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What Are You Waiting For? Start Collecting This Income

By Dr. David Eifrig, editor, Retirement Millionaire
Friday, January 27, 2012

If you're sitting on the fence about jumping into stocks...
My friend, it's time to get started.
These days, it's easy to get scared out of stocks and bonds. The headlines say Europe is about to blow up. Unemployment is still high. Every political candidate looking to get into office says how badly his opponent is making things.
Despite a lot of pessimism amongst investors, the FACTS are telling you things are getting better... Even the hated real estate market is showing signs of firming up, as Steve highlighted a few weeks ago with this story about "Grandma's House."
Pessimism is still high, but the economy is recovering. In fact, one of the best "common sense" indicators around is saying the worst is well behind us. It's telling us it's a great time to be an investor... especially an investor looking for safe income. Here's how it works...
My "common sense" indicator tracks how well people are paying back debt... specifically, if they are paying off their credit-card charges.
America runs on credit. So when the economy is in the tank, credit-card delinquencies rise. When the economy is recovering, delinquencies fall. (Delinquency rates indicate the future defaults on credit card payments.)
The chart below shows delinquency rates of commercial bank credit cards (cards issued by big banks, like Bank of America). As you can see, the rate peaked at 6.75% in the second quarter of 2009. It then started working lower... and has fallen to a multi-year low of 3.47%.
This means fewer people are defaulting and more people are paying their debt on time. 
U.S. Credit Card Delinquency Rate
For investors, the fact that the delinquency rate is trending lower means it's time to get off the fence and invest. The next chart says it all...
When credit-card delinquencies peaked in 1991, 2001, and 2009, the S&P 500 bottomed. As delinquency rates receded, the stock market climbed... In short, we're past this peak in delinquencies. And the bottom in stocks is behind us.
S&P 500 vs. Credit Delinquency Rate
I don't expect delinquencies to tick up any time soon, so I expect the markets to continue their upward trek for at least the next several months (if not years).
This is great news for investors, particularly income investors... As the economy continues to show signs of improvement, many of America's best companies are once again offering growing dividend yields of 3%-4%. I'm seeing safe corporate bonds yielding 6% right now. Real estate is at (or near) a bottom... which makes buying a rental property and collecting 7%-10% yields attractive (because there is little downside).
Don't misunderstand me... This is not going to be the Roaring '20s overnight. But everywhere I travel, I see businesses getting stronger. From hotels to restaurants to cabbies to airlines to manufacturing... the U.S. economy is not falling off a cliff anytime soon. The delinquency rate just confirms what I'm seeing with my own eyes.
If you've been scared to death by bearish headlines, make sure to take a deep breath and check the facts. When you do, you'll see things are slowly getting better... and you should get invested immediately.
Here's to our health, wealth, and a great retirement,
Dr. David Eifrig

Further Reading:

Doc recently offered readers a simple "one click" way to capitalize on one of his favorite income-generating ideas of 2012. Get the full story here: You Can Collect a SAFE 9% Right Here.
And Steve believes real estate is rebounding… providing investors with another incredible income opportunity. "Consumer confidence is rebounding… and things are getting less bad," he says. "The official statistics of home prices might not show the recovery yet… But I strongly believe the bottom is in."

Market Notes


Before it's too late, get your hands on some cheap, blue-chip dividend payers. As we mentioned on Tuesday, they are becoming the "fashionable" thing to buy on Wall Street.
Over the past few years, we've stressed the importance of dividends and high-quality stocks dozens of times in DailyWealth. We practically went to your house and made you buy them. In a world full of risk and fraud, getting paid steady and growing cash dividends is one of the market's best strategies. You can read a few of our best pieces on the idea here, here, and here. And you can read how to massively increase the income streams you get with them here.
On Tuesday, we ran a chart of Wal-Mart to show you how these stocks are getting popular with money managers. The "King of Retail" has climbed 17% in four months... which is a stupendous short-term gain for a large company. It's a move that requires a lot of buying power.
Today's chart shows that the "big money" isn't just buying Wal-Mart. Intel, which is another top dividend payer we've written about many times, is also winning the market's popularity contest. This reliable dividend payer is up 37% since August... which demonstrates how the investors are starting to "chase" cash dividends.
Intel (INTC) Heads 37% Higher

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