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Another Crack At High Yield Hunting

By Roger S. Conrad on Feb. 11, 2019

Calendar year 2018 was a tough time for high yield seekers.

Interest rates and Federal Reserve policy were hardly the problem. Though quite volatile, the benchmark 10-year Treasury note yield nonetheless finished about where it started. And as for the Fed, what was already the slowest monetary tightening cycle in history has basically stalled out.

Rather, the hurt in high yielding stocks was all about the companies themselves. Instead of viewing fat dividends as an opportunity, investors have seen risk. Even companies with enough cash flow to cover capital spending and dividends have been pressured, as investors have assumed cuts are ahead. And the further the drop, the greater the temptation has been to sell.

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