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Strategies & Performance

equity income portfolio

Current Strategy

Top 10 Holdings
Ares Capital Corp. Wells Fargo Pfd
Macquarie Infrastructure Crown Castle Intl
Blacksone Group LP HSBC Holdings Pfd
Eaton Vance FL Rate CF Industries 
Vodafone Group LP US Bancorp Pfd

Generating steady income from traditional fixed income investments is currently a challenge due to the low interest rate environment. The Equity Income Select Portfolio attempts to overcome this by building a diversified portfolio of income generating securities across asset classes and sectors. This version of our Equity Income Portfolio adds Master Limited Partnerships to the strategy and is available in taxable accounts. While this portfolio does contain more risk than traditional high quality bonds, we believe the long-term risk is lower compared to a strategy of holding long-dated or lower quality bonds.  This month, we added a mortgage REIT, Two Harbors Investment Corp. and a semiconductor company, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co, added capital to a couple of REITs, an energy MLP, and a fertilizer company, while reducing some healthcare companies. While our barbell approach of holding higher beta and lower beta names was not rewarded in April as the market moved to low volatility and yield-oriented stocks, we still believe that if tax reform passes, the market will reverse course again. Our process focuses on selecting high quality securities that provide above average current dividends and a sustainable record of above average dividend growth. The current dividend yield of the portfolio is 6.0%.

equity income

This investment strategy is not a recommendation to buy or sell any of the securities mentioned. Past performance is not a guarantee of future results.