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Income Investing

Qualified Dividends vs. Ordinary Dividends
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Qualified Dividends vs. Ordinary Dividends

What are qualified dividends, and how do they differ from ordinary dividends? Here's how to determine which is which, and what that means for you.
September 16, 2020
Bonds Are Safer Than They Look
Investing for Income

Bonds Are Safer Than They Look

Yes, there’s plenty of bad news: credit downgrades, bond defaults and dividend cuts. The solution is to find workarounds.
August 27, 2020
Pockets of Opportunity Still Lurk in Bonds
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Pockets of Opportunity Still Lurk in Bonds

A rash of corporate debt downgrades lies ahead, but actual defaults will remain low. So, is the worst over?
June 4, 2020
Treasuries: America’s Best Product?
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Treasuries: America’s Best Product?

Whatever you think about politics or politicians, in tough times investors will do well to bet on the government.
May 8, 2020
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Stay Calm Amid Bond Market Chaos
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Stay Calm Amid Bond Market Chaos

The risk is that you’ll lock your money in a low-yield prison just in time for normalcy to return to the financial markets.
April 3, 2020

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Beware the Roaring Twenties
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Beware the Roaring Twenties

For the first time in years, valuations -- not black swans or politics or the Fed -- are a challenge.
January 30, 2020
Taxable Munis? They’re Worth a Look
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Taxable Munis? They’re Worth a Look

Sound describes the credit quality. But it doesn’t do justice to the stellar performance.
January 2, 2020
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Stand By Your Bonds
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Stand By Your Bonds

I’d be scared if I thought that interest rates would shoot up across the board and that the creditworthiness of borrowers is wilting. But I just don’t…
November 27, 2019
Go Ahead, Reach for Yield
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Go Ahead, Reach for Yield

The best bets are in arcane areas such as commercial mortgage-backed securities, nonbank business lending and structured credit.
November 1, 2019
The Never-Ending Hunt for Yield
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The Never-Ending Hunt for Yield

The prospects are good for corporate bonds, real estate investment trusts and utilities.
October 3, 2019
Municipals Rock On
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Municipals Rock On

If there’s something negative to be said about muni bonds, I’ve heard it. And I’m still not buying this fear and loathing.
August 1, 2019
My All-Time Favorite Bond Funds
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My All-Time Favorite Bond Funds

Few stock-fund managers match the S&P 500, but most fixed-income managers beat their index.
July 3, 2019
2019 Midyear Outlook for Income Investing
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2019 Midyear Outlook for Income Investing

Between now and year-end, you can expect all to be quiet on the income front.
June 5, 2019
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My Preference for Preferred Stocks
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My Preference for Preferred Stocks

Preferred stocks are having a great year. Here are six investments to buy into the category.
May 9, 2019
High-Yield Investments That Are Worth the Risk
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High-Yield Investments That Are Worth the Risk

Many of these debt or stock offerings have returned more than 10% so far in 2019.
April 4, 2019
Dial Down Risk in Your Bond Portfolio
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Dial Down Risk in Your Bond Portfolio

Rising interest rates are no longer the primary concern for income investors, but other factors must still be considered threats against bonds.
March 7, 2019
Buy These Free-Range Bond Funds
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Buy These Free-Range Bond Funds

There’s more to bond investing than picking funds that adhere closely to an index or cling to the apparent safety of Treasuries.
January 31, 2019
The Rising Risk in Corporate Bonds
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The Rising Risk in Corporate Bonds

The BBB-rated debt tier is increasingly populated by iconic but risky outfits you might not want to finance now.
January 3, 2019
Stand By Your Bonds in 2019
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Stand By Your Bonds in 2019

“Income Investing” columnist Jeffrey R. Kosnett predicts that a diversified portfolio of bonds will hold steady through the upcoming year.
November 29, 2018
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5 Fabulous Income Investments
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5 Fabulous Income Investments

Nothing that has happened this year or that looms over 2019 should threaten these elites.
November 1, 2018
The Case for Keeping Some Cash
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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.
October 4, 2018
The Case for Doing Absolutely Nothing in Today's Market
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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.
August 2, 2018
Variable-Rate Investments Can Buoy Your Portfolio
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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.
July 5, 2018
Mid-Year Outlook for Bonds
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Mid-Year Outlook for Bonds

You can expect mild losses in the bond market, but fixed income still has its place in your portfolio.
June 7, 2018
Steady Income from Volatile Sources
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Steady Income from Volatile Sources

Sudden sell-offs can be scary, but the income side of income investing delivers reliably.
May 10, 2018