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Michael Foster

Contributing Writer
Kiplinger.com

Michael Foster is the Lead Research Analyst for Contrarian Outlook, where he writes CEF Insider. He has written on high-income assets, dividends, closed-end funds and exchange-traded funds for a number of publications including Forbes, Bankrate and SeekingAlpha. Michael finished his PhD in 2008 and has been advising investors since 2011.

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July 2018

10 Funds to Buy for High-Yield Preferred Stocks

Preferred stocks – a high-yield asset that’s typically referred to as a stock-bond “hybrid” because it has characteristics of each – are treading water this year after a strong showing in 2017. But ...

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May 2018

The 8 Best Income Funds for a Scared Market

If 2017 was the year without fear, 2018 feels like the year of … well, fear. And that means investors should have income funds and other dividend strategies at the top of their minds right now. The ...

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April 2018

5 Value Funds That Yield Up to 18%

In Warren Buffett’s most recent letter to shareholders, he updated a data point that never gets old: Just how much Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A, BRK.B) shares have outperformed the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock ...

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March 2018

10 Funds That Can Beat the Market for Another Decade

It's difficult to find funds that can consistently beat the market over time. The Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index is barely scraping above breakeven in 2018, sure, but it averages 8% gains annually. ...

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February 2018

The 10 Best Closed-End Funds for 2018

It might be difficult to top 2017’s performance by closed-end funds. Last year, CEFs — which typically invest in stocks, bonds or a blend of both — returned 12.4% on average, according to data compiled ...

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January 2018

10 Tech Funds That Give Your Portfolio Some FAANG

Does “FOMO” – fear of missing out – have you down? If you’re in the stock market but too scared of tech stocks, you might be feeling a twinge of regret right now. The famous FAANG stocks – ...

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January 2018

10 Top Funds for a 2018 Gusher in Energy Stocks

The Northeast and the Midwest were brought to a standstill in late 2017 thanks to a nasty winter storm, followed by record-breaking cold to start the new year. Two groups have rejoiced at the wintry onslaught: ...

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December 2017

10 Preferred Stock Funds for Safe, Substantial Yields

Investors often must accept a bit more risk to get more income out of their investments – often, but not always. Preferred stocks are one of a handful of high-yield exceptions to that norm. Preferred ...

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November 2017

7 Signs America’s Economic Growth Will Keep Booming

Doom and gloom sells. It’s easy to tap into people’s deepest fears and cry “the sky is falling.” And sadly, we’ve seen a lot of that ever since the financial crisis and bear market of 2007-09 ...

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October 2017

8 Best Dividend Growth Stocks for a Bear Market

Investors already know that dividend growth is a powerful tool for gaining financial independence. Dividends provide passive income that investors can use to augment their salary (and replace it in retirement), ...

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October 2017

10 High-Yield Funds to Avoid

We've all heard that the Federal Reserve is considering a December hike in interest rates, which would be the third bump in 2017. If and when it does increase rates, the new target would be a mere 1.5%. ...

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