Get Better Interest Rates on Your Savings

Yields have been creeping up on bond maturities of up to three years, and that’s boosting payouts at short-term bond funds.

The relentless focus on Federal Reserve interest-rate deliberations is not only tiresome but may also be misguided. Yields can rise regardless of what the central bank does and what chatty Fed members say. That means that savers, who have long complained of being shortchanged by the Fed’s decision to keep short-term interest rates at or near 0% for years, are seeing some improved options. You just have to know where to look.

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Jeffrey R. Kosnett
Senior Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance
Kosnett is the editor of Kiplinger's Investing for Income and writes the "Cash in Hand" column for Kiplinger's Personal Finance. He is an income-investing expert who covers bonds, real estate investment trusts, oil and gas income deals, dividend stocks and anything else that pays interest and dividends. He joined Kiplinger in 1981 after six years in newspapers, including the Baltimore Sun. He is a 1976 journalism graduate from the Medill School at Northwestern University and completed an executive program at the Carnegie-Mellon University business school in 1978.