in the stock market?

We all see ads and pitches about secret systems that can make us rich in no time.

According to some ads, these systems have produced hundreds of triple-digit short-term winners in a row. Using these magical systems, you can make the money you need to avoid the evils of government agencies and elected officials.

I am a huge fan of avoiding government agencies and officials. I will not even live in a neighborhood with an HOA due to my “issues” with authority.

However, I am still waiting to meet the first millionaire from one of these services. To be fair, I have met a bunch of millionaires who have sold these services.

I have met a few people who have made tens of millions of dollars trading the markets.

Most of them use complex, ever-changing math formulas powered by arrays of supercomputers or some form of longer-term trend following enormous amounts of leverage. None of them would sell their strategies to the public for a few thousand bucks a year.

However, you can get rich in the stock market. It takes time, common sense, and some discipline, but people do it all the time…

If you ever find yourself in Miami and see a couple skipping along the ocean front and the older gentleman is wearing a bright red hat, chances are you are about to meet Herb Wertheim.

Herb was born in Philadelphia in 1939 to a working-class Jewish family that had escaped Nazi Germany. In 1945, the Wertheim clan moved to Hollywood, Florida, and lived over the bakery they opened after arriving in the Sunshine State.

Herb and I have a lot in common. We both found many things we would rather do than drop into high school for bothersome stuff like classes and tests.

This little quirk eventually led to Herb being arrested for truancy. The judge gave him the then-popular choice of jail or the Navy, and Herb wisely chose the Navy.

The Navy placement exams revealed that Herb was quite intelligent, but dyslexic. He studied physics and chemistry and ended up working in naval avionics.

While in the Navy, he began investing his excess cash. His first purchase was shares of Lear Jet, since, given his career field, he was very familiar with the company.

After the Navy, he attended Brevard Community College before attending the University of Florida to earn a degree in electrical engineering. He eventually earned an optical engineering degree and a Doctor of Optometry from the Southern College of Optometry.

Herb had a successful career as an eye doctor and inventor. At every step along the way, he lived within his means and invested his excess cash.

Herb is a big believer in innovation and technology, so he bought Apple and Microsoft early on and increased his stake every time they sold. He bought stocks like British Petroleum (BP) and General Electric Co. (GE) when everyone hated them.

He preferred stocks that paid dividends that could be reinvested. Herb only sold shares if the business took a prolonged turn for the worse.

He has an oceanfront home in Coral Gable, a ranch in Vail, Colorado, a place on the Thames in London, and two wine country estates in California.

He and his wife live part of the year on the World Residences at Sea.

He is a big believer in education, so the family name is all over the campus of Florida International University.

Herb had a decent business career. He got “Name on the Medical School Building, hanging out with Martha Stewart, skiing with Buzz Aldrin rich,” buying great companies at reasonable prices and never selling.

Then there is Anne Scheiber; She worked for 23 years for the Internal Revenue Service. Anne Scheiber never made more than $4,000 a year.

She lived simply, even frugally, even her entire life. She invested regularly in the stock market. When she retired in 1944, she had a whopping $5,000 to her name.

When she died in 1995, she left a fortune of $22 million to Yeshiva University in New York City. She bought dividend-paying stocks and never sold them.

I realized this is less exciting than a secret system that can give never-ending lightning-fast triple-digit winners and create seven-digit wealth in very short order.

I also know that some folks do not have another thirty or forty years to compound and must catch up quickly. You can use a variation of the theme involving smaller companies to grow wealth rapidly and help you achieve your goals before it is too late.

It is not a secret system. It is paying great prices for good companies with solid credit and holding them for a long time. It is adding as much cash as possible to the positions when markets are scary. It is not obsessing over every little tick in the market and trying to trade magic patterns.

Go look for all the patient, aggressive investors on the Forbes 400 list or wealthiest people. It will not take you long. Buffet, Icahn, Kravis, David Tepper, Beal, Singer -dozens of billionaires got rich by buying stocks and real estate when they were undervalued and holding for a long time.

Now find me the magic pattern billionaires.

I will wait right here and reread Don Quixote and In Search of Lost Time.

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The Long Slog to REIT Recovery is Starting Now

Real estate investment trust (REIT) values are inversely sensitive to rising interest rates. With the Federal Reserve starting the most rapid rate increase trajectory in history two years ago, REIT values have fallen by about 35% over the same two years.

With interest rates likely to stay higher for longer, what are the prospects for REIT investing?

From April 2022 until July 2023, the Fed increased its Fed Funds Target rate from 0.25% to 5.25%. The rate has not changed since July of last year.

How do the recent changes (or lack of changes) in interest rates affect commercial real estate and REITs?

A central point to remember is that changes in commercial real estate happen very slowly. Mortgages go on for five to ten years. Leases are multi-year contracts. Property values are not always apparent until there is a sale.

Higher interest rates hurt REITs when they must refinance debt or mortgages. A REIT will have laddered maturities, so the adverse effects of higher rates will show up over time, meaning several years.

The remote work trend has led to fewer and fewer workers going to the office. The effects of this will happen slowly as long-term leases expire and companies look for smaller spaces to fit a smaller office workforce. Office sector REITs face some serious challenges over the next few years.

As I noted, the Fed stopped increasing interest rates in July. Those rates are much higher now than two years ago, and, as I hope I have conveyed, it will take REITs several years to adjust to the new interest rate environment.

The Fed is expected to start lowering rates later this year, but the cuts will be minor compared to the magnitude of the recent increases. The Fed Funds rate will likely be around 4% by the end of the year. That’s still much higher than the near-zero percent in effect a few years ago.

REITs will adjust. Borrowing costs will change. Lease rates will increase as leases (outside of office buildings) will increase. Property values (less office buildings) will increase. As we go through the rest of this year and next, REIT management teams will adjust their business operations to return to historic profit levels and growth profiles.

REIT share prices will lead a recovery in business results. Stock markets are forward-looking, and the prospect of lower interest rates will renew investor interest in real estate stocks. I expect REIT values to start the next upward move in the second half of this year. It may happen sooner, but it may take a little longer.

I don’t recommend trying to time the upcoming REIT bull market. Instead, you can accumulate shares of the Hoya Capital High Dividend Yield ETF (RIET) and earn a 10% yield with monthly dividends while you wait.

If you want to enjoy a new income stream instantly…You simply have to buy and hold THIS—it’s NOT a single stock or bond, and you don’t have to do any options trading—it’s a brand new way to enjoy yields as high as 26.2%…If you have $25,000, you’re set. That can turn into $11,162 per year by holding.Click here now to get in before the next payout

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The Most Intriguing ETF I’ve Ever Seen

The timing of the launch of our new ETF Income Edge service was very fortunate—I see newly announced ETFs in this category hit my inbox almost daily, usually two or three at a time. We research, review, and recommend ETFs that use options strategies to boost yields or returns.

Many of these funds, especially some of the single stock covered call ETFs, sport eye-popping yields. While distribution yields are not the whole story, they do give us a lot to talk about.

As it happens, the prospectus of a new fund hit my desk last week, and I can’t wait to see the distribution payouts from this one – I think you’ll be interested…

The YieldMax ETFs have become popular with their single stock funds covering the most popular large-cap stocks. These funds have distribution yields ranging from 20% to over 100%. Yes, the YieldMax NVDA Option Income Strategy ETF (NVDY) has a current quoted yield of 108.46%. Yields change monthly depending on the declared dividends.

Recently, YieldMax issued a couple of fund of funds using the individual stock funds:

These two funds have paid just one monthly dividend, so the track record is nonexistent.

The latest fund from YieldMax, the YieldMax Ultra Option Income Strategy ETF (ULTY), truly intrigues me. However, this fund has only been trading for a handful of days, so it’s far too early to get a good handle on whether the strategy will perform as expected.

The fund has a subadvisor that will screen stocks for implied volatility, trading volume, and liquidity. The subadvisor will select 15 to 30 stocks for a covered call option trading strategy.

The underlying stocks can be purchased directly, or indirectly with a synthetic long position with short at-the-money puts and long at-the-money calls.

Portfolio income will be earned from selling calls against the underlying stock positions.

High implied volatility means that call options will be more expensive. For a fund that sells calls, the greater premium levels should produce a higher dividend yield than the more traditional covered call ETFs. The yield could potentially be a lot higher.

Actual performance from ULTY will not be apparent for several months. The fund is using a unique stock screening strategy to potentially generate higher returns and yields. I will closely watch this one and provide the ETF Income Edge subscribers with regular updates. To see how to join and get my updates as soon as I get them, click below.

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