Fixed Income 2: Finding Attractive Income Opportunities in a Yieldless World

A monthly performance review of Durig’s high yielding Fixed Income 2 (FX2) Managed Income Portfolio which also explores the many benefits that the portfolio can provide to investors.

(performance is reported net of fee, as of 2-20-20)

Performance Highlights

  • Over 6% in Cash Generation Alone
  • Year-to-Date Return of 6.20%
  • Trailing 1 Year Return of 7.72%
  • Trailing 3 Year Return of 9.03%
  • Trailing 5 Year Return of 9.13%
  • Annualized Return Since Inception of 8.72%
  • Average Bond Maturity of 4 Years
  • Alpha of 10.58 (vs. Benchmark)*
  • Beta of -1.22 (vs. Benchmark)*
  • Excess Return of 4.32% (vs. Benchmark)*

Diebold Nixdorf Bonds, Short Term, High Yield, Fixed Income Investment, Yielding 9.5% YTM

In this bond review, Durig takes a look at a company which serves banks and retailers alike around the globe. Diebold Nixdorf (NYSE:DBD) has a full service suite of back office services, including software and hardware solutions for both banking and retail industries. With the release of its fourth quarter results, it appears as if the company is making progress towards its goals. A few highlights include:

Dogs of the Dow: Blue Chip Dividends with 4% Income

This review looks at the performance of the Dogs of the Dow Portfolio which produces over 4% in dividend income alone, and also examines the benefits the portfolio can provide to income investors.

Performance Highlights

(all performance is reported net of fee, as of 2-10-20)
  • Annualized Return Since Inception of 12.32%
  • Average Dividend Yield of 4.03%
  • Alpha of 1.89 (vs. Benchmark*)
  • Beta of 0.77 (vs. Benchmark*)

Designed for the Long Term

The Dogs of the Dow Portfolio was designed to produce high levels of dividend income over time with less volatility than the stock market.  With an average dividend yield of over 4% alone and a lifetime return of over 12%, the Dogs of the Dow’s effectiveness over the years lies in both its repeatability and scalability.

Though the stocks in Durig’s Dogs of the Dow Portfolio more than likely will change from year to year, the underlying screens used to select them remain the same.

Durig searches for and selects a group of of the highest yielding dividend stocks from the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) which have fallen out of favor (aka the “dogs”) and holds them for one year. Over time, these “dogs” tend to have “more room to run” with respect to their share price.

Time in the market nearly always beats timing the market.

Durig’s Dogs of the Dow is a simple, yet effective strategy that was specifically designed to earn you more income by capturing the dividends of some of the highest yielding blue chip stocks of the Dow Jones. Over time, reinvested dividends can help to boost total return and potentially grow the dividend income the portfolio produces.

Why Blue Chip Dividend Stocks?

Historically, blue chip dividend stocks have shown themselves to be resilient under downward market pressure, and are thought to offer relative stability in hectic markets as compared to non-dividend paying stocks. Additionally, companies that pay dividends tend to have much stronger fundamentals, such as stable earnings and growth, effective management and stronger financials.

The dividends paid by blue chips can also help to diversify income streams, and because dividends (and earnings) tend to grow over time they typically outpace inflation, preserving the value of your hard earned dollars.  These dividends can also help to lessen historical volatility, explained in a recent article:

“During the overall market downturn in 2002, when non dividend-paying stocks fell by an average of 30%, while dividend-paying stocks only declined on average by 10%. Even during the severe 2008 financial crisis that precipitated a sharp fall in stock prices, dividend stocks held up noticeably better than non dividend stocks.”

Less historical volatility equates to a smoother and more comfortable ride for investors.

Durig’s Dogs of the Dow Portfolio can be extremely efficient in a tax advantaged account (such as an IRA) since neither capital gains nor dividends are taxed, allowing your investment to grow tax-free.

Avoid the Crowd

The majority of blue chip investors find themselves in an overly crowded mutual fund structure.  While it may seem nice to share gains and losses but in actuality pooled investments are far more muddled, and typically more costly due to high administrative costs, hidden fees, and can create unwanted tax inefficiencies.

Avoid the crowd with a low cost, individually managed Dogs of the Dow account that offers a much cleaner investment environment.

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Summary

The Dogs of the Dow Portfolio has continued to generate strong levels of dividend income over time with less historical volatility, and with over over 4% in dividend income, investors can sleep easier at night.

For those that wish for more income and less volatility with the potential to grow income over time, Durig’s Dogs of the Dow Portfolio is an excellent, low cost solution with professional management and support dedicated to helping you achieve your income goals.

Learn More

If you have any questions or would like further information Durig’s Dogs of the Dow Portfolio Strategy, please call Durig at (971) 327-8847, or email us at info@durig.com.

Durig Capital has several high yield portfolios available, click below to learn more.

Fixed Income 2 – FX2
Dividend Aristocrats
Income Aristocrats
Dogs of The Dow
Dogs of The S&P 500
Dogs of Europe
European Dividend Aristocrats

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Durig Capital is not responsible for any losses incurred as a result of this article Information provided in this correspondence is intended solely for informational purposes and is obtained from sources believed to be reliable. Information is in no way guaranteed. No guarantee of any kind is implied or possible where projections of future conditions are attempted.

Disclosure:  The primary benchmark* used was SPDR® Dow Jones Industrial Avrg ETF Tr.

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DHX Media / Wildbrain Bonds, Short Term, High Yield, Fixed Income Investment, Yielding Over 9.5% YTM

This week, Durig’s weekly bond review takes another look at a Canadian company that focuses on children’s content and brands. You may not have heard of WildBrain (formerly DHX Media), but you may know some of its beloved characters, which includes the Peanuts gang, Teletubbies, Inspector Gadget and the Degrassi franchise. WildBrain released its first quarter results for fiscal year 2020 (three months ending September 30, 2019). The company’s wildly successful YouTube Channel, WildBrain Spark, has continued its outstanding growth from the past few quarters. Along with the great news on WildBrain Spark, there were other wins in the quarter as well (see bullets above).

Community Health Systems Bonds (CYH), 17% YTM providing High Yield, with Short Maturities

This week, Durig reviews one of the largest publicly traded hospital companies in the United States. Community Health Systems (NYSE:CYH) has spent the past few years paring down its portfolio of hospitals with an eye to retain those locations that are most profitable. The results of these divestitures are starting to be seen and the company has now put up two consecutive quarters of positive growth. In its most recent quarter results, one can see that same-store metrics tell a compelling story, especially in the competitive healthcare sector (see bullets above).

Dogs of the Dow Do it Again

This review explores the performance of the Dogs of the Dow Portfolio, with nearly 4% in dividend income alone, and considers the many merits of blue chip dividend stocks such as those held in the portfolio.

Performance Highlights

  • Year-to-Date Return of 13.03%
  • Trailing 1 Year Return of 10.31%
  • Annualized Return Since Inception of 14.03%
  • Average Dividend Yield of 3.98%
  • Alpha of 4.47 (vs. Benchmark*)
  • Beta of 0.75 (vs. Benchmark*)

Diebold Nixdorf Bonds, Short Term, High Yield, Fixed Income Investment, Yielding Over 12% YTM

For this week’s bond review, Durig looks at an issuer that provides services to banks and retailers around the world. Diebold Nixdorf (NYSE:DBD) provides end-to-end services, software and hardware for the banking and retail industries. Diebold has spent all of 2019 implementing its DN Now program, designed to increase efficiencies, decrease costs, and improve margins. With the release of its third quarter results, it appears as if the company is making progress towards these goals (see bullets above).

Chemours Company Bonds, Short Term, High Yield, Fixed Income Investment, Yielding Over 7% YTM

For this week’s bond review, Durig looks at a chemical company created by a DuPont spinoff in 2015. Chemours Company (NYSE:CC) is a global leader in the manufacturing of fluoroproducts, chemical solutions, and titanium technologies. It is one of the leading global producers of titanium dioxide (used in paints, coatings, plastics, cosmetics and food), as well as the creator and producer of Opteon™, an award winning environmentally sustainable refrigerant. Highlights from the company’s second quarter results include: (see bullets above).

Income and Growth Strategies That Are Working in Today’s Market

In this special review, Durig benchmarks the performance of its three unique blue chip equity portfolios, the Dogs of the Dow, Dogs of the S&P 500, and the Dividend Aristocrats, all of which are designed to capture high quality blue chip dividends of some of the most reputable companies on wall street.

With interest rates continuing to fall and attractive yields becoming increasingly difficult to find, many investors are turning away from conventional fixed income investments such as US Treasuries.

Dogs of the Dow: Find Blue Chip Peace of Mind with Over 4% Income

A monthly performance review of Durig’s Dogs of the Dow Portfolio that explores several benefits that income producing investments such the Dogs of the Dow can help to provide.

Performance Highlights

  • Lifetime Return of 12.87% (annualized)
  • Year-to-Date Return of 8.30%
  • Alpha of 4.89 (vs benchmark)*
  • Beta of 0.77 (vs benchmark)*
  • Average Current Yield of 4.18%

Gran Colombia Gold Bonds, Short Term, High Yield, Unique Fixed Income Investment, Yielding 14% YTM

Once in a great while you find or learn something that is so unbelievably good, that you have to hear or read it over and over again, often from different sources or perspectives, before the truth of it actually starts to sink in and really make sense.  Perhaps it’s that initial bewilderment that has served to curb much of any demand from the fixed income markets for this otherwise “golden” opportunity. Fortunately, this is great news for those that eventually arrive at a deeper understanding of why these Gran Colombia Gold bonds are so darn good… and it is why these bonds are well deserving of overweighting in our high performing FX2 fixed income portfolios.

Want More Income? Find It in Short Term Bond Portfolio

Do you want more income? If your answer is yes, we have excellent news for you! Durig’s FX2 Portfolio has a lifetime track record of historical outperformance of its peer benchmarks while generating extremely high levels of fully customizable income options, something that no mutual fund can offer, all within your own separately managed account.

(Above: FX2 Benchmark Performance, 8-27-19)

Community Health Systems Bonds, Short Term, High Yield, Fixed Income Investment, Yielding 23% YTM

This week, Durig Capital looks at the healthcare sector to review one of the largest publicly traded hospital companies in the United States. Community Health Systems (NYSE:CYH) has spent the last few years rationalizing its portfolio of hospitals. The company is beginning to realize the effects of this strategy as evidenced by its same-store results for the second quarter (see above).

CoreCivic Bonds, Short Term, High Yield, Fixed Income Investment, Yielding 6.7% YTM

This week, Durig Capital looks at a company that primarily provides private prison services for governmental agencies here in the United States. CoreCivic (NYSE:CXW) has also recently added two additional business segments to its portfolio – CoreCivic Community, which consists of residential reentry centers, and CoreCivic Properties, which is a portfolio of government-leased properties. The company recently posted a solid first quarter, registering increases in many of its financial metrics.

Geo Group Bonds, Short Term, High Yield, Fixed Income Investment, Yielding 8% YTM

This week, Durig Capital looks at a company providing private prison services for governmental agencies both domestically and abroad. Geo Group, Inc. (NYSE:GEO) is one of only a handful of private prison service companies. With the election of President Trump, private prison companies have gotten a boost due to more stringent prosecutions as directed by our new attorney general, as well as Trump’s zero tolerance policies on immigration. The company’s first quarter 2019 results reflect this new political climate (above).

Geo Group is awaiting decisions from the Federal Bureau of Prisons on two procurements (CAR 18 and CAR 19) that total close to 12,000 beds. If these decisions come back in favor of Geo Group, the company would likely again increase its current guidance (as it just did with the release of its first quarter results). Geo Group’s 2023 bonds, couponed at 5.125%, are currently trading at a discount, giving them an enticing yield-to-maturity of over 9%. With the most recent increase in guidance and the possibility of more on the way, these short-term maturity bonds (maturing in only 44 months) are an ideal addition to Durig Capital’s Fixed Income 2 (FX2) High Yield Managed Income Portfolio, the aggregated performance of which is shown below.

Gran Colombia Gold Bonds or “Gold Notes”, Short Term, High Yield, Fixed Income Investment, Yielding 8% YTM

Beyond Belief… this may be the most fascinating debt instrument we have ever reviewed.

Rising with the price of gold, the cash flow and yield of Gran Colombia Gold’s senior secured “Gold Notes” appears to be headed straight into the land of unbelief.  Perhaps what we see here is either wrong… or something in this picture seems to have quietly escaped the attention or the view of most other investors in the high yield bond market.  Granted, this is not a straightforward and easily understood issue because of the quarterly interest boost linked to its amortized quarterly redemption of principle when the price of gold is higher 1250 per ounce.  However, it is precisely this “hard to be understood” feature that is driving its current push into the land of dreams.

DHX Media, Convertible Bonds Mature September 2024 – Pick Up Over 12.5% YTM

(all price quotes are in Canadian Dollars, CAD)

This week, Durig Capital looks at a company that focuses on children’s content and brands. DHX Media (TSX: DHX; NASDAQ: DHXM) is the company behind such well-known names as Peanuts, Teletubbies, Inspector Gadget and the Degrassi franchise. With children spending more time viewing content not only through traditional television and cable, but also on various devices with online streaming capabilities, DHX is looking to optimize its proprietary children’s content through various channels. Having acquired the rights to the Peanuts brand a few years ago, the company is now starting to realize revenues from this iconic brand through licensing agreements with retailers like Lands’ End, Baskin Robbins, Tupperware, Levi’s and Macy’s just to name a few.

A Golden Opportunity with Monthly Paying “Gold Notes” from Gran Colombia Gold, Over 8% YTM, Mature April 2024

This week, Durig Capital reviews the largest underground gold and silver producer in Colombia.  Gran Colombia Gold has staged an amazing transformation from just a short three years ago, when Durig Capital began to carefully follow this issuer.  After completing a well-timed and skillfully crafted restructure of its balance sheet early in 2018, the company has consistently continued to smash its production targets, and has once again impressed us with its most recent results for the fourth quarter and full-year 2018.