In the Fight for Better Income, These Stocks Are in Your Corner

 

We are paying a heavy price for inflation.

Every bill, every outing, every “is this amount okay?” at checkout is another slap in the face. On average, we are paying 9% more for everything we need to survive, and it is cutting deep. Clothes cost 5% more than they did last year. Grocery bills are now 10% higher. The cost of vehicle maintenance is up 14%. And most jarringly, gas prices are 60% higher.

 

And if you compare costs to wages, it’s not looking good for anyone outside of the upper echelons of American society. Even for the lucky few that reaped the benefits of wage inflation in 2020 and early 2021, those wages may not be enough without additional support. Wages haven’t kept pace with inflation for over a year.

When adjusted for inflation, the average weekly earnings in the United States has dropped 4.4% year over year as shown in the chart below.

 

But the situation is even worse for the country’s base. Anyone working a minimum -wage job right now – still sitting at the federal minimum of $7.25 in 30 states – is making 27% less than their counterparts did during the Great Recession 14 years ago.

And speaking of recession – in order to get inflation under control, the Fed may very well trigger a recession by continuing to raise interest rates. While I believe we are (and have been) in a recession, the technical definition of a recession is two successive quarters in which the GDP has decreased.

We’ve already got one of those in the bag, and another could be on the way after the next Fed meeting.

Inflation is beating down our incomes, but we can make back the money lost with a few deft investments.

Stock investing isn’t all about buying low and selling high for a profit – although that is the foundation of all good investing. In times like these, it’s important to seek out passive income to supplement what is already under so much strain. The key to securing financial stability in a rocky market is to seek out quality companies with strong financials that will pay you to own their stock.

Dividends, as they are known in the investing world, are often looked down on or ignored. Not every company offers a dividend, but when they do, it ‘s usually a pittance. The average payout – at least for companies on the S&P 500 index – is between 2%- 5% of the company’s share price … pennies on the dollar.

But through my research, I have found stocks and ETFs that offer double that – each offering around 10% .

Don’t settle for the bare minimum. Buy these three companies instead and bolster your income.

Dorchester Minerals L P (DMLP)

Don’t let the name fool you, this isn’t a mining company. DMLP specializes in oil and gas land royalties, meaning that it owns fossil fuel interests in 574 countries and 25 states that it leases to interested drilling companies. In some ways, you could think of it as an energy landlord.

With demand for fuel as high as ever and no appropriate infrastructure to meet it, this company is in a good position to profit as oil and gas producers expand drilling operations in the Bakken and Permian basins.

DMLP already has a dramatic profit margin. With $116 million in revenue and $94 million in profits in the trailing 12 months, this company has scored an 81% profit margin. That is almost unheard of. With that much money heading to the bank, this company has $88 million in cash – more than enough money on hand to deal with its debts (a mere $2 million) and plenty to distribute to its shareholders.

At the time of writing, Dorchester Minerals L P has an 11.68% dividend yield. I’d strongly consider buying in now to start reaping the benefits of passive income.

Arbor Realty Trust Inc. (ABR)

This company is a nationwide REIT (real estate investment trust) headquartered in Uniondale, New York. It was founded 25 years ago to provide loan origination and to service multifamily and single-family rentals, senior housing, and other diverse commercial real estate assets.

As much as the housing market appears… not good , to put it lightly – some are declaring the housing market slow down to be a recession in and of itself. However, this is still a sector we want to invest in long term – especially when it’s a quality company like this offering a 10.99% dividend yield.

Short-term demand may be languishing, but we are seeing a surge in long-term demand among m illennials looking to buy their first homes and raise families – a massive tailwind for REITs and construction companies.

If you’re at all interested in passive income and the homebuilding industry, I’d consider buying this stock.

VanEck BDC Income ETF (BIZD)

Business development companies (BDCs ) are a little- known way individual investors can lend to midsize companies that are too small for traditional bond offerings.

Why would you want to do that? Because th ese companies pay higher yields to borrow than bond-market giants and they must pay 90% of their net income as dividends to get preferential tax treatment. The average dividend yield of a BDC is 9%.

But I can’t recommend you go out and buy every BDC on the market. Each BDC management team tends to have their own investing philosophy, meaning that each will also have varying credit risk and exposure to business disruptions. To ensure you’re buying the best of the best, you would have to do a lot of your own research into the team, their portfolio, and those individual businesses – hence why many investors don’t know about BDCs. It can be t oo much homework to be worthwhile.

Anyone looking for exposure to this space and the passive income it offers investor, however, can turn to an ETF that does research for them – like VanEck BDC Income ETF (BIZD).

BIZD offers access to a diversified portfolio of publically traded U S BDCs. It offers a dividend yield of 9.71% annually to shareholders, and I’d consider buying it if I were you.