Another area of massive price-delusion the past few years has been dividend paying equities: preferred and common shares and funds–typically marketed as low risk, blue chip picks for conservative investors.
Unfortunately with interest rates plunging over the past 7 years, income-paying securities have become some of the most dangerously over-valued assets. “How much could they drop?”, you ask in disbelief. Previous broker-favorite utility Transalta Corp offers a glimpse–down 63% and counting. Dividends are poor salve for missing chunks of capital.
Buying over-priced assets for a hoped for income stream has always been a terrible investment plan. Intelligent investing this is not.