Published Tue, 06 Sep 2016 14:39:03 -0400 on Seeking Alpha
Closed-end funds, or CEFs, continue to be an alluring income product for investors, with fixed-income yields continuing their roughly 35 year death spiral. The ability to purchase assets at a discount and buy into typically cheap added leverage can add up to serious comparative value for both stock and bond investors.
Unfortunately, the cost of entry is usually quite high when compared to an ETF with a similar strategy. Pick a fund with sub par, overpriced management and the attractive discount you thought you were getting might turn out to be more than well deserved.
Fellow REIT writer Brad Thomas coined the term "sucker yield" a few years ago to describe the lofty yields endemic in the mREIT space. Basically an offshoot of the notion that "if something is too good to be true, it usually is," Brad's definition typically applies to high-yield companies with erratic payouts, deemed unsustainable payouts, as well payouts that can be seen as demonstrably uncovered.
The term can be seen as highly subjective in my view. I'd argue that one shouldn't necessarily discount "sucker-type" situations so long as the risks and nuances behind the payout are clearly understood. Valuation, as always, has to be part of the analytical mix. At times it may make more sense to opt for a weak-dividend security trading at a handsome, dirt-cheap value as opposed to a more durable yield trading in the nose-bleed valuation... Read more
|Stock name||Last trade||P/E||Earnings/Share||Dividend/Share||Dividend yield|
|WELLS FARGO ADV MULTI-SECTOR INCOME FUND||12.59||0.0||0.00||0.00||9.48|
|H&Q HEALTHCARE INVESTORS||19.76||0.0||0.00||1.84||9.31|
|H&Q LIFE SCIENCES INVESTORS||16.51||0.0||0.00||0.00||9.00|
|EATON VANCE TAX-MANAGED BUY-WRITE OPP FUND||15.44||0.0||0.00||0.00||8.61|
|EATON VANCE ENHANCED EQUITY INCOME FUND II||17.41||0.0||0.00||0.00||6.83|
|BLACKROCK MUNI INTERMEDIATE DURATION FUND||14.24||0.0||0.00||0.00||3.72|
|BOULDER GROWTH & INCOME FUND||11.21||0.0||0.00||0.00||3.62|
|BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY B||214.20||0.0||0.00||0.00||0.00|
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