Top 4 Income Investing Resolutions For 2024 – Forbes

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Raise your hand if you want to actively work for income in 2024.

(Please note your dividend strategist already has his pointer finger in the tip of his nose. Not it!)

Here at Contrarian Outlook, we prefer passive dividend income to active income, thank you very much. Because trading hours for dollars is, let’s just say it, such a drag.

A job? Tired. Dividends, meanwhile, are wired. Since ‘tis the season for resolutions, let’s discuss my top four to retire on dividends in 2024.

Dividend Resolution #1: Project Our Income

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Income Calendar Projections

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Dividend Resolution #2: Buy Energy Stocks on Dips

Energy dividends are likely to remain a healthy portion of our income portfolios in 2024. After a mega-rally in nearly everything since October, energy stocks may be the only thing investors still loathe.

But the Federal Reserve’s recent pivot could be very bullish for oil prices. So much so that the Fed may regret its latest Wall Street pillow talk as the year progresses. If the economy accelerates and inflation reignites, crude oil prices could boom.

If that happens, the “rainy day” stockpile of oil, called the US Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR), won’t be available for any future inflation rescue. We’ve already burned through 46% of these barrels in recent years (yikes). America began cooking through supply as fast as your editor tosses logs into his backyard Solo Stove!

Since 2021, we’ve swallowed 300+ million barrels of oil. The “emergency” was inflation. I suppose it worked, but our rainy-day Texas Tea fund is down by nearly half.

If we saved for two rainy days, we have one left! In theory, the government is supposed to replace the barrels they’ve burned. And now, with oil cheap, our elected officials can buy low.

In practice, I’d be shocked if that happened in an election year. Uncle Sam as a buyer drives up the price. No bueno for voters.

Still, the SPR is more or less tapped out for the time being. Uncle Sam can’t keep withdrawing. This is supposed to be an emergency fund.

With SPR supply coming off the market, crude has a catalyst for higher prices. Supply is down, so… (fill in the Econ 101 blanks!)

…bullish for oil! Meanwhile the black goo is 20% off its recent highs and it’s one of the most despised assets on the planet because, well, it’s down. (Talk about circular reasoning!)

We contrarians like low. That’s where the money is made.

Remember this time last year when I suggested we book profits on Exxon Mobil (XOM)? That was a good time to sell, as XOM has indeed pulled back with oil. The stock has underperformed the S&P 500 by more than 25% since we kicked it to the curb. This is a nice time to buy XOM back.

Dividend Resolution #3: Demand Discounts from Bonds

For the first time in a decade, bonds actually pay.

But which bonds do we buy? Not the popular ones!

Industry benchmark iShares Core
US Aggregate Bond ETF (AGG
trades for fair value and yields 4.3%. It always trades around fair value because, as an ETF, iShares will simply issue more shares when investors demand AGG. No deals here.

DoubleLine Yield Opportunities Fund (DLY), meanwhile, trades at a 7% discount to its net asset value (NAV) as I write. Plus, it pays 9.6%.

Why the discount? You got me. The “Bond God” Jeffrey Gundlach runs the portfolio at DLY. He’s as good as it gets. Yet this fund trades for just 93 cents on the dollar today!

Strange things can happen in the world of closed-end funds. Let’s take advantage of them.

Dividend Resolution #4: Pursue Monthly Dividend Payers

Another great feature of DLY is that it pays monthly. Check out this steady dividend history:

DLY Dividend History

Income Calendar

The “holiday payment” at the end is a special dividend declared by DLY. This isn’t officially counted in the fund’s 9.6% yield. Think of it as a bonus—and another reason why DLY is the maraschino cherry of bond funds.

Brett Owens is chief investment strategist for Contrarian Outlook. For more great income ideas, get your free copy his latest special report: Your Early Retirement Portfolio: Huge Dividends—Every Month—Forever.

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