Preferred Stocks and Preferred Income Funds Offer High Yields
A preferred stock trades like a stock but offers income like a bond. Preferreds are attractive because their yields are usually higher than corporate bonds of similar credit ratings. And preferred dividends are taxed at a lower rate than corporate bonds. Like bonds, preferred stocks usually trade in a narrow price range, but they can experience significant prices declines.
You can find information about specific preferred stocks at QuatumOnline, a free site. Or check with your broker.
In addition to individual preferred stocks, you can invest in convenient closed-end funds and exchange-traded fund that feature preferred stocks.
Here is a sample of 8 preferred income closed-end funds.
Preferred Income CEFs
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|BlackRock Credit Allocation Income Trust IV|
|Flaherty & Crumrine Preferred Income Fund|
|Flaherty & Crumrine Preferred Income Opportunity Fund|
|John Hancock Preferred Income Fund|
|John Hancock Preferred Income Fund II|
|John Hancock Preferred Income Fund III|
|Nuveen Quality Preferred Income Fund 2|
|Nuveen Quality Preferred Income Fund 3|
|Click small charts (sparklines) to expand. * Uses 10 years or all years of dividends and prices, whichever is less.|
To inspect the performance of the Preferred Income CEFs portfolio, see the returns table and chart below. Portfolio values are computed using weekly closes for stocks from Yahoo! Finance. The 7 stocks included in the portfolio computations are: PFD, PFO, HPI, HPF, HPS, JPS and JHP. The current value of the portfolio assumes that $1,428.57 was invested (total of $10,000) in each stock at its closing weekly price for the current date in 2006. BTZ was excluded from the portfolio computations because of insufficient price data.
Preferred Income CEFs - Return Results
Preferred Income CEFs
|Minimum value occurred on Dec-31-1969|
|Maximum value occurred on Dec-31-1969|
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|See Stock Return Calculator for return information for individual stocks or ETFs.|
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Customize your own Portfolio of Preferred Income CEFs using stocks from the above table. See returns for specified combinations of stocks for specified durations.