Since that "heavy marketing" stage, Alerian has dribbled down to a massive loss relative to the benchmark they were hoping to keep up with. They lured unsuspecting individuals-institutions into their alluring story about earning a higher rate of income. You can see you will need a LOT of income now to make up for the divide. A relative drop of 80% is a brutal loss.
The advice? If Wall Street manufactures something, it is likely something you will want to avoid. Just like 3x, 2x and inverse 2x funds which are best only used as trading vehicles, you want to stay away from what Wall Street creates in their back rooms.
I will say that maybe there is a year-end tax bounce here (after it has fallen behind the S&P500 by 80% as shown on this chart) because yields are now up near 10%, which may provide some short term cushion and attract some new buyers, but I would be happy to trade out of it for a 10%-20% gain in the next 1-4 months. Risk 4%.
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