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The 7 Best Stocks for Your Golden Years

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When considering stocks for retirement, there are two clear goals: security and income. Conservative, even defensive, strategies are needed to protect principal. And dividend stocks are preferred, particularly with the 10-year Treasury yielding just 2.2%.

The problem, particularly in a low interest-rate environment, is that it’s tough to find that combination. Higher-yielding stocks offer more income, but almost always at higher risk.

Many older blue-chip stocks have growth questions or they may be facing disruption in their industries, as I pointed out in our review of 10 century-old stocks last month. Entire sectors like retail and energy are high-risk at best and uninvestable at worst.

And, of course, we’re now in year nine of a mostly uninterrupted bull market, with market indices at or near all-time highs and valuations looking potentially stretched. The classic investment advice to simply buy and hold blue-chip stocks looks shakier than ever in this environment.

But those stocks still are out there — even if they might be harder to find than they’ve been in the past. Here are the seven best stocks for your golden years.

Prices and data are from the original InvestorPlace story published on September 18, 2017. Click on ticker-symbol links in each slide for current prices and more.

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