Do your own due diligence. Keep an eye on your selection and on the company’s news feed, etc.

Click the ticker at left to see each company’s profile on Yahoo Finance.  If you are lost or confused, you should take an introductory class on investments at your local college or hire a competent financial advisor with references you trust. An * indicates I own the investment.

KKR – Kohlberg, Kravis, Roberts 11.7%

IEP – Icahn Enterprises 9.23% *

CG – The Carlyle Group 13.93%

BIP – Brookfield Infrastructure 4.7%

PSP – PowerShares Global Listed Private Equity 13.6%

CLM – Cornerstone Strategic Value Fund 28%

VNQ – Vanguard REIT 3.05%

VNQI – Vanguard Int’l Real Estate 3.49%

HCN – Health Care REIT  4.20%

MLPGX – Oppenheimer SteelPath MLP 5.28%

MFBP – M & F Bankcorp 19.6%

ARR – Armour Residential REIT 13.5%

GIM – Templeton Global Income Fund 5.5% yield (GIM invests in government bonds.)

GGN – Gabelli Gold & Nat Res Trust 11% (Options income from gold & gold related investments.)

AGD – Alpine Global Dynamic Dividend Fund 13.7% yield

AOD – Alpine Dynamic Dividend Fund 14.22% yield

BGY – Black Rock Int’l Growth and Income 15.5% yield

SGL – Strategic Global Income 15% yield

BOE – Black Rock Global 14.8% yield

CII – Black Rock Enhanced Capital and Income Fund 14.7% yield

EXG – Eaton Vance Tax Managed Global 14.1% yield

NAI – AGIC International and Premium Strategy Fund 14% yield

IVR – Invesco Mortgage 20% yield

AGNC – American Capital 12% yield

CYS – CYS Investments 12% yield

FTE – France Telecom 8.9% yield

EONGY.PK – E.ON AG 9% yield

BCA – Corp Banca SA 7.8% yield

KMP – Kinder Morgan 5% yield

T – AT&T 6% yield. (I believe telecom is a good place to be.)

TICC – TICC Capital 10.40% yield

HTGC –  Hercules Technology Growth Capital  8.2% yield

PFF – IShares S&P Preferred Stock Index 6.53% yield

FAX – Aberdeen Asia Pacific Income 5.55% yield

AWF – Alliance Bernstein Global Income  8% yield

VIV – Telefonica Brazil 4.8% yield

TNH –  Terra Nitrogen Co. 7.9% yield

TWO – Two Harbors Investment Group 10.3% yield

FGD – First Trust Dow Jones Global Select Dividend 5.02% yield

SPFF – Global Preferred ETF 7.13% yield

VYM – Vanguard High Dividend ETF 3.07% yield

SDIV – Global X Super Dividend ETF 7% yield

HYG – iShares iBoxx High Yield Corporate Bond ETF 6.2% yield

DEM – Wisdom Tree Emerging Markets Dividend ETF 4.91% yield

MIC – Macquarie Infrastructure 6.8% yield

VOD – Vodafone Group 5.6% yield

  • You may also want to consider municipal bonds.
  • If you want a cash investment, investigate foreign currencies that pay much higher interest.
  • Another idea (a risky one) is to buy shares on margin, collect the dividend, and sell.  Look up the ex-dividend date (the day you need to buy shares by to receive the dividend) and line up a bunch of trades.
  • You can hedge (insure) large positions with “long puts.”  Keep in mind you can’t insure CEF’s and mutual funds with puts.
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  • You might consider covered calls for higher income.
  • Preferred stocks and preferred ETF’s could be an idea, as well.
  • Remember, wait for closed end fund’s (CEF) price to drop below their NAV before you buy.
  • Look into “the dogs of the Dow” strategy.
  • Look into the “Iron Condor” options strategy. Iron Condors can yield up to 20% per month.
  • Don’t expect to hold many of the above investments forever. Stay on top of the ones you choose.
  • You will find it helpful to run stock screen tools on Yahoo Finance, CNBC, or Guru Focus to find big yields.
  • Be sure to read the last three years 10K and 10Q reports for prospective investments.
  • As a rule of thumb, buy investments with a P/E ratio between 20 and 40. Too low of a price/earnings could be a value trap. You could find a winner with a P/E under 20.
  • ING offers a savings account that pays over .75% in interest.
  • Consider tax lien certificates.
  • Be careful with high yield bonds. Bonds are debt. Interest rates are low. What does a high yielding bond suggest its risk level is? How about the reward?
  • I’d generally suggest small and mid cap stocks (and highly rated mutual funds) for people with little cash.