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Total Return Portfolio:

This portfolio is appropriate for longer term investors concerned with tax-adjusted returns from dependable regular dividends and the potential for special dividends as well as long-term capital appreciation from increased stock values. Overall returns will likely be higher and have more favorable tax treatments, while requiring less turnover.  However, many of these BDCs are priced at a premium with correspondingly lower dividend yields and may involve more risk due to higher amounts of equity investments needed for NAV per share growth and the potential for realized gains to pay special dividends.  The current components are provided in my premium reports with an average yield of almost 12%




High-Yield Portfolio:

This portfolio could also be called ‘Underdogs’ and is for investors that are willing to take on more risk with less capital appreciation, but higher dividend yields.  Most of these companies have depressed multiples with plenty of downside already priced in.  The current components are provided in my premium reports with an average yield of almost 16%





Risk Averse Portfolio:

This portfolio is for investors concerned with capital preservation and seeking less volatility along with dependable dividends.  These BDCs typically have lower-than-average yields due to lower yielding and safer investments. Many of these companies have lower fee structures to ensure dividend coverage with lower yield investments.  This portfolio is for investors who do not want to ‘babysit’ their investments. Many of the lower-risk BDCs have higher multiples contributing to lower-than-average yields, but during market corrections, they tend to outperform the others with less volatility and still pay a healthy dividend with long-term capital appreciation.  The current components are provided in my premium reports with an average yield of almost 9%.





Recommended Higher-Yield Portfolio:

I have been making changes to this portfolio and considering calling it ‘Cruising Altitude’ meaning that these BDCs have reached a fully ramped dividend and are now focused on portfolio maintenance. These BDCs may have less dividend coverage offset by management willing to waive fees to ensure coverage, hopefully giving them more sustainable dividends than other higher-yielding BDCs.  I will be making changes to this portfolio as I revise projections for each company and the Dividend Coverage Tiers report.  The current components are provided in my premium reports with an average yield of almost 12%.