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Michael Foster
Contributing Writer, Kiplinger.com
Michael Foster is the Lead Research Analyst for Contrarian Outlook, where he writes CEF Insider. He has written on high-income assets, dividends, closed-end funds and exchange-traded funds for a number of publications including Forbes, Bankrate and SeekingAlpha. Michael finished his PhD in 2008 and has been advising investors since 2011.
3 Municipal Bond Funds for Rich, Tax-Friendly Yields
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3 Municipal Bond Funds for Rich, Tax-Friendly Yields

Municipal bond funds allow you to enjoy the benefits of tax-exempt income. By investing CEFs, you can sweeten the pot even further.
July 2, 2020
The 11 Best Closed-End Funds (CEFs) for 2020
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The 11 Best Closed-End Funds (CEFs) for 2020

Even the best closed-end funds (CEFs) don't get much media play. But they deliver results and typically high distributions - and that's what matters m…
January 14, 2020
How to Retire on $500,000
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How to Retire on $500,000

If you're wondering how to retire on a small nest egg, or how to simply make more income from a larger investment, consider these seven specialty high…
September 23, 2019
Cheap CEFs: 7 Closed-End Funds With Unusually Low Fees
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Cheap CEFs: 7 Closed-End Funds With Unusually Low Fees

July 2, 2019
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9 Great Funds for This Aging Bull Market
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9 Great Funds for This Aging Bull Market

The stock market appears poised to at least make a run on the all-time highs set in 2018.
April 11, 2019
9 Municipal Bond Funds for Tax-Free Income
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9 Municipal Bond Funds for Tax-Free Income

Muni bonds serve up income that's free from federal (and sometimes state and local) taxes. Here are 9 top municipal bond funds to check out.
April 9, 2019
The 10 Best Closed-End Funds (CEFs) for 2019
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The 10 Best Closed-End Funds (CEFs) for 2019

Closed-end funds (CEFs) joined the rest of the market in steeply selling off late last year.
January 28, 2019
12 Aggressive Funds to Buy for a Still-Bullish 2019
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12 Aggressive Funds to Buy for a Still-Bullish 2019

The stock market suffered two massive bouts of selling and volatility in 2018.
December 12, 2018
10 Funds to Buy for High-Yield Preferred Stocks
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10 Funds to Buy for High-Yield Preferred Stocks

July 11, 2018
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The 8 Best Income Funds for a Scared Market
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The 8 Best Income Funds for a Scared Market

If 2017 was the year without fear, 2018 feels like the year of … well, fear.
May 30, 2018
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5 Value Funds That Yield Up to 18%
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5 Value Funds That Yield Up to 18%

In Warren Buffett’s most recent letter to shareholders, he updated a data point that never gets old: Just how much Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A, BRK.B) s…
April 20, 2018
10 Funds That Can Beat the Market for Another Decade
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10 Funds That Can Beat the Market for Another Decade

It's difficult to find funds that can consistently beat the market over time.
March 12, 2018
The 10 Best Closed-End Funds for 2018
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The 10 Best Closed-End Funds for 2018

It might be difficult to top 2017’s performance by closed-end funds.
March 7, 2018
10 Funds to Buy for FAANG Exposure
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10 Funds to Buy for FAANG Exposure

Does “FOMO” – fear of missing out – have you down?
January 30, 2018
10 Top Funds for a 2018 Gusher in Energy Stocks
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10 Top Funds for a 2018 Gusher in Energy Stocks

The Northeast and the Midwest were brought to a standstill in late 2017 thanks to a nasty winter storm, followed by record-breaking cold to start the …
January 9, 2018
10 Preferred Stock Funds for Safe, Substantial Yields
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10 Preferred Stock Funds for Safe, Substantial Yields

Investors often must accept a bit more risk to get more income out of their investments – often, but not always.
December 13, 2017
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7 Signs America's Economic Growth Will Keep Booming
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7 Signs America's Economic Growth Will Keep Booming

Doom and gloom sells.
November 9, 2017
8 Best Dividend Growth Stocks for a Bear Market
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8 Best Dividend Growth Stocks for a Bear Market

Investors already know that dividend growth is a powerful tool for gaining financial independence.
October 24, 2017
10 High-Yield Funds to Avoid
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10 High-Yield Funds to Avoid

We've all heard that the Federal Reserve is considering a December hike in interest rates, which would be the third bump in 2017.
October 16, 2017