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Paying for Underperformance

by Nilus Mattive |

It doesn’t matter if we’re talking about teachers … plumbers … real estate agents … personal trainers … or any other profession.

There are some people who are doing terrific jobs and deserve every penny they make. (Sometimes more!) Then there are others who fall woefully short.

Of course, Wall Street may be the one place where underperformers are the most consistently (and richly) rewarded.

Just consider the following points …

First, the average financial adviser charges 1% a year to manage your money.

That means the typical investor who uses a professional adviser could be …

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Looking at TIPS and I-Bonds …

by Nilus Mattive |

If you’re like most investors, inflation is probably not the biggest — or even the fifth-biggest — worry on your list at the moment.

But that doesn’t mean it won’t come back in a major way.

Indeed, droughts are always a great time to start thinking about flood insurance.

And as I explained in a previous column, the possibility of increasing inflation is one reason I believe energy companies remain attractive at the moment.

Moreover, dividend-paying stocks inherently provide a better degree of inflation protection than their non-paying peers … especially when they consistently raise their shareholder …

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Roth IRA considerations

by Nilus Mattive |

In my latest issue of Income Superstars, I gave readers a whole bunch of information about Roth IRA accounts. Since then, I’ve realized that the article can certainly benefit everyone who reads my free articles. Plus, I’ve received some additional questions that are worth addressing at the same time.

So what follows is an updated version of the original article, with new clarifications and updates.

[Editor’s note: Nilus also put out an urgent new “buy” recommendation in the same issue. If you want to get that, click here to start a risk-free trial subscription …

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Money for nothing, less risk for free …

by Nilus Mattive |

Last week, I discussed the idea of selling put options on stocks you might want to own. We looked at why the strategy was a great way to generate consistent income with relatively low risk.

Today, I want to talk about the other options selling strategy that I recommend — covered call writing.

In many ways, covered call writing is like the mirror image of cash-secured put selling. But it is done with stocks you ALREADY own.

And actually, I consider covered call writing — as long as it is done properly — to be …

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