A. Below is a list of free online resources that has good financial data and discussions for income investors:
Closed-end Fund Center
The key to closed-end fund is about its current and historic discounts and premiums to net asset value (NAV), distribution rates, whether and how much the fund borrows (leverage), and total return on net asset value. You can sort and screen hundreds closed-end funds on this site.
Dividata offers a complete and free source of dividend histories data for everyone. It also publishes daily ex-dividend dates so you don't have to stumble into buying a stock just before just date.
Eaton Vance Monthly Monitor
The best feature on this fund company's website is the monthly market monitor which includes 40-plus pages of charts and tables about all aspects of stocks, bonds, bank-loan funds, commodities and industry sectors. It also has a "fixed income spread analysis" bar chart that shows the current and past yield advantage of various categories such as preferred stocks, over Treasuries.
Edison Electric Institute
If you own or plan to own electric utility stocks, this is the authoritative site about all the data related to the utilities industry, it covers all the listed utility companies' data and analysis, look for its quarterly reviews and outlooks report.
EMMA of MSRB
This is THE site (from the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board) for anyone looking for Municipal bonds related information. You can use this site to screen thousands of issuers for top yields and more information.
GW&K Investment Review
It has a great and free Quarterly investor letter about taxable and tax-free bonds and dividend stocks, you can use it to develop strategies for your portfolio.
This is an one-stop-shop for anything related to MLP. You can find details on any individual MLP's fundamentals, such as growth, distribution coverage ratio, cash flow, how each partnership compares with its peers, as well as exhaustive details of financial and operation data.
You can use Moody's to check all the credit ratings of bond issuers back to anytime you want. Also, its Moody's Analytics is an excellent economic forecasting service, as well as its Lonski's weekly outlook which offers a clear explanation of the latest government economic numbers and what they mean for investors and the market.
This is THE site for preferred stocks, exchange-traded income investments and convertible bonds. You can find pricing and yields and the preferreds selling at a discount. For example, you can search for $25 par value corporate bond units that trade at or below that level.
Robert W. Baird & Company
The fund managers from Baird Core Plus Bond fund and other no-load income funds publish weekly newsletter to help you analyze the taxable and tax-free bond markets.