Income Investing

Jeff Kosnett reports on the fixed-income side of investing.

October 4, 2018

The Case for Keeping Some Cash

For the first time in years, cash accounts are competitive with yields on many classes of bonds and blue-chip stocks.

See More On: Stocks & Bonds | Financial Planning

August 2, 2018

The Case for Doing Absolutely Nothing in Today's Market

In 2018’s topsy-turvy market there’s still one constant to stand by: dividend growth.

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July 5, 2018

Variable-Rate Investments Can Buoy Your Portfolio

Bank-loan funds and ETFs aren't the only interest-paying securities whose distributions vary with interest rates.

See More On: Mutual Funds | Loans

June 7, 2018

Mid-Year Outlook for Bonds

You can expect mild losses in the bond market, but fixed income still has its place in your portfolio.

See More On: Stocks & Bonds | Markets

May 10, 2018

Steady Income from Volatile Sources

Sudden sell-offs can be scary, but the income side of income investing delivers reliably.

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April 4, 2018

Build a Bond Ladder for More Income

Our four portfolios will help you harness higher interest rates.

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March 8, 2018

The Silver Lining of Rising Interest Rates

Investors may be jittery about the Fed's plans to bump up rates this year, but you may be able to benefit.

See More On: Stocks & Bonds | Mutual Funds

January 8, 2018

Municipal Bonds Will Survive Tax Reform

A change in the deductibility of state and local income and property taxes will have an effect on munis, but these well-loved investments are made of tough stuff.

See More On: Stocks & Bonds | Business Costs & Regulation

December 7, 2017

Prepare for a Mild Pullback in Bonds

There's more to this picture than the direction of interest rates.

See More On: Stocks & Bonds | Mutual Funds

August 1, 2017

Why Fears About Muni Bonds are Unfounded

Investors should focus on the $3.8 trillion of solvent debt instead of on trifling sums that are in default.

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April 21, 2017

How to Buy Bonds Now

The value of existing bonds is headed downward. You can minimize the pain if you hold short-term debt.

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April 21, 2017

Better Rates for Savers, Finally

Ultra-short-term bond funds yield more than cash, and their prices are unlikely to fall much as interest rates increase.

See More On: Stocks & Bonds | Saving Money

February 7, 2017

Don't Dump Your Dividend Stocks

Yes, interest rates are headed north, but the bad news for yield-oriented stocks is already behind them.

See More On: Dividends | Stocks & Bonds

December 6, 2016

You'll Still Make Money in Bonds

Total returns won't reach 2016's levels, but rates will remain low, which means bond prices will hold their value.

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October 4, 2016

How Investors Can Profit From Toll Roads

You might not complain so much about ever-rising highway tolls if you get a cut of the action.

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September 12, 2016

Another October Surprise Isn't in the Cards for Investors This Year

My main argument for continued tranquillity in the markets: Interest rates are likely to remain low for the foreseeable future.

See More On: Stocks & Bonds | Investor Psychology

August 2, 2016

The Three-Day Rule for Rattled Investors

In any news-driven market crisis, wait until the third business day after the news breaks to trade anything.

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