2020 Ex-Dividend: JNK, SJNK, BIL, ITE, TLO, IPE, LAG, TFI, SHM, BMX, WIP, MBG, MWZ, CWB, and Others

2020 Ex-Dividend and Pay Date information from SPDR referenced in this post. 2020 Ex-Dividend Dates 3-Feb 2-Mar 1-Apr 1-May 1-Jun 1-Jul 3-Aug 1-Sep 1-Oct 2-Nov 1-Dec 18-Dec 30-Dec (Potential Excise Distribution) Pay / Distribution Dates 7-Feb 6-Mar 7-Apr 7-May 6-Jun 7-Jul 7-Aug 8-Sep 7-Oct 6-Nov 7-Dec 24-Dec 6-Jan-2021 (Potential Excise Distribution) BABS SPDR Nuveen Barclays Build America Bond ETF (BABS) BIL SPDR Barclays 1-3 Month …

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Dividend Capture

Bond or stock dividends are interesting because they are market discontinuities. Unlike surprising earnings reports, revised analyst ratings, or lawsuits dividends are usually predictable in both amount and timing. You can capture a dividend by just buying and holding onto a investment that offers them, but then you are exposed to the price movements of that instrument.

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Vance’s rules for covered call investing

The word “rules” is a bit harsh, but “guidelines” is too soft. Maximum premium is around ATM Buy-writes held to expiration have delta of 0 above the strike, -1 below the strike Don’t mess around too much with bid/ask spreads Don’t use credit / debit orders for covered call transactions unless it is a very slow moving market or if the spreads are unreasonable. Otherwise …

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Mutual Funds — what’s not to like?

Well: High fees Lack of transparency (what are they holding) Trading rules (how long you have to hold them before they don’t extract a penalty) Only bought or sold at the end of the day A track record no better, and usually worse than indexes over time Sometimes ugly tax consequences (e.g., having the value drop considerably over time and getting stuck with a capital …

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