13 Investment Ideas That Yield 2-4%

It's easy pickings for those who want low risk.

If you buy a Treasury bond, you know you’ll get back your principal. But that doesn’t mean you won’t lose money. Consider: The yield on ten-year Treasuries is bobbing around at about 1.7%. But given expectations of 2.3% inflation this year—and who knows how much down the road—a 1.7% yield means “you’re going backward a little more slowly than in a savings account,” says Ronald Weiner, president of RDM Financial Group, in Westport, Conn. So we focus on investments that (with one exception) yield 2.5% or more.

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Nellie S. Huang
Senior Associate Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Nellie joined Kiplinger in August 2011 after a seven-year stint in Hong Kong. There, she worked for the Wall Street Journal Asia, where as lifestyle editor, she launched and edited Scene Asia, an online guide to food, wine, entertainment and the arts in Asia. Prior to that, she was an editor at Weekend Journal, the Friday lifestyle section of the Wall Street Journal Asia. Kiplinger isn't Nellie's first foray into personal finance: She has also worked at SmartMoney (rising from fact-checker to senior writer), and she was a senior editor at Money.