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Destra Insights

Jan 25, 2022, 10:30 AM
Often, decisions about which income investments to buy come down to balancing the amount of credit risk that we might we willing to accept as an investor, against the expected yield or stream of coupons off an investment. Historically, preferred securities have scored well on both fronts, credit quality and coupons. But certain preferred securities may have yet another potential source of value, called Qualified Dividend Income treatment or “QDI”.
Jan 4, 2022, 10:30 AM
It’s all about the intangibles…. Innovation improves lives and typically, the capital markets reward those companies that drive innovation. As our society and economy evolve, we have changed the perception of what we appreciate, ….what we value.
Dec 30, 2021, 10:30 AM
Even though interest rates have risen significantly off their all-time lows in 2020, they remain historically low and investors continue to search for yield wherever they can. As a result, preferred market sectors with higher yield have tended to outperform over the past year.
Dec 15, 2021, 10:30 AM
Here in mid-December 2021, we anxiously await the Fed’s announcement on the direction of interest rates and whether they will speed up their efforts to end the bond buying that the Fed has been conducting since early 2020. All of this, in response to inflation that is proving to be much more than transitory. This is spurring a lot of talk about where the stock market goes from here. But there is seemingly much more agreement on where the bond market goes, in the face of rising rates ------ down!
Dec 13, 2021, 10:30 AM
Log jams and bottlenecks may impact what’s under your Christmas tree this year. And some worry that could be negative for the economy and markets. But for every action there is a reaction and for every situation there is an investment opportunity.
Dec 1, 2021, 1:28 PM
We all know how annoying telemarketing calls can be and frankly, many of us just don’t like being called. Well, there is an analogy to that in the investing world, with income securities like preferreds, most of which have provisions that allow them to be called after a certain date at the issuers discretion.
Nov 17, 2021, 1:28 PM
The preferred market space is complex and nuanced. No two preferreds are alike. In this video, Eric Chadwick of Flaherty and Crumrine Incorporated breaks down some specific examples.
Nov 3, 2021, 9:13 AM
While the stock market return over this time has been fantastic and have captured most of the public’s attention, arguably the collapse in yields, and subsequently move in bond prices, has been even more impressive. Please enjoy this short video regarding "A Tale of Two Markets".
Oct 20, 2021, 12:59 PM
In today's relatively low yield environment, many income seekers are looking for more diversification. The hybrid nature of preferred stocks have historically exhibited low correlations to other major asset classes, making them an attractive diversifier to traditional and non traditional fixed-income asset classes.
Aug 13, 2021, 11:01 AM
In the preferred market, call protection allows investors to tolerate lower interest rates for a period of time without reinvestment risk – and we place a high value on call protection in process.

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Destra Insights is a blog for financial advisors and individual investors who want to expand their investment knowledge. Contributors are money managers and investment professionals with deep experience in their respective asset classes and investment product sets.