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In This Issue...

High Quality Preferred Stocks

Preferred Stock News

Special Announcement

Preferred Stock Facts

FREE Special Offer


For New Readers...

Welcome to all of the new CDx3 Newsletter readers who signed up over the last month. This is your first issue of the CDx3 Newsletter, a free monthly newsletter devoted to the interests of CDx3 Preferred Stock investors.

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What Is A "CDx3 Preferred Stock?"

CDx3 Preferred Stocks are regular preferred stocks that are able to meet the ten selection criteria described in chapter 7 of my book, Preferred Stock Investing.

Applying the CDx3 Selection Criteria eliminates the pretenders, leaving just the highest quality issues.

For example, here are three of the ten CDx3 Selection Criteria:

1. be issued by a company with a perfect record of never having suspended a dividend on a preferred stock;

2. have the "cumulative" dividend requirement, which means that in the unlikely event that the issuing company misses a dividend payment to you, they have to make it up to you later; they still owe you the money; and

3. be rated "investment grade" by Moody's Investors Service.

Having specific and consistently applied selection criteria takes the emotion out of your investing decisions and leaves you with the highest quality preferred stocks - "CDx3 Preferred Stocks."


Quick Summary

This month's High Quality Preferred Stocks article explains how high quality preferred stock shares can be purchased for a market price greater than $25 (par) without having to worry about the risk of a future capital loss. The trick is to use the proceeds from a redeemed preferred stock, of which there will be a record number during July. (jump to article)

The Preferred Stock News article describes how the Federal Reserve's June 7 announcement has opened the "premature call window," making all bank trust preferred stocks callable for the 90 days that follow. The article also itemizes the TRUPS calls that preferred stock investors should look for during July and makes a suggestion about how to use the proceeds to keep the dividend income coming. (jump to article)

The Special Announcement article explains how you can now have continuing preferred stock research delivered to you for free. Why wait until next month's CDx3 Newsletter to find out what is going on in the preferred stock marketplace? Throughout the month I post regular research articles on the Preferred Stock Investing Reader's Forum and make them available to you for free. (jump to article)

The Preferred Stock Facts article is presented both here and on the Preferred Stock Investing Reader's Forum. Test your knowledge by clicking on any preferred stock question to see the multiple-choice answers. You will receive an automatic email that provides you with the correct answer and my explanation. (jump to article)

In the Free Special Offer article I offer to provide you with some of the research from my book, Preferred Stock  Investing, Fourth Edition. I am making it available to brokers, financial planners and investment groups for free. (jump to article)

Enjoy this month's issue. I look forward to reporting back to you in next month's issue of the CDx3 Newsletter.

Doug K. Le Du

I am a preferred stock researcher and author of the book titled Preferred Stock Investing. I also publish two monthly newsletters that describe my ongoing preferred stock research. My academic background is in economics and statistics. I retired from my position as Managing Director at one of the world's largest management consulting firms in 2002 to focus on preferred stock research. I do not sell preferred stocks nor am I a stock broker or financial adviser. As a researcher, I research the market price behavior of the highest quality preferred stocks and write to you about my observations.



"Double-Dip" Increases Investment Grade Choices

Use Proceeds From Called Shares to Earn Double Dividends

Older preferred stocks are being redeemed by their issuing companies at a record pace. No less than 17 CDx3 Preferred Stocks (the high quality issues that meet the ten selection criteria from chapter 7 of my book, Preferred Stock Investing) are going to be redeemed during July, starting with STI-Z from SunTrust on July 11.

With all of these calls, many preferred stock investors are going to be looking to replace their called shares. The challenge at the moment is that market prices for high quality preferreds are relatively high. Buyers of such preferred stocks are seeing many prices above the $25 per share par value. Since purchasing shares above the $25 par value exposes investors to the possibility of a downstream capital loss in the event of a future call, many are rightly reluctant to purchase shares above that price point.

Many preferred stock investors are therefore currently faced with either (a) purchasing higher risk preferreds at a sub-$25 price or (b) paying above $25 for higher quality preferred stock shares.

As mentioned in the below "Preferred Stock News" article, there is a "double-dip" technique that allows a preferred stock investor to have the best of both worlds - use the proceeds from a recent redemption to purchase shares of another high quality preferred stock without realizing a net capital loss in the event of a future call.

Example of the "Double-Dip"

Let's say you own shares of BBT-B, a trust preferred stock from BB&T Corporation that has been called for July 18, 2012. BBT-B pays quarterly dividends of $0.60 per share on the first day of February, May, August and November for the quarter that just ended the prior day.

Since BBT-B has been called for July 18, BBT-B's final quarter is a partial period for which shareholders will receive a partial dividend of $0.52 per share. This final partial dividend covers the period May 1 to July 18 as shown in Figure 1.

The CDx3 Notification Service website (my preferred stock email alert and research newsletter service) provides subscribers with the ex-dividend dates of all preferred stocks and exchange traded debt securities trading on U.S. stock exchanges plus a special "Ex-Dividend Calendar" that lists the upcoming ex-dividend schedule for just the highest quality issues (see example here). Looking at the current (July 2012) schedule allows subscribers to see the upcoming ex-dividend dates for this month.

Remember, those who own shares of a preferred stock on the morning of the indicated ex-dividend date will receive the upcoming dividend payment for the entire 90 day quarter just ended, regardless of your purchase date. That means that if you use the proceeds from BBT-B's July 18 redemption to purchase shares of another high quality preferred stock that has yet to reach its ex-dividend date this month, you will receive two dividends (one from BBT-B and the second from your new shares) for the same period.

Looking at the example shown in Figure 2 (using "PFD-A" as a fictitious trading symbol for reference here), we can see that PFD-A will reach its upcoming ex-dividend date on July 25 (a week after you get the redemption cash from BBT-B).

Note: If you are a subscriber to the CDx3 Notification Service, you can find this same example, complete with the actual trading symbol, on page 6 of the current (July 2012) issue of the subscriber's newsletter, CDx3 Research Notes.

PFD-A uses the same dividend payment schedule as BBT-B. So as long as you purchase shares of PFD-A prior to its upcoming July 25 ex-dividend date, you will receive the upcoming dividend for the period May 1 through July 31. That dividend payment from PFD-A will cover the same date range (May 1 through July 18) that BBT-B has already paid you for; you get paid two dividends on the same principal. That's the double-dip.

Result of the "Double-Dip"

As illustrated by Figure 3, even though you will pay more than $25 per share for PFD-A ($25.38 in this example), you have already been reimbursed (in advance) for the risk of a future capital loss by this double dividend payment.

By using the double-dip technique as described in this example, preferred stock investors can shop for purchase candidates that are priced above their $25 per share par value, greatly increasing the number of high quality preferred stocks available to you in today's market. Just be sure that doing so is consistent with your personal goals, resources and risk tolerance.

Please consider becoming a subscriber to the CDx3 Notification Service today.

Already a subscriber? The trading symbol for this example is listed on page 6 of the current issue of the subscriber's newsletter, CDx3 Research Notes.


Learn To Screen, Buy and Sell The Highest Quality Preferred Stocks

Preferred Stock Investing includes the information, websites and other resources needed for you to be a very successful preferred stock investor. The Fourth Edition is now available at your favorite online retailer. For those who would rather someone else do the research and calculations, I offer the CDx3 Notification Service. Subscribers to the CDx3 Notification Service receive an email alert when there are buying and selling opportunities coming up. Subscribers also receive their own non-promotional preferred stock research newsletter every month, have their own website that hosts the CDx3 Preferred Stock database and have access to the CDx3 Discussion Group, the only online forum just for preferred stock investors.

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Figure 1

BBT-B Called For July 18, 2012

Final Partial Quarter, May 1 - July 18











Figure 2

Reimbursement For Potential Cap Loss RIsk

Two Dividends Are Received For The Same Period

(July 2, 2012 opening price shown)


Source: Preferred Stock List(TM), CDx3Investor.com






Figure 3

Reimbursement For Buying Above $25 Par Price

Two Dividends Are Received For The Same Period

Using The "Double-Dip" Technique




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(Already a subscriber? For actual symbol see page 6 of the July 2012 issue of CDx3 Research Notes).





Preferred Stock Investors About To Be Cash-Rich Thanks To New Fed Action

Cash From Redeemed Shares Can Be Used To Buy "High Quality" Preferred Stocks

Beginning on July 11, 2012, and for the 90 days that follow, preferred stock investors are going to see a significant uptick in their brokerage cash account thanks to a Thursday, June 7, 2012 announcement by the Federal Reserve.

The June 7 Fed announcement opened the "premature call window" for 90 days, triggering a multitude of trust preferred stock (TRUPS) redemptions from our publicly traded banks[1]. With the premature call window now open (for the second time since July 2010), all bank-issued TRUPS are now redeemable regardless of the call date that is published in their prospectus.

Current Redemption Status

Companies are required to provide a minimum of 30 days notice when they redeem ("call") a preferred stock. SunTrust was the first to react on Monday, June 11, redeeming its STI-Z TRUPS for July 11, 2012. If you own shares of STI-Z, SunTrust is going to buy your shares back from you on that date, the proceeds showing up in your brokerage cash account.

Citi and JP Morgan were quick to act as well with TRUPS redemptions (see list: Citi | JP Morgan). Citi is redeeming just under $5 billion of their TRUPS while JP Morgan is calling $9 billion worth.

The following day KeyCorp prematurely called KEY-F ($0.7 billion) for July 12 followed by BB&T Corporation on Wednesday, June 18 calling BBT-A, BBT-B and BBT-C (valued at $3.1 billion) for July 18.

Bank of America, with over 70 preferred stocks, weighed in on Friday, June 22, calling 11 TRUPS (see list) for July 25, 2012 valued at $3.9 billion in response to the Fed announcement.

PNC Financial (PNC) was the last June announcement, the bank redeeming PNH and NCC-C for July 30, 2012. These two TRUPS redemptions will deliver another $1 billion into the cash accounts of preferred stock investors during July.

Standard TRUPS prospectus language allows banks to redeem their TRUPS, regardless of their published call dates, within a 90 day period[2] following a "capital treatment event" (which the Fed's June 7 announcement was).

TRUPS Redemptions Will Push Up Short-Term Prices

Because these TRUPS redemptions are being triggered by the same June 7, 2012 event, many billions in cash are going to land in the cash accounts of preferred stock investors within the 90 day period beginning on July 11 with STI-Z shareholders.

High quality[3] preferred stock market prices have been relatively high this year, initially caused by several simultaneous redemptions of very widely held REIT-issued preferred stocks. During the second quarter, investors fleeing eurozone assets added additional upward price pressure on high quality U.S. assets.

Going into the third quarter, the Fed's June 7 announcement is going to create a large group of suddenly cash-rich preferred stock buyers, beginning July 11 and for the 90 days that follow, all looking to replace their redeemed shares simultaneously. Consequently, while it is not possible to know in advance with certainty, preferred stock investors should expect additional short-term upward pressure on the market prices of preferred stocks beginning July 11, 2012 that would not have been there otherwise.

What's A Buyer To Do?

During this period of high prices, preferred stock buyers are frequently faced with having to pay a market price above $25 (par) in many cases.

Paying a market price above $25 per share, while increasing the number of alternatives available to pick from, can expose you to the risk of realizing a capital loss in the event of a downstream call (since shareholders will receive $25 from the issuing company in that event).

But what if someone else reimburses you for that risk?

One way to help mitigate the risk of a capital loss that comes with purchasing shares above $25 is to use the "double-dip" technique.

Those holding shares of a redeemed preferred stock receive a final dividend payment for the final quarter through the redemption date. By using the proceeds from the redeemed shares to purchase a preferred stock that has a dividend payment for the same period coming up, the shareholder gets paid twice for the same period on the same principal.

The above "High Quality Preferred Stocks" article provides an example of how to do this.

As TRUPS redemption dates arrive between July 11 and early-October, tens of billions of new dollars are going to be distributed to preferred stock investors. These cash-rich buyers are going to enter the market during the same 90 day period looking to replace their called shares and, hence, put additional upward pressure on preferred stock market prices. By using the double-dip technique, a preferred stock investor can be reimbursed for the risk of a downstream capital loss when purchasing shares above $25.

[1] Source for all preferred stock data in this article:
CDx3 Notification Service database, Preferred Stock Investing, Fourth Edition. Disclaimer: The CDx3 Notification Service is my preferred stock email alert and research newsletter service including data for all preferred stocks and Exchange Traded Debt Securities traded on U.S. stock exchanges.

[2] There are exceptions to the 90 day limitation language. Some banks removed this limitation from their TRUPS prospectuses when the securities were originally issued. TRUPS without the 90 day limitation language in their prospectus become callable, and remain callable, whenever a "capital treatment event" occurs. Check the prospectus to see if your TRUPS shares will remain callable beyond the 90 days following June 7, 2012.

[3] "High quality" preferred stocks are those that meet the ten risk-lowering selection criteria from chapter 7 of my book, Preferred Stock Investing. For example, high quality preferred stocks have investment grade ratings and the cumulative dividend requirement.




























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Learn to screen, buy and sell the highest quality preferred stocks by purchasing the Fourth Edition of my  book, Preferred Stock Investing (see retailers). The book identifies the resources that you need to be a very successful CDx3 Investor completely on your own. If you would rather we do the research and calculations for you I offer the CDx3 Notification Service (see reader comments).

Chapter 15 of Preferred Stock Investing includes a list of all of the CDx3 Preferred Stocks issued since January 2001 and the investing results you would have achieved had you invested in them using the CDx3 Income Engine.

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