Chris’ note: If you’re like most folks, you’re hurting financially. Your stocks and bonds have fallen. A recession is looming. And inflation is eating into your savings like termites through dry timber.

That’s why you’ll hear today from friend of the Cut, Brad Thomas. He’s one of America’s top experts in building fat streams of stock market income. And as he shares below, this helped him secure a rich retirement after he lost his shirt as a real estate developer in the 2008 crash.

If you’re keen to learn more, stay tuned. Tomorrow, Brad will be lifting the lid on the exact strategy he used to make his retirement dreams a reality again. And he’ll show how you can do the same – no matter what kind of personal economic setbacks you’re facing.

This strategy has a proven record of delivering fatter yields, higher gains, and lower volatility through recessions, inflation, and volatile markets. To be first in line to hear about it, add your name to the waitlist here.

Brad Thomas

If you’re losing sleep over this brutal bear market, take a deep breath.

Let me tap into my more than three decades of investing experience and share two messages with you…

  • I’ve been where you are, and I know it hurts…

  • It doesn’t have to be this way.

As a father of five, I went from running a prosperous real estate empire… to losing it all. So, trust me… I get how it feels to be up against it.

But that harrowing experience led me to discover a safer, more sustainable way to build wealth. And today, I’m headed for a rich retirement as a result.

I turned my focus away from flashy trends and FOMO (fear of missing out) investing. And I started investing in reliable income-paying stocks instead.

These may seem boring. But they offer “SWAN” (sleep well at night) returns.

I have a major announcement to share at the end of today’s insight. It’s a sneak peek into a strategy I’ve been developing that you can use to build wealth in even the most volatile markets…

But first, more about my journey from boom to bust and back again…

How I Lost It All

Real estate is in my blood.

My grandfather was a hotel owner. My hardworking single-parent mom was a real estate agent.

So, after I finished college, I became a leasing agent.

But I didn’t stay one for long. Opportunity knocked. And I became a commercial real estate developer.

I built standalone properties and strip malls for Blockbuster, The Athlete’s Foot, Advance Auto Parts, and Dollar General.

I also bought two Papa John’s franchises and two Athlete’s Foot franchises… along with the properties they worked from.

At the peak of my career, I had more than 100 rent checks coming in every month.

I was working hard to make money. But I was enjoying spending it, too.

I went on lavish vacations… sent my five kids to upscale private schools… and bought my wife expensive jewelry in the spur of the moment.

Then 2008 came… with its subprime mortgage mess and the financial crash that followed.

And I lost my properties, my franchises, my millions, and my career.

I was more broke than I’m willing to write even now. I had five children. The youngest wasn’t even two years old.

And I had no idea how I was going to provide for them.

I’d reached the end of my financial rope. That’s when I realized what I needed to do to make it through…

It applies to every business opportunity I’ve seen since. And it’s a lesson you can use today to grow your wealth through these difficult times.

Moment That Changed Everything

My wife had asked me to pick up diapers and milk.

I was sitting in the parking lot of a $15 million property I had developed. And I remember thinking, “Why is it I have just $20 in my pocket, and the bag boys – in jobs I helped create – are better off?”

I’m not ashamed to tell you I prayed in my car that day. And I got an answer…

It wasn’t an easy one. It would take hard work and time. But I realized I had a message to offer… and I was uniquely positioned to present it.

I just had to act.

So, I set about profiting from real estate all over again. But this time, in a more intelligent, sustainable way.

In 2010, I started an income-investing research advisory from my kitchen table. I wrote to folks like you to warn about what I did wrong… and how to do better.

I reached out to some of the CEOs I’d met over the years. That included people in charge of the country’s best real estate investment trusts (“REITs”).

REITs trade on major stock exchanges like the New York Stock Exchange. But they all share a unique business model.

They rent out real estate. And they return 90–100% of that income to shareholders. This lets regular folks like you invest in real estate through the stock market.

My connections gave me an edge in the newsletter business. And my insider’s grasp of real estate – from foundation to fulfillment – sharpened that edge.

I worked hard. And I put my money where my mouth was, buying into REITs with what little money I had.

Slowly but surely, I pulled in readers. And slowly but surely, I built back my nest egg.

It wouldn’t have happened if I didn’t decide to go the slow and steady route… even amid miserable economic conditions.

I focused on building reliable streams of income… and invested in well-managed companies that offer things people want in novel ways.

And I learned this approach can help you weather even the worst bear markets.

That’s why I’m so excited to share some big news with you today…

Five Years in the Making

After five years of testing and fine-tuning, I’ve teamed up with one of my top analysts to bring you a strategy for riding out volatility and earning income through it all.

Without it, I wouldn’t have been able to rebuild my wealth after getting wiped out…

Using a 1,000-point safety scoring system, we narrow down the exact plays that have the highest likelihood of surviving recessions, outperforming the broad market, and maximizing your yields.

Not for months or years – but for decades.

Getting rich quick is easy. But staying rich is hard. With this strategy I’ll reveal tomorrow, you can accelerate your retirement goals with safety and reliability.

Go here to learn all about it.

Happy SWAN (sleep well at night) investing,

Brad Thomas
Editor, Intelligent Income Daily