John Mauldin – Yield Shark Newsletter

Oct 5, 2015 | Options, Stocks




“Time for action: Our three-pronged strategy to investment income can help you dramatically ratchet up your returns – and help you ADD THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS OF INCOME to your bottom line, month in and month out.”


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Our new publication: Yield Shark.

Designed to add thousands of dollars to your monthly investment income, month in and month out.


My team will look to boost your investment income by ceaselessly patrolling the deep ocean of income offerings – including high-quality US and foreign dividend stocks, corporate bond issues, even sovereign debt issues (only fiscally responsible governments) – looking for just the right combinations of yield and safety.

Using proprietary research and my good friends in high places to sniff out the opportunities you are unlikely to hear about from your broker or on the financial news shows, Yield Shark will quickly bring these opportunities to your attention.

My research team is my trusted source for helping me identify exceptional income opportunities, and effective immediately, they’re now available to you as you look to rev up your investment income and escape the financial repression that indebted Western governments are subjecting you to.

Led by my Publisher, Ed D’Agostino, the team believes, along with me, that the world has reached a critical turning point: that Western governments, in their effort to escape from under their mountains of debt, will effectively rob you of your wealth through artificially low interest rates and currency devaluation.

“The team’s goal: To give you a regular stream of their very best investment-income recommendations to potentially add thousands of dollars to your bottom line, month in and month out.”

I’ve asked Ed to fill you in on the details of our new publication. Please see his letter, below.


I’ll get right to the heart of the matter, John, with our three income-boosting strategies that no investor should be without.

Your Income-Boosting Strategy #1:

Forget Treasury Notes and Bonds. Forget CDs.
For Higher Current Income and Capital Growth,
Use Our “Best of Both Worlds” Portfolio

U.S. Treasury bonds are supposedly the safest investment in the world, right?

In normal times, yes. But in times like we have now, with the Endgame upon us, investing in US Treasury notes and bonds – either directly or through any of the hundreds of funds offered – is playing with fire.

Look, America’s total debt load already tops $15 trillion. In a short eight years, it’s projected to reach more than $22 trillion.

That current debt equals more than $135,000 for every taxpayer in the United States. Within a few years, it will soar to $198,000.

All this is why America’s credit rating was recently downgraded by Standard & Poor’s – the first time ever that our country lost its “AAA” credit rating.

And it’s also why you shouldn’t touch US Treasury notes and bonds with a 50-foot pole – in any way, shape, or form.

After all, what good is a 2% yield in a Treasury note or similarly based fund, when the prospects for the underlying prices of those notes are so lousy?

Heck, even if rates were now at 2.5%, you’d need $2,000,000 in liquid cash to generate a conservative $50,000 a year in income.

That’s simply not going to cut it. Especially since Washington is going to devalue the dollar over the next few years, and then that $50k will only buy a fraction of what it would today.

Plus, as governments scramble to try and pay off their debts, our big creditors, like China, may reduce their US bond investments, causing Treasury security prices to plunge, leading to losses of 5%, 10%, or even more in the value of your principal invested. That could totally wipe out your income FIVE TIMES over!

Sure, you might earn 2.0%. But if you lose more than 10% of your principal, that’s a raw deal.

If you’re thinking certificates of deposit (CDs) will help you, think again. Yes, they’re pretty darn safe. But that’s also why they don’t make you any money.

Today, a one-year CD yields a lousy 0.34%. Go out five years in a CD and you might get 1.15%.

What a joke. At 1.15%, it would take you almost SIXTY-THREE years to double your savings, and that’s not even counting the effects of rising inflation.

My team’s conclusion: it’s high time to forget about traditional income investments – Treasury notes and bonds, CDs, etc. – and focus instead on the many rock-solid dividend- and royalty-paying investments available.

So, what is the Yield Shark team looking at right now? A solid combination of income and capital growth, in what we call the Best of Both Worlds Portfolio.

You get Treasury-beating INCOME, PLUS the potential for rock-solid capital appreciation.

I’m talking about yields of up to 8% and total returns that could beat anything you’re currently invested in for income, hands down.

I realize that such high total returns may seem over the top, but as I’ll now demonstrate, they’re very doable.

For instance, consider this technology kingpin that is positioned to make a mountain of money as one of the key suppliers for the new Apple iPad. It is currently a cheap $8 stock… with a 4% dividend and a 24-month price target of $25 that could triple your investment.

Or consider this unique fund that’s offering nearly a 6% yield, paid out monthly, and whose total returns have enriched its investors over the past decade to the tune of 293%. Sweet!

To date, my team here at Mauldin Economics has found 32 extremely profitable investments that are largely undiscovered – yet each and every one of them can offer you the opportunity to get Treasury-beating INCOME, PLUS the potential for rock-solid capital appreciation.

But even that’s not enough these days. There’s more you need to do to flesh out a fully rounded investment-income portfolio…

Your Income-Boosting Strategy #2:

The Double-Digit Income Portfolio

Our team’s Double-Digit Income Portfolio is designed expressly for those who want to take on a bit more risk – to boost their investment income and add even more dollars to their piggy banks.

For instance, on the team’s radar screen right now is…

  • A transportation company that has long-term shipping contracts locked in and that pays a handsome 13% return. Unlike other high-yielding investments, where the companies pay out nearly all of their earnings, this company pays out only 83% of earnings, leaving a hefty 17% for ongoing funding of company growth.

That doesn’t guarantee the company will continue to grow and pay a nice 13% dividend, but it has better prospects than many other income stocks out there.

Plus, a 13% yield is enough to generate $1,300 of pre-tax income for every $10,000 you invest – 38 times more than you get from a one-year CD. Even if it were to yield, say, half that, you’d still be looking at 19 times more yield than a CD.

Then there’s …

  • My team’s number-one financial-services giant, a company that has gobbled up all the cream from the distressed government TARP assets, at pennies on the dollar.

As a result, it has also locked in juicy, long-term yields for as far as the eye can see. It pays out a very nice 14% annual yield, and its share price has already doubled – and no guarantees, but we think it could double again.

With these first two portfolios alone, you can dramatically boost your investment income to levels that can allow you to get on with leading a comfortable life and planning for a secure retirement.

But given the high likelihood that the US dollar will suffer further depreciation, there’s one more very important step you MUST take…

Your Income-Boosting Strategy #3:

The International Income Portfolio –
to Help You Protect the Purchasing Power
of Your Investment Dollars and Income

As John has repeatedly warned, the Endgame for the US Debt Supercycle means that the United States’ gargantuan $15+ TRILLION debt bomb will implode, no matter what Washington does. It’s not a question of if, but when.

One thing you can count on, though, is a steadily depreciating dollar.

It’s Washington’s way of trying to squeeze out from under the collapsing debt mountain – by paying off a portion of the debt down the road with dollars whose purchasing power is a mere fraction of their current value.

This is why you simply MUST also include the team’s International Income Portfolio. It’s designed expressly to help insulate you from the loss of purchasing power your dollars will experience.

For one thing, international yields are generally about 50% higher than their equivalent brethren in the US. The reason is simple. Most non-Western economies – read non-US and non-European – do not need to financially repress their markets or their investors.

That’s especially true of Asian economies, which tend to have budget surpluses, trade surpluses, and virtually no external debt. So those economies have no need to suppress interest rates – and hence, their corporations and bond funds are paying out healthy income streams.

Importantly, because of their relative financial strength, their currencies are gaining value against the US dollar. So in addition to the generally higher yields available, you get protection against the falling greenback.

This is precisely where the International Income Portfolio put together by my team comes in. A portfolio that includes…

  • A top-rated international bond fund that averages a 9.5% income stream payout, year after year, with never a down year… and a total return of 879% since its inception in 1986.
  • And a 10% yield from a booming emerging-market communications giant. Trading at only eight times earnings and less than one times sales, it should return double-digit annual appreciation on top of its nice dividend.


  • A little-known Asian transportation company, paying a 14% dividend and operating its six ocean-going containerships at 100% capacity. That’s 41 times what you can earn in a one-year CD!

My team is looking for this one to double its stock price over the next 24 months. Coupled with its dividend, that equates to a potential total return of better than 64%!

Expanding your investment-income horizons beyond US shores is a must in this new era of income investing. It can boost your income and protect your dollars, to boot.

Plus, you never have to leave home to make these investments. They’re as simple to buy as any domestic investment, with the click of a mouse or a simple call to your broker.


Yield Shark: Hunting for Income in the World’s Shrinking Investment Oceans

After the financial crisis of 2008 and the Fed’s drawn-out zero interest-rate policy (ZIRP), savers and income investors find themselves in uncharted territory. Yields from CDs and money market accounts can’t even keep up with inflation—so where can you turn for higher yield?

Hunting down that higher yield in today’s low-interest-rate ocean is the goal of Tony Sagami, 30-year market veteran and editor of Yield Shark, Mauldin Economics income-advisory letter.

Yield Shark aims to dramatically boost your investment income, no matter what the market climate. And today, in a time when Tony sees an increasing number of income investors struggling to meet their goals, this guidance is especially important.

Tony has seen it all. As a former portfolio manager and broker, he now specializes in independent market research and analysis—and his assessments are spot on.

In September of 2000, he told all his subscribers to “sell all tech stocks now” and recommended put options on the Nasdaq that soared in value. And when the stock market had its last double-digit decline in August of 2011, Tony told his subscribers, “buy… don’t run,” and his subscribers have been profitably riding the bull market ever since.

Today, America’s income shortage is worse than in any time in the last 30 years, and Tony expects the squeeze to continue. Too many investors are jumping into the income arena and buying the highest-paying investments. Tony warns that this is a recipe for disaster, saying savers face hidden risks and dangers everywhere. “Central banks all over the world are in a desperate race to zero, and you’ll need a new strategy to boost your income and successfully navigate the dangerous world of ZIRP (zero interest-rate policy).”

For any saver, being prepared and understanding what actions to take—to not only secure future income… but safeguard your savings from market volatility—are incredibly important. That’s where Tony and Yield Shark can help.

Tony has developed a 3-tiered approach to income investing that makes Yield Shark completely unique in the industry. This strategy was specifically designed to build Yield Shark’s rock-solid income-generating portfolio—filled with Tony’s very best investment-income recommendations—to help you beat America’s income shortage.

  1. High Current Income: In this tier, Tony hunts down company bonds, preferred stocks, and high dividend-paying stocks from solid companies that are beaten down by Wall Street—all great ways to boost your income.
  2. International Investments: On average, international stocks pay 50% more dividends than US stocks do, and investing in the right international stocks from stable countries like Germany, Japan, Hong Kong, England, and Brazil is a safe way to boost your income. But don’t worry; you won’t have to invest on a foreign exchange to get in on these opportunities. They’re as simple to buy as any domestic investment—with just a few clicks through your normal online brokerage.
  3. Best of Both Worlds: Income and capital appreciation are the goal in this tier. Tony and his team diligently research hundreds of investments to uncover the few they believe will provide you with healthy yields and total returns that could beat all traditional income investments.

Using this 3-tiered approach, every month Tony and the Yield Shark analysts uncover the most promising high-yield, low-risk income investments that you probably won’t hear about from your broker, financial-media talking heads, or anyone else.

The typical Yield Shark portfolio—a well-rounded investment-income portfolio—provides low volatility and high yield. Take a look at how Yield Shark has performed since it was launched in 2012.


Here’s what you’ll receive as a new Yield Shark subscriber:

  • 12 monthly issues of Yield Shark with Tony’s best research and analysis of the economy and markets, including at least one new stock or fund recommendation per month
  • Emailed portfolio updates and trading alerts sent to you at a moment’s notice when it’s time to make a move
  • Members-only website access and the complete Yield Shark archives
  • Special reports, video updates, and other periodic bonus content

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