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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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June 2019

Cheap CEFs: 7 Closed-End Funds With Unusually Low Fees

Investors looking for a high income stream often balk at closed-end funds (CEFs) because of their higher fees. CEFs’ average annual fees sit at 1.09% (or $109 for every $10,000 invested), according ...

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April 2019

9 Best Municipal Bond Funds for Tax-Free Income

Anyone looking to tamp down their tax bill for next year need look no further than municipal bonds. They’ve been around for decades, but many people still aren’t familiar with this particular debt ...

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April 2019

The 9 Best Funds for This Aging Bull Market

The stock market appears poised to at least make a run on the all-time highs set in 2018. The Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index gained 13% during the first quarter of 2019 alone and has kicked off Q2 ...

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January 2019

The 10 Best Closed-End Funds (CEFs) for 2019

Closed-end funds (CEFs) joined the rest of the market in steeply selling off late last year. The result, however, was an excessive selloff resulting in greater distribution rates and larger discounts to ...

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December 2018

12 Best Aggressive Funds for a Bull Market in 2019

The stock market suffered two massive bouts of selling and volatility in 2018. The Nasdaq fell into correction mode, and most of the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index’s components slipped into either ...

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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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